Upcoming WAA Membership General Meetings

WAA General Membership Meetings will be held on the fourth Wednesday of the month in January 2017, February 2017, March 2017, and May 2017. The meetings will be held the second Thursday of the month in September 2017, October 2017, November 2017, and December 2017.

The meetings are held at the NHC Arboretum 6206 Oleander Drive, Wilmington, NC. A social with refreshments will begin at 6:00 PM, followed by the business meeting at 6:30 PM and the program. The public is welcome.

Previous 2016 & 2017 General Membership Meetings

May 24, 2017 - Kevin Dunn presented a talk on Color.

April 2017 - No meeting

March 22, 2017 - Patti Jenkins is an Wilmington attorney. Patti focuses on protecting the work and the rights of artists. "She will explain what a copyright is and how you can get one; what you should do and what you need to do; and what it protects you against - who can use your stuff and under what parameters and exceptions" (as quoted in the January 2017 issue of Wilma magazine).

February 22, 2017 - Kirah Van Sickle will speak on "The Art of the Critique' - an overview of what judges, gallery owners and you as an artist look for in a dynamic, engaging work of art. How can one improve on fundamentals and create a body of work that reflects your personal voice. Kirah has over 30 years experience of working with galleries, juried shows and exhibits as a fine artist, illustrator, instructor and gallery member. She has a MS in Scientific visualization and a MFA in Painting. Kirah is a Golden certified artist-educator (one of about 45 in the US) which provides her with insight and working knowledge of traditional and contemporary materials for acrylic, oil, watercolor and mixed media.

January 25, 2017 - The WAA is pleased to have Rhonda Bellamy, Executive Director of the Arts Council of Wilmington & NHC, to speach on how WAA and Arts Council can collaborate. Rhonda Bellamy served as interim executive director of the newly formed Arts Council of Wilmington/New Hanover County from its launch in December 2011 and was named to the permanent post in July 2012. Bellamy has served on a variety of arts-related boards, including the Black Arts Alliance, the North Carolina Black Film Festival and the Cameron Art Museum.

A graduate of North Carolina Central University, she was recently honored by the City of Wilmington as one of its Living Legends. Other honors include being named Women of the Year - New Hanover Human Relations Commissions, YWCA Woman of Achievement in the Arts, and one of the 50 Most Influential Arts Leaders (Star News).

The Wilmington Art Association Holiday Dinner and Art Show

The Annual Holiday Dinner and Art Show was held Thursday, December 8, 2016 at the Cape Fear Country Club. Over eighty members and their guests attended the festive event enjoying delightful friendships, delicious food and drinks, and the annual Holiday Art Show. This year's Show winners were: Pam McNeill, "Painting I would most like to take home"; Peggy Vineyard, "Best use of color"; and Mary Whitehurst, "Best use of light and shadows".

This year the Board voted to present Lifetime Membership Awards each year at the Holiday Dinner to members who have been devoted in their service and support of the WAA in leadership roles. The 2016 awards were presented to Alouise Fenstermacher, Barbara Tuzzeo, and Pete Paterson.

December 8, 2016 - Our Holiday Party will be at Cape Fear Country Club this year. We shall have a delicious dinner and a show of our work there in CFCC's beautifully decorated and festive rooms. More details to follow nearer the time. Plan to attend - it is always a lot of fun.

November 10, 2016 – We are delighted to welcome metal sculptor, Dumay Gorham, as our November presenter. Many of you will be familiar with Dumay's fabulous sculptures, gates and installations around town and in UNCW. He is the creator of the serpent/dragon in the Arboretum lily pond! He will tell us about his fantastical creatures and other metal fabrications of his imaginative mind, and will bring some smaller metal pieces which we can handle, admire and buy!

October 13, 2016 - The WAA Committee Fair was a great success last year. So again, next month, in place of a seated program, we shall have the opportunity to recognize what the different arms of WAA work at, what the many committees do to provide outreach, shows, publicity, communications, hospitality, workshops and programs. You will be able to see where your talents will truly fit in and meet like-minded members who would love to have you join in. Come and get to know our terrific members, new and old.

September 8, 2016 - Charles Robertson's jewel-like encaustic paintings are the result of over 35 years of working and experimenting in this 2000 year-old medium. His choice of subject matter, usually landscapes of large open fields, conveys a feeling of tranquility portrayed by a softness often associated with encaustic painting. He also does still lifes of single objects and abstracts he refers to as "glyphs" or "glyphics". Robertson has exhibited at major galleries throughout the nation and is in numerous private collections. Charles Spoke of his work in encaustics, and gave a demonstration of his technique in this age-old medium.

May 12, 2016 - On May 12th, 2016, Wilmington Art Association welcomed well-known artist and instructor, Joanne Geisel as presenter at our monthly Membership Meeting. Geisel's presentation was titled : "Creating Dynamic Impact with Values". She explained and demonstrated her process as she begins an oil painting. The work at the right is the finished piece from the demonstration. She also shared her thoughts on gallery representation including creating a body of work, resume, cover letter, and researching and approaching galleries. Joanne is an award-winning North Carolina artist, and she is often found painting en plein air in Wrightsville Beach and Wilmington.

March 10, 2016 - Our presenter will be Kelly Starbuck of SALT Studio Photography. A well-known local photographer, Kelly has had work displayed in Town & Country and Southern Living Magazines, on Larry King Live, and in numerous local and national publications. She specializes in photographing pieces of art for shows, and will speak about her background and experiences.

February 11, 2016 - Pastel Demonstration and talk by Bonnie Rogers. Rogers teaches pastel figure drawing at the Cameron Museum School. She will demo a live pastel figure drawing, and is excited to share her passion for pastel with fellow artists. Bonnie is a graduate in Creative Arts from UNCW and was a graphic artist for many years. The picture at the right is the piece that Bonnie created during the meeting.

January 14, 2016 - the speaker will be printmaker, Susan Baehmann. Her talk is entitled "Original Prints versus Giclees". Susan will explain the prints made on an etching press: intaglio, etching and monotypes. She will speak about her background, how she came to printmaking, and her process. She will have examples of her beautiful work which is collected nationwide. Susan says: "My primary interest is in the never-ending variance of moods, shapes, forms and colors to be found in nature. The significance of objects and how they relate to each other on paper become arrangements of my impressions of reality." Social time will begin at 6:30 and the meeting will start at 7 pm.
For complete list of meeting dates and location - General Meeting Dates and Location.

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 Shows and Events

Silver Arts


Exhibition and Sale for Visual & Heritage Arts

The Exhibition and Sale for Visual & Heritage Arts for artists 50 years or older was held Friday, May 26 - Sunday, May 27, 2017 at the ArtWorks 200 Willard St., Wilmington, NC. Winners qualify for the State Finals held in Raleigh this fall. There were four categories in SilverArts: Visual Arts, Heritage Arts, Literary Arts and Performing Arts. The Wilmington Art Association is sponsoring the Visual Arts and the Heritage Arts categories.

For complete show information - Silver Arts

2017 Paintout Wilmington

The Arts Council of Wilmington held their annual plein air Paint Out Wilmington in downtown Wilmington, NC, May 1-6, 2017. Picturesque backdrops abound in North Carolina’s “favorite” city, including the USS North Carolina, a 230+ block National Register Historic District, and a host of unique and contemporary scenes. Sponsored by the Arts Council in association with the Wilmington Art Association, Paint Out Wilmington 2017 featured adult and youth divisions.

The 35th Annual Juried Spring Art Show & Sales

Wilmington Art Association (WAA) held the 35th Annual Juried Spring Show and Sale April 7-9, 2017 in Wilmington, NC during the annual North Carolina Azalea Festival. The top award winners are listed below.

For complete list of awards - 2017 Awards

For complete show information - Spring Show

“Elf, Jr” Art Show - Dec 1-4, 2016

WAA artists painted the actors in the Thalian Association’s Childrens Theater production of “Elf, Jr” which was presented December 1-4. Twenty eight artists participated in the event. Artists took photographs of the children/actors in costume two weeks prior to the event. The paintings were displayed and for sale in the lobby of the Hannah Block Community Art Center during the the performance dates.

Southeastern Community College

Presents WAA Board Exhibition

The Southeastern Community College invited the WAA Board to exhibit artwork August 22 - September 16, 2016 at the Wyche Gallery on their campus. A reception was held at 5:00 pm September 1, 2016 in the Gallery.


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