Current Exhibits

“The Last Song of Summer: Ceramics by Traudi Thornton and Paintings by Pam Toll”
August 31 - October 27, 2018
Friday, September 7, 6-8pm - Opening Reception
Friday, October 26, 6-9pm - Closing Reception & Fourth Friday

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

Traudi Thornton “Stoneware Bowl” Ceramics

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



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

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

Current Exhibits at Satellite Venues

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

“Art of the Camera” Photography at Platypus & Gnome Restaurant
October 17, 2018 - February 4, 2019
Thursday, October 18, 6-8pm - Champagne Toast & Special Reception

Gary Allen “At the Fair” Harris Shutter Technique – Photograph, 20.5″ x 26.5″

Dine at Platypus & Gnome Restaurant  to view an enticing photography exhibit by local professional and amateur photographers.  “Art of the Camera” will feature a variety of photographic techniques and interesting subjects.

The featured photographers in this group show include: Gary Allen,  Ralph Colelli, Doug Dupuis, Frank Fierstein, Susan Francy, William Fridrich, Leigh Gill, Bob Griffin, Harold Hodges, Charles Kernan, David Klinger, Barbara Michael, Jessica Novak, Daniel Rogers, Arrow Ross, Barbara Snyder, Jo Ann Tomaselli, and (Joe) P Wiegmann.

Join us for a special champagne toast and  special reception  for “Art of the Camera on Thursday, October 18th from 6-8pm.  The reception is free and open to the public with complimentary champagne and appetizers. If you would like stay for dinner, please call 910-769-9300 for dinner reservations.

This exhibit is in partnership with CHECKER CAB productions.

Click here to view a selection of the work located at Platypus & Gnome. 

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

“What Water Knows: Photographs by Charles Kernan” at Waterline Brewing Co.
Exhibit Dates: October 10 - December 9 , 2018
Tuesday, October 16, 6-8pm: Wine at Waterline & Artist Reception

Charles Kernan, “Crashing Surf” Photography, 9″ x 14″

Waterline Brewing Co. and Art in Bloom Gallery present a new art showcase with local photographer, Charles Kernan. This exhibit, “What Water Knows”, presents a new selection of photographs by the artist.  Join us at Waterline Brewing Co. on Tuesday, October 16th from 6-8pm for a free wine and cheese tasting with live music by TK!

Kernan states “This exhibit is about water – but more than that, it is about hiking ten miles into the Enchantments of the Cascades to capture the deep emerald waters of alpine lakes set against tall rocky spires. It is about stopping to appreciate the delicate beauty of wild flowers. It is about waiting for shafts of sunlight to slide through rifts in the clouds to watch them play tag on the far hills of sand.  It is about the joy of sunrises and sunsets, shifting colors and shadows. It is about my willingness to stop, wait and try to capture a moment. Here at Waterline Brewery I bring the wonders of the world around us that few have seen, to you.  Please travel with me to discover “What Water Knows”.

I want to thank Waterline Brewery and Art in Bloom Gallery for allowing me to share these images with you – enjoy!”

Charles Kernan is a retired Chemical Engineer from Wilmington who is an avid outdoorsman, enjoying camping, hiking, bicycling and kayaking. He has combined his enjoyment of the outdoors and photography developing a concentrated interest in scenic photography.  His work has been juried into photography shows and shown at Art in Bloom Gallery.

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

Bob Bryden & (Joe) P Wiegmann at The District
June 5 - December 31, 2018
Wednesday, June 27, 6-8pm Champagne Toast & Reception

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

Bob Bryden “Ephemeron”

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


About (Joe) P Wiegmann “New Photography” 

(Joe) P Wiegman “Two Boats”

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

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

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




“Unearthed: Landscape Paintings by Topher Alexander and Kirah Van Sickle” at PinPoint Restaurant
June 5 - October 21, 2018
Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 6-8pm Champagne Toast & Reception

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

Enjoy the Fine Art of Dining!

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

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


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

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

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

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