Li’l Friday Roundup: 7 weekend events in the Cape Fear region

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SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — And we’re approaching the end of another week — one that is bringing full-on springtime vibes, with warm temps and sunny skies. If you’re looking to do more than head to the beach and catch the rays, you’ve landed in the right place. The 74th annual Azalea Festival has returned in some form this […]

Creating resiliency: Pilot program combines art, Black culture and emotional strength, culminates in student exhibit at CAM

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY — A new pilot program has 7th-grade students learning about Wilmington’s Black culture and history, processing resiliency, and expressing it via art. Around 60 student works are on display at Cameron Art Museum through Apr. 18. as part of “Just Us.” The curriculum recently was implemented by six teachers from D.C. Virgo Preparatory […]

Li’l Friday Roundup: 8 events to do in the Cape Fear this weekend

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SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — Go ahead and say it with me: “It’s Li’l Friday!” That’s local speak for: “It’s Thursday, which means it’s practically the weekend.” Things are picking up across our coastal region as the Covid-19 fog lifts somewhat, and businesses and events get back into action. Rather than scouring multiple calendars and social media invites, […]

Metalscapes: Artist Sarah Sheffield talks copper, flame-torching and her new show at Bellamy

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WILMINGTON — Sarah Sheffield’s journey as a fine artist seems pre-destined: Her mother was an art teacher and her father, an industrial designer and engineer. Her grandfather was an architect and her uncle, a designer. “So I grew up around it,” Sheffield said. “Foolish me went off into social services and soon knew it was a […]

Local artist Bradley Carter talks pandemic setbacks and getting back in the market groove at Art for All

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WILMINGTON — The pandemic crushed markets and the festival circuit for local artists who make a living setting up booths to sell paintings, pottery, photography, glass, metalwork, woodwork, and other handmade creations. Art for All at Brooklyn Arts Center (BAC) is hoping to alleviate some of those losses by reframing its 11th event, taking place this […]

The Mood of Environments: Robert Johnson illustrates 41 N.C. state parks in ‘Safe Places’ at CAM

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WILMINGTON — Three years ago, artist Robert Johnson began the largest undertaking in his 50-plus year career: painting all 41 state parks across North Carolina to create “Safe Places,” a series of 101 works. Made up of large-scale paintings, and journal and notebook entries of field renderings, the exhibit will open to the public Sunday, Feb. […]

In Photos: Peace flags pepper CAM’s campus for MLK Day

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WILMINGTON — Cameron Art Museum (CAM) brought together community members to create art that evokes thoughts and sentiments of peace in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Over the weekend, it hosted its inaugural Dream Flag Community Installation in celebration of MLK Day. Museum staff hung over 400 hand-crafted flags, decorated […]

The Year in Arts: A look back at music, film, art and theater through 2020

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WILMINGTON—It’s hard to remember what it is like going to a full capacity, in-person concert, theater production or community art show. Once March 17 hit almost 10 months ago, all activity pretty much ceased across the globe. Concerts came to a halt and livestreams popped up in their stead. Art exhibits went virtual. Theater productions […]

Wilmington abstract-expressionist Dick Roberts talks 2020, new works

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WILMINGTON — Local artist Dick Roberts is drawn to the magic of painting because of its quixotic allure — something he says can’t really be explained. The abstract-expressionist starts with a mark and then allows another mark and yet another mark to lead the way toward each painting’s outcome. Recently, he produced “Tributaries of Abstraction: Art […]

Bringing color to ILM: Local artwork installation slated for airport’s terminal expansion

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WILMINGTON—As travelers hustle through Wilmington International Airport’s new terminal expansion, they’ll also be welcomed by the talent of local artists, thanks to its partnership with the Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County. Three new installations will go up in July 2021, created by muralist Jill Webb, as well as sculptors Paul Hill, Greg […]