The Wilmington Art Association (WAA) was organized in 1971. Its early monthly meetings were held at Wilmington's New Hanover County Museum.
This group was the second organization to use the name "Wilmington Art Association." The first was formed in 1953 and eventually became absorbed in the membership of St. John's Museum of Art -- which is now the Cameron Art Museum.
A new Wilmington Art Association -- with 30 members -- arranged its first "Annual Labor Day Arts and Crafts Show" in 1971 at Greenfield Park and organized the "First Annual Christmas Show and Sale" at the Community Art Center located at 120 South Second Street. In 1972, the Arts Council of the Lower Cape Fear held its first "Arts Ball" at the Wilmington Hilton, in downtown Wilmington... and the Wilmington Art Association had an exhibit of paintings. The organization received its charter from the State of North Carolina in 1974 and is certified by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service as a non-profit organization.
The first Wilmington Art Association gallery opened in the Spring of 1999 at Chandler's Wharf on Water Street in downtown Wilmington. In November 2006, the Gallery was relocated to 616-B Castle Street (shown to the right) -- where it operated through April 2011. A new WAA Gallery is now open in the Hannah Block/Community Art Center -- at the corner of 2nd and Orange Streets. This display of WAA members' work is changed every month.
The Wilmington Art Association currently has more than 200 members... and encourages both artists and art lovers to join.
WAA meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month at 6:30pm, at the New Hanover County Arboretum, 6206 Oleander Drive, or at locations announced in the newsletter. The June meeting is a picnic -- at a location TBA (usually Hugh McRae Park). There are no meetings in July and August... and the December meeting is a holiday dinner (location TBA).
Visitors are welcome to attend monthly meetings.
2013 WAA OFFICERS
PRESIDENT - Elaine Cooper
VICE PRESIDENT - Betsy Heckethorn
SECRETARY - Pam McNeill
TREASURER - Diane McCord
PAST PRESIDENTS: Anita & John Jacques
COMMUNITY RELATIONS: Erika Lawrence
EDUCATION: Kirah Van Sickle
MEMBERSHIP: Clair Hartmann
FINANCE: Pete Paterson
EXTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS: Liz Hosier, Dorian Hill
INTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS: Sue Bark