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Art In The Arboretum (Wilmington, NC) – Call For Artists

Art In The Arboretum (Wilmington, NC) – Call For Artists

[Side Arts Certified Sponsored Listing] Friends of the Arboretum announce a call for artists for the 28th annual Art in the Arboretum. The art festival will feature 75 artists booths in the beautiful gardens, education center, and greenhouse of the New Hanover County Arboretum in Wilmington, North Carolina, on October 13th, 14th, and 15th.

Click here for the application / registration

Register by: 21 August 2023

Art in the Arboretum will have several opportunities for artists to display their work this year which include traditional style 10′ x10′ tent spaces in the gardens, 5′ x 10′ under-awning spaces outside, and 6′ x 9′ interior booth spaces in the Education Center and Greenhouse. The festival is open to seasoned show veterans to first-timers inside.

Friends of the Arboretum can’t wait to share all the exciting changes that they have made to the 28th annual Art in the Arboretum Festival including new prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place artwork; the new limited edition VIP ticket program for collectors; and advertising partners/sponsors.

There are over 1,800 Friends of the Arboretum members who have free admission to the event and another 2,000+ paying attendees each year.

About Friends of the Arboretum

The Friends of the New Hanover County Arboretum (i.e. The Friends) was created as a non-profit, 501 c (3) fund raising organization in 1986. Since then, it has provided financial support to the New Hanover County Arboretum for the maintenance of its gardens and their improvement. Over the years, it has supported special projects like the creation of the Contemplation Garden, improvements to the Children’s Garden (which will be completed this year), and the educational programs of Extension.

The Friends’ major fundraiser each year is the Art in the Arboretum Show and Sale which helps assure the Arboretum’s continuing development and preservation.

For more information, contact bcarter.arboretum@gmail.com.


Spring Art Show (Wilmington, NC) – Call For Artists

Spring Art Show (Wilmington, NC) – Call For Artists

[Sponsored Listing] The Wilmington Art Association (WAA) announces a call for artists for their 40th annual juried Spring Art Show and Sale featuring new works from Wilmington and surrounding area artists.  The works selected for the show will include oils, watercolors, pastels, acrylics, photography, and a section of 3-D art.

During the North Carolina Azalea Festival, the 2022 Art Show and Sale will be held April 2nd through April 10th at the Hannah Block Community Arts Center (CAC), 120 S Second Street, from 10am-5pm, with extended hours of 5-7pm Friday, April 8th.

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Enter by: 12 Feb 2022

Open to all artists 18 years of age and older. Artists may submit original two-dimensional (2-D) work and three-dimensional (3-D) work. The show is limited to works created from 2020 to the present.

$35 for WAA members current as of registration date. $45 for non-members.

Last year, the Spring Show was the only live event at the Azalea Festival because of Covid. WAA had a successful event and posted record sales for this show.

Spring Art Show Awards

  • First Place: $1000
  • Second Place: $750
  • Third Place: $500
  • Honorable Mentions
  • Memorial Awards
  • Donor Awards
  • People’s Choice Award

This will be my fourth year participating in this show. I have sold several paintings and met new collectors as I worked the floor for the organization. Also the opportunity to sell bin work has made the show even more attractive to potential buys. – David Meffert, Plein Air Painter

About Wilmington Art Association

The Wilmington Art Association is an all-volunteer organization founded 51 years ago. It is dedicated to supporting arts and artists in the area through outreach efforts and scholarships. The Wilmington Art Association is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Corporation as defined in the IRS Code. The WAA educates members and the public in visual arts, provides community support through school arts funding and scholarship assistance to deserving college students, and facilitates exposure for emerging and professional artists.

For more information, contact bradleycarterwaa@gmail.com.