Wilmington native Venus flytrap showcased in ILM airport through new art installation

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WILMINGTON –– Members of the New Hanover County Airport Authority slid back a tan tarp Friday in the lobby of Wilmington International Airport (ILM) to reveal the first of three art installations arriving at the facility in the coming years. A crowd applauded as the terrazzo floor underneath was unveiled: Four oversized Venus flytraps –– popping […]

‘My personal retreat’: Local artist Elizabeth Darrow talks creative isolation that led to latest exhibit

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WILMINGTON — While the onset of the pandemic had folks shuttered in their homes, glued to the latest headlines about this new, quickly changing world, local artist Elizabeth Darrow turned her attention elsewhere: to the canvas, specifically in search of a new set of eyes, so to speak. RELATED: Catch up on other Arts & Culture […]

Wilmington awarding $700K in American Rescue Plan funds to nonprofits, arts groups

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WILMINGTON –– The City of Wilmington is opening up grant applications to disperse $700,000 of its $26-million American Rescue Plan Act funds to nonprofit organizations. Of the allocation, $200,000 will benefit arts groups specifically. Rhonda Bellamy, executive director of the Arts Council of Wilmington, said the selection process will prioritize organizations assisting underserved communities. The funds […]

Council votes to keep BLDM art installation another year, eyes permanence amid pushback

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WILMINGTON — Almost a year after 18 artists erected the installation “Black Lives Do Matter: End Racism Now” in Jervay Memorial Park, city council voted on a resolution Tuesday evening that extends the life of the display another year, through Sept. 26, 2022. Sponsored by Councilman Kevin Spears, the resolution garnered a 5-2 vote, supported by everyone […]

UNCW Office of the Arts postpones fall shows as university reports nearly 400 positive Covid-19 tests

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WILMINGTON — UNCW Office of the Arts announced its roster of programming for the 2021-2022 UNCW Presents season two weeks ago — featuring over a dozen concerts, dances, and literary and theatrical performances. Now, with the rise of Covid-19 cases on campus, the office will delay programming until November, according to a letter signed by […]

Portraits of youth inspire coming-of-age stories in evocative art exhibit

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WILMINGTON — What’s it like to be a little girl during the formative years of emotional maturity?  Two artists tackle the concept in an exhibit, “Flying While Falling,” on display through Oct. 1 at Wilma Daniels Gallery at Cape Fear Community College. CFCC’s English department chair and writer, Margo Williams, has joined forces with Charlotte photographer […]

Showcase in the sky: Rotating billboard in Leland spotlights local artists

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SOUTHEASTERN N.C. –– In Leland, commuters can catch a sunrise with tints of oranges, blues and pinks any time of day. If not in the sky, it is captured within the digital rendering of a prominently displayed billboard. Between advertisements for law firms and moving companies, artists of the Cape Fear are getting some free […]

Wilmington’s ‘Black Lives Do Matter’ display was just filmed for a FOX show. Will city extend its stay?

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WILMINGTON –– Wilmington’s “Black Lives Do Matter: End Racism Now” art installation was filmed this week as part of a scene for a major, Black-centric TV production. The shoot took place late Wednesday, during possibly one of the exhibit’s last weeks in the prominent spot near Jervay Memorial Park before creators must remove it. Especially […]

Portrait project highlights Wilmington’s Black-centric world, pre-1898

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WILMINGTON — What would Wilmington have looked like had 1898 never happened? It’s a question that tends to be on the minds of many after learning about the only successful coup d’état in American history. It will be addressed on Saturday at the former gallery Expo 216, located downtown on Front Street as part of the […]

‘Fostering a sense of connection’: UNCW gets back to in-person events with new season of arts programming

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WILMINGTON –– The antithesis to 2020’s year of isolation is collaboration — at least that’s the goal at UNCW’s Office of the Arts. Executive director Fidias Reyes said when curating the 2021 season of UNCW Presents, she thought in terms of empathy and humanity but, mostly, “fostering a sense of connection in these trying times.” […]