Art Opportunities

Listed below are local opportunities for artists.

2017/2018 Art in the Arboretum Theme Art Piece Contest

Two years have passed since the inception of the “Art in the Arboretum Theme Art Piece Contest.” This year it is time once again to kick your imagination into high gear and decide what our rambunctious sea serpent will be doing.

  • Entries must be 2-dimensional original artwork - Oil, acrylic, watercolor, or pastel
  • Entry Piece must be submitted to Arboretum no later than March 31st
  • Deliver to the main office: 6206 Oleander Drive, Wilmington NC
  • For questions call Roben Jarrett @ 910-798-7671
  • You decide what our sea serpent will be doing!! USE YOUR IMAGINATION!!
  • Contest winner will be announced in early April


Acrylic, Watercolor and Oil Painting Workshop with Kirah Van Sickle

Paint in Van Gogh’s footsteps. Provence is a favorite location for our Artist Retreat: the light here is renowned amongst painters making this location the perfect inspiration.

For complete information Painting in Provence

Or contact Kirah at or 910.233.7507

Secrets of the Garden: Plein Air Retreat Winston-Salem, NC,

May 10-May 12, 2017

Join Wilmington artist and educator, Kirah Van Sickle, for a 3-day painting retreat in some of the Triad's most tempting garden spots: Reynolda Gardens, Tanglewood Park and Raffaldini Vineyards. These beautiful settings will provide rich inspiration for better color, clarity and composition. Experiment and explore with 'hidden,' often overlooked techniques for capturing the essence of complex landscapes and garden subjects.

For complete information Secret Garden

Or contact Kirah at or 910.233.7507

22nd Annual Orange Street ArtsFest

Join Thalian Association Community Theatre for the 22nd Annual Orange Street ArtsFest as we light up historic downtown Wilmington with a two day celebration of the Southeast's top artists. Experience colorful art booths, entertainment and delicious food on 2nd and Orange Streets and inside the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center. The Orange Street ArtsFest takes place Sat. May 27th 10 - 6 and Sun May 28th 10 - 5. For complete information - CommunityArts or email Samantha Herrick, Community Arts Center Director at

Orange Street Call For Artists

October & Art in the Arboretum

Art in the Arboretum 2017 - Friday October 6th thru Sunday October 8th - More information on registration will be coming your way later this spring!

The Associated Artists of Southport, NC's Spring Art Show

The Associated Artists of Southport, NC is accepting entries through February 13, 2017 for the Spring Art Show to take place February 27 to March 18, 2017. Kate Worm (2D) and Amy Levine 3D will judge from actual work, all work will be displayed at Franklin Square Gallery. Prospectus attached for complete details go to