theArtWorks™

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.

 

Sep
20
to Jan 31

Artists' OPEN Studios Friday 11-7 Saturdays 11-5

OPEN Friday’s 11-7 Saturday’s 11-5

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theArtWorks™ Mission is to Enhance the Community, Assist the artist, Contribute to the Revitalization of Downtown Wilmington. To Preserve Wilmington's commercial landmarks. Establish an international destination. To increase the livelihood of local artists and provide a place to create and display all types of art.

TheArtWorks™ is an art village showcasing Wilmington’s vibrant visual, literary, and performing arts. TheArtWorks™ provides art studios, gallery space, educational opportunities, and an event venue with the mission to foster a creative environment for artists and enhance Wilmington’s cultural community through art.
50+ artists actively create art and sell their wares through studios in TheArtWorks™. The range of mediums for sale includes original fine art, sculpture, jewelry, pottery, mosaics, photography, glass, block print, copper art, and unique handmade gifts.

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Opening Reception: "Opening the Curtain" Fifty Years of Image, Word, and Song
Sep
27
6:00 PM18:00

Opening Reception: "Opening the Curtain" Fifty Years of Image, Word, and Song

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An exhibition of more than 150 photographs from 16 bodies of work (1979-2019) featuring original videos books and music from artist Brian H. Peterson.

theArtWorks™ is excited to announce another great opportunity for our area and the National Art Community as a whole. One of our newest artists, a nationally accomplished, Brian H. Peterson, is having a Solo Exhibition, “Opening the Curtain”. We would love you to join us for the opening reception in theArtWorks™ Gallery Verrazzano, September 27, 2019, 6 pm - 9 pm.

 Here is a small excerpt from Brian's web site.

 “Brian H. Peterson has been an artist, curator, critic, musician, author, videographer, and arts administrator for more than forty years. The recipient of over thirty-five solo exhibitions of his photographs since 1980, his work is in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Amon Carter Museum, the Library of Congress, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Denver Art Museum, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Dayton Art Institute, the State Museum of Pennsylvania, the Danforth Museum of Art, the Woodmere Art Museum, the Berman Museum of Art, Haverford College, and the Free Library of Philadelphia. He worked as a curator for 24 years (1990-2013) at the James A. Michener Art Museum in Bucks County, PA.”   https://brianhpetersonwordimage.com/  

Guest Speakers/readings on September 29, October 26 and November 3 at 2:00 p.m.

EXHIBIT INFORMATION:

September 28- November 10, 2019

HOURS: Thursdays-Sundays 12-5 p.m.

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Sep
28
to Nov 10

Exhibition "Opening the Curtain" Fifty Years of Image, Word, and Song

Renowned photographer, author, and museum curator Brian H. Peterson will exhibit his life story in photographs, words and music at theArtWorks fine art gallery beginning September 28, 2019

 theArtWorks™, a first-of-its-kind international art community with working studios, event space, a fine art gallery and more, in Wilmington, North Carolina, will host the exhibit Opening the Curtain: Fifty Years of Image, Word and Song  drawn from the works of  Brian H. Peterson, from September 28 to November 10, 2019.

Peterson has been a passionate explorer of the creative life for over fifty years. His fine art photographs have been featured in more than 60 solo and group exhibits at galleries and museums from Philadelphia to Houston to Washington DC, and his work is in over a dozen prestigious museum collections including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Denver Art Museum, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Woodmere Art Museum, and the Library of Congress.

Also a prolific and critically acclaimed author, curator, and arts administrator, Peterson was the Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest Chief Curator at the James A. Michener Art Museum in Bucks County, Pennsylvania (1990-2013), where he authored several pioneering scholarly monographs and was the editor and principal author of the landmark publication Pennsylvania Impressionism (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2002). He has lectured widely on Pennsylvania Impressionism and its connections with the larger story of American art, and his critical writing has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, American Arts Quarterly, and The Photo Review.

He is also the author of three collections of essays and personal stories, The Smile At the Heart of Things (2009), The Blossoming of the World (2011), and I Give My Eyes… (2018). His books have been reviewed in USA Today, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Trenton Times, The Allentown Morning Call, and numerous other publications and blogs.

His haunting photographs see the world through a poet’s eye and a curator’s lens, exploring light and shadow, surface and atmosphere, with a uniquely personal vision rooted in both his spiritual life and a lifelong fascination with mortality and transfiguration. Featuring more than 150 images from 17 bodies of work, as well as Peterson’s videography, books, and music, the show is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore the work of a serious and thoughtful artist who not only has mastered traditional lens-based image-making but has ventured into such diverse territory as digitized self-portraits, abstraction, and plastic toy cameras. The work, along with copies of his books including signed copies of his latest publications, will be available for purchase during the exhibition—truly must-have collectibles from a world-class artist whom the former director of the Lancaster Museum of Art, Ellen Rosenholtz, described as follows: “Peterson’s photographs transcend the realm of objects to speak about matters of the soul.”

About theArtWorks™

theArtWorks™ is a developing global art destination with an artist village (working studios), event space, fine art gallery, and more housed in what was once the Block shirt factory in Wilmington, North Carolina. Its 30,000 plus sq. ft. is devoted entirely to creating, displaying, and celebrating art. The studios provide private workspace to painters, photographers, film makers, sculptors, writers, and glass worker etc. The “Art Lounge” (the Blue Monkey) hosts artistic expression and collaboration through music, poetry jams, comedic presentations, and space for private parties. Gallery Verrazzano, one of the largest display spaces in the Wilmington region, provides an opportunity for artists, collectors, and the general public to celebrate and explore some of the finest art that both Wilmington and the world have to offer, showcasing local artists and international visiting shows as well as offering an unusual and creative event venue. 

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Sep
29
to Nov 3

Guest Speakers: "Opening the Curtain" Fifty Years of Image, Word, and Song

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theArtWorks™…and Art Village is pleased to announce a special program series in conjunction with the upcoming “OPENING THE CURTAIN” exhibit:

“Exploring the Mystery of Creativity” will feature photographer, author, and retired museum curator Brian H. Peterson in conversation with several distinguished guests, exploring both the creative life and the creativity in all of us, through readings, videos, music, and informal discussion.

PARTICIPANTS INCLUDE:

Sunday, September 29, 2:00 PM:   Painter, poet, and curator Helen Mirkil

Saturday, October 26, 2:00 PM:   Stephen Jaffe, Mary and James H. Semans Professor of Music Composition at Duke University, and Michael Alec Rose, Associate Professor of Composition at the Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University

Sunday, November 3, 2:00 PM:   Mark Opgrand, Associate Pastor at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Wilmington, North Carolina

 Sunday, September 29, 2019   2:00 PM

On the Road to Damascus: The “Call”

 Special guest: painter, poet, and curator Helen Mirkil

Helen Mirkil is a graduate of both the BFA and MFA programs at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. Her paintings are included in numerous prestigious public and private collections, and have been exhibited at the Berman Museum of Art, Mary Washington University, the Michener Art Museum, the Delaware Art Museum, and the Butler Institute of American Art. Also a prolific and accomplished poet, MIrkil’s first book of poetry, “The Sower on the Cliffs,” was published by Book Arts Press.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

 John Weiss (1941-2017) was a formidable figure in contemporary art photography—a master teacher who ran the MFA photography program at the University of Delaware for more than three decades. Weiss was also a gifted photographer of people and places, with an instinct for the rhythm and music of visual design as well as an uncanny ability to reveal the deeper layers of human experience. In this first of three programs, Brian H. Peterson and his wife, painter and poet Helen Mirkil, read excerpts from a 2011 conversation between Weiss and Peterson recorded at Weiss’s home in Elkton, Maryland, and published in Peterson 2018 book “I Give My Eyes…” Beginning with their own circuitous journeys on the creative path, the conversation eventually arrives at Weiss’s personal “road to Damascus” experience, when he collapsed in front of a photograph at a gallery opening and then committed himself to a life in creative photography.

Note: Programs will take place at

GALLERY VERRAZZANO

theArtWorks™…and Art Village

200 Willard Street

Wilmington NC 28401

 Note: information on subsequent programs will be included in a press release in mid-October

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Oct
19
6:00 PM18:00

The Arts Friendly Awards 2019

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Join Arts Friendly as we celebrate excellence in our arts community. We recognize:

+ ARTIST: Joshua Marquez for Music Composition
+ ADVOCATE: Tony Rivenbark for Thalian Hall Best Practices & Restorations
+ ARTS IN EDUCATION: Brandon Guthrie for Higher Education Teaching & Arts Administration at Cape Fear Community College
+ ORGANIZATION: Thalian Association Community Theatre for Quality Local Theatre, Management of the Community Arts Center, and Arts Education
+ CERTIFIED ARTS FRIENDLY BUSINESS: MoMentum companies Real Estate Brokerage & Development Services for Emphasis on Quality of Life and a Flourishing Arts Community

Visit our official Arts Friendly Awards page at: artsfriendly.com/awards2019

Event attire is not formal. Ticket includes hors d'oeuvres, beer, and wine

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Aug
23
6:00 PM18:00

Art of the Image '19 Reception 4th Friday Gallery Nights August 23rd

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4th Friday Gallery Night Reception 6-9. "Art of the Image ‘19” August 23rd

Additional OPEN HOURS: Friday 11-7, Saturday 11-5, Sunday 12-5- - Art in Bloom Gallery and theArtWorks™️ of Wilmington announce a special art exhibit: “Art of the Image ’19,” a juried photographic media competition and exhibition and Preview of “Opening the Curtain” https://brianhpetersonwordimage.com View Angle Pros Virtual Tour of Art of the Image ‘19.
https://aibgallery.com/artist-art-of-the-image-19/ ALL Weekend!
“Art of the Image ‘19” was open to all photographers and artists submitting original photographyand/or works of art. Any original work of art with a primary focus on the photographic medium, utilizing traditional and non-traditional processes, was considered for the selection process.
Seventy artists from 14 states across the United States entered the juried competition with over 246 works of art. One-hundred and sixteen (116) works of art were chosen for the exhibition by Juror, Beth Handler Riebe. Categories included photography, non-traditional photography, altered photography, digital artwork (photography based), mixed media (utilizing photography), and 3-Dimensional (utilizing photography). Bring It Downtown Wilmington

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Art of the Image '19
Aug
2
to Sep 15

Art of the Image '19

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We’re excited to collaborate with Art in Bloom Gallery to present Art of the Image ‘19!

Art of the Image ‘19 is a juried photography competition and exhibition designed to celebrate the medium of photography and its cultural influence by engaging the photography community with a showing of exceptional photo-based works of art. This exhibition is open to artists working in two and three-dimensional mediums over the age of 18. Any original work of art with a primary focus on the photographic medium, utilizing traditional and non-traditional processes, will be considered for the selection process. Awards and Honorable Mentions will be available to selected artists. This year’s juror is Beth Handler Riebe, PhD, Independent Curator and Art Consultant.

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A Tribute For Robbie Kass
Jun
28
6:00 PM18:00

A Tribute For Robbie Kass

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This Fourth Friday is a tribute for Robbie Kass, a well-known and extraordinarily talented tattoo and airbrush artist who tragically passed away in October 2018. Robbie's memory lives on through his art, which will be on display for purchase in our Gallery Verrazzano. This Tribute will allow his family, friends and collectors the opportunity to own pieces of Robbie's artwork. In addition to Robbie's exhibition, we'll have live music from Roger Davis on guitar and Madafo on percussion. As always, our Art Village working studios will open for you to browse and shop.

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Silver Arts Exhibition and Sale at theArtWorks™
May
17
to May 19

Silver Arts Exhibition and Sale at theArtWorks™

We’re proud to host the Silver Arts this year!

Silver Arts is a creative expression; a major component of the traditional athletic competition of the YMCA of Southeastern NC Senior Games. Senior Games By the Sea-Silver Arts. 3 Days!! @ theArtWorks™️. The exhibition exemplifies the philosophy that strives to keep seniors Healthy, Active, and Involved. Silver Arts unites Athletes and Artists. 109 Artists entered in Visual Arts, Heritage Arts, and Literary Arts!

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Apr
3
8:00 PM20:00

Performing at theArtWorks™: Five Letter Word

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Five Letter Word make their Wilmington debut!


Mix three singer-songwriters, several stringed instruments, and a variety of percussive techniques, and you get Five Letter Word. Made up of Leigh Jones (vocals, guitar, percussion), Clara Baker (vocals, fiddle, guitar) and Audra Nemir (vocals, bass), this Portland, OR-based trio of powerful women draws on influences such as The Wailin’ Jennys, Dixie Chicks, and The Wood Brothers, blending their signature harmonies into a sound that is "uniquely infectious” and show that is “delightful, with a few unexpected twists." Their new album, Siren, debuted at #17 on the National Folk DJ Chart for January 2019. Check out their website: https://fiveletterwordband.com/

Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m.
$10 suggested minimum donation.

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Mar
22
6:00 PM18:00

Fourth Friday Gallery Nights

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Friday, March 22nd, from 6-9pm, we'll be celebrating the Exhibition and Sale of work from our Art Village artists while enjoying the sounds of from Al DiMarco. We're having a special guest, sculptor Paul Hill, introduce his piece "Prey with Ease", a permanent addition to theArtWorks™. As a kick off for Cape Fear Craft Beer Week, we'll be serving samples of beer from our new South Front District neighbors, New Anthem Beer Project! We're raffling a piece from Meroe Wheatley for our art scholarship raffle, and, as always, our Art Village is open for your browsing pleasure.

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Arts Friendly Meet-up
Mar
16
5:00 PM17:00

Arts Friendly Meet-up

This Saturday, Arts Friendly is hosting a meet-up in our Gallery Verrazzano. This is an excellent chance to mingle with people who support the arts in Wilmington and chat with those having similar art interests. The Meet-up is open to all, plus there will be beer, wine and snacks. 

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Artists at theArtWorks™ Art Exhibition and Sale
Mar
1
to Mar 30

Artists at theArtWorks™ Art Exhibition and Sale

The Artists at theArtWorks™ Art Exhibition and Sale will be a showcase of art from our Art Village. We’ll have representation from many different two-dimensional and three-dimensional mediums. The show will last from March 1st until March 30th in our Gallery Verrazano, with extended hours in addition to our usual open times. On Fourth Friday, March 22nd, we’ll be introducing artist Paul Hill’s sculpture “Pray”, a permanent addition to our facility.

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Jan
25
6:00 PM18:00

January's Fourth Friday

Come experience Fourth Friday Gallery Nights at theArtWorks™! We're welcoming the new year with live music from Susan Savia, our monthly art raffle, and new art in our Art Village!

theArtWorks™, which includes an Art Village with 45+ working studios, as an international art destination, provides a creative environment for artists, educational opportunities, and enhances the community through art.

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Fourth Friday at theArtWorks™!
Jul
27
6:00 PM18:00

Fourth Friday at theArtWorks™!

Stop by this Fourth Friday to enjoy some of Wilmington's most vibrant art! We're having live music from local keyboardist and accordionist Al DiMarco as well as a raffle for Mossy Fox Studio's wood-burned "Keepsake Box"! We'll also have a visiting Fairy Hair artist, Rebecca Lee! You can get your hair done for only $20! Come out and celebrate art with all of us at theArtWorks™! 

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May
25
6:00 PM18:00

4th Friday Gallery Nights 6 PM - 9 PM

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TheArtWorks™ houses an art village and galleries showcasing Wilmington, North Carolina’s vibrant arts community. 50+ local artists actively create and sell original Art through their studios inside TheArtWorks™. The range of mediums available include fine art Oils, Watercolor, Pastels, and Acrylics, Sculpture, Jewelry, Pottery, Blown and Fused Glass, Mosaics, Fiber Art, Clothes, Scarves, Fashion Design, Wood Carving, Mixed Media, Drum and Guitar instruction, Photography, and Unique Original Art gifts. Their studios feature personal work space and mini galleries. TheArtWorks™ also includes classrooms where a wide variety of arts classes are taught, including voice, drums, and guitar, photorealistic colored pencil drawing, among other art related classes.

4th Friday Gallery Nights are free monthly events where downtown area galleries, studios and art spaces open their doors to the public in an after-hours celebration of art and culture sponsored by the Arts Council of Wilmington.
Enjoy some refreshments, and experience Al Dimarco Jazz musician, key board, accordionist http://aldimarco.com/, as you stroll the avenues inside theArtWorks™ . 
Taking place from 6:00-9:00 p.m. on the fourth Friday of each month, the self-guided tours have made the downtown area downtown Wilmington a popular destination for art lovers.

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May
25
10:00 AM10:00

Silver Arts Exhibition and Sale

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Silver Arts is a creative expression; a major component of the traditional athletic competition of the YMCA of Southeastern NC Senior Games. Senior Games By the Sea-Silver Arts. 3 Days!! @ theArtWorks™️. The exhibition exemplifies the philosophy that strives to keep seniors Healthy, Active, and Involved. Silver Arts unites Athletes and Artists. 50+ Visual Arts, Heritage Arts, and Literary Arts

  

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May
5
9:00 AM09:00

4th Annual UpScale ReSale Habitat Restore @theArtWorks

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http://www.capefearhabitat.org/upscale-resale/

The UpScale ReSale & Design Challenge is in its fourth year, and is Wilmington’s most creative interior design competition! This 2-day fundraising event brings together local design firms who are challenged to utilize ReStore resources to upcycle, recycle, and repurpose donated items into beautiful vignettes. All items are then made available for resale to benefit Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity

Event Dates:
VIP PREVIEW PARTY & SALE – Friday, May 4
6 pm - 9 pm
Advance Tickets: $35 | Door Tickets: $40
Purchase Tickets: bit.ly/UpScale2018VIP
Friday night’s VIP Preview Party & Sale is especially exciting as celebrity judges hand down 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards. VIP ticket holders then vote to elect the “People’s Choice Winner” and have the opportunity to purchase the professionally repurposed items before general admission on Saturday. Ticket price also includes hors d’oeuvres, wine, and beer.

GENERAL ADMISSION & PUBLIC SALE – Saturday, May 5
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
All tickets: $5
Purchase Tickets: bit.ly/UpScale2018GA
Saturday’s general admission provides ticket holders the opportunity to view designer vignettes and purchase professionally repurposed items not sold during Friday night’s VIP Preview Party & Sale. All vignettes are on full display with designers on hand to showcase their work.

YOU'RE MAKING A DIFFERENCE!
Donate: bit.ly/UpScaleDonate
Can't make this year's UpScale ReSale? You can still help us meet our 2018 goal of raising $35,000 to support our mission of building homes and hope by making a one-time donation to Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity.

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May
4
6:00 PM18:00

4th Annual UpScale ReSale Habitat Restore @theArtWorks

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The UpScale ReSale & Design Challenge is in its fourth year, and is Wilmington’s most creative interior design competition! This 2-day fundraising event brings together local design firms who are challenged to utilize ReStore resources to upcycle, recycle, and repurpose donated items into beautiful vignettes. All items are then made available for resale to benefit Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity! TICKETS: www.capefearhabitat.org/upscale-resale/

Event Dates:
VIP PREVIEW PARTY & SALE – Friday, May 4
6 pm - 9 pm
Advance Tickets: $35 | Door Tickets: $40
Purchase Tickets: bit.ly/UpScale2018VIP
Friday night’s VIP Preview Party & Sale is especially exciting as celebrity judges hand down 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards. VIP ticket holders then vote to elect the “People’s Choice Winner” and have the opportunity to purchase the professionally repurposed items before general admission on Saturday. Ticket price also includes hors d’oeuvres, wine, and beer.

GENERAL ADMISSION & PUBLIC SALE – Saturday, May 5
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
All tickets: $5
Purchase Tickets: bit.ly/UpScale2018GA
Saturday’s general admission provides ticket holders the opportunity to view designer vignettes and purchase professionally repurposed items not sold during Friday night’s VIP Preview Party & Sale. All vignettes are on full display with designers on hand to showcase their work.

YOU'RE MAKING A DIFFERENCE!
Donate: bit.ly/UpScaleDonate
Can't make this year's UpScale ReSale? You can still help us meet our 2018 goal of raising $35,000 to support our mission of building homes and hope by making a one-time donation to Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity.

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Apr
27
6:00 PM18:00

4th Friday Gallery Walk 6 - 9 PM

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theArtWorks™ and Arts Council of Wilmington & New Hanover County-Fourth Friday Gallery Nights, April 27,  6-9 PM Luis Paschoa performing Smooth Latin and American Classics; Live Music!

Fourth Friday Gallery Nights are free monthly events where downtown area galleries, studios and art spaces open their doors to the public in an after-hours celebration of art and culture sponsored by the Arts Council of Wilmington. Taking place from 6:00-9:00 p.m. on the fourth Friday of each month, the self-guided tours have made the downtown area downtown Wilmington a popular destination for art lovers.

TheArtWorks™ is an art village showcasing Wilmington, North Carolina’s vibrant arts community. 50+ local artists actively create and sell original Art through their studios inside TheArtWorks™. The range of mediums available include fine art Oils, Watercolor, Pastels, and Acrylics, Sculpture, Jewelry, Pottery, Blown and Fused Glass, Mosaics, Fiber Art, Clothes, Scarves, Fashion Design, Wood Carving, Mixed Media, Drum and Guitar instruction, Photography, and Unique Original Art gifts. Their studios feature personal work space and mini galleries. TheArtWorks™ also includes classrooms where a wide variety of arts classes are taught, including voice, drums, and guitar, photo-realistic colored pencil drawing, among other art related classes.

theArtWorks™ Mission is to Enhance the Community, Assist the Artist, Contribute to the Revitalization of Downtown Wilmington. To preserve Wilmington's Commercial Landmarks. Establish an International Destination. To increase the livelihood of local artists and provide a place to create and display all types of art.

TheArtWorks™ provides art studios, gallery space, educational opportunities, and an event venue with the focus of fostering a creative environment for artists and enhance Wilmington, North Carolina's cultural community through art.

Located at 200 Willard Street in the revitalized South Front District of Wilmington, North Carolina. A part of the original Block shirt factory complex. TheArtWorks™ is one mile from the heart of downtown Wilmington. A wedding reception, bar or bat mitzvah, trade show, gala, business functions, or other special event can be held within theArtWorks™  7,000 square feet of versatile gallery space. 550+ Seated. Smaller intimate gallery available also.

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Jan
26
6:00 PM18:00

January 4th Friday 6 - 9 PM

It was 5 years ago, in January 2012, that we first participated in the Wilmington and New Hanover County Arts Council's Fourth Friday Gallery Nights. Since then, theArtWorks™ has continued to grow and contribute to Wilmington's art community and small business economy. We now have over 50 working artists, we host classes and meetings, and our Gallery Verrazzano has presented a wide variety of events including parties, fashion shows, and many different art openings. 

In 2018, we are more committed than ever to fostering a creative environment for artists, educational opportunities, and enhancing the community through art. As well, we offer thanks to everyone who has helped make this possible! 

Looking forward to Al Dimarco entertaining!

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December Fourth Friday!
Dec
22
6:00 PM18:00

December Fourth Friday!

Visit theArtWorks™ this Fourth Friday! Fine Art, Jewelry, Pottery, Glass, Clothes, Scarves, Fashion Design, Fiber Art, Mosaics, Wood Carving, Photography, Sculpture, Original Art Gifts and Cards and more! #theartworkswilmingtonnc #artvillage#FourthFridayGalleryNights

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November 4th Friday Gallery Nights
Nov
24
6:00 PM18:00

November 4th Friday Gallery Nights

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Get your Black Friday art shopping done during The ArtWorks-Wilmington -Fourth Friday Gallery Night, November 24, 6-9 PM! This is a free monthly event sponsored by Arts Council of Wilmington & New Hanover County where downtown galleries, studios, and art spaces open their doors to the public in an after-hours celebration of Wilmington, North Carolina 's art and culture! LOCAL artists Available at The ArtWorks-Wilmington: Fine Art, Jewelry, Pottery, Glass, Clothes, Scarves, Fashion Design, Fiber Art, Mosaics, Wood Carving, Photography, Sculpture, Original Art Gifts and Cards! All our studio artists will also be exhibiting and selling art in their private studios. 

 

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Jul
28
6:00 PM18:00

Fourth Friday Gallery Nights July 28 6-9PM

Join us for this month's Fourth Friday! Performing live is the Tiki Torch Duo, composed of theArtWorks™ artist Perry Smith and Ed Somech.  The Featured artist this month is Jeanmarie Griffin (featured in photo), specializing in fashion and reuse art. After only a couple of months, she is making a unique impact on theArtWorks™. Come visit her studio in theArtWorks™ Art Village!

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Jul
16
1:00 PM13:00

Pedestrian Art Celebration

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Sunday, July 16, 1-5pm
Public Reception:  2pm at Expo 216 (Free)
Guided Shuttle Tours: 1pm, 2:45pm and 4pm (Purchase Tickets)

Join us in celebration of the latest installations in the popular Pedestrian Art public sculpture series. Events will be held on Sunday, July 16, 2017, beginning at 1pm.  A reception, which is free and open to the public, will take place at Expo 216, 216 N. Front St. at 2:00 p.m. Guided shuttle tours  tickets are $20 and may be purchased online.  Tours will take place at 1:00, 2:45, and 4:00 p.m. 

Pedestrian Art, a program of The Arts Council of Wilmington/NHC, features the installation of 10-12 sculptures throughout downtown Wilmington each year.  The program is made possible through support from the City of Wilmington, The Artworks°™, Craige & Fox LLC, Art in Bloom Gallery, the Dreams Center for Arts Education, and the Downtown Business Alliance. The pedestrian art celebration is being sponsored by Art in Bloom Gallery and Expo 216. 

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Jun
24
9:00 AM09:00

Willard Green Pop Up Market SATURDAY 9-4

3rd Annual POP UP Market. Join us! Live Music! Food! Local Artisans, Vendors, Yard Sale and meet the Artists inside theArtWorks™. Between #SouthFront Apartments, #SatelliteBar, and #theArtWorks™.  #T'Geaux Boys Food Truck and #BlockTaco 

TheArtWorks™ is planned art village providing art studios, gallery space, and an event venue-- fostering a creative environment for artists, educational opportunities, and enhancement of the Wilmington community. Once part of the original Block Shirt factory, #theArtWorks at 200 Willard Street, is central to the developing area between South Front Street and Third Street, now known as the South Front Warehouse District on the Cape Fear Historic Byway. Near Greenfield Lake.

 

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May
26
to May 28

Silver Arts Exhibition and Sale

The 2017 SilverArts competition will once again take place at theArtWorks™ at 200 Willard Street Wilmington, NC. TheArtWorks™ once housed the thriving Block Shirt factory, then the manufacturing of plastic plumbing, and most recently antique cars.  But now this historic building is fast becoming one of Wilmington, North Carolina's premier art villages. Inside you will find an, “Art Village,” of over 50 working artist’s studios. Many of whom will be entering into the SilverArts competition. 

SilverArts is a component of the Senior Games By the Sea, which is a state of NC sponsored program.  Here in Wilmington it is called the “Senior Games by the Sea” and as of this year 2016 has officially become one of the YMCA yearly events supported with participating organizations such as the Wilmington Art Association. This program is a state wide Competition in numerous athletic events and an Art Competition in the 4 Art categories of the SilverArts, the Visual Arts, Heritage Arts, Literary Arts and Performing Arts. 

This event and all the various categories are open to all NC residents age 50 and over.

“The SilverArts, is a celebration of the creative expression of seniors in North Carolina. It is a major component of the traditional athletic competition of North Carolina Senior Games.  In a philosophy that strives to keep seniors healthy, active and involved, SilverArts unites the athlete and artist in a program that recognizes the similarities of both endeavors: discipline, dedication, and pride in one's accomplishments. SilverArts provides a stage for the creative talents of the visual, heritage, literary, and performing artists.  Encouragement and recognition of creative potential and accomplishment is the goal of the SilverArts program.” In Wilmington this program is over seen by the board of the “Senior Games by the Sea.” The events are held throughout Wilmington between the months of April and May.  

 

TheArtWorks™ is honored to host the SilverArts, as their Mission is to theArtWorks™ Mission is to Enhance the Community, Assist the artist, Contribute to the Revitalization of Downtown Wilmington. To Preserve Wilmington's commercial landmarks. Establish an international destination. To increase the livelihood of local artists and provide a place to create and display all types of art. TheArtWorks™ is an art village showcasing Wilmington’s vibrant visual, literary, and performing arts. TheArtWorks™ provides art studios, gallery space, educational opportunities, and an event venue with the mission to foster a creative environment for artists and enhance Wilmington’s cultural community through art. 50+ artists actively create and sell their work through studios in TheArtWorks™. The range of mediums for sale includes original, fine art, sculpture, jewelry, pottery, mosaics, photography, glass, block print, and unique handmade gifts. Their event venue has hosted, Literary Fairs, Cultural Programs, Fashion Shows, and many other events. They participate in the Forth Friday ArtWalks, and many resident artists are members of the Wilmington Art Association.

The Wilmington Art Association is in the 4th year of participating in the Silver Arts, by sponsoring three of the categories, the Visual Arts, Literary Arts, and the Heritage Arts.   The Visual Arts has all the various sub-categories such as oils, acrylics,watercolor, photography, etc. plus sculptures.   The Heritage Arts sub-categories include pottery, woodcarving, glass, jewelry, quilts and much more.  All the Visual Arts and Heritage Arts sub-categories are judged separately with 2 different judges. Example:  in the Visual Arts, the Oils category is judged separately from Acrylics, etc.  Artists who win 1st,2nd and 3rd place in one of the sub-categories will have the opportunity to go to the State Finals which will be held in Raleigh this Fall.     

With the participation of the Wilmington Art Association sponsoring the Visual & Heritage Arts of the SilverArts, the “Exhibition and Sale” was established to give artists an opportunity to sell their creations.  Artists who have won first, second or third place and decide to go to the State Finals will only exhibit their work since the original piece that won the award can go to the finals. The “Exhibition and Sale” is open to the public at theArtWorks™ for three days from May 26- May 28.

The Wilmington Art Association sponsors this event at theArtWorks™, 200 Willard St., taking over the 7,000 square foot event space. TheArtWorks™ studios are open to visitors Fridays 10 to 6 and Saturdays 10 to 3 as well as Forth Fridays from 6 to 9pm. 

Last year the SilverArts, brought in 360 art pieces in the various categories for the Exhibition and Sale from the Cape Fear Region artists. The Wilmington Art Association is pleased to report that the Visual and Heritage Art of the SilverArts have been recognized as the best and number one in all of North Carolina.  With the help of artists entering the SilverArts theWilmington Art Association hopes to maintain the title of number one in 2017.

 

For more information about the SilverArts contact:

Marty Relan, Wilmington Art Association, SilverArtsCoordinator

910.620.4793 martyrelan@gmail.com

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