Past Exhibits

ExperiMetal: An Artist’s Journey by Gale Smith
October 6 - 28, 2017
October 27, 6-8 pm - Closing Reception

“A Walk on the Beach,”
Woven copper, 32″ x 50″

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.

Click here to view the work that is on view ExperiMetal Exhibit.

Unlocking Silent Histories
November 1-19, 2017 - Exhibit Dates
Sunday, November 12, 2-4 pm - Special Reception
Sunday, November 19, 2-4 pm - Closing Reception

Unlocking Silent Histories

Join us for an interactive art exhibit.  Presenting indigenous youth cultural films from Maya Guatemala and the Lumbee tribe of North Carolina. This exhibit will display a variety of visual art and textiles from the respective vibrant communities.

Unlocking Silent Histories opens spaces for indigenous youth to critically analyze how they are represented in the media and to creatively express their worlds from their perspectives, in the form of documentary films. It also contributes to the promotion of cultural understanding by connecting youth across generational and geographical boundaries.

100% of sales from this exhibition will be donated to Unlocking Silent Histories.

Helen Lewis Pop-Up Exhibit
October 27 - 28, 2017
October 27, 6-9 pm - Special Reception

“Cloudy Night” Encaustic, oil pigment and ephemera on wood panel, 10″ x 10″

Meet visiting artist, Helen Lewis, during a special Pop-Up Exhibit featuring her latest encaustic paintings during Downtown Wilmington’s Fourth Friday Gallery Nights.

Helen Lewis concentrates her fine art in the areas of encaustic, cold wax and oil, and mixed-media collage.  In addition to Art In Bloom Gallery, she is represented by galleries in coastal Maine and along the shores of Lake Michigan in Door County, Wisconsin and Michigan as well as in Roswell, Georgia.

Click here to view some of the work that will be on view in Helen Lewis’ Pop-Up Exhibit. 

American Appetite 2017: Assemblages by William H. Overman
September 1 - 23, 2017
September 1, 6-8pm - Opening Reception
September 22, 6-9pm - Closing Reception

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

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!

The Fine Art of Dining: Art at Satellite Venues
September 1 - 23, 2017
September 1, 6-8pm - Opening Reception
September 22, 6-9pm - Closing Reception

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, Pinpoint and The District restaurants.

2nd Annual American Craft Walk
September 23, 10am-5pm

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, 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.

Sea to Sandhills: Art from Wilmington to Southern Pines, NC
October 1 - 22 - Exhibit Dates
Sunday, October 22, 11:30 am - 3:00 pm - Closing Reception

“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

Making Masks: a Collaboration Elizabeth Darrow & Dave Klinger
August 4 – 26, 2017
August 4, 6-9pm – Opening Reception

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.

Sharing a Room: Plein-Air Art by Carole Osman, Pamela Mork-Keegan, and Linda Sells
August 4 – 26, 2017
August 4, 6-9pm – Opening Reception

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.

“Elements of Creation: New Art by Brian Evans, Georgeann Haas, and Judy Hintz Cox (June 2 – July 29, 2017)

The art exhibit “Elements of Creation: New Art by Brian Evans, Georgeann Haas, and Judy Hintz Cox opened on June 2nd and continued through July 29th.

All of the artists use elements of the earth as mediums to create art even though the artists are working in different mediums. There is a playful and symbiotic relationship among the art work including Brian’s ceramics; Georgeann’s acrylic, ink, pencil, collage, and mixed media on paper; and Judy’s oil and mixed media on canvas.

“Sibs: New Art by Michael Van Hout and Brooks Koff” (April 21 – May 27, 2017)

The featured art exhibit, “Sibs: New Art by Michael Van Hout and Brooks Koff” continues through May 27th with tie-wire sculpture by Michael and stained-glass mosaics by Brooks (brother and sister).  Enjoy the originality and movement of this exquisite art.

Also, mark your calendar for Saturday, May 13th, 2-5 pm to meet renowned mobile artist, JF “Jay” Jones visiting from Greensboro, NC with his latest metal, polymer, and wood creations.


“Catching the Spirit: Images by Mark Gansor and Carole Osman” (Feb 10 – Apr 7, 2017)


The exhibit presents a playful and serene mix of global and local scenes by Mark Gansor and Carole Osman.

Mark Gansor presents acrylic paintings of buildings, gardens, and fields in Wilmington and France.  Carole Osman presents pastels, monoprints, collages, oil, and acrylic paintings of various locations in Japan, Germany, Turkey, and the United States.

The opening reception is on Friday, February 10th, 6-9 pm.  View original art; meet the artists; enjoy catering from Whole Foods; and listen to music by Cameron Tinklenberg, jazz pianist.

The exhibit continues through Friday, April 7th.

“Twice Around: The Make-Over,” with new art by Elizabeth Darrow and Susan Francy (Jan 24 – Feb 7, 2017)


Twice Around: The Make-Over,” with new art by Elizabeth Darrow and digital images by Susan Francy opens on Tuesday, January 24th and continues through Tuesday, February 7th during regular gallery hours, Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm and by appointment.

Join us for a special reception, Friday, January 27th, 6-9 pm.  View Elizabeth Darrow’s new oil and collage on canvas and Susan Francy’s digital images.  Meet the artists.  Singer-songwriter Rebekah Todd will play guitar and sing.


“Visible Spectra: Paintings, Drawings, and Prints by Janette K. Hopper & Photography by Charles Kernan” (Oct 14, 2016 – Jan 20, 2017)


“Visible Spectra: Paintings, Drawings, and Prints by Janette K. Hopper & Photography by Charles Kernan” will continue through January 20th, 2017 at Art in Bloom Gallery, 210 Princess St., Wilmington, NC.

This joint exhibit presents stunning images of nature, people, and architecture transformed by light and shadow by the artists from their travels and time outdoors.  Renowned international artist, Janette K. Hopper will her exquisite paintings, prints, and drawings including sumi ink paintings on rice paper.  Emerging artist, Charles Kernan will exhibit his limited edition, fine-art photography and photographic prints.  Together, Janette’s and Charles’ art work present an evocative “Visible Spectra” spanning many medias, techniques, and subjects.

Ten percent of “Visible Spectra” art sales will be donated to Cape Fear River Watch.


“Full Circle: New Art by Elizabeth Darrow, Traudi Thornton, and Susan Francy (June 3 – Sept 30, 2016)

The closing reception for “Full CircleElizabeth DarrowTraudi Thornton, and Susan Francy” will take place on Friday, September 30th, 6pm-9pm at Art in Bloom Gallery, 210 Princess St., Wilmington, NC.

Meet the artists and view new work including oil and collage on canvas by Elizabeth Darrow, raku and stoneware ceramics by Traudi Thornton, and limited edition, fine-art photography and digital images by Susan Francy.

Shirley Lebo of the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra will play violin.  Helen Welsh will provide creative catering.

Click here to view a slideshow of past and present art by Elizabeth Darrow.
Click here to read an article in WILMA magazine on the web about Traudi Thornton.
Click here to read an article in ENCORE magazine about Traudi Thornton.

“Looking Within: Encaustic Painting by Helen Lewis” (May 16 – Sept 16, 2016)

“Looking Within:  Encaustic Paintings by Helen Lewis,” opened on Friday, May 13 in Gallery 2 at Art in Bloom Gallery located at 210 Princess Street, Wilmington, North Carolina.

The exhibit closes on Friday, September 16, with a reception from 6 – 9 pm.  Musicians Shirley Lebo (violin) and Sarah Stoloff (cello) will play at the reception and are both members of the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra.

Artist, Helen Lewis is from from Carrollton, Ohio.   The encaustic process uses molten beeswax combined with resin and oil pigments that are fused with a blow torch.  Helen Lewis often includes bits of old script, text or other ephemera in her work.  She explains, “I particularly love the luminous qualities and depth of layers that emerge as I fuse the various elements and pigments together.”  The paintings in this exhibit provide glimpses and hints of those layers and invite the viewer to look deeper within.  Lewis describes her creativity as an extension of her contemplative nature, “In creating, I work to follow the nudges I sense within my spirit.  In essence, I am invited deeper and I seek to mirror that invitation through my art.”