Monday, March 4, 2024

Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center presents the third annual ARTfall Exhibition

WILMINGTON — The Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center is announcing the third annual ARTfall, a juried exhibition featuring the work of new and established artists.

The ARTfall Exhibition will be open to the public Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 21 -24, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 25, from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

The artists’ reception and awards presentation will be held Saturday, Sept. 23, from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. The public is invited to attend the reception with complimentary refreshments from Apple Annie’s Bake Shop, The Donut Inn and The Fresh Market.

Entertainment will be provided by musician and vocalist Susan Savia.

ARTfall is one of the events of American Craft Walk Wilmington (ACWW), a celebration of the arts in Downtown Wilmington. ACWW is part of American Craft Week, a nationally established effort to build awareness of the arts, craft and culture. The walk will feature the work of more than 50 juried artists on Front Street from Orange to Grace.

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Inside the Historic USO Building, 55 artists will exhibit their work in various mediums: acrylic, alcohol ink, gouache, linocut, mixed media, oil, pastel, pen and ink, photography, and watercolor.

The artists for ARTfall 2017 are: Kathleen Adler, William T. Alberti, Sue Bark, Carol Blankenship, Karen Burr, Carrie J. Byrnes, Leah Chappell, Marcia Conway, Elaine Cooper, Cynthia Davis, Jeri Degener, Doug Dupuis, Linda Flynn, Harriet M. Forbis, Alessandro Giambra, Bev Haley, Rosalyn Hancock, James C. Horton, Janet Johnson, Wayne Johnson, Sharon C. Jones, Jeffrey Karnes, Marie E. Kasper, Neal Keller, Donna Launey, Ann Lees, Lale Lewis, Greg McCall, Randy McNamara, Pamela McNeill, Susan McNichol, Lynn Meeker, John Mehalik, Carolyn Colby Millis, Frances E. Mims, Sandy Nelson, Pamela O’Deen, Dan Paone, Lori Peterson, Rebecca B. Rivers, Donna Robertson, Nicole Roggeman, Lisa Foor Rojek, Dennis Schaefer, Janet B. Sessoms, Mary E. Smith, Ritsuko Stilson, J. P. Thompson, Bates Toone, Sara Toothman, Penney Vasquez, Adrienne Watts, Meroe Wheatley, Melissa Wilgis, and Elena Wright.

ARTfall will be juried by Owen Wexler and Miriam Oehrlein. Wexler is a long-time Wilmington resident and internationally known visual artist whose work has been featured on TV and film. Oehrlein, winner of the 2012 Belk Designer Showcase, specializes in jewelry design and owns New Elements Gallery.

Cash prizes and awards will be presented to the first, second and third place winners, with a special People’s Choice Award.

The Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center is owned by the City of Wilmington and managed by Thalian Association Community Theatre. The 75-year-old building is a historic and cultural treasure, and has been the center of recreation and art for generations of local children. Today the building continues to be the home for children, art and recreation while serving as a mini museum of the Wilmington and New Hanover County WWII home front.

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Established in 1788, Thalian Association Community Theatre is a non-profit, membership organization dedicated to enhancing the Cape Fear region through live community theatre and arts education. Thalian Association Community Theatre produces five major productions annually on the Main Stage at historic Thalian Hall and five youth theater productions on the 2nd Street Stage in the Community Arts Center. The youth theater program offers training and performance opportunities for children age seven through high school seniors. In 2007, Thalian Association Community Theatre was designated North Carolina’s Official Community Theater by the state legislature. For more information, go to

Submitted by Susan Habas

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