WAA Events

Port City Java / WAA - Showing art in PCJ at Porter’s Neck

Wilmington Art Association and Port City Java proudly bring you their third installment of WAA featured artists – September 3, 2015 through January 7, 2016. Artists include Jay DeChesere, Maria Williams, Roslyn Hancock, Todd Lengyetoti, Katie McKendry, Karen Wiles, Jo Ann Tomaselli, and Brad Carter. Join us for the reception June 4, 2015 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm at Port City Java at Porter’s Neck, 8211 Market Street.

All WAA members in good standing are eligible to apply to show 2D artwork in the Port City Java (PCJ) Porter’s Neck for the first installment in 2016. If interested, please contact Brad at bcarter.art@outlook.com.

For Prospectus with complete information click here.

WAA General Meetings

Fall 2015 General Meeting Programs

October 8th, 2015

Venue: St. Paul's Episcopal Church, at corner of Market and 16th Streets. Please park behind the church off Princess.

Program: We are most fortunate to welcome Cammeron Batanides, who is an instructor at CFCC and at the Cameron Museum. Using rich, vibrant colors to bring the art of music to life on canvas, Batanides' style will make you want to dance, sing, and lose yourself in the rhythm of the moment. A native of Charlotte currently living in Wilmington, she is an international fine artist and children's book author/illustrator. Predominantly working with acrylics, watercolor and charcoal, her works have been featured across the United States and Jamaica. Cammeron will speak to us about her work in performance painting, and demonstrate interpreting music in painting.

November 12th, 2015

Venue: NHC Arboretum, Oleander Drive.

Program: Justine Ferreri, ceramic artist par excellence, will discuss her technique in building her wonderful, witty and whimsical clay creations.

December 10th, 2015

The Annual WAA Holiday Dinner is to be held at the Blockade Runner Hotel, Wrightsville Beach. This year we are going to have delicious food, maximum holiday spirit and a terrific display of members' artwork with prizes to be awarded.
The event will start at 6pm with a social and cocktails and artwork-viewing and voting, followed by dinner at 7.30pm, and speeches and awards around 8.30pm to 8.45pm. There will be tiny gifts for everyone! The cost will be announced later, but it will definitely be under $40, and we'll try to make it a lot less!

Board of Directors Meetings

Board of Directors meet the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Arboretum at 10:00 AM unless otherwise indicated - BOD Meetings Dates

Past WAA Events

Paint Out Wilmington Show and Sale

The Arts Council of Wilmington & NHC hosted Paint Out Wilmington!, the annual juried plein air in Wilmington, NC, October 11-17, 2015. The judge was Chad Smith from Durham, NC. The judging and awards ceremony took place Saturday, October 17 at 10:00 am at Bijou Park on N. Front Street beside the Arts Council.


1st Place - $1,000
Jay DeChesere

2nd Place - $500
Arron Johnson

3rd Place - $250
Lisa Lightfoot

For a complete list of awards and winners click here.

Paint Out Sponsors and Donors

2015 Art in the Arboretum Show

Art in the Arboretum, an annual fall event, filled the gardens with art and music for the weekend of October 2nd, 3rd, & 4th, 2015, featuring local artists’ works such as paintings, prints, pottery, sculpture, and other media. A raffle, silent auction, and performances by local musicians also took place.

Budding and Blooming Art Show

Wilmington Art Association recently sponsored the 2nd annual “Budding and Blooming Art Show” which provided opportunities for young, Budding Artists to be entrepreneurs for the day, selling their art or craft for their own set prices along with 20 Adult Blooming Artists.

For complete information click here.

The Colors of Summer

Original works of art, sculpture, photography, textiles for the home, jewelry, and more!

Call it a roadshow! The Wilmington Art Association joins Tickled Pink to bring Wilmington's finest fine art to the breezy promenades of Lumina Station. Different artists, masters of their specific medium, will be featured at Tickled Pink - where you'll meet painters, quilters, photographers & jewelers & their superb work.

WHEN: July 30 – August 30, 2015
WHERE: Tickled Pink at Lumina Station
WHAT: Four Weeks of Fine Art & Finer Artists

WAA / Thalian Association Children's Theater - Art Show

WAA artists were invited to paint the cast of CATS for an art show to be held in conjunction with the show performance which will be at Thalian Association Children’s Theater (Thalian Association - Official Theatre of North Carolina) in the Hannah Block Community Arts Center on May 14 - 17. Twenty-eight artists participated, painting each character in their “visually stunning and iconic makeup." The exhibition will be in the lobby of the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center and the paintings will be on sale to the public with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Community Arts Center.

Participating artists were Eunice Andrews, Mary Austin, Sue Bark, Chris Bloom, Becky Bucci, Susan Buteau, Jane Capen, Jay DeChesere, Francisca Dekker, Ann Hair, Roslyn Hancock, Connie Houser, Barbara Jamison, Pricilla Judy, Jana Koch, Karen Masterson, Diane McCord, Pam McNeill, Gretchen Murden, Judy Pawinski, Marty Relan, Janet Sessoms, Ritsuko Stilson, Anthony Vivaldi, Jeanne Walker, Roberta Wildman, Maria E. Williams and Elena Wright.

Jay DeChesere’s painting of the character ”Cassandra” has been selected to represent WAA in the program for the Thalian Children’s Theater production of CATS May 14-17. The original painting will be shown and for sale to the public in the Art Show in the lobby of the Hannah Block Art Center for the duration of the show. 28 WAA artists will have their paintings of individual CATS available in the Art Show. A portion of the proceeds from sales will benefit the Hannah Block Community Art Center.

2015 SilverArts a statewide Art Competition

For list of Visual Arts Winners click here.

For Heritage Arts Winners, click here.

The Wilmington Art Association participated in the SilverArts by sponsoring two of the arts the Visual Arts and Heritage Arts. The SilverArts is a statewide Art Competition for adults 50 and over. This Exhibition and Sale was held Friday, May 8th and 9th.

WAA announces 33rd Annual Juried Spring Art Show and Sale

The Wilmington Art Association is pleased to announce award winners for the 33rd Annual Juried Spring Art Show and Sale on April 10 – 12, 2015.

2015 Award Winners

First Place Fine Art
Mervin Wilkinson

Second Place Fine Art
Liz Hosier
”Desert Marsh”

Third Place Fine Art
Sam Allerton Green
”10 a.m.”

People's Choice Award
Craig Hales
”Inside Out”

For complete list of winners click here

For additional Show informationclick here.

Artists’ Studio & Supplies Sales Event

WAA will once again be hosting a White Elephant-type event to help re-distribute gently used or new art supplies.  This event is open to all WAA members and guests and will take place Saturday, February 7, 2015, at the Arboretum.  No commissions,no fees.

For complete information click here.

WAA Holiday Dinner and Art Show

The Annual Holiday Dinner and Art Show was held at Shell Island Resort Wednesday, December 10 at 6:30 pm. Winners in the Art Show were: Mary Austin for best use of red or green; Anne van Blarcom for best composition; and Gale Smith for People's Choice Award.

Joan McCloughlin, Kay Bilisoly and Mary Austin enjoy socializing and viewing the paintings, which were being voted on during the social hour before WAA Christmas dinner on December 10th.

Ann Lees, Education Chair, handed gift certificates to the winners. From the left, Mary Austin won the award for best use of red or green, Anne van Blarcom was the winner for best composition, and Gale Smith won the People's Choice Award.


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