Author Archive

Laurie Greenbaum Beitch Artist Talk

Check out the latest artist talk video with Laurie Greenbaum Beitch at Art in Bloom Gallery in downtown Wilmington, North Carolina! Laurie describes how she got started professionally as an artist and showcases some of her newest work at the gallery!
Created for Art in Bloom Gallery by: Christina Capra and Jessie Robertson

Tuesday, February 9th, 2021
Artist Talk, Videos
Frank Fierstein Artist Talk

See Frank Fierstein’s photography show at Art in Bloom Gallery in historic downtown Wilmington, NC! Frank Fierstein explains camera technique and delves deeper into his process and the life experiences that helped to shape his work. Frank teaches photography at the Brunswick Community College in Southport.

Tuesday, January 12th, 2021
Artist Talk, Videos
Melissa Wilgis Artist Talk

Check out Melissa Wilgis at Art in Bloom Gallery in historic downtown Wilmington as she discusses her featured show and gives insight into her unique artistic process!  Come by and view her work in the gallery!

Created for Art in Bloom Gallery by: Christina Capra and Jessie Robertson

Sunday, January 10th, 2021
Artist Talk, Videos
Dick Robert Artist Talk

Explore Dick Robert’s featured show at ACME arts building in downtown Wilmington, partnered with Art in Bloom Gallery. See the large scale beautiful abstracts and hear more about the artist’s process and motivations behind the pieces!
Created for Art in Bloom Gallery by: Christina Capra and Jessie Robertson

Saturday, December 12th, 2020
Artist Talk, Videos
Debra Bucci Artist Talk

Debra Bucci speaks about her show at True Blue Restaurant in Wilmington, NC. Hear more about her inspirations and themes for her vibrant large scale abstract works on display in this beautiful fine dining establishment. Look for more of Debra’s work at Art in Bloom Gallery in downtown Wilmington!
Created for Art in Bloom Gallery by: Christina Capra and Jessie Robertson

Thursday, November 12th, 2020
Artist Talk, Videos
Gale Smith Artist Talk

View Gale Smith’s show “Manifestations of Color” at Art in Bloom Gallery in historic downtown Wilmington! Walk through the gallery and hear Gale Smith speak about her beautiful woven copper piece and learn more about the process of creating her works of art currently on display! See the show in person through Dec. 6th
Created for Art in Bloom Gallery by: Christina Capra and Jessie Robertson

Thursday, November 12th, 2020
Artist Talk, Videos
David Norris Artist Talk

Learn more about North Carolina artist David Norris as he demonstrates his monoprint process and speaks about his body of work at Art in Bloom Gallery.
Created for Art in Bloom Gallery by: Christina Capra and Jessie Robertson

 

Saturday, September 12th, 2020
Artist Talk, Videos
Curtis Krueger Artist Talk

View Curtis Krueger, one of our featured artists, talk about his new work in the gallery as part of our newest exhibition.
Created for Art in Bloom Gallery by: Christina Capra and Jessie Robertson

 

Wednesday, August 12th, 2020
Artist Talk, Videos
Barbara Snyder Artist Talk

Tuesday, June 30th, 2020
Artist Talk, Videos
Studio Views – Liz Hosier – Painter

As weeks have turned into months and drawn all of us into the new COVID-19 “normal”, I find myself thinking back to the beginning of the “stay at home” order and the concerns expressed for our safety that seemed to increase almost daily.  Things changed so dramatically and abruptly; it was disturbing.  But just as quickly, the feelings of panic and frustration that all of us felt initially slowly morphed into a quieter, less frantic, and more reflective life in the Hosier household.

My husband, Paul and I are avid travelers, but serious yard work and home “fixit” projects—all long overdue—replaced our immediate travel plans once the epidemic began to spread.  We both enjoy cooking, but in recent years we had subsisted on simple, quick meals, dining in restaurants, or eating whatever we could find in the pantry, refrigerator, or freezer.  Now, a major part of our new “normal” revolves around meal planning, grocery shopping (our big outings) and cooking, grilling, and baking.  Once again, we enthusiastically experiment with new recipes, new foods, and new cooking techniques.

Although we miss the company of our friends and family, we have learned how to join them virtually or from a safe social distance (no hugs and kisses!); Zoom and Facetime are now as familiar as Facebook, instant messaging and email.  I engage in church activities and services through Zoom and YouTube.  Today, my life is less complicated and less hurried.  I have accepted this situation and use my new-found time for reflection on my life; I seek out and appreciate many little pleasures I once spurned.

I feel fortunate to be an artist and, upon reflection, especially during this time.  I hear others talking about feeling isolated and of their frustration with staying home, but these are not my thoughts.  As artists, we sometimes crave isolation and relish time away from people and everyday events to focus on and nurture our artistic soul.  COVID-19 has imposed on me an isolation that I personally cherish.  My life, at least temporarily, is decluttered; I have more time to nurture my creative spirit.  With every cancelled show or reception (and I do miss them terribly), I seize the opportunity to experiment with a new technique or medium and personal time when I am not focused of creating a particular piece or body of work.  Currently I am exploring papier mâché incorporating it with encaustics.  I take time to read art books and articles; watch videos exploring art techniques new to me; and review the artwork of others online.  It has been a good time for my art!

I have played “musical studio spaces” during the past several months.  When ACME Art Studios closed their doors temporarily and I could not go to my studio, I had to create a new one in my home. I took over part of the garage (husband says a “large part).  Once I set up for work, I thoroughly enjoyed painting during many spring days with the garage doors thrown open allowing a gentle, refreshing wind on my face and my art work or experiencing a rumbling thunderstorm snug in a warm protected spot.  I realize that I may never have this opportunity again.  Right now, I am spending time in my other studio in Weaverville (near Asheville) where I grew up.  Because I can’t have every art supply in each studio, I try to focus on a particular medium in each studio.  One of the many joys in Weaverville is that a great art supply store is just a few miles away.  They know me by name there!

As the pandemic continues, I occasionally find that I am fatigued by the separation from family and friends.  I long to hug my children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends.  I dream about the trip to Italy we were planning to take this summer.  I miss being at ACME Art Studios with all its artistic vibes and miss the other artists with studios there.  I miss Fourth Fridays and the crowds of art lovers who wander through Wilmington’s downtown galleries.  I miss the students in my art classes at Cameron Art Museum. But, most importantly, I remember how very blessed I am.  All it takes to pull me out of the doldrums is to step into my studio and rummage around my art “stuff.”  This simple act transforms me.  I know this “stay at home” situation will not last forever.  But for now, I plan to enjoy today for all it brings to me.

Wednesday, June 24th, 2020
Studio Views
Kirah Van Sickle Artist Talk

Wednesday, June 24th, 2020
Artist Talk, Videos
Dianne Evans Artist Talk

Wednesday, June 24th, 2020
Artist Talk, Videos
Studio Views – Bradley Carter – Painter

I have struggled and contemplated over writing this. I have lost count on how many versions I have written, but tomorrow will always be the same if we don’t change today.

Covid-19 has pulled the emergency brake on the year of 2020, and as the smell of rubber and smoke start to clear we are trying to find out what life is going to be like going forward and how soon we can be “normal”. So far, our best hope feels like leaving it in neutral and coasting forward until we understand more. But regardless of how fast or slow we move it will continue to be a difficult time for all of us this year. We need to stay united, support each other and our community as we overcome this unprecedented challenge that affects us all.

As a full-time artist, it has been a difficult couple of months for me to stay focused, passionate, and be inspired to create something that I hope is honest and beautiful. You would think, it would be open season on creating with no reasons to leave the studio. For me it has been difficult between the unknown of the disease and craziness of Covid-19, to the financial impacts for not just my profession but our shared community. It makes you continue to pump the brakes. Also, the personal aspect of mental fatigue and health have been a big stumbling block for me as I pride myself on passion and emotion playing a big part in my Abstract Expressionism; creating paintings fueled by my emotion, inspiration, and feelings. But it’s a double-edged sword. One could say that the same emotions can fight you every day and hold you at bay from doing what you love. But I’m starting to see moments again, inspiration in the world, and a purpose to create. I hope others are also.

The break in painting has allowed me a fresh perspective to my approach and the meaning behind what I create. I am starting to get the “kid on Christmas feeling” about what is coming, and I can’t wait to see how it all translates to the canvas. I am trying to integrate different styles and mediums, allowing current series to evolve, and finding the passion to push paintings in new directions. Sometimes, it is the vulnerability to our surroundings that allows us new perspectives and the chance to grow. Much Love and cover your walls in Moments and Dreams!

Monday, June 22nd, 2020
Studio Views
Studio Views – David A. Norris – Print Maker & Drawing

My Studio During the Pandemic

Like a lot of people, I experienced a stunningly quick slide into “lockdown” and working from home as best I could. My studio is a room in our house. Although the art materials and books share space with a shelf of cookbooks and some gardening supplies, the studio is perfectly suited to me.

When first finding myself confined to the house, I got little artwork done at all. I’m a freelance writer, and so I still have some work to do at home.  From the earliest days of living in lockdown, it has been important to keep in touch with my family and a large network of friends. So, when I left my writing projects a lot of my studio time went into writing letters and making postcards, not to mention phone calls, texts, and e-mails.

Several days went into reorganizing my studio and surveying the paper and supplies that were on hand. I found lots of lost or forgotten watercolor and drawing paper, ink, and art implements. There was even a pocket notebook that I’d lost in 2015! It had fallen down into a cardboard carton where I drop in scraps of mat board.

I’m lucky in that being at home to make artwork suits me. While I like making drawings or watercolors in a likely outdoor spot, and miss the freedom of travel, I usually work from photographs in my studio anyway. Always, I have far more photos earmarked for art projects than I can get to. The first new pieces I finished were projects I already had in some stage of progress. Then, I started pieces from other photos or sketches that I’ve had in mind for a long time. Sometimes it takes several years to figure out to start a particular picture, or get around some problem in the composition, or some technical aspect of the work.

Concentrating on the pictures I’ve long planned to do gives me a sense of control, as well as continuity with my former “normal life” and the brighter future we’ll have as we emerge from this pandemic.

Just the same, I have started a new series of works based on sights seen during my morning and afternoon walks around my neighborhood. There are stately pine or oak trees silhouetted against the rising sun. Bluebirds perch on fences or telephone wires gilded with the golden light of dawn. The rabbit who lives in our yard nibbles on the cool dew-moistened grass. If William Blake could see the world in a grain of sand, I certainly can see the world in the space of several city blocks.

 

Friday, June 19th, 2020
Studio Views
Studio Views – Barbara Snyder – Photographer & Artist

“The world went silent, a storm was brewing, greater than anything anyone could comprehend, invisible and deadly.   My heart is heavy for all souls the world has lost.

Each morning upon entering my studio I was compelled to note the death count from the previous day.

I scanned an image from a prayer cloth I brought back from Laos, reproduced this image 48 times on a page and then cut them into individual rectangles. Each day I record the date on the back and the number of souls lost on the front then offer a prayer.  This little ritual has helped to take away the weight and sadness and lets me proceed with my day.

I am fortunate to be working from home with a virtual office and zoom.  Without all the daily disruptions at my work desk I am quite energized transitioning to my studio each evening and find myself thoughtfully productive.

Stay well and be wise.”

Wednesday, June 17th, 2020
Studio Views
Studio Views – Brian Evans & Dianne Evans – Ceramicists

Brian Evans – View Work and Bio

Dianne Evans – View Work and Bio

COVID –19: Challenges and Successes in the Studio

When discussing our artwork, we normally address this topic as independent artists. Since we are spending much more time in the studio together, due to the quarantine, we thought that combining our experiences was a better approach in this case. The biggest benefit of working together is sharing ideas and asking one another for constructive input. One immediate realization is that we need a much larger studio. Adjusting to two people in a 400 square foot workspace has been a challenge. Thankfully our dog “Wagner” doesn’t take up much space. Wagner is enjoying spending every waking hour with us.

COVID-19 has also affected our work habits and creativity. We both have had more time to experiment with new ideas and to see those ideas evolve and come to fruition. In exploring new ideas, we have had successes, but we have also had some ideas that didn’t work out the way we anticipated. That is a part of the creative process. The unsuccessful projects can be positive by taking aspects that you like and allowing them to evolve in a new direction. Without the added pressure, we are able to explore all avenues of creativity.

Due to the quarantine, we have had to make adjustments to our daily lives. We have had show cancellations, galleries have closed, and Brian’s classes at Orange Street Pottery have been postponed. Dianne has been working from home for UNCW as well as working in the studio evenings and on weekends. It has been somewhat of a luxury to have the time to be more creative without having to worry as much about deadlines. We are building up inventory in anticipation of things opening back up in the summer or the fall. We are adjusting well, but we are looking forward to new opportunities.

 

Friday, June 12th, 2020
Studio Views
Brian Evans Artist Talk

Hear our featured artists talk about their new work in the gallery as part of our newest exhibition “Visions of Inspiration: Featuring Artists Brian Evans, Dianne Evans & Kirah Van Sickle and Photographers Susan Francy & Barbara Snyder”
Created for Art in Bloom Gallery by: Christina Capra and Jessie Robertson

Friday, June 12th, 2020
Artist Talk, Videos
Studio Views – Jeri Greenberg – Pastels

Checking in from Wilmington, NC

PRE PANDEMIC, like every other artist I know, being “isolated” in my studio had been the times to crave.  No one calling me to come downstairs, I wasn’t wallowing in my own guilt of “shouldn’t I be making dinner, cleaning the house, doing the laundry?” as I tried to be super woman… As someone who grew up during the MS. Generation, I was constantly pushing to be the best I could be in everything. All I ended up being was exhausted. And irritable.

Life changed last summer when my husband and I decided to move and relax our type A personalities a bit. I was extremely lucky to find such a welcoming art community, classes to teach at the museum were going gangbusters, with a waiting list each semester, I had signed contracts with 2 galleries and my 2020 out of state workshop calendar was full almost every month.

Like everyone else that came to a crashing halt mid-March. Ok, in a few weeks this too shall pass. Uh, nope. “new normal” isn’t normal at all. But I do find solace in painting, though I haven’t attempted any big canvasses lately, I am happy doing a lot of smaller works. Thanks to social media and other avenues, I am selling small works to old and new clients. It keeps my brain active, and my personality is a lot lighter after a good session in the studio. (ask the husband). Right now my favorite question is “what day is it?”, but as long as I am painting, baking, exercising, and even teaching online, the glass is half full. I say my gratefuls every day; we are good, my kids are good, and I meditate and am thankful to be alive, and happy…becoming more mindful of each moment has become my daily goal.

Art brings joy to the world, and we need more of both right now.

Jeri Greenberg, PSA IAPS-MC

 

Wednesday, June 10th, 2020
Studio Views
Studio Views – Joan McLoughlin – Painter

My art studio has been very versatile lately.

As a native New Yorker, I have many loved ones who have been strongly impacted by the Coronavirus.  Two of my close relatives contracted COVID-19, and many more were directly exposed to it.  While emailing with one of my nieces, she told me that her 11 year old daughter is obsessed with art.  I arranged for her to have a FaceTime studio visit.  We spent over an hour discussing each other’s art.  She loved seeing a working artist’s studio, even the overstuffed storage closet and the supply shelves and cabinets.  Her mother informed me that is the most her daughter has spoken since the quarantine began.

Via FaceTime I am also using the computer to make a hard cover book with my 9 year old granddaughter. It’s called MIMI AND ME: The Four Seasons.  We are each contributing drawings, paintings, stories and photographs relating to the seasons of the year.  It is challenging for her as she lives in Florida and all of the seasons are so similar.

Amid my paintings and projects, I am also using my studio for some non-art related endeavors.   It has been converted into a zoom yoga studio (I just push the easels aside and roll out my mat.); a hair salon (My hair stylist prompted me via zoom how to do a different kind of coloring.); and a place of worship (My husband and I attend online services.  Our dog joins us, but he snores for the duration).  On Easter we had a zoom visit with our immediate family from Maryland, Colorado and Florida.  Everyone wore some version of an Easter bonnet.  My husband was reluctant to wear the Baltimore Ravens cap with a papier-mache bunny on top which I created for him.  His was voted best bonnet!

As my art style is abstract and semi-abstract, it is a perfect vehicle for me to express my thoughts and emotions at this time – getting back to basics, a shift in priorities, faith, silence and isolation.

One beautiful, warm, sunny, breezy day I decided to paint outside.  The wind took my large canvas as a sail.  A bug got caught in the wet paint.  I noticed I had dripped some paint on my brick patio and I immediately sprayed it down with the hose before the paint dried.  I then noticed that my painting had also been sprayed.  That is when I decided to retreat back to my beloved studio, my happy place even in the best of times.  I am especially grateful for it during this troubled time.

Monday, June 8th, 2020
Studio Views
Studio Views – Gale Smith – Painter & Metal Artist

“The Great Pause”

The first week of March was the last normal workweek for most parts of the country and little did I know that on March 27, 2020, life would take a Great Pause.  The Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic made sure of that.

Our Governor issued a “Stay at Home” order to begin and then implemented the social distancing guidelines. For many artists, “stay at home” and the 6- foot social distancing guidelines aren’t far from our norm.  We are a solitary people anyway, paint by ourselves, so we’re not really meeting a lot of people in our studios. PleinAir painting with my artist friends is no longer taking place so most of my time is spent working in my studio.  This “pause” has given me the needed creative space to branch outside of my comfort zone and try ways to take my artwork to new levels.  I’m using this time to create and engineer free standing Copper Sculptures and to find ways to add more movement into my Woven Copper Designs.

My day begins with finding inspiration from walks in our vegetable and flower gardens, to see new beauty blooming, fresh colors appearing and experience sweet springtime scents. This inspiration takes me into my studio with a certain calm which I am incorporating into my new works. .

As with most others, during this unsettling time, we make a grocery list, grab our masks and gloves and go to the store one day a week early in the morning.  Is this going to be the new typical day people ask?  It’s hard to image how a day will be after the pandemic is over.

Sheltering in place has become a time to rethink and reimagine, to be receptive to the concerns of others, to develop and seek comfort within. I am grateful for this pause to create, but I am very much looking forward to reconnecting with my family, friends and my creative community in person again.

Friday, June 5th, 2020
Studio Views
Studio Views – Debra Bucci – Painter

How have I been impacted by Covid-19?
The news is overwhelming…heartbreaking…so much that it has magnified my focus to paint “uplifting” art.

What is on the easel?
Since the only place we can go is to the garden centers, that has become my inspiration. I am painting flower gardens….really big flower gardens!  The kind you use as an escape.

Am I worried?
I am but I try to focus on the positive. I have always used my art as a distraction from the overwhelming. If I focus on the art in progress, I can temporarily block out the stress. My hope is to create enough work to raffle some off for charity.

How is the social distancing going?
My husband is not traveling and having him home is a blast, although, I am grateful that he can still golf:). I miss dinners out with friends and family, Fourth Fridays at the Art Gallery and going to the gym. As a full time artist, I am used to the long hours of isolation. After years in Corporate America, I appreciate the quiet, uninterrupted time to focus.

Any final thoughts?
My appreciation level for “special moments” is off the charts!  Wilmington seems to be in a bubble, thank goodness and I feel blessed that friends and family are safe and healthy. Like everyone else, I am constantly thinking of ways to help like getting take out food to support the local restaurants. My next step is to help with food distribution.

 

Friday, June 5th, 2020
Studio Views
Studio Views – Helen Lewis – Encaustic Painter

Some thoughts from Helen Lewis during this time of COVID 19 quarantine…

Like everyone, my husband and I have experienced some challenges during these weeks and months of quarantine due to the COVID 19 virus. Our two small family owned businesses have both been closed and employees laid off until just last week. We have now reopened with restrictions and more safety measures in place, but have had minimal customers and so our concerns continue about how well our businesses will be able to bounce back. However, we hope for the best and march on.

One of the most difficult aspects of this season for us has been the social distancing from our two young grandsons and their parents. We know that soon we will feel safer about spending time with them again and we look forward to that day.

A positive for me through all of this situation has been my art practice. It has been gratifying to watch two of my galleries — with Art in Bloom Gallery being one — pivot and quickly implement creative ways to virtually/online reach both collectors and art lovers who simply want to continue to view art during these days. In the face of such dark and unsettling times, it is heartening that many still believe that beauty matters and therefore, take steps to pursue it.For me personally, I am glad that my studio is at home and I have been able to put in long hours there doing what I love. Art for me is a place to find peace and once again find my center when life has thrown us all a bit off kilter. It serves as a place of spiritual connection for me that has proven to be a true lifeline during this time. I’m very grateful for my art. I’m grateful for my galleries and for each person who cares about art and beauty.

I’d like to close with this admonition from contemporary writer, Shauna Niequist:  “Please keep demonstrating the courage that it takes to swim upstream in a world that prefers putting away for retirement to putting pen to paper, that chooses practicality over poetry, that values you more for going to the gym than going to the deepest places in your soul. Please keep making your art for people like me, people who need the magic and imagination and honesty of great art to make the day-to-day world a little more bearable.”

 

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020
Studio Views
Studio Views – Elizabeth Darrow – Painter & Collage

When the news of the corona virus hit, I started watching TV news for the first time.  I was mesmerized.  Then I joined Facebook.  Facebook, that I had always eschewed, suddenly presented itself as a good idea: a way to stay in touch with friends and family now that everything was altered.  So between the vortex of TV News (several stations, and several narratives) and the rabbit hole of Facebook (endlessly addictive), I lost my motivation to go out to the studio and face my inability to focus on painting.

But one project did call to me… just a bit……..an idea that has popped into and out of my head a few times over the years:  I have accumulated so many used paint brushes –hundreds and hundreds of them. .  They’re no good for painting anymore, but I’ve never thrown them out, even when I stopped using them.  I’ve often thought they could be used someday, in some way, artistically, sculpturally, and so, this project began when I realized this was a different time now.  Sort of an interlude where we were all assessing things…What’s what? Where is this going?  What’s to come?

In my kitchen cabinet I have a large container of wheat flour that I never use.  I Googled “wheat paste”. I learned what to do. Rip up some newspapers.  Mix up the flour and water on the stove.

“I can give this brush a face”, I thought…so I began paper-macheing faces on my old paint brushes. Personifying them. One at a time…making new friends, out of old friends,  during the time of quarantine.

I’m waiting for the pegboard to arrive, so I can affix them to their place.  “Thank You For Your Service” will be the title.

This project has loosened me up to get back to painting….to turn off The News…to experiment again with paint on canvas…to play in present time….to see what unfolds, day after day.

Monday, June 1st, 2020
Studio Views
Studio Views – Kirah Van Sickle – Painter

“Art in the Time of Corona”

As an instructor and adventure traveler who designs artist getaways/workshops…the seismic shift that is Covid-19 brought me out of the clouds and back to earth rather quickly. As well as back into my studio. My home studio is small but gets lots of light. It has become my haven, a cove in which I have settled into a daily routine of art-making. This was not the case before. Outdoors, the various air bnb’s that make up my temporary homes away from home and all the classrooms I teach were my primary studio spaces. I had learned to be efficiently mobile with my art supplies.

What I am enjoying in this time of quiet and stay-at-home, is a reconnection to what I love about a disruption…it feeds our creativity and sends us into imaginative problem-solving mode. There is much entropy in my studio these days, a sea of plastic storage bins scattered about, tubes of paint, brushes, craft papers, paper towels and lots of paint drips on the floor. The ever-present tripod and video setup greets me each morning as I transition my space into a virtual classroom and multimedia production studio. Multiple canvases in progress leaning against the wall waiting their turn for time on the easel. I love that I have that easel time, and my favorite tools at my fingertips. Now if I can just get it better organized! My studio always feels like the laboratory of a mad scientist. I didn’t always give myself the daily permission to focus on my art-making, there was always another work distraction. A wearer of many hats. Amazing how we artists tend to get into a rhythm of neglecting our own process while encouraging and sustaining others. I am finding a balance and staking a claim.

I’ve always been aware that artists and creatives thrive on disruption, perhaps why I enjoy the challenge of travel, plein air painting, mixed media experimentation. We have to adjust and think on our feet. It provides new perspective, new colors, new layers on our world and history and space. As an anatomist of the world, I am embracing the unknown, making new art, and…staying home.

Friday, May 29th, 2020
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Studio Views – Angela Rowe – Painter

Tuesday, March 17, we flew out of the San Francisco airport. We had been in California visiting our children and grandchildren for two weeks, watching as the streets grew emptier, the grocery lines longer and I had been constantly worrying we would not be able to get home. So grateful when we landed in Wilmington. We got our dog from the vet and hunkered down to self monitor and stay at home for two weeks. We joined the NPR wine club and learned a lot about online ordering.

Enormous gratitude for my friends.  One of them delivered supplies and equipment I needed to work from ACME and returned a few days later with a huge bag of fresh mustard greens. Two other friends brought my ceramics tools and partially finished work from Cape Fear Community College when the campus closed. I waved from the window. We ended the two weeks at home – with no symptoms – right as the NC stay at home order went into effect.

Try as I did, I just could not get work going – feeling scattered and distracted. And I could not take the constant news on the radio. I tried painting on the porch, working at a table by the window. Then another good friend and studio mate gave me a lifeline: painting to audio books from the library. Magic. I have been all over the world thanks to my headphones and the New Hanover County Library. And now I am back social distancing in my studio at ACME – even more appreciating the light, my good easel and having all of my stuff at hand.

Against all of these changes, I do not know if this is the most beautiful spring ever – or if I was just finally forced to stop and look. We sit on our back porch and marvel at the incredible spring weather, watch the hawks hunting, and look for the bats that come out each night.

Wednesday, May 27th, 2020
Studio Views
Miriam Oehrlein Artist Talk

Join Miriam, owner of New Elements Gallery, as she talks to Amy Grant, owner of Art in Bloom Gallery and discover what it takes to run an art gallery during these trying times.
Produced by New Elements Gallery by: Miriam Oehrlein, Amy Grant & Heather Divoky

Friday, May 15th, 2020
Artist Talk, Videos
Studio View – Joanne Geisel – Painter

When we first started to social distance, I thought that my life’s changes were minor. The biggest part of my day continued to be focused on painting but without concerns about teaching and delivering paintings to shows and galleries.  Now after weeks into it, I realize my life has changed quite a bit. The subject of my paintings has quite organically taken the theme of one of my favorite places to paint and I find that I have escaped to Bald Head Island!  From my photos I am revisiting the expansive skies, the outstanding view from Captain Charlie’s Station and the glorious beaches.

I find that now I have time to watch other painters do demonstrations on the computer and to experiment with techniques and colors.  I am visiting with old friends and family more often through video chatting and phone calls.

Although at times I am eager for the isolation to end, I consider myself too fortunate to complain.  My husband of 45 years and I laugh throughout the day. I have wonderful neighbors with whom I occasionally chat.  I can take walks, bike, weed in our flower beds and there is plenty of time to explore new dinner dishes knowing I will find a continuous array of food from our supermarkets.

I am keenly aware that life is not like this everywhere and that many people are very fearful.  Although I feel I am living in a bubble, I am following the news and the virus information closely and am very attentive to how our world’s story and the local narrative are unfolding.

Wednesday, March 25th, 2020
Studio Views
Take Four: New Art – Artist Talk

Filmed at Art in Bloom Gallery during the “Take Four Exhibit,” which combined the works of four artists: Joanne Geisel, Barbara Bear Jamison, Ann Hair, and Gale Smith. The artists painted their personal interpretations of iconic Wilmington scenes, including scenes from the Lower Cape Fear Hospice, a charitable organization that is near and dear to the artists and to Art in Bloom Gallery. In the video, the artists reflect on experiences they have had with the Lower Cape Fear Hospice, while they collaborate on a single piece of artwork that was raffled off to benefit the Lower Cape Fear Hospice.
Produced for Art in Bloom Gallery by: Christina Capra & Jessie Robertson

Sunday, November 17th, 2019
Artist Talk, Videos
Elizabeth Darrow Artist Talk

Look deeper into the many phases and processes of Elizabeth Darrow’s art work in this documentary titled: Elizabeth Darrow: Believing in the Process.
Created for Art in Bloom Gallery by: Christina Capra, Robby Carl & Jessie Robertson
August 2019

Saturday, August 17th, 2019
Artist Talk, Videos
Current Exhibits at Satellite Venues

View our current exhibits at our Satellite Venues. 

Thursday, August 1st, 2019
Current Exhibits
ExperiMetal: An Artist’s Journey by Gale Smith

ExperiMetal is a journey of delving into techniques and materials to transform metal into contemporary art forms.

Exploring the relationship between painting, weaving and sculpting, while using various materials, allows formation of colorful, textured wall hangings that take on radically new tapestries and shapes. The versatility of copper and its’ uniqueness allows Gale Smith to experiment with different creative processes.  Working with a wide range of materials can be evocative, provocative and oftentimes communicates a serendipitous interpretation by the viewer.

Energy, fusion, transformation, exploration keeps the path of the creative journey open.

Gale is collaborating with Alice Blake Powell to design, create, and wear a dress for the opening and closing receptions. Alice will make the pattern pieces, and Gale will weave the copper tapestry to those pieces using various shades of blue.  The copper dress will be displayed in the gallery during the art exhibit.

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017
Past Exhibits
American Appetite 2017: Assemblages by William H. Overman

Gallery I

“Tank Burger” with “Life is Just a Bowl of Cherry Bombs”, Assemblage sculptures

Artist, William Overman reflects our nation’s voracious and often misguided appetites by combining his original ceramics with salvaged materials.  Our appetites for:

  • FAST FOOD resulting in obesity and ill health
  • GUNS and WEAPONS that are dangerous and ubiquitous
  • ENVIRONMENTAL DEREGULATION and resulting in pollution (Welcome to the Cape Fear Region)
  • INVASION and WARS in other countries (and the hype from politicians about how easy the next war will be)
  • HOSTILE IMMIGRATION policies: shut borders
  • INDUSTRIAL/MILITARY collusion

Each piece is one-of-a-kind; hand made from carved and painted wood (buns and bullets) salvaged materials (barbed wire and bailing twine, pieces of plastic, green “flip flops” from pedicure shops) acrylic paint, inexpensive toys (guns, planes, tank, army men), clay (crown roast and game hen), china and eating utensils from thrift shops.

View the work!

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017
Past Exhibits
The Fine Art of Dining: Art at Satellite Venues

Joan McLoughlin “Crossfire” Acrylic on canvas

Art by:  Debra Bucci, Stephanie Mobbs Deady & Joan McLoughlin

Gallery II

We are delighted to celebrate the Satellite Venue Exhibits in our partnership with CHECKER CAB productions and local restaurants to display and sell work by Art in Bloom Gallery’s artists. Join us for a sampling of the art and hors d’oeuvres by Platypus & Gnome and Pinpoint Restaurants.

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017
Past Exhibits
2nd Annual American Craft Walk

Featured in Historic Downtown Wilmington

The 2nd annual, American Craft Walk Wilmington is scheduled!  This year’s craft walk will run along Front Street from Orange Street in the south end of downtown up to Grace Street.  All along you will find fine craftsmen selling their art.  On stage will be musicians, dance and demonstrations.  This event will be Wilmington’s celebration of American Craft Week.  American Craft Week is a nationally established effort to build awareness of the Arts, Craft and Culture in America founded by CRAFT.org, a non-profit.

Art in Bloom Gallery’s booth will be located on the corner of Front and Princess Streets in front of Bourbon Street Restaurants.

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017
Past Exhibits
Sea to Sandhills: Art from Wilmington to Southern Pines, NC

“Sea Horse” Copper, Nickel, Silver and stone by Dumay Gorham

Special Traveling Art Exhibit
Featured at the Bell Meade Art Studio in Southern Pines
October 1 – 22, 2017

Art in Bloom Gallery will be hosting a special traveling exhibit in Southern Pines, NC, which will feature many artists of Wilmington. The Belle Meade Art Studio is located at 100 Waters Drive in Southern Pines, NC 28387.  Enter the exhibit via the Clubhouse Main Lobby.

Closing Reception: Sunday, Oct 22, 11:30 M – 3:00 pm
Regular Studio Hours: 10 am – 5 pm Daily

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017
Past Exhibits
Making Masks: a Collaboration Elizabeth Darrow & Dave Klinger

GALLERY 2:  Making Masks: a Collaboration
Elizabeth Darrow & Dave Klinger

“PotHead (Going Green)”
Plaster Bandages, Building Insulation, Flora, Oil and Acrylic Paint
12”H x 9.5w

Elizabeth Darrow and Dave Klinger have joined forces to create an unusual series of masks.  Dave builds the structure, then passes it on to Elizabeth, who creates the personality suggested by the shape.  David Klinger creates the basic mask form using layers of recycled paper and cloth, at times built around chicken wire, wire cloth, clay, aluminum, cardboard, and various face form armatures. For bonding the substrate, the artist uses non mold-supporting adhesives like PVA and adds plaster of paris for hardness and strength. The completed form is then air dried and sealed with acrylic modeling paste and gesso. Elizabeth Darrow uses oil and acrylic paint for color and various materials such as silk scarves, beads and stones, dryer lint, feathers, and branches, to bring each mask to life.

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017
Past Exhibits
Sharing a Room: Plein-Air Art by Carole Osman, Pamela Mork-Keegan, and Linda Sells

GALLERY 1: Sharing a Room: Plein-Air Art by Carole Osman, Pamela Mork-Keegan, and Linda Sells

“Trippstadt Winter Path”
Acrylic on canvas by Pamela Mork-Keegan

An exhibition celebrating art by three friends who met in Germany after sharing a classroom and a love for plein-air painting and pastels.  Carole OsmanPamela Mork-Keegan, and Linda Sells reunited in Wilmington to exhibit paintings and pastels.

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017
Past Exhibits
Elizabeth Darrow at the Wilson Center – Artist Talk

Enjoy a slideshow of the thirteen works of original art by Elizabeth Darrow in the permanent collection at the Wilson Center.
Created for Art in Bloom Gallery

Thursday, July 20th, 2017
Artist Talk, Videos
Let it Be: Art by Judy Hintz Cox

“Hey Mr. Tambourine Man” Oil on canvas, 48″ x 40″

Dine at PinPoint Restaurant to view the minimalist paintings of Judy Hintz Cox. This exhibit is in partnership with CHECKER CAB productions.

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

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017
Past Satellite Venues
I Spy: Art by Naomi Jones

“Grey Rabbit on Pink” Acrylic on canvas, 48″ x 36″

Dine at Platypus & Gnome Restaurant  to view the enchanting acrylic paintings of Naomi Jones. This exhibit is in partnership with CHECKER CAB productions.  Platypus and Gnome is located at 9 South Front Street in Wilmington, NC.

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017
Past Satellite Venues
Elizabeth Darrow – Painter and Collage Maker

ARTIST’S STATEMENT

Elizabeth Darrow has made Wilmington her home since 1977. Born in Hartford, Conn. Darrow is a 1967 graduate of Oberlin College (Oberlin, Ohio), where she majored in painting. She has been working in oil and collage throughout her career, usually in the manner of Abstract Expressionism.

She works in a variety of styles depending on her medium, but never works “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.

Darrow’s works are held in many private collections locally and abroad. Additionally, her work can be found in the permanent collections of the Cameron Art Museum here in Wilmington, N.C., Duke University Medical Center, R.J. Reynolds, Lowes, Wells Fargo, BB&T Bank, SAS Institute, Sara Lee Inc., The Holiday Inn and Nations Bank.

Additionally, many of Darrow’s works can be found backstage at the Wilson Center, Cape Fear Community College’s center for performing arts. This group of work was donated to the Wilson Center in celebration of original art by anonymous donors.  Click here to view a slideshow of her work located at the Wilson Center.

Click here to view a slideshow of past and present art by Elizabeth Darrow.

Look deeper into the many phases and processes of Elizabeth Darrow’s art work in this documentary titled Elizabeth Darrow: Believing in the Process. The documentary was created by: Jessie Robertson, Robby Carl and Christina Capra 2019.

Sunday, January 1st, 2017
Acrylic Painting, Artist, Featured Artist, Painting
Debra Bucci – Painter

Debra Bucci is known for her vibrant and engaging floral paintings.

Dynamic color palettes, moving compositions and translucency from layering oils all work together to enhance the depth and bring Debra’s art to life. Her inspiration comes from the high’s and low’s of the  human experience and believes this tension makes the art connectable. Her style is rooted in realism and woven with abstract elements.

Debra 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”.

Sunday, January 1st, 2017
Artist, Featured Artist, Medium, Oil Painting, Painting
Debra Bucci – Living in the Moment – Artist Talk

The following video is from Debra Bucci’s featured art exhibit, “Living in the Moment,” February 5 until May 27, 2016.
Created for Art in Bloom Gallery by: Jesse Gagne

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016
Artist Talk, Videos
Grand Opening October 2

Art in Bloom Gallery’s grand opening is October 2, 6 – 9 pm including an art opening and reception for Elizabeth Darrow: Past and Present. Stop by at the opening or during our regular hours of Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm, if you are in the neighborhood of 210 Princess Street, Wilmington, NC 28401. Sundays and Mondays are available for visits by appointment.

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