Upcoming Events

2022 WAA Membership General Meetings

WAA General Membership Meetings are held at the NHC Arboretum 6206 Oleander Drive, Wilmington, NC unless otherwise noted. A social with refreshments will begin at 6:00 PM, followed by a program and the business meeting at 6:30 PM. The public is welcome.

The Meetings of 2022 are January 13, February 10, March 10, April 14, May 14, June 25 (Picnic at The Arboretum), July 14, August 11, September 10, October 13, November 10, December 8 ( Holiday Dinner at Cape Fear Country Club).

Past Events


April 3 - April 11, 2021

Congratulations to the award winners and a huge thank you to all the members who helped make this one of our most successful shows ever!

Click Here for the list of all winning artworks.

Click Here for the list of the donors and sponsors of the many awards for this year's show. We recommend that you support them as well.

3rd Annual Art & The Bloom

January 9 � 12, 2020

Be sure to put this beautiful event on your calendar and support the many WAA artists whose work will be on display and for sale at Blockade Runner in Wrightsville Beach.

Spring Show Poster Contest

November 1 � December 2, 2019

Time to send in your entry for the WAA Spring Show poster contest. All subjects, mediums and styles are considered so whether you work abstract or photorealistic, photography or paint, 2D or 3D, send in your best work. A committee will select from your submissions and the winner�s image will be used for all the show posters, invitations and other publicity material. Your original will be featured during the show and must be available for sale. The winner will be announced at our Holiday Dinner.

You�re Invited!

WAA Holiday Dinner

December 11, 2019

You and a guest are invited to enjoy an evening of fellowship, good food, drink and merriment held at the Cape Fear Country Club.

Upcoming Small Shows

James Horton, BJ Grimmer, Janice Castiglione and Nancy Lang Miller have exhibitions coming up as part of the WAA Small Shows program. Plan to bring a friend. Check out times and locations on the Member Shows link

Interested in the WAA Small Show Program, send your information to "waasmallshows@gmail.com"

The Power of Pastels

Workshop with Jeri Greenberg

October 23 -25, 2019

The WAA is pleased to offer a pastel workshop with noted artist Jeri Greenberg. Painting with pastels is a wonderful experience whether you are an old hand or want to explore a new-to-you medium.

For more information and to register

Wilmington Art and the Bloom

January 9 � 12, 2020

This unique show has two opportunities to exhibit! The first is the inspiration pieces that the floral arrangers will use as �inspirations� for their beautiful arrangements. The deadline for submission for these works is October 18, 2020. The second is the gallery of works for sales during flower show. The submission date for these entries has not been determined. We�ll keep you posted on this!

Deadline to register �Inspiration� pieces � October 18, 2020

For details, See the Call for Artists Prospectus

24th Annual Art in the Arboretum

November 1-3, 2019

Deadline to register � September 1, 2019

For details, See the Show Prospectus

37th Annual Juried Spring Art Show and Sale

The Official Art Show of the 2019 Azalea Festival

March 30, 2019 - April 7, 2019

The Show is open to all artists 18 years of age or older and will include works in painting, pastel, watercolor, drawing, printmaking, photography, digital imaging, fiber art, mixed-media and three-dimensional works.

Congratulations to all the wonderful artists who have been recognized with awards this year!

First Place
Janet B Sessoms �Too Delicious�

Second Place
Brenda Behr �Mt. Washington's Shoe Shop�

Third Place
Janice Castiglione �Nature's Lace�

Complete list of winning artists for 2019!

The support of all our donors and sponsors who so generously supported the 37th Spring Show and Sale is much appreciated.


STATEWIDE Art Competition for Artists 50 years of Age and Older

MAY 17, 2019 - MAY 19, 2019

WAA Holiday Dinner & Art Show- 2018

The WAA Holiday Dinner & Art Show was held Thursday, December 13, 2018 at Cape Fear Country Club, 1518 Country Club Road, Wilmington, NC 28403. This year we honored some special members with Lifetime Membership Awards for their huge contributions to our Association. Kay Bilisoly, member for 26 years, and John and Ann Parker, members for over 20 years were gratefully recognized for their commitment and dedication to WAA via their many roles.

Winners of the Holiday Card contest were:

1st Place - Barbara Salisbury
2nd Place - Alouise Fenstermacher
3rd Place - Pam McNeill


Exhibition and Sale for Visual & Heritage Arts

The Exhibition and Sale for Visual & Heritage Arts was held Friday, May 25 - Sunday, May 27, 2018 at the ArtWorks 200 Willard St., Wilmington, NC. Award winners qualify for the State Finals to be held in Raleigh this fall. There were four categories in Silver Arts: Visual Arts, Heritage Arts, Literary Arts and Performing Arts. The Wilmington Art Association sponsored the Visual Arts and the Heritage Arts categories.

Complete Silver Arts info

New Hanover High School Art Competition

May 24, 2018 - May 27, 2018

The Wilmington Art Association is pleased to have sponsored the New Hanover HS Art Competition for 2018. This year five New Hanover high schools participated in the event. The Show was held at the Hannah Block USO/Community Arts Center located at 120 South Second Street and Orange Street in Historic Downtown Wilmington NC.

Award winners

36th Annual Juried Spring Show and Sale

April 7, 2018 - April 15, 2018

The 36th Annual Juried Spring Show and Sale, the Official Art Show for the Annual Azalea Festival, opened Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 10:00 at the Hannah Block Community Arts Center. The show represented the work of more than 150 regional artists with over 290 pieces of 2-D, 3-D, and photography fine art. The WAA was delighted that Janette K. Hopper, active painter, print maker and performance artist, was the Juror/Judge for Show.

Award winners for the Show are:

First Place
Brenda Behr
Birmingham, 2017

Second Place
Liz Hosier
Springtime in Central Park

Third Place
Susan Pelletier
Red Shoes

WAA General Meeting at NHC Arboretum

May 8, 2018 - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Program: Self-Promotion, Branding & Marketing" with David L. Stickel

For additional information on David Stickel: StickelArt

General Membership Meeting - March 8, 2018

Furst Egg Tempera Workshop � �The Egg and I� with Donald Furst

WAA is pleased to have Donald Furst, professor of Art at UNCW, as the March 8 speaker for the General Meeting. Furst also operates Ars Longa Press, an Atelier specializing in mezzotint, etching, and lithograpy. Often his works represent a theme of climbing, represented by their views of steps and ladders in architectural settings. The mood intended can be summarized in the artist's statement: "There is mystery in the mundane." He will present Furst Egg Tempera Workshop � �The Egg and I�.

For addition information on awards and grants which Furst has received as well as exhibitions - Furst Bio

Website: Donald Furst

Website: Donald Furst

General Membership Meeting - February 8, 2018

�INDIA & ART� - Todd Carignan Artist

Todd Carignan recently returned to Wilmington, NC after living in India for 6 weeks. During his time in India, Todd was inspired to paint scenes of life in India, a wonderful creative documentation of an ancient and dynamic culture. The Wilmington Art Association is thrilled to have Todd Carignan present his stories and exhibit examples of his painting from his time in India at our February 8th meeting. Todd Carignan Bio

General Membership Meeting - January 11, 2018

�DIGITAL DRAWING� - Presenter: David Clemen Artist

David Clemen is a skilled Artist and Illustrator in Wilmington, NC. David�s art utilizes traditional artist�s mediums, but uniquely his creativity is expressed through light, using digital formats. Working with his iPad Pro, David can very quickly develop conceptual images or patiently enhance infinite detail in an image. The possibilities for new art expressions are limitless. The Wilmington Art Association is thrilled to have David Clemen present this exciting medium at our January 11th meeting.


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