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Melissa Wilgis – Photographer

Dick Roberts – Painter

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Artist Statement

The paintings are about the act of painting. Although individually the paintings possess different intensities, opposing levels of complexity and abstraction, and perhaps a vague adherence to a narrative, the core of the process of painting remains consistent. The paintings are a reflection of the process of painting them. Every process is unique.

The magic of painting can never be totally explained. I find joy in discovering the emerging world of a new painting. Although harmony of the mind and the heart is important, the metabolic process of converting color, form and line into the forces that drive the painting is absolutely necessary.

Artist Bio

Education:
Brevard High School
Brevard, NC – 1965
University of Miami
Coral Gables, FL,USA – Marine Biology, 1965-1968
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Charlotte, NC, USA – Creative Writing Program 1970-1972
Western Carolina University
 Cullowhee, NC, USA – BFA Ceramics and Painting 1979

Employment:
Science Museums of Charlotte
Charlotte, NC, USA –  Exhibits Tech 1979-1982
North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
Kure Beach, NC, USA – Curator of Design and Exhibits 1982 – 2008
Artist
Acme Art Studios – Wilmington, NC, USA   1979 – present
Poet
1970 – present

Affiliations:
WHQR Public Radio – Local Advisory Board
Wilmington, NC, USA
1996-2004
North Carolina Museums Council
1979 – 2002
Southeastern Museums Conference
1979 – 1985
Wilmington Railroad Museum – Planning committee chairman
Wilmington. NC, USA 1995
Acme Art Studios – co-founder
Wilmington, NC, USA 1991 – present
No Boundaries International Artist Colony – co-founder
Wilmington, NC, USA 1997 – 2010
Art Point Gumno
Sloestica, Macedonia 2005 – present
African American Heritage Foundation
 Wilmington, NC 2009 – 2011

Publications:
Southern Poetry Review
Saint Andrews Review
Kostroma Poetry Project (Russian translation)
Between the Lines – Poetry festival chapbook
Poems for Macedonia
Various chapbooks

More of his works can be found on his website.

Dick Roberts – Painter

Jessie Robertson – Painter

 

Artist Statement

Ever since I can remember, I have been filled with a great love for frogs and toads. Everything about them, from their bright eyes and wide grins to their powerful leaps and graceful strokes, amazes me. I try to capture the beauty I see in frogs in my artwork, and to express the love and joy I feel for them with those who see my pieces. More importantly, I hope to contribute to amphibian conservation efforts worldwide, and make a real difference in the lives of the thousands of frog species currently threatened with extinction. Frogs need us, and I believe we need them too.

While I have always enjoyed creating frog artwork, it became a true passion for me when I discovered SAVE THE FROGS!, an amphibian conservation organization, and the enormous threats that frog species face. Ever since, I have used my artwork as activism, including informative fact cards about species I depict and donating 10% of my sales to SAVE THE FROGS! I use a variety of mediums, including acrylic paintings, watercolors, sculpture, digital illustrations, and animation. My pieces tend to draw heavily from real life, both because I love animals as they truly appear and so that each species is distinctly recognizable. That said, I make my pieces lively by enhancing colors and giving all of my subjects a smile. Though frogs may be suffering dramatically in the world we live in, I want to live in a world where I can find them smiling everywhere. I work to help create that world in my art, and in real life.

 

Biography

Born in Memphis, TN, Jessie Robertson moved with her family to Wilmington in 2010. Since 2017, Jessie’s award-winning art has displayed in several group and solo art exhibits, including shows at Wilma Daniels Gallery, ACES Gallery, 216 N. Front Street, the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher, and Art in Bloom Gallery. In 2019, Jessie graduated from Wilmington Early College High School as valedictorian and from Cape Fear Community College (CFCC). Today, she is majoring in both Studio Art and Digital Arts at UNCW and working as a part-time employee at Art in Bloom Gallery, where she edits their artist films. Jessie hopes that the more she learns and creates, the more successful she will be in achieving her goal of saving the frogs.

More of Jessie’s work can be found at: https://jessielrobertson.wixsite.com/portfolio

Jessie Robertson – Painter

Curtis Krueger – Photographer

Some of the Curtis Krueger’s earliest memories are of his father and him drawing at the dining room table. He was told our television broke down when he was in kindergarten, and his parents, although they could afford to repair it decided not to.  Curtis places much of his fascination with the art-world with their encouragement and direct participation. The lack of television as entertainment is another. Curtis studied art at Eastern Michigan University, earning a BFA, along with two teaching certificates. It was in school where he took a darkroom class and got the incurable photo bug.  For the last 25 years he has earned a living selling my photos at various art festivals and galleries across America. Traveling is a big part of his schedule. Half the year is taken up with either shows or photo gathering trips. On an average year, Curtis travels 30,000 miles and shoots 50,000 images.

Curtis Krueger – Photographer

Doug Haas – Wood Turner

Doug Haas is a wood turner who creates exquisite, original works of art often from wood found on local streets.  He is a volunteer woodturning instructor and mentor at Topsail High School and an active member of the Wilmington Area Woodturners Association and the American Association of Woodturners.  Doug’s wood turning builds upon his previous experience and exploration in painting and design.

Doug graduated from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC with a BFA in Art with a studio major in painting and a minor in wood design. He also studied art at the Universidad de las Americas in Cholula, Puebla, Mexico.

In addition to his work in the arts, Doug has a 30+ year career including 20+ years as an area coordinator for the NC Division of Emergency Management and as an emergency management specialist for the US Marine Corps, in addition to other positions in training and development.

One of his favorite quotes is “Why not go out on a limb?  That’s where the fruit is.” Mark Twain

Doug Haas – Wood Turner

Jeri Greenberg – Pastel Artist

After many years as a fashion illustrator and sportswear designer, Jeri turned her love of graphic design towards advertising next. Having time to devote herself to painting again, and falling in love with the pastel medium, has led to a new and interesting “next act”, as a full time painter and teacher.

Feeling that “Pastels are an immediate tool to express feelings” and the perfect vehicle in which to “Make the Ordinary, Extraordinary and tell stories in her paintings, Jeri works to constantly get a deeper understanding of this wonderful medium. With her background in illustration, Jeri helps her students get a strongly drawn foundation down behind their color work.

Jeri loves painting still lifes, urban interiors, figures and fabrics, and the occasional landscape as well.Recently relocated, Jeri teaches weekly classes at the Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington NC, and holds demos and workshops around the country, as well as jurying national and international pastel exhibits.

Jeri Greenberg – Pastel Artist

Wm. Fridrich – Photographer

Wm. Fridrich: Photographs

Robert Hughes, referring to the DADA move­ment (and Marcel Duchamp in particular), said that “like his Bottle Rack, Bicycle Wheel and other ‘ready­mades’…the world is so full of interesting objects that the artist need not add to them. Instead he could just pick one, and this ironic act of choice was equivalent to creation.”

The camera is the definitive instrument for making these ironic acts of choice. Then the function of this device — to record what already exists — in the DADA belief, is equivalent to the act of creation.

Wm. Fridrich studied art, sculpture and photography at UCLA, motorcycle magazines and in the U.S. Army, as a combat illustrator. He then launched a successful graphic design career in the early 1970s.

Introduced to the Dada and Surrealist movements by his wife, art historian Marsha McKee, William became clinically obsessed with Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray and Joseph Cornell: he has not yet recovered.

More of his work can be found on his WEBSITE.

Wm. Fridrich – Photographer

Frank Fierstein – Artistic Photographer

A friend of mine, a world renowned doctor of pharmacology, once asked me a question with regards to my artistic photography; “What is your purpose?“. For decades, I have tried to understand, answer and pursue what that purpose has been. To visually see my feelings in images, that represent myself as a child and young adult, has given me a  better connection, a deeper understanding, and a clearer meaning  in my personal life. Even as I have become a photography dinosaur, still working in my “chemical darkroom” and still using film for all of my artistic work, I continue to seek images that represent and connect with my heart and soul. Making prints that emit light from the silver they are made from is as important today as it ever was in this digital age of ink and sensors. After being given clear guidance by a great teacher about creating art with my photography, my artistic quest to find wonderful images has never ceased and to this day remains amazingly strong. Currently, I teach a class in Artistic Photography at Brunswick Community College, where I encourage my students to connect with who they are through their photography and I too continue to ask them the same question; What is YOUR purpose?

Artist statement

Art is an expression of passion and creativity. As artistic photographers, allowing ourselves to open up and feel this passion and creative flow ties our art to who we are and what we see. This produces images that represent our emotions, our dreams, our fears and our life experiences.

When photographing, the focus is on a different kind of place than our own reality or existence. We try to connect with a place that we figuratively can’t see. It’s a world of sensing a presence, an entity that defies description. As artists, we are compelled to understand how to connect with this feeling and then follow and photograph it. We are driven to find the source, its power. When we do connect, there is a brightness far more brilliant than anything in this world and possesses a feeling like a river of water flowing through our soul. This is a love that can bring us to tears and soothe all of our fears, stresses and anxieties. It’s a moment of discovery that creates a calming like no other; your soul is at rest!

Then, in the very next moment, everything changes and another excitement comes. Although there is literally nothing there that embodies this feeling, an energy courses through our veins with a rush of adrenaline that literally leaves us breathless, yearning and hoping to just take one more wonderful image.

We have seen and taken a photograph that reaches us on an emotional level, a moment that touches us deeply and profoundly. This is the true language of artistic photography.

Frank Fierstein – Artistic Photographer

Jeff Chase – Guest Photographer

Artist Statement

“Photography has been a passion for me since I got my first camera at age 6.  It was a Brownie Box Camera which introduced me to the idea of capturing a moment in time which, most likely, no one else saw.  At age 14, I set up my own darkroom and would spend hours trying to edit and perfect what I had seen through the camera’s lens.  In high school and in college I furthered my education by taking all the photography classes available.  Once digital photography became the norm, I continued to advance my skills by learning Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom.  These tools have furthered the way photographers can use their photos to “paint” imagery that they saw in their mind’s eye, images that were only imagined while looking through the lens of a camera.   This level of advancement has opened a new world for me, allowing me to not only capture images but also to interpret what I see.  However, after all these years, I am still after the same thing – trying to capture a moment in time that has gone unnoticed by anyone else.  It is truly a passion that will keep me fascinated the rest of my life.”

Jeff Chase is a photographer and painter who lives in Wilmington, NC.  He also spent over 20 years as an art dealer in Boston MA.  Over the last 20 years, he has participated in over 30 exhibitions in Florida, New York, Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Michigan.

 

 

Jeff Chase – Guest Photographer

Gary Allen – Guest Photographer

Gary Allen lifelong obsession with photography began in 1974 when he got his first camera at the age of 12 and has been a professional photographer since 1980. During the 80’s and 90’s he worked as an award-winning newspaper photojournalist, mostly with the News & Observer in Raleigh, NC (North Carolina photographer of the year five times and runner-up six times). He has won awards for his work on local, state, regional, national and international levels including being part of the Pulitzer Prize winning team at the N&O in 1996. Since 2000, Allen has worked as a commercial photographer and as manager of Southeastern Camera store in Wilmington, NC. During his tenure at the camera store, Allen began his journey into pursuing his artistic visions in photography.

I love to explore the world through my lens, using alternative techniques and processes to create a unique vision of the world around us. Years of experience has not only taught me how to see, but more importantly how my camera sees my subjects. All of my photos are a result of work done in the camera with no manipulations through computers or software.  A testament to my photojournalism days, I want my photography to convey a sense of realism with an artistic view.

Gary Allen – Guest Photographer

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“The Holiday Art Exhibit + Sale” Featuring Art in Bloom Gallery Artists

The 2021 Holiday Season and Art in Bloom Gallery will celebrate with a rotating exhibit featuring over 30 of Art in Bloom Gallery’s Artists!  Feast your eyes on new work directly out of the artists’ studios. Shop for unique works of art that come with an abundance of creativity, which will bring smiles all year round!  All of our artists are offering fine art under $250.

Along with this exhibit we will feature  “Night: Photography by Jeff Chase”.  Jeff is a photographer and painter who lives in Wilmington, NC.  This body of work continues an ongoing theme…capturing a moment in time gone unnoticed by others.

Featured artists include:  Bradley Carter (painting), Debra Bucci (painting), Richard Bunting (blown glass), Judy Hintz Cox (abstract painter), Karen Paden Crouch (sculpture), Elizabeth Darrow (painting), Brian Evans (ceramics), Dianne Evans (ceramics), Susan Francy (photographer), Mark Gansor (painter), Joanne Geisel (painting), Dumay Gorham (sculpture), Jeri Greenberg (pastel artist), Curtis Krueger (photographer), Dave Klinger (photography), Brooks Koff (stained glass), Helen Lewis (encaustic painter),  Joan McLoughlin (painting), David Norris (printmaker),  Jameka Purdie (jewelry), Jessie Robertson (painter), Gale Smith (painter), Traudi Thornton (ceramics), Gayle Tustin (ceramics), Angela Rowe (painter),  Michael Van Hout (sculpture)Kirah Van Sickle (painter), Roberto Vengoechea (jewelry), among others! 

The exhibit opens on Friday, November 12 and continues through January 9, 2022.

Click here to preview the work that will be featured in this exhibit and sale!

The gallery is open Monday – Friday 10am-4pm; Friday – Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday 12-4pm and by appointment.  If you prefer to shop from home the Art in Bloom Gallery Website (www.aibgallery.com) is always open!  Purchase art online and pick up at the door or take advantage of our free local delivery.  Plus we can also ship anywhere within the U.S. Art in Bloom also offers complementary gift wrapping.

Tuesday, January 4th, 2022
Exhibits, Past Exhibits
“Jeff Chase: Night” Photography Feature

“Ted’s” by Jeff Chase

“Night” features the work of  Jeff Chase, photographer and painter who lives in Wilmington, NC.  This body of work continues an ongoing theme…capturing a moment in time gone unnoticed by others.

Jeff states that “Photography has been a passion for me since I got my first camera at age 6.  It was a Brownie Box Camera which introduced me to the idea of capturing a moment in time which, most likely, no one else saw.  At age 14, I set up my own darkroom and would spend hours trying to edit and perfect what I had seen through the camera’s lens.  In high school and in college I furthered my education by taking all the photography classes available.  Once digital photography became the norm, I continued to advance my skills by learning Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom.  These tools have furthered the way photographers can use their photos to “paint” imagery that they saw in their mind’s eye, images that were only imagined while looking through the lens of a camera.   This level of advancement has opened a new world for me, allowing me to not only capture images but also to interpret what I see.  However, after all these years, I am still after the same thing – trying to capture a moment in time that has gone unnoticed by anyone else.  It is truly a passion that will keep me fascinated the rest of my life.”

Along with this exhibit will be the “The Holiday Art Exhibit + Sale”  with over 30 of Art in Bloom Gallery’s Artists!  Feast your eyes on new work directly out of the artists’ studios. Shop for meaningful, original and special gifts of art that will bring smiles all year round!

The gallery is open Monday – Friday 10am-4pm; Friday – Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday 12-4pm and by appointment.   If you prefer to shop from home the Art in Bloom Gallery Website (www.aibgallery.com) is always open!  Purchase art online and pick up at the door or take advantage of our free local delivery.  Plus we can also ship anywhere within the U.S. Art in Bloom also offers complementary gift wrapping.

Tuesday, January 4th, 2022
Exhibits, Past Exhibits
“Unique & Precious: Our Coast’s Irreplaceable Landscapes by Joanne Geisel”

“Warm Winter Day” Oil on canvas 8″ x 10″

“Unique & Precious: Our Coast’s Irreplaceable Landscapes” features the newest paintings of Joanne Geisel, who lives in Wilmington, NC. Joanne began a new series of paintings commenting on how unique our particular geographic area is.  She illustrates this through local coastal scenes and her paintings of Venus Flytraps.  Flytraps are indigenous to only this 150 mile geographic area and marshes that are estuaries to animals and plants.

Joanne’s love of drawing and painting began as a child. After completing a degree in Art Education, she enjoyed careers in human services and higher education. She received a Masters in Public Administration using her creative skills in program development, marketing and helping others with career and educational goals. Since 2006, Joanne has been a full time artist; painting, teaching, exhibiting and selling  artwork. Her goals in creating oil paintings include capturing the feelings, sights and sounds of her subject. She continues to experiment with texture, edges, brushstrokes, and palette knife and the layering of color to create depth, luminosity and beauty. Joanne is on the faculty of The Cameron Art Museum School, Wilmington, NC, and the Leland Cultural Arts Center and conducts workshops for many organizations.

Along with this exhibit, our featured photography show is “Seeing Art Through the Camera: Joe P. Wiegmann”.  This show features photographs that combine technical and artistic aspects of what he sees through his camera lens.

Join us in the gallery on Friday, January 28th from 6-9pm, in downtown Wilmington, as part of the Fourth Friday Gallery Night hosted by the Arts Council of Wilmington for the 2022 Season.  Visit with the artists and purchase original art!  Fourth Fridays Gallery Nights are an after-hours celebration of art and culture. Art-savvy locals and visitors flock to downtown Wilmington galleries for a fun, free, family-friendly experience.

The gallery is open Monday – Thursday 10am-4pm, Friday – Saturday 10am-5pm, and by appointment.   If you prefer to shop from home the Art in Bloom Gallery Website (www.aibgallery.com) is always open!  Purchase art online and pick up at the door or take advantage of our free local delivery.  Plus we can also ship anywhere within the U.S.

Tuesday, January 4th, 2022
Current Exhibits, Exhibits
“Seeing Art Through the Camera: (Joe) P. Wiegmann”

“Restaurant Ready”

“Seeing Art Through the Camera” is our newest show featuring the photographic work of (Joe) P. WiegmannYears ago, a professional photographer gave me great advice, “Always carry your camera with you.” Over the years, I have cultivated my own philosophy to taking photographs and my advice is, “Vary your camera angle and the height at which you shoot your images.” The theme of my January 2022 Photo Show is, “Seeing Art Through The Camera”. I usually see the art of the image before I actually grab for my camera. Then I think about how to take the photo technically. I try various angles or staging heights to take the photograph. I hope that the image captured represents what I envisioned. Once the image is printed, I look forward to a printed piece that displays an additional richness of artistry. Not all photographs work perfectly but when they do, it is such a great high!

As far back as I can remember, I was always engaged in creative endeavors such as drawing and painting. Two years of Civil Engineering at the University of Maryland did not provide me with the means to express my creativity. When I changed my major to Fine Arts, it didn’t make my parents happy but 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 places and artists here have rekindled my creative energy.

Along with this exhibit is “Unique & Precious: Our Coast’s Irreplaceable Landscapes” featuring the newest paintings of Joanne Geisel, who lives in Wilmington, NC. Joanne began a new series of paintings commenting on how unique our particular geographic area is.  She illustrates this through local coastal scenes and her paintings of Venus Flytraps.

Join us in the gallery on Friday, January 28th from 6-9pm, in downtown Wilmington, as part of the Fourth Friday Gallery Night hosted by the Arts Council of Wilmington for the 2022 Season.  Visit with the artists and purchase original art!  Fourth Fridays Gallery Nights are an after-hours celebration of art and culture. Art-savvy locals and visitors flock to downtown Wilmington galleries for a fun, free, family-friendly experience.

The gallery is open Monday – Thursday 10am-4pm and Friday – Saturday 10am-5pm and by appointment.   If you prefer to shop from home the Art in Bloom Gallery Website (www.aibgallery.com) is always open!  Purchase art online and pick up at the door or take advantage of our free local delivery.  Plus we can also ship anywhere within the U.S. Art in Bloom also offers complementary gift wrapping.

Tuesday, January 4th, 2022
Current Exhibits, Exhibits
Virtual Tour & Shop

Click here to view and shop the Virtual Tour of our Current Exhibits!

Saturday, November 27th, 2021
Current Exhibits
“What We Keep: Karen Paden Crouch & Angela Rowe”

“Emerging “Welded Bronze by Karen Paden Crouch

What We Keep is an exhibit with a continuing conversation between two old friends Karen Paden Crouch and Angela Rowe.  Along with this exhibit we will display the work of our photography feature Audrey Kriss Berkowitz.

Events of this past year drew us inside, kept us inside and made us look inside. We have examined our history, our symbols, and what matters most to us when so much of what we considered essential became inaccessible. Evolving from that experience, “What We Keep” is a continuing conversation between two old friends Karen Paden Crouch and Angela Rowe who have relished the blessing of time to make art and make sense of what has sustained us and what we will take with us as we emerge from this complex experience. The work includes individual and collaborative pieces in clay, bronze, paper and canvas.

The exhibit opens on Friday, August 13 and continues through September 19, 2021.

The gallery is open Monday – Thursday 10am-4pm and Friday-Saturday 10am-5pm.  If you prefer to shop from home the Art in Bloom Gallery Website (www.aibgallery.com) is always open!  Purchase art online and pick up at the door or take advantage of our free local delivery.  Plus we can also ship anywhere within the U.S.

Tuesday, May 11th, 2021
Exhibits, Past Exhibits
“Harmonious Relationships: Art Inspired by Music” Exhibit & Fundraiser

“Spiraling” Oil on canvas by Debra Bucci

Art in Bloom Gallery is delighted to partner with Opera Wilmington to celebrate the production of The Magic Flute Opera.  Harmonious Relationships: Art Inspired by Music celebrates the convergence of music and visual art.  This exhibit will include works of art by artists Debra Bucci, Bradley Carter, Elizabeth Darrow, Helen Lewis, Lori Joy Peterson, Jameka Wrisbon Purdie, Traudi Thornton, and Pam Toll among others.  In addition to this exhibit our photography feature is Gary Allen.

The exhibit opens on Friday, June 25, during Fourth Friday Gallery Night and continues through August 8, 2021.

A portion of art sales from the Opera Wilmington Shop on the Art in Bloom Gallery website will be donated to Opera Wilmington.

Stay tuned for more details and to preview the work that will be featured in the exhibit.

About Opera Wilmington

Founded in ­­­­2013 as the area’s only live, fully staged professional opera company, Opera Wilmington has become a cultural touchstone in the coastal Carolina region. Artistic Director Nancy King, along with a board of dedicated community supporters and devoted opera lovers, envisioned a dynamic company that would provide excellence in operatic performance and education, as well as inspire appreciation of the art form within the Wilmington community and surrounding areas.

To bring this vision to life, Nancy King (a voice/opera professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington) brought together a collaborative artistic team of fellow UNCW faculty members: Assistant Artistic Director and costume designer Mark Sorenson, scenic designer Max Lydy, conductor and chorus master Joe Hickman, and choreographer Nancy Podrasky Carson.

Cast members include nationally emerging singers along with local talent and advanced UNCW students, and the Opera Wilmington Orchestra is composed of UNCW faculty and other professional musicians from across the state.

The gallery is open Monday – Thursday 10am-4pm and Friday – Saturday 10am-5pm.  If you prefer to shop from home the Art in Bloom Gallery Website (www.aibgallery.com) is always open!  Purchase art online and pick up at the door or take advantage of our free local delivery.  Plus we can also ship anywhere within the U.S.

 

Thursday, February 11th, 2021
Exhibits, Past Exhibits
“Start With The Eyes: Elizabeth Darrow and Friends” Mayfaire Shopping Center & Online

Join us for a look at the new work of Wilmington’s own, Elizabeth Darrow. “Start with the Eyes” will be exhibited at 820 Town Center Drive in Mayfaire Shopping Center near Wrightsville Beach and will be open to the public in this pop-up show.

This exhibit features a selection of work fresh out of the artist’s studio. The art includes Elizabeth’s figurative work and abstract expressionist works. In addition to Elizabeth Darrow’s new art, view new art by artists, Bob Bryden, Debra Bucci, Richard Bunting, Bradley Carter, Judy Hintz Cox, Jeri Greenberg, Joan McLoughlin, H.M. Saffer, and Kirah Van Sickle, along with ceramic artists Brian EvansDianne Evans and Traudi Thornton.

The exhibit will be on view until Tuesday, September 28, 2021.  Regular hours are noon to 6pm, Monday-Saturday and noon to 4pm, Sunday.

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.

Thursday, February 11th, 2021
Exhibits, Past Exhibits, Satellite Venues
“Springtime Celebration with New Elements Gallery”

Exhibit Graphic

Springtime Celebration with New Elements Gallery is a collaboration presenting an eclectic mix of paintings capturing elements of Spring – when life is alive with everything! The artists included that are represented by New Elements Gallery are Kristen Dill, Fritzi Huber, and Sheila Keefe Ortiz.  Art in Bloom Gallery artists include Debra BucciBradley Carter, Mark Gansor, Laurie Greenbaum Beitch, Jeri Greenberg, Joan McLoughlin, and  Kirah Van Sickle.   In addition to our featured painters, our photography feature is by Nydheri Brown.

The exhibit opens on Friday, March 19 and continues through May 2, 2021.

Click here to preview the work that will be featured in the exhibit.

The gallery is open Monday – Friday 10am-4pm and Saturday 11am-4pm.  If you prefer to shop from home the Art in Bloom Gallery Website (www.aibgallery.com) is always open!  Purchase art online and pick up at the door or take advantage of our free local delivery.  Plus we can also ship anywhere within the U.S.

Thursday, February 11th, 2021
Exhibits, Past Exhibits
“Beauty in Everyday Life: Photography by Nydheri Brown”

Exhibit Graphic

Beauty in Everyday Life: Photography by Nydheri Brown is a photography exhibit in conjunction with Springtime Celebration with New Elements Gallery.

Nydheri Brown is a contemporary multidisciplinary artist based in southeastern North Carolina. Experimenting with different materials and mediums and exploring her interests, Nydheri enhances her ability to see the spectacular and create new things reimagining what inspires her. Being homeschooled allowed her to explore different avenues of creative expression and to experiment with different mediums. She has been featured in several group showings. She is currently enrolled at Cape Fear Community College.

In her artist statement, Nydheri states “I am passionate about creating and exploring art. For as long as I can remember, and certainly before I could articulate it, I have taken a multidisciplinary approach to art. My parents share fond memories of me combining unlikely things to create new textures, colors, and shapes. As an artist, I endeavor to capture the beauty of everyday life. Most people miss the spectacular because they do not slow down to appreciate the beauty surrounding them in real-time; at the moment. I have found that photography is the most accessible way to capture and share the spectacular beauty that draws my eye.”

The exhibit opens on Friday, March 19 and continues through May 2, 2021.

The gallery is open Monday – Friday 10am-4pm and Saturday 11am-4pm.  If you prefer to shop from home the Art in Bloom Gallery Website (www.aibgallery.com) is always open!  Purchase art online and pick up at the door or take advantage of our free local delivery.  Plus we can also ship anywhere within the U.S.

 

Thursday, February 11th, 2021
Exhibits, Past Exhibits, Photography
“Canvas and Clay: Creating Art with Expression by Debra Bucci, Brian Evans & Dianne Evans”

“Grey Canteen Vessel” by Brian Evans

Canvas and Clay: Creating Art with Expression is a new exhibit celebrating the two and 3 dimensional art of Debra Bucci, Brian Evans and Dianne Evans along with featured photographers.

The exhibit opens on Friday, May 7 and continues through June 20, 2021.

Debra continues to experiment with abstract and nature-based images to build emotional connection. She is exploring the rhythm of repeating elements with high contrast to build depth and explosive color to lift up and empower the viewer.

In his recent work, Brian explores complex geometric, linear, and abstract forms. He focuses on how they relate to each other and how they entice the viewer’s eye to explore the intricacies of each piece.

In her recent work, Dianne continues to focus on the relationship of dynamic graphic patterns and forms. She is interested in how the interplay of these individual elements elevate each other into a more harmonious design.

Click here to preview the work featured in the exhibit.

The gallery is open Monday – Friday 10am-4pm and Saturday 11am-4pm.  If you prefer to shop from home the Art in Bloom Gallery Website (www.aibgallery.com) is always open!  Purchase art online and pick up at the door or take advantage of our free local delivery.  Plus we can also ship anywhere within the U.S.

Thursday, February 11th, 2021
Exhibits, Past Exhibits
“Birdsong: Helen Mirkil”

“Squirrel’s Nest” by Helen Mirkil

Birdsong features the work of artist, Helen Mirkil alongside Kelly Starbuck‘s photographic works in Full Circle.

Birdsong is a continuing series of art by artist, Helen Mirkil. Birds can put a song in our hearts when there’s no song to be found. Each bird species is entirely different, and for Helen each journey into the world of birds is different too.  She never quite knows where it’s leading her. It’s not unlike the life of following and listening to the music of the Holy Spirit.

Born in 1952, Helen Mirkil is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) Certificate and MFA programs, as well as the BFA program of the University of  Pennsylvania (with studio classes at PAFA). Helen is also a poet. Her collection of poems entitled Sower on the Cliffs: poems and drawings was published in 2013 by BookArts Press. Helen’s home is in Wilmington, North Carolina. Along with a spacious studio across town, she is setting down roots, enjoying her children and grandchildren.

The exhibit opens on Friday, September 24 and continues through November 7, 2021.

 

Thursday, February 11th, 2021
Exhibits, Past Exhibits
“Full Circle: Photography by Kelly Starbuck”

“Harbor Island” by Kelly Starbuck

Full Circle features the photographic of Kelly Starbuck alongside the paintings of artist and poet, Helen Mirkil, in her featured show Birdsong.

Deeply inspired by memories, documentation and the feeling of a specific moment, Kelly’s personal work seeks to capture a sense of time and space by playing with light and shadow. Growing up in Wrightsville Beach, then experiencing the intensity of New York City, her latest collection honors her relationship with both nature and city life. “New York is where I became a photographer. This exhibit is all about utilizing the energy of the city, the bright lights and connecting it to where I am now, back at my roots, back at the beach,” explains Starbuck.

Kelly Starbuck, a native of Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, moved to New York City where she resided for 14 years. During those years Kelly found her calling to become a photographer. Fernando Bengoechea, an international celebrity, interior and lifestyle photographer gave Kelly her start as his studio manager. She assisted on photo shoots and worked as a teaching assistant at The International Center of Photography. Kelly began her work as a photographer soon thereafter with a focus on portraiture, interior, product, travel and lifestyle projects as well as personal fine art projects. At the end of 2009, Kelly returned to Wilmington, NC to be near her family at the beach and to make Wilmington her home base for business. Starbuck made her mark in the Wilmington art community by curating fine art photography shows at her gallery, SALT Studio Photography, in the Brooklyn Arts District.

The exhibit opens on Friday, September 24 and continues through November 7, 2021.

 

Thursday, February 11th, 2021
Exhibits, Past Exhibits
“The Holiday Art Exhibit + Sale” Virtual Shop

“The Holiday Art Exhibit + Sale” Featuring Art in Bloom Gallery Artists & 
“Artistic Photography: Frank Fierstein”
December 11, 2020 – January 24, 2021
View more about this exhibit.
Virtual Tour created by Matterhorn Media.

Thursday, January 21st, 2021
Virtual Shopping
“Elements: Bob Bryden”

“Untitled” Printing Ink on paper, 22″ x 30″

“Elements: Bob Bryden” is a showing of art dedicated to the idea that simplicity can reveal great complexity. This show is featured in the gallery along with “Wm. Fridrich: Cyanotype Print Collection”. The exhibits open on Friday, February 5 and continue through March 14, 2021.

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.

Click here to view the work that will be featured in the exhibit.

The gallery is open Monday – Friday 10am-4pm and Saturday 11am-4pm.  If you prefer to shop from home the Art in Bloom Gallery Website (www.aibgallery.com) is always open!  Purchase art online and pick up at the door or take advantage of our free local delivery.  Plus we can also ship anywhere within the U.S.

 

Tuesday, January 19th, 2021
Exhibits, Past Exhibits
“Wm. Fridrich: Cyanotype Print Collection”

“Augusta” Cyanotype on paper

Wm. Fridrich: Cyanotype Print Collection is an exhibit of photography based works by our first photography feature of the 2021 Exhibit Season. This show is featured in the gallery along with “Elements: Bob Bryden”.  The exhibits open on Friday, February 5 and continue through March 14, 2021.

In his investigation of the cyanotype process Wm. Fridrich credits this body of work to a quote by Peter Henry Emerson (1899) “No one but a vandal would print a landscape in red or cyanotype”.
When speaking about this body of work Wm. states  “Robert Hughes, [when] referring to the DADA move­ment (and Marcel Duchamp in particular), said that “like his Bottle Rack, Bicycle Wheel and other ‘ready­mades’…the world is so full of interesting objects that the artist need not add to them. Instead he could just pick one, and this ironic act of choice was equivalent to creation.

The camera is the definitive instrument for making these ironic acts of choice. Then the function of this device — to record what already exists — in the DADA belief, is equivalent to the act of creation.”

Wm. Fridrich studied art, sculpture and photography at UCLA, motorcycle magazines and in the U.S. Army, as a combat illustrator. He then launched a successful graphic design career in the early 1970s.

Introduced to the Dada and Surrealist movements by his wife, art historian Marsha McKee, William became clinically obsessed with Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray and Joseph Cornell: he has not yet recovered.

Click here to view the work that will be featured in the exhibit.

The gallery is open Monday – Friday 10am-4pm and Saturday 11am-4pm.  If you prefer to shop from home the Art in Bloom Gallery Website (www.aibgallery.com) is always open!  Purchase art online and pick up at the door or take advantage of our free local delivery.  Plus we can also ship anywhere within the U.S.

Tuesday, January 19th, 2021
Exhibits, Past Exhibits
“Artistic Photography: Frank Fierstein”

“Out of the Mist”

This month’s photography feature is focused on artistic photographer, Frank Fierstein. The exhibit opens on Friday, December 11 and and continues through January 24, 2021.

A friend of  Frank’s, a world renowned doctor of pharmacology, once asked him a question with regards to his artistic photography; “What is your purpose?“. For decades, Frank has tried to understand, answer and pursue what that purpose has been. “To visually see my feelings in images, that represent myself as a child and young adult, has given me a  better connection, a deeper understanding, and a clearer meaning  in my personal life. Even as I have become a photography dinosaur, still working in my “chemical darkroom” and still using film for all of my artistic work, I continue to seek images that represent and connect with my heart and soul. Making prints that emit light from the silver they are made from is as important today as it ever was in this digital age of ink and sensors. After being given clear guidance by a great teacher about creating art with my photography, my artistic quest to find wonderful images has never ceased and to this day remains amazingly strong.”  Currently, Frank teaches a class in Artistic Photography at Brunswick Community College, where he encourages his students to connect with who they are through their own photography.

Click here to view the work that will be featured in the exhibit.

Now you can view and shop the gallery virtually!

 

Thursday, December 3rd, 2020
Exhibits, Frank Fierstein, Past Exhibits
“Manifestations of Colour and Form with Gale Smith & Photographer Melissa Wilgis”

“Manifestations of Colour and Form” is a new exhibit featuring metal artist, Gale Smith and photography feature, Melissa Wilgis.  The exhibit opens on Friday, October 23 and continues through December 6, 2020.  It will be displayed in the gallery and will have many virtual components including a virtual tour, artist videos and more.

Photography By Aris Harding and Justin Williams Pope – Wilma Magazine

Gale Smith‘s work in this exhibit is about the transformation of sheets of copper into complex assemblages that create a distinctive visual impact while allowing the intrinsic beauty of the metal to shine through.  Vibrant colours dance across the copper pieces and create abstract geometrical shapes.  These intricate works contain rich textures and reveal extraordinary manifestations of colour and formations. Each sculpture is made using dozens of strips of copper which are assembled into a design that create movement with dimensions. These meticulously cut strips of copper undulate as they reflects light that in turn creates movement.

Melissa Wilgis is a fine art photographer specializing in photograms.  Initially she began making photograms using what she refers to as her “critters”; seahorses, crabs, butterflies, dragonflies, sea whips, wildflowers and other found curiosities. Eventually, she knew she needed to expand her photogram creations beyond critters. She is also thrift store junky and made it a priority to search out photogrammable objects at the charity shops. “I’m drawn to antique garments, lace and glass baubles. My photogram compositions are fairly simple. This simplicity allows the viewer to find their own story, be it politics, feminism, gender, sexuality, body-image, materialism, culture, economy, history, family or simply nostalgia. To me, they’re first and foremost, a reminder to always try to see things in a different light.”  Her most recent body of work incorporates images from box of early 1900s glass negatives.

Click here to view the work that will be featured in the exhibit.

The exhibit will be in the gallery and will have many virtual components including a virtual tour, artist videos and moreView the virtual tour! 

Due to ongoing COVID-19 adjustments, this exhibit will be in the gallery and online beginning on October 23rd. The gallery now has normal business hours.   Face coverings are required and we do have additional supplies if needed. 

About the Artists

Having studied at UNC Chapel Hill, Gale Smith considers painting as an ongoing study.  She has found a new interest in working with copper.  As a plein air painter, she began using copper panels as her canvas and loved how the copper made her colors warm and vibrant. She experimented with different gauges of copper and mediums and discovered that inks and oils on copper made colors radiate vibrantly. Never quite sure where the colors and copper will take her, Gale paints, cuts and weaves two abstract paintings together to create a dimensional piece of art.  The soft gentle curves that she cuts into the copper, allows her to form the piece into soothing and thought provoking structural designs.  It is her desire that the viewer will experience a personal interaction with her art. Often, she writes small quotes, prayers or poems that relate to the piece of work on the back of the copper strips and weaves them into the design.  Gale donates a portion of the proceeds from her sales to various organizations and charities. Gale is an award winning artist with her works exhibited in galleries, private collections and corporate installations.

Melissa Wilgis at her home studio.

Melissa Wilgis is a fine art photographer specializing in photograms. She made her first photogram in 1986 in Mr. Fecik’s photography class at Boardman High School. At the time, making photograms was simply a way to learn her way around the darkroom. It taught her how to use an enlarger and what the various chemicals do. Leaving photograms behind, Melissa pursued photojournalism throughout high school and college. After graduating with a BA in English from NC State University, she started working for a branch of Eastman Kodak called Qualex in tech support. Over the next several years, she moved further away from photography and became further entrenched in corporate America. She finally came to my senses and left that world. Melissa soon found found some film photography classes at the local community college and soon became the darkroom assistant. She is now a full time mom with a home darkroom where she creates her work.  Melissa regularly exhibits her work in shows in and around Wilmington.

As of right now Fourth Friday receptions, held during the Arts Council of Wilmington’s Fourth Friday Gallery Night are on hold until January of 2021.

Wednesday, October 28th, 2020
Exhibits, Past Exhibits
“The Holiday Art Exhibit + Sale” Featuring Art in Bloom Gallery Artists

The 2020 Holiday Season is here and Art in Bloom Gallery is celebrating with a rotating exhibit featuring over 28 of Art in Bloom Gallery’s Artists!  Feast your eyes on new work directly out of the artists’ studios. Shop for meaningful, original and special gifts of art that will bring smiles all year round!  All of our artists are offering fine art under $250.

The gallery is open Monday – Friday 10am-4pm and Saturday 11am-4pm.  If you prefer to shop from home the Art in Bloom Gallery Website (www.aibgallery.com) is always open!  Purchase art online and pick up at the door or take advantage of our free local delivery.  Plus we can also ship anywhere within the U.S. Art in Bloom also offers complementary gift wrapping.

Click here to view the work that will be featured in the exhibit.

Featured artists include:  Bradley Carter (painting), Debra Bucci (painting), Richard Bunting (blown glass), Judy Hintz Cox (abstract painter), Karen Paden Crouch (sculpture), Elizabeth Darrow (painting), Brian Evans (ceramics), Dianne Evans (ceramics), Susan Francy (photographer), Mark Gansor (painter), Joanne Geisel (painting), Dumay Gorham (sculpture), Jeri Greenberg (pastel artist), Liz Hosier (encaustic painter), Curtis Krueger (photographer), Dave Klinger (photography), Brooks Koff (stained glass), Helen Lewis (encaustic painter),  Joan McLoughlin (painting), David Norris (printmaker),  Jameka Purdie (jewelry), Jessie Robertson (painter), Gale Smith (painter), Barbara Snyder (photographer),  Traudi Thornton (ceramics), Gayle Tustin (ceramics), Angela Rowe (painter),  Michael Van Hout (sculpture), Kirah Van Sickle (painter), Roberto Vengoechea (jewelry), Virginia Wright-Frierson (painter), Rebecca Yeomans (fiber artist), among others! 

 

Tuesday, October 27th, 2020
Exhibits, Past Exhibits
“Tributaries of Abstraction: Art by Dick Roberts” at ACME Art Studios

Photography by William Fridrich

Art in Bloom Gallery is excited to partner with Dick Roberts of Acme Art Studios to open a new exhibit, “Tributaries of Abstraction”.  The exhibit, opening on November 22nd, showcases Dick’s paintings.

Regarding the works in this exhibit, Dick states “The paintings are about the act of painting. Although individually the paintings possess different intensities, opposing levels of complexity and abstraction, and perhaps a vague adherence to a narrative, the core of the process of painting remains consistent. The paintings are a reflection of the process of painting them. Every process is unique.  The magic of painting can never be totally explained. I find joy in discovering the emerging world of a new painting. Although harmony of the mind and the heart is important, the metabolic process of converting color, form and line into the forces that drive the painting is absolutely necessary.”

Dick Roberts is an artist and poet with his studio located at Acme Art Studios (Wilmington, NC) which he co-founded in 1991, as a work and exhibition space for artists. He 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.

The exhibit is now on exhibit at Acme Art Studios and can be viewed in person, online, or via our Virtual Tour.


Click here to view the work that will be featured in the exhibit.

Art in Bloom Gallery will host dates for Client Visits, as well as appointments at Acme Art Studios.  These dates will be announced closer to the exhibit.  Client visits to Acme Art Studios will be limited to three people at a time and hosted by the artist. Masks will be mandatory.  To view and purchase the art in-person, an appointment can be made by calling 484-885-3037. Acme Art Studios is located at 711 N 5th Ave, Wilmington, North Carolina 28401.  The exhibit can also be viewed virtually on the web at https://aibgallery.com/artist/dick-roberts/ and  virtually on the web with a virtual tour created by Angle Pros, LLC of Wilmington.

Art in Bloom Gallery offers free local delivery, curbside pick-up or shipping to other locations at reasonable rates.

Tuesday, October 27th, 2020
Exhibits, Past Exhibits, Satellite Venues
Rebecca Yeomans – Fiber Artist

Rebecca Yeomans has lived her entire life centered around making. She learned to knit at eight years old and was considered the “class artist” in school. She studied studio art at UNC-Chapel Hill, receiving a BFA in 1974. After earning an MFA from Auburn University in 1979 she taught there for several years. Rebecca and her husband Tom moved to Wilmington, NC in 1984 and she worked as a scenic artist in the film industry. She was a founding board member for DREAMS of Wilmington and later taught classes. Her fiber jewelry can be seen at the CAM gift shop. After she and Tom raised two artsy daughters, Rebecca quickly moved into full time artist mode. Her current work combines botanical printing, knitting, and stitching with a painterly feel.

Artist Statement

The botanical printmaking process is almost always the inspiration and starting point for my work. Eco or botanical printing is the art of transferring color from natural plant material on to fabric or paper using pressure, moisture, and heat. Beautiful contact plant portraits are captured by bundling vegetation and fabric, either by rolling around a pipe or stacking in layers and binding tightly. The bundle is then steamed or immersed in simmering natural dye coaxing the pigment out of the leaves and on to the cloth. Results depend on many variables: type of fabric, water source, plant species, season, climate, and type of vessel used to name a few. Thus each piece is unique and always a surprise. The process involves many steps: scouring, mordanting, pre dyeing, printing with plant material, post dyeing, rinsing, and perhaps printing again. I enjoy the relationship with the natural world inherent in the process: foraging walks, growing my own dye plants, the aroma of cooking eucalyptus, and the opening of a bundle to reveal what gift Mother Nature has given. When a piece of printed paper or cloth excites me, I begin the slow process of embellishing. This involves tearing fabric, arranging and rearranging, pinning, basting, and deciding on a place to start. I approach this process intuitively, reacting playfully, exploring this or that, asking what if? The piece evolves and its story unfolds. Hopefully a lovely whole is created by the intricate details. In a nutshell, the beauty of the materials and the process of making are what my artwork is about. I am co-creating with Mother Nature and collaborating with the fabric, yarn, and thread.

Thursday, September 3rd, 2020
Artist, Collage, Fabric Art, Fabric Art, Featured Artist
“Summer Reprise: Art by Pam Toll (2007 – 2020)” at Acme Art Studios

Mixed Media Paintings by Pam Toll on view at Acme Art Studios

Art in Bloom Gallery is excited to partner with Pam Toll of Acme Art Studio to open a new exhibit, “Summer Reprise”.  The exhibit, opening on August 1st, showcases Pam’s diverse paintings incorporating a variety of mixed media and found objects. The exhibit features an array of work from 2007 to the present and highlights how an artist’s works continue to connect even after years of separation.

Pam Toll, an Associate Professor at UNC Wilmington, received a BA in Art and English Literature from UNC Chapel Hill and 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.

The works of art will be exhibited at Acme Art Studio and can be viewed in person or via our Virtual Tour!

Click here to view and purchase the work featured in the exhibit.

To view and purchase the art in-person, an appointment can be made by calling 910-352-4314. Acme Art Studio is located at 711 N 5th Ave, Wilmington, North Carolina 28401.  The exhibit can also be viewed virtually on the web with a virtual tour created by Angle Pros, LLC of Wilmington. The exhibit continues through October 10, 2020.

Art in Bloom Gallery offers free local delivery, curbside pick-up or shipping to other locations at reasonable rates.

Wednesday, July 29th, 2020
Exhibits, Past Exhibits, Past Satellite Venues
Window Display

Window Display

Art in Bloom Gallery enjoys our constantly evolving window display!

Our inviting window will inspire your senses with  delightful works of art by Elizabeth DarrowBrian Evans, Dianne Evans, Mark Gansor, Joan McLoughlin,  David Norris, and Karen Paden Crouch,

All of the artwork is available for sale.

See something you like? Visit our website to shop!

Click here to view exactly what is on display.

 

 

Tuesday, July 14th, 2020
Current Exhibits
Pam Toll – Painter and Mixed Media

Pam Toll, an Associate Professor at UNC Wilmington, received a BA in Art and English Literature from UNC Chapel Hill and 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.

Monday, June 8th, 2020
Artist, Mixed Media, Online Artist, Painting
“Visions of Inspiration Photography Features: Susan Francy & Barbara Snyder”

We are pleased to feature the work of two local artists and photographers, Susan Francy and Barbara Snyder.   These two photographers have created work especially for Art in Bloom Gallery.

Left to Right: Susan Francy and Barbara Snyder

Susan Francy is photojournalist, commercial photographer and art photographer for more than 35 years. The overall theme of her art images could be described as “ordinary beauty, closely observed.” These images are often from nature and although they are focused on still life subjects, there is a dynamic sense of movement and emotionalism in them. In recent years she been playing around with scanning objects, as opposed to photographing them, creating “scanographs”. Scanography is a process of image capture using a flatbed scanner as the image capturing device. I work from nature, scanning live flowers, etc. I then print out the resulting digital images on high quality, archival photo paper. Susan lives and works in Wilmington.

Barbara Snyder is a self-educated photographer.  Her work is deeply personal and focused on the full cycle of creation to destruction. Reflecting on her Catholic upbringing her work sometimes draws on the metaphysical in life. She has shown in numerous national exhibitions and was a recipient of the 2014 and 2017 North Carolina Regional Artists Grants. Snyder lives and works in Wilmington, NC.    Barbara’s newest body of work entitled  “virtus  valor, fortitude, strength”.   

virtus is a new body of work centered on the internal strength that comes from deep within oneself.

These works continue my reference to Saint Barbara, the protector against lightning and one of the 14 Holy Helpers in Catholicism.  In virtus, the correlation of my long-felt fascination with lightening and my namesake is now earthbound. Recently, I found an attraction to  certain roots, how they can mimic lightening in shape and form.  Their duality is unmistakable.

However, while lightening in the sky holds a power for me, the woods have always given me strength for its comfort in  solitude.  Here, I attempt to understand the connection between the physical and metaphysical, for the energy to continue  forward, yet grounded to stay strong on my journey.

Click here to view all of the work featured in the exhibit.

Stay tuned for small ” Meet the Artist” events, as well as virtual events.
The exhibit will be in the gallery and virtual which continues through July 19, 2019.

As of right now Fourth Friday receptions, held during the Arts Council of Wilmington’s Fourth Friday Gallery Night are on hold until January of 2020.  Stay tuned for other virtual opportunities!

Tuesday, May 26th, 2020
Exhibits, Past Exhibits
Debra Bucci Paintings at True Blue Butcher & Table Restaurant

Announcing a new partnership between True Blue Butcher & Table Restaurant, Debra Bucci Fine Art and Art in Bloom Gallery!

True Blue, a local restaurant in Wilmington, NC, invited Debra to create and display a collection of her large abstract art in their dining room. The paintings are for sale and can viewed in the restaurant and online.  Preview the work here!

True Blue Butcher and Table Restaurant
1125 Military Cutoff Road, Wilmington, NC 28405

Virginia Wright-Frierson – Painter

Virginia Wright-Frierson has made Wilmington, North Carolina, her home for over 40 years.  She travels extensively for inspiration for her painting and frequent visits with family across the United States.

She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, with additional training at the Arts Students’ League in New York City and the University of Georgia Studies Abroad Program in Cortona, Italy.  Virginia has lectured and taught many workshops and classes in painting and drawing and on illustrating children’s books.

She is widely known for her design and construction of the Minnie Evans Bottle Chapel and Sculpture Garden at Airlie Gardens in Wilmington, a structure built with mortar and thousands of glass bottles, inspired by the art of the visionary artist who worked in the garden for many years as a gatekeeper.

In 2000, Virginia donated the sweeping mural which is permanently installed on the ceiling of the new atrium at Columbine High School after the tragic shootings there.  It is comprised of twenty painted panels which lift the eyes to a perspective of a Colorado forest of evergreens, aspen and sunlight.

She has written and illustrated many children’s books, including three John Burroughs Nature Book Award winners:  A Desert Scrapbook, An Island Scrapbook, and A North American Rain Forest Scrapbook.

Her most recent work has included a one-person exhibition of 120 road trip oil paintings at the Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, and a “pop up” exhibit of new oils and watercolors at 216 N. Front Street sponsored by Art in Bloom Gallery.

At Art in Bloom Gallery, Virginia exhibits a variety of oil and watercolor paintings and lino prints inspired by nature, the figure, landscape, color and light.

Virginia’s website can be found at:  virginiawright-frierson.com

Thursday, February 14th, 2019
Artist, Featured Artist
Melissa Wilgis – Photographer

Artist Statement

We All Have Wings: Portraits of Us

The idea of printing RA-4 color photograms had been in the back of my mind for a few years. So in 2018 I applied for the NC Arts Council’s Regional Artist Project Grant. I was selected as a recipient and used the funds to purchase color paper and chemicals. Going into the project, I knew very little about RA-4 printing, so most of what I learned was through experimentation and trial-and-error. My experiments led me to the series, “We All Have Wings; Portraits of us”.

The found wings, representing all of us, are various colors, condition, components and configurations. All are perfectly imperfect. All are frame-worthy. All deserve to be seen and considered.

 

Biography

I’m a fine art photographer specializing in photograms.  I made my first photogram in 1986 in Mr. Fecik’s photography class at Boardman High School.  I don’t recall the specifics, but I’m fairly certain a clear cassette tape was involved.  At the time, making photograms was simply a way to learn my way around the darkroom.  It taught me how to use an enlarger and what the various chemicals do.  Leaving photograms behind, I pursued photojournalism throughout high school and college.  After graduating with a BA in English from NC State University, I started working for a branch of Eastman Kodak called Qualex.  I was in tech support, helping one-hour-photo lab operators fix their problems via telephone.  Over the next several years, I moved further away from photography and became further entrenched in corporate America.  I finally came to my senses and left that world.  I found some film photography classes at the local community college and took a few to get back into the swing of things. Soon I started working there as the darkroom assistant.  Four years later I became pregnant with my daughter and left my job at the community college to focus on being a mom.  When my daughter was about a year old, my husband completed the darkroom in our garage.  The baby-monitor picked-up a signal out there, so I was able to go into the darkroom during naptime, in addition to occasional evenings and weekends.  Making photograms gained traction for me during this time because it was photography I could do without wandering too far from my young daughter.  She was and still is my regular, full-time job.

I initially began making photograms using what I refer to as my “critters”; seahorses, crabs, butterflies, dragonflies, sea whips, wildflowers and other found curiosities.  My husband works in marine biology and helps me gather specimens.  No animals are ever harmed—they’re gathered after they’ve passed.  One day my husband came home with a deceased baby stingray.  He had been out in the field and noticed some fishermen getting ready to toss it back.  He asked if he could have the ray and they agreed.  So the joke now is that it’s all fine and good if your husband brings you flowers.  But it’s really exciting if he brings you a dead baby stingray.  Eventually, I knew I needed to expand my photogram creations beyond critters.  I’m a thrift store junky and made it a priority to search out photogrammable objects at the charity shops.  I’m drawn to antique garments, lace and glass baubles.  My photogram compositions are fairly simple.  This simplicity allows the viewer to find their own story, be it politics, feminism, gender, sexuality, body-image, materialism, culture, economy, history, family or simply nostalgia.  To me, they’re first and foremost, a reminder to always try to see things in a different light.

Watch a short video about Melissa’s Photogram Process

Sunday, January 1st, 2017
Artist, Featured Artist
Dick Roberts – Painter

Virtual Tour created by Matterhorn Media.

Artist Statement

The paintings are about the act of painting. Although individually the paintings possess different intensities, opposing levels of complexity and abstraction, and perhaps a vague adherence to a narrative, the core of the process of painting remains consistent. The paintings are a reflection of the process of painting them. Every process is unique.

The magic of painting can never be totally explained. I find joy in discovering the emerging world of a new painting. Although harmony of the mind and the heart is important, the metabolic process of converting color, form and line into the forces that drive the painting is absolutely necessary.

Artist Bio

Education:
Brevard High School
Brevard, NC – 1965
University of Miami
Coral Gables, FL,USA – Marine Biology, 1965-1968
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Charlotte, NC, USA – Creative Writing Program 1970-1972
Western Carolina University
 Cullowhee, NC, USA – BFA Ceramics and Painting 1979

Employment:
Science Museums of Charlotte
Charlotte, NC, USA –  Exhibits Tech 1979-1982
North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
Kure Beach, NC, USA – Curator of Design and Exhibits 1982 – 2008
Artist
Acme Art Studios – Wilmington, NC, USA   1979 – present
Poet
1970 – present

Affiliations:
WHQR Public Radio – Local Advisory Board
Wilmington, NC, USA
1996-2004
North Carolina Museums Council
1979 – 2002
Southeastern Museums Conference
1979 – 1985
Wilmington Railroad Museum – Planning committee chairman
Wilmington. NC, USA 1995
Acme Art Studios – co-founder
Wilmington, NC, USA 1991 – present
No Boundaries International Artist Colony – co-founder
Wilmington, NC, USA 1997 – 2010
Art Point Gumno
Sloestica, Macedonia 2005 – present
African American Heritage Foundation
 Wilmington, NC 2009 – 2011

Publications:
Southern Poetry Review
Saint Andrews Review
Kostroma Poetry Project (Russian translation)
Between the Lines – Poetry festival chapbook
Poems for Macedonia
Various chapbooks

More of his works can be found on his website.

Sunday, January 1st, 2017
Artist, Online Artist, Painting
Jessie Robertson – Painter

 

Artist Statement

Ever since I can remember, I have been filled with a great love for frogs and toads. Everything about them, from their bright eyes and wide grins to their powerful leaps and graceful strokes, amazes me. I try to capture the beauty I see in frogs in my artwork, and to express the love and joy I feel for them with those who see my pieces. More importantly, I hope to contribute to amphibian conservation efforts worldwide, and make a real difference in the lives of the thousands of frog species currently threatened with extinction. Frogs need us, and I believe we need them too.

While I have always enjoyed creating frog artwork, it became a true passion for me when I discovered SAVE THE FROGS!, an amphibian conservation organization, and the enormous threats that frog species face. Ever since, I have used my artwork as activism, including informative fact cards about species I depict and donating 10% of my sales to SAVE THE FROGS! I use a variety of mediums, including acrylic paintings, watercolors, sculpture, digital illustrations, and animation. My pieces tend to draw heavily from real life, both because I love animals as they truly appear and so that each species is distinctly recognizable. That said, I make my pieces lively by enhancing colors and giving all of my subjects a smile. Though frogs may be suffering dramatically in the world we live in, I want to live in a world where I can find them smiling everywhere. I work to help create that world in my art, and in real life.

 

Biography

Born in Memphis, TN, Jessie Robertson moved with her family to Wilmington in 2010. Since 2017, Jessie’s award-winning art has displayed in several group and solo art exhibits, including shows at Wilma Daniels Gallery, ACES Gallery, 216 N. Front Street, the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher, and Art in Bloom Gallery. In 2019, Jessie graduated from Wilmington Early College High School as valedictorian and from Cape Fear Community College (CFCC). Today, she is majoring in both Studio Art and Digital Arts at UNCW and working as a part-time employee at Art in Bloom Gallery, where she edits their artist films. Jessie hopes that the more she learns and creates, the more successful she will be in achieving her goal of saving the frogs.

More of Jessie’s work can be found at: https://jessielrobertson.wixsite.com/portfolio

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Curtis Krueger – Photographer

Some of the Curtis Krueger’s earliest memories are of his father and him drawing at the dining room table. He was told our television broke down when he was in kindergarten, and his parents, although they could afford to repair it decided not to.  Curtis places much of his fascination with the art-world with their encouragement and direct participation. The lack of television as entertainment is another. Curtis studied art at Eastern Michigan University, earning a BFA, along with two teaching certificates. It was in school where he took a darkroom class and got the incurable photo bug.  For the last 25 years he has earned a living selling my photos at various art festivals and galleries across America. Traveling is a big part of his schedule. Half the year is taken up with either shows or photo gathering trips. On an average year, Curtis travels 30,000 miles and shoots 50,000 images.

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Doug Haas – Wood Turner

Doug Haas is a wood turner who creates exquisite, original works of art often from wood found on local streets.  He is a volunteer woodturning instructor and mentor at Topsail High School and an active member of the Wilmington Area Woodturners Association and the American Association of Woodturners.  Doug’s wood turning builds upon his previous experience and exploration in painting and design.

Doug graduated from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC with a BFA in Art with a studio major in painting and a minor in wood design. He also studied art at the Universidad de las Americas in Cholula, Puebla, Mexico.

In addition to his work in the arts, Doug has a 30+ year career including 20+ years as an area coordinator for the NC Division of Emergency Management and as an emergency management specialist for the US Marine Corps, in addition to other positions in training and development.

One of his favorite quotes is “Why not go out on a limb?  That’s where the fruit is.” Mark Twain

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Jeri Greenberg – Pastel Artist

After many years as a fashion illustrator and sportswear designer, Jeri turned her love of graphic design towards advertising next. Having time to devote herself to painting again, and falling in love with the pastel medium, has led to a new and interesting “next act”, as a full time painter and teacher.

Feeling that “Pastels are an immediate tool to express feelings” and the perfect vehicle in which to “Make the Ordinary, Extraordinary and tell stories in her paintings, Jeri works to constantly get a deeper understanding of this wonderful medium. With her background in illustration, Jeri helps her students get a strongly drawn foundation down behind their color work.

Jeri loves painting still lifes, urban interiors, figures and fabrics, and the occasional landscape as well.Recently relocated, Jeri teaches weekly classes at the Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington NC, and holds demos and workshops around the country, as well as jurying national and international pastel exhibits.

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Wm. Fridrich – Photographer

Wm. Fridrich: Photographs

Robert Hughes, referring to the DADA move­ment (and Marcel Duchamp in particular), said that “like his Bottle Rack, Bicycle Wheel and other ‘ready­mades’…the world is so full of interesting objects that the artist need not add to them. Instead he could just pick one, and this ironic act of choice was equivalent to creation.”

The camera is the definitive instrument for making these ironic acts of choice. Then the function of this device — to record what already exists — in the DADA belief, is equivalent to the act of creation.

Wm. Fridrich studied art, sculpture and photography at UCLA, motorcycle magazines and in the U.S. Army, as a combat illustrator. He then launched a successful graphic design career in the early 1970s.

Introduced to the Dada and Surrealist movements by his wife, art historian Marsha McKee, William became clinically obsessed with Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray and Joseph Cornell: he has not yet recovered.

More of his work can be found on his WEBSITE.

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Frank Fierstein – Artistic Photographer

A friend of mine, a world renowned doctor of pharmacology, once asked me a question with regards to my artistic photography; “What is your purpose?“. For decades, I have tried to understand, answer and pursue what that purpose has been. To visually see my feelings in images, that represent myself as a child and young adult, has given me a  better connection, a deeper understanding, and a clearer meaning  in my personal life. Even as I have become a photography dinosaur, still working in my “chemical darkroom” and still using film for all of my artistic work, I continue to seek images that represent and connect with my heart and soul. Making prints that emit light from the silver they are made from is as important today as it ever was in this digital age of ink and sensors. After being given clear guidance by a great teacher about creating art with my photography, my artistic quest to find wonderful images has never ceased and to this day remains amazingly strong. Currently, I teach a class in Artistic Photography at Brunswick Community College, where I encourage my students to connect with who they are through their photography and I too continue to ask them the same question; What is YOUR purpose?

Artist statement

Art is an expression of passion and creativity. As artistic photographers, allowing ourselves to open up and feel this passion and creative flow ties our art to who we are and what we see. This produces images that represent our emotions, our dreams, our fears and our life experiences.

When photographing, the focus is on a different kind of place than our own reality or existence. We try to connect with a place that we figuratively can’t see. It’s a world of sensing a presence, an entity that defies description. As artists, we are compelled to understand how to connect with this feeling and then follow and photograph it. We are driven to find the source, its power. When we do connect, there is a brightness far more brilliant than anything in this world and possesses a feeling like a river of water flowing through our soul. This is a love that can bring us to tears and soothe all of our fears, stresses and anxieties. It’s a moment of discovery that creates a calming like no other; your soul is at rest!

Then, in the very next moment, everything changes and another excitement comes. Although there is literally nothing there that embodies this feeling, an energy courses through our veins with a rush of adrenaline that literally leaves us breathless, yearning and hoping to just take one more wonderful image.

We have seen and taken a photograph that reaches us on an emotional level, a moment that touches us deeply and profoundly. This is the true language of artistic photography.

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Jeff Chase – Guest Photographer

Artist Statement

“Photography has been a passion for me since I got my first camera at age 6.  It was a Brownie Box Camera which introduced me to the idea of capturing a moment in time which, most likely, no one else saw.  At age 14, I set up my own darkroom and would spend hours trying to edit and perfect what I had seen through the camera’s lens.  In high school and in college I furthered my education by taking all the photography classes available.  Once digital photography became the norm, I continued to advance my skills by learning Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom.  These tools have furthered the way photographers can use their photos to “paint” imagery that they saw in their mind’s eye, images that were only imagined while looking through the lens of a camera.   This level of advancement has opened a new world for me, allowing me to not only capture images but also to interpret what I see.  However, after all these years, I am still after the same thing – trying to capture a moment in time that has gone unnoticed by anyone else.  It is truly a passion that will keep me fascinated the rest of my life.”

Jeff Chase is a photographer and painter who lives in Wilmington, NC.  He also spent over 20 years as an art dealer in Boston MA.  Over the last 20 years, he has participated in over 30 exhibitions in Florida, New York, Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Michigan.

 

 

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Gary Allen – Guest Photographer

Gary Allen lifelong obsession with photography began in 1974 when he got his first camera at the age of 12 and has been a professional photographer since 1980. During the 80’s and 90’s he worked as an award-winning newspaper photojournalist, mostly with the News & Observer in Raleigh, NC (North Carolina photographer of the year five times and runner-up six times). He has won awards for his work on local, state, regional, national and international levels including being part of the Pulitzer Prize winning team at the N&O in 1996. Since 2000, Allen has worked as a commercial photographer and as manager of Southeastern Camera store in Wilmington, NC. During his tenure at the camera store, Allen began his journey into pursuing his artistic visions in photography.

I love to explore the world through my lens, using alternative techniques and processes to create a unique vision of the world around us. Years of experience has not only taught me how to see, but more importantly how my camera sees my subjects. All of my photos are a result of work done in the camera with no manipulations through computers or software.  A testament to my photojournalism days, I want my photography to convey a sense of realism with an artistic view.

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