Current Exhibits

“The Last Song of Summer: Ceramics by Traudi Thornton and Paintings by Pam Toll”
August 31 - September 29, 2018
Friday, September 7, 6-8pm - Opening Reception
Friday, September 28, 6-9pm - Closing Reception & Fourth Friday

Join us for a new exhibit “The Last Song of Summer” by ceramicist, Traudi Thornton, and painter, Pam Toll.  The opening reception will be held on Friday, September 7th, from 6-8pm.  Visit with the artists and enjoy refreshments with live music by violinist, Shirley Lebo.

Traudi Thornton “Stoneware Bowl” Ceramics

About Traudi Thornton
Traudi Thornton is a ceramicist currently showing Raku and Stoneware in Art in Bloom Gallery. She was born in Czechoslovakia and raised in Germany.  Traudi first studied music at Creighton University before studying ceramics with Henry Soreco at Creighton, the University of Nebraska at Omaha and then moving back to Germany.  The artist relocated to Wilmington in 1983.  Additionally, Traudi completed a Raku workshop with Paul Soldner in 1974 at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She wakes at 3:30 am to work on her ceramics.  She prefers not to rush, to take her time, to complete her work properly.



Pam Toll “Girl on a Swing” Mixed media on canvas, 30″ x 30″

About Pam Toll
Pam Toll, an Associate Professor at UNC Wilmington, received a BA in Art and English Literature from UNC Chapel Hill has been painting since childhood. Her studio is located at Acme Art Studios (Wilmington) which she co-founded in 1991, as a work and exhibition space for artists. She also co-founded No Boundaries International Art Colony (Bald Head Island, NC) in 1998, a residency program that in the last twenty years brought over 200 artists from around the world with the goal of creating a cross-exchange of cultures and artistic practices to share with our local community.

Current Exhibits at Satellite Venues

Enjoy the Fine Art of Dining! View our current exhibits at our Satellite Venues. 

Pop-Up Exhibit: “Coastal Colors: Oil Paintings by Debra Bucci”
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Reception: Wednesday, August 29th 5-8pm

“Waves of Renewal” Oil on canvas, 48″ x 48″

SpringHill Suites Marriott at Mayfaire, in partnership with Art in Bloom Gallery, invite you to a special reception.  A pop-up exhibit “Coastal Colors: Oil Paintings by Debra Bucci” will be on view on Wednesday, August 29th with a reception from 5-8pm. Meet the artist and enjoy complimentary craft beer provided by Waterline Brewing Company.

Debra Bucci is a published illustrator and has achieved success as a licensed fine artist. Her art has been featured in Plow & Hearth magazine and can be found on ArtNeedlepoint.com. She has public and private collectors throughout the US including Savorez Restaurant and Wilmington Magazine. She is an anchor artist at Art in Bloom Gallery and is showing work at The Cameron Art Museum. She recently had a show at The District Kitchen & Cocktails and has exhibited at the Wilmington International Airport.  Debbie has a BFA in Design from Drexel University where she studied oil painting and enjoyed a corporate career in Package Design. She has recently moved to Wilmington, NC with her husband “Art” and dog “T-Bone”.



SpringHill Suites is located in the Mayfaire Shopping Center at 1014 Ashes Drive in Wilmington.

“Small Collage Art by Elizabeth Darrow” at Waterline Brewing Co.
Exhibit Dates: August 7 – October 7 , 2018

WHAT’S A MOTHER TO DO, Collage on canvas, by Elizabeth Darrow

“Small Collage Art by Elizabeth Darrow” at Waterline Brewing Co.

Waterline Brewing Co. and Art in Bloom Gallery present “Wine at Waterline” and Art Showcase with local Wilmington artist, Elizabeth Darrow.  This exhibit presents a selection of the artist’s collage art.

Elizabeth Darrow has made Wilmington her home since 1977. She works in a variety of styles depending on her medium, but usually does not work “from life” in the traditional sense. Most of the imagery that comes to her seems to hatch of its own accord, emerging from the process. Darrow enjoys working with color, repeating patterns and embedding humor (and angst) into her work. Each piece takes her on a journey of discovery where she hopes to lose herself to the process.

Waterline Brewing Co. is located at 721 Surry Street in Wilmington, NC.

“Waking from Dreams: Paintings by Mark Gansor” at Platypus & Gnome Restaurant
June 13 - October 15, 2018
June 14, 6-8pm Thursday, Champagne Toast & Reception

“Jolly Lilies” Acrylic on canvas by Mark Gansor

Dine at Platypus & Gnome Restaurant  to view the brand new paintings by Mark Gansor in his new exhibit “Waking from Dreams.”

Join us for a special Champagne Toast and Reception for the artist on Thursday, June 14th, from 6-8pm.

Mark Gansor is completely self taught, learning how to paint through reading books and studying the work of others. He has been trained in the application of fine Venetian plasters and has taken master classes in Trompe l’oeil painting.  Mark began experimenting with decorative painting first as a hobby, but it soon it blossomed into a full-time profession.   He now devotes his time to rendering decorative finishes, faux effects, plasters, and murals.  He works in both residential and commercial settings and has painted in several buildings that are listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.

This exhibit is in partnership with CHECKER CAB productions.
The reception is free and open to the public. Please call 910-769-9300 for dinner reservations.

Click here to view a selection of works that will be located at Platypus & Gnome Restaurant. 

Platypus and Gnome is located at 9 South Front Street in Wilmington, NC.


Bob Bryden & (Joe) P Wiegmann at The District
June 5 - September 4, 2018
Wednesday, June 27, 6-8pm Champagne Toast & Reception

Dine at The District Kitchen and Cocktails  to view the new exhibit of two artists, Bob Bryden (Printmaking) and (Joe) P Wiegmann (Photography).

Bob Bryden “Ephemeron”

About Bob Bryden   “Archival Ink Transfer Print”
Bob Bryden’s work exists comfortably within the traditions of minimalism and optical art. Utilizing the simple elements of point, line and plane he creates abstract images which are highly structured and concise while at the same time are optically active and visually illusive. The perceptual experience of his work involves the interaction of seeing and understanding and is directly related to how vision functions. Bob grew up in the Piedmont region of North Carolina. He is a graduate of Guilford College in Greensboro, NC. He went on to do graduate work in South Asian art history at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. His desire for a greater involvement with creative arts lead to Kentucky and graduate work at the University of Louisville where he received a Masters Degree in Art with a concentration in printmaking. In addition to art he has worked primarily in graphic design and commercial printing. Today he pursues his creative endeavors in his swamp side home/studio in Wilmington, NC.


About (Joe) P Wiegmann “New Photography” 

(Joe) P Wiegman “Two Boats”

As far back as I can remember, I was always engaged in creative endeavors such as drawing and painting. Throughout my school years, I was often involved in art projects and learned early that creating artwork for the school bulletin boards would gain me extra credit and brownie points. Two years of Civil Engineering at the University of Maryland did not provide me with the means to express my creativity. I changed my major to Fine Arts and while that didn’t make my parents happy, they were supportive of my new goals. After 43 years in the graphic design field and serving as a Creative Director, I retired and moved to the Wilmington area.  The beauty and natural energy of the people and places here have rekindled my own creative energy. I use my photography like any artistic media. I love to achieve strong lines, great contrast, textures and shapes in my photos. A strong composition is very important also. My goal is to capture an emotion or interest seen through my eyes and present it to you in a way that excites YOUR eyes. I hope you enjoy.

Click here to view a selection of works that will be located at The District Restaurant. 

The District is located at 1001 N. 4th Street in Wilmington, NC.




“Unearthed: Landscape Paintings by Topher Alexander and Kirah Van Sickle” at PinPoint Restaurant
June 5 - September 10, 2018
Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 6-8pm Champagne Toast & Reception

Join us for a champagne toast and special reception on Wednesday, July 11th from 6-8pm at Pinpoint Restaurant to celebrate the captivating paintings in “Unearthed: Landscape paintings by Topher Alexander and Kirah Van Sickle” as part of our partnership with CHECKER CAB productions and local restaurants.

Enjoy the Fine Art of Dining!

Topher Alexander “Sunny Point” Oil on canvas, 6′ x 5′

About Toper Alexander
Christopher (Topher) Alexander is a printmaker, art instructor, and gallery director currently based in Wilmington, North Carolina. He has a passion for travel and translating the resourcefulness skills he has acquired while abroad into exciting new artwork. Topher has a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He is fascinated by our society’s intimate connections to technology and loves exploring the ways these outlets mix into our analog world. After focusing primarily on printmaking over the past few years, painting became an outlet for a more ethereal side to his artwork. His series “On the River” has been an ongoing project for the past five years. Topher continuously painted over the same canvases, and the images originally formed from site specific locations along the Cape Fear River evolved into atmospheric studies of light, color and layers of paint. Details on his work can be found at his website: www. topheralexanderart.wixsite.com/taimpressions


About Kirah Van Sickle
Kirah Van Sickle is an adventurer at heart. Her early years set a foundation for travel, exploration and visual storytelling. Her acrylic and mixed media works explore incorporating found objects and papers with the paint glazes. These are deeply personal expressions of her memories and dreams. In addition to her studio practice, Kirah is a dynamic instructor and lecturer, leading custom studio courses through museum schools and local art associations, directed to both beginner and seasoned artists. She is an award-winning illustrator, graphic designer and studio artist, a certified Golden Artist-Educator, and active in community arts programming, preservation of cultural resources and enhancing arts education. Kirah lives on the Cape Fear Coast of North Carolina and is a staff instructor at the Cameron Art Museum, Johnston Community College, and Cape Fear Community College. Details on workshops, exhibits and work can be found at her website: www.kirahfineart.com

Kirah Van Sickle “Moonrise” Acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 20″ x 20″

Click here to view a selection of works that will be located at PinPoint Restaurant. 

PinPoint is located at 114 Market Street in Wilmington, NC.