theArtWorks™ houses  a 7K square foot gallery, artists studios, coffee shop, wifi, and more.  The gallery gives artists a place to work their work, the community an event venue.  Studios include workspace, individual galleries and shop.  Meeting and classrooms are also available. And of course, the coffee shop and wifi enhances space for conversations, meetings, and social interaction.


Update on Leslie Campbell's Bulgarian  IMAGO International Artist Residency

✌🏻 Peace Out to the Village of Peace Tsarimir, Bulgaria. I’m a world away and a full month of intense art and adventure has taught me so much. I have much to be thankful for and so much more to look forward to as I transition to the big city of Sofia for the final exhibition and reuniting with my supportive husband and oldest son Robbie Campbell in Germany. Thanks to those following me and all the encouraging comments and likes. Not looking for #s or validation just sharing and engaging in artful reflection and dialogue.☮️♥️take a look at our Open Studios for the locals! IMAGO International Artist Residency


Ready to Jet to Bulgaria?

Is your passport current? Up for an adventure? Artist in Residence, Leslie Campbell wants to know. It’s official. The exhibit for my Bulgarian residency is October 29th from 6-10 pm at SeeMeOn29 gallery in Sofia. Myself plus 2 other residents and 3 from the Sofia World of Co residency will be showing our work. These are a couple of collage pieces. #gallery #popupexhibition #art #artresidency #bulgaria @imago_artist_residency @Tsarimir, Plovdiv, 🇧🇬 Bulgaria

Hello From Bulgaria!

Our theArtWorks™, Artist Leslie Campbell is in Bulgaria for the month of October. She will be updating us on her marvelous experiences! Scroll the pictures below!! Just tap them. Keep up on FB .

Hello from Bulgaria!  I arrived here on October 1st and the weather has been beautiful.  My luggage went on a completely different journey than me, but I am happy to report we are reunited!  The Imago Residency in Tsiramir, Bulgaria is located in a tiny village 20 minutes from Plovdiv. 

I applied for this residency last winter and was very excited to be accepted.  I’d be lying if I didn’t admit I was nervous and anxious the week before my departure.  I thought, “dear GOD what I have I signed myself up for?” Now that my first week is coming to a close, I can start to feel my nerves unfurl and am finding village life quite suitable for me.  There is some culture shock, a language barrier and food challenges but my accommodations are comfortable, modest and charming. When I’m feeling anxious or questioning why I did this in the first place, I remind myself to love the process and to have fun.  I have moments where I feel completely overwhelmed. As if I have produce all kinds of art, and work work work! The idea behind this residency is to immerse yourself into new surroundings, enjoy new experiences and get inspired by the things you do and see along the journey.  For some, lots of work pours out of them, and for others, it isn’t until they get home that the work actually happens.  

This residency is small, only 2 other artists are here, and there is tremendous support in aspects of the art world.  The hosts, Rado and Tedy, are art historians, curators and contemporary art lecturers and the founders of Art and Culture Today.  I encourage you to look at their website:


I have my own studio and lots of surrounding land to explore for inspiration.  I have enjoyed some home cooked meals (all of which include feta cheese) and some local spirits called Rakia.  There are two kittens that love to play in the courtyard and I am really taken by how quiet it is.

  The city of Plovdiv is the Cultural Capital of Europe 2019 and has a thriving art scene.  I visited the art supply store there and started setting up my space for work. We have several excursions planned over the next few weeks and I will update you again if you’d like to follow along on this adventure with me.  I’m also on Instagram: @ravenworks_studio for even more behind the scenes pictures and stories. 

Kind Regards,

Leslie Campbell

Dainty Moose

Aundi Wison, at her own Dainty Moose Mudworks in theArtWorks™, holds the cute ceramic giraffe she designed and made.  On the shelves behind her are her handmade platters. Come and see.  

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The Studios

The studios are looking good. One of these days in the not too distant future, people will want to come to theArtWorks™ just to see the clever and creative ways the artists have fixed up their spaces, inside and outside along the village streets.

Jim and Betsy have allowed the artists to do what they want to their studios, within reason of course, keeping in mind that there is a New Orleans theme going on. That is quite a license to an artist and also makes for a lot of fun. Even if they look finished, most of the studios are works in progress, and on any given day, you are likely to find an artist changing the color of a wall, rearranging, adding new pieces. There are bold and bright colors, interesting exteriors and lighting, each studio as unique as the artist who uses it. Who knew that so much could be done with 150 square feet!

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Open Studios

The beautiful new flags in front of the building helped identify Open Studios today. Many thanks to Betsy and Jim!

Each Saturday from ten a.m. to three p.m theArtWorks™ is open to the public. Many of the artists are there, either working in their own studios or out and about the village. We are always glad to have people visiting, and we enjoy chatting with anyone who wants to stop by. Wilmington is full of art lovers.

Today Erika and Maria hung some paintings on the wall in the big front room. We really needed that! Thanks to you both and to the artists who contributed. 

Another successful Open Studios Saturday!


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Maria's Botanical Paintings

Not only does Maria Esther Williams paint beautiful pictures of flowers, she also is an accomplished flower arranger. When you come to her studio, in addition to these paintings you are also likely to see a vase full of greenery and fresh flowers from her yard. 




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