Current Exhibits

“Art is in Bloom” for the 73rd Azalea Festival – Window Display
March 6 - April 6, 2020

“Art is in Bloom” for the 73rd Azalea Festival! We unveiled our window for North Carolina Azalea Festival at Wilmington, Inc.’s Second Annual Downtown Window Decorating Competition!

Thank you to Joan McLoughlinDebra Bucci Fine Art and Bradley Carter for sharing their blooms with us! The window display will be up until April 6th.

Update:  The 73rd Azalea Festival has been cancelled as of March 12th, due to COVID-19.  Please be safe and follow all health and safety precautions for yourself, family and others.  

The North Carolina Azalea Festival, with events happening originally scheduled for April 1 – 5, 2020, is Wilmington’s annual community celebration and the largest festival of its kind in the state. Founded in 1948, the Azalea Festival has emerged as Wilmington’s premier event. Each April, a full week of natural beauty, big-name entertainment, festive galas, fun family events and Southern hospitality come together to showcase the charms of the Wilmington area. 

For up to date information please visit:  North Carolina Azalea Festival.

New Art by Helen Lewis, Debra Bucci & Naomi Jones with Photographer, Brian Peterson
March 13 - April 19, 2020
Friday, March 13, 6-9pm - Opening Reception
Friday, March 27, 6-9pm - Fourth Friday Gallery Night Reception

Brian Peterson “Office Window #15” 2019

“A Group Exhibit”
Featuring Painters, Helen Lewis, Debra Bucci & Naomi Jones
and Photography Feature, Brian Peterson

This new exhibit featured three painters working in a variety of media along with our photography feature Brian Peterson.  Join us for the opening reception, Friday, March 13, from 6-9pm.   Visit with our artists and enjoy refreshments with live music by violinist, Shirley Lebo.

Our photography feature, Brian Peterson, has been a passionate explorer of the creative life, as a musician, visual artist, museum curator, critic, scholar, and critically acclaimed author. Peterson’s photographs are in the collections of more than a dozen major museums including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Amon Carter Museum, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Denver Art Museum, The Milwaukee Art Museum, and the Library of Congress.

“Ancient Practice: Encaustic Art by Helen Lewis” is a new body of work investigating new directions with an ancient practice.  Helen Lewis works predominantly with pigmented beeswax, either in the form of encaustic or cold wax with oil. Both mediums involve building up many layers, then excavating, carving into and highlighting certain portions of the surface. “I love the luminosity, depth and textures that emerge,” she says. “These techniques allow me to capture subtle nuances of color and texture details that may reference an allusion to a place, an object, or simply a feeling. Elements and marks that speak of the passage of time — weathered aging brick, peeling paint, old script and ephemera, lichen on stone — are fascinating and beautiful to me and frequently inspire my artwork. My creative process is an extension of my contemplative nature, which is evidenced in my finished pieces. Always, I endeavor to convey a sense of peace and tranquility through my art — that same calm centeredness I find along the coast.” Her paintings often appear understated and minimalistic in tone, but upon closer inspection, intriguing and quiet conversations are happening within them.

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.  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.

Originally from New York, Naomi Jones currently resides in Greensboro, North Carolina with her husband, sculpture and mobile artist Jay Jones, their three sons, and dogs. She was awarded a BFA with Honors from State University of NY at Purchase. There she studied color photography, graphic design, sculpture and painting. She has worked in fashion, museum and trade show display, home furnishings and spent ten years as an elementary school art teacher. Besides painting, she loves food, reading and the ocean.

Click here to view the work featured in the exhibit.

Join us for the Fourth Friday reception, held during the Arts Council of Wilmington’s Fourth Friday Gallery Night on March 27th, from 6-9pm.  The exhibit continues through April 19, 2020.


Current Exhibits at Satellite Venues

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

“The Ways of Wax: Works by Liz Hosier” at Platypus & Gnome
February 5 – May 4, 2020
Thursday, February 20, 6-8pm - Champagne Toast & Special Reception

Photo Credit: hedgydesigns.com

Dine at Platypus & Gnome Restaurant to view a new exhibit “The Ways of Wax: Works by Liz Hosier“, as part of our partnership with CHECKER CAB productions and local restaurants.

Featuring new paintings by North Carolina abstract artist Liz Hosier, “Ways of Wax” celebrates the versatility of beeswax as a primary medium.  Included are works in oil with cold wax, encaustics (an ancient hot wax painting technique), and encaustic monotypes (a printmaking technique with encaustic pigment). As an abstract artist, Hosier finds freedom and a challenge within these time-honored “ways of wax.”  She is intrigued by how each unique process relies upon layering to build up surfaces and to create depth, texture, movement and luminosity. Each painting expresses a fluid dialogue between artist, medium, color and surface.

Join us for a special champagne toast and special reception for the artist on Thursday, February 20 from 6-8pm.  The reception is free and open to the public with complimentary champagne and appetizers. If you would like to stay for dinner, please call 910-769-9300 for dinner reservations.


About the Artist

Elizabeth (Liz) Hosier grew up outside of Asheville; the forest was her playground, while drawing and other creative endeavors her pastime.  Liz was fortunate to have teachers who recognized and nurtured her interest in art throughout her early education.  She holds an MBA and a BS in Mathematics and moved in the mid-80s to continue her Information Technology (IT) profession at UNC Wilmington.  While at UNCW she studied art history and studio art.  When the opportunity to retire presented itself, Liz began to seriously pursue her love of art and to seek her artist voice.

Obsessed with colors and light, her work has evolved into process-based abstract painting which gives Liz the freedom to consider a variety techniques, colors and materials. 

Liz’s strong connection with nature and innate need to be creative are reflected in her artwork.  She works primarily in oil, mixed media, encaustic, and occasionally acrylics. A teaching artist at Museum School at Cameron Art Museum (Wilmington) and member of Diverse Works Art Group (Wilmington), Liz’s work can be seen at Gallery Citrine (Wilmington), ACME Arts Studios (Wilmington), Platypus & Gnome (Wilmington, February 2020), and at local and regional exhibitions and shows throughout the southeastern United States.  

Enjoy the Fine Art of Dining!

Platypus and Gnome is located at 9 South Front Street in Wilmington, NC.  Content and Photo Credits: hedgydesigns.com