Arts Destination - Wilmington, North Carolina

Wilmington, North Carolina is known for it’s amazing ocean-side resorts and wonderful neighborhoods. However downtown, with it’s thriving restaurant scene and art galleries beckon all patrons to take a stroll and enjoy the many artistic sights on foot.

There are but a handful of cities in the South that allow patrons the opportunity to walk to multiple galleries on foot and one of them is Wilmington, NC. With a gridded, planned layout - reminiscent of New York - Wilmington is the perfect “art walk” town.

Downtown Wilmington is littered with art galleries and art venues, all highlighting a unique set of artists, ranging from local, to regional, to national

A peaceful walk or short drive to the south and you can visit theArtWorks™ Wilmington, an amazing space filled with gallery spaces and a dedicated exhibition area. A top venue for local artists, theArtWorks™ Wilmington is a perfect destination to browse and shop a variety of mediums and genres.

Art in Bloom, anchored on Princess Street in Downtown Wilmington carries an eclectic collection of artists from across the region, as well as nationally exhibited artists. With monthly rotating exhibits, a visitor is never disappointed with the ever-changing quality of artists on view.

Around the corner on Front Street there is Expo 216.  Part art gallery and part art museum, Expo 216 features forward-thinking exhibits that pair art with fashion. Their year-themed exhibits are a reminder of the connection between art, fashion, and our environmental conscience and how each should be used for the advancement of our shared goals.

Featured Wilmington Galleries

Elizabeth Darrow, Tell Me What you Know, oil and collage on canvas, 24” x 36”, Art in Bloom Gallery

Elizabeth Darrow, Tell Me What you Know, oil and collage on canvas, 24” x 36”, Art in Bloom Gallery

Art in Bloom Gallery
210 Princess St, Wilmington, NC

Art in Bloom Gallery is in a renovated 19th century horse stable in historic downtown Wilmington, North Carolina. The gallery presents an eclectic mix of original art by renowned artists Elizabeth Darrow (oil and collage on canvas); Traudi Thornton (raku and stoneware ceramics); JF Jones (hand-crafted mobiles); Dumay Gorham III (sculpture), Michael Van Hout (sculpture), Janette K. Hopper (painting and various media) and others creating extraordinary art.

Art in Bloom Gallery partners with local non-profit organizations including DREAMS of Wilmington (Developing Youth through Art Education), the Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County, Expo 216 (gallery and museum), Cucalorus (annual festival of independent film), the Cameron Art Museum, and other organizations contributing to our thriving arts and business community.

Janet B Sessons, Morning Catch, oil, 30” x 30”, theArtWorks™ Wilmington

Janet B Sessons, Morning Catch, oil, 30” x 30”, theArtWorks™ Wilmington

theArtWorks™ Wilmington
200 Willard St, Wilmington, NC

theArtWorks™ is an art village providing 9,000 square feet of gallery space, individual working studios, and a venue for events. It is located at the site of the old Block Shirt factory, a mile from historic downtown Wilmington in the South Front Warehouse District. theArtWorks™’s mission is to foster a creative environment for artists, educational opportunities, and enhancement of the Wilmington community’s vibrant visual, literary, and performing arts. It is home to Janet Sessoms and 50+ active artists using a variety of art forms including painting, sculpture, jewelry, pottery, glass, metalwork, mosaics, literary arts, and music. In addition to regular hours, experience the Wilmington Arts Council’s Fourth Friday Gallery Nights with theArtWorks™

Margarita Cimadevila and Wolfgang Trettnak, SharkFin Soup”, Expo 216

Margarita Cimadevila and Wolfgang Trettnak, SharkFin Soup”, Expo 216

Expo 216
216 N Front St, Wilmington, NC

A “gallerium,” Expo 216 is part gallery and part museum. Incorporating 5,000 square feet over two floors of a renovation in historic downtown, Expo 216 features thought-provoking art and fashions. Its one-year expositions are theme-driven with the inaugural theme, Ocean Plastic, running through July 2017. Visitors may experience CSI: Albatross (interactive crime solving), Fashion in Plastic (nine stunning fashion creations by local designers), The Plastic Age (an insightful history of plastic), What Goes Around, Comes Around (Kanagawa Waves by Bonnie Monteleone), and more.  Currently, Expo 216’s featured artists include, Ruth Ava Lyons, Cordelia Norris, Margarita Cimadevila and Wolfgang Trettnak. In August, Expo 216 will be transitioning to its second theme - Death and Dying.

Around Wilmington

YiFenn Strickland, LCAC sculpture student, Photo: Mark Steelman, Leland Cultural Arts Center

YiFenn Strickland, LCAC sculpture student, Photo: Mark Steelman, Leland Cultural Arts Center

Leland Cultural Arts Center
1212 Magnolia Village Way, Leland, NC

The Leland Cultural Arts Center is located less than 8 miles from downtown Wilmington, North Carolina and hosts programs for people of all ages and skill levels. The 18,000 square-foot cultural art utopia is complete with multiple well-equipped art studios and an open gallery space that features artwork of North Carolina artists. Special events, meetings, concerts, and performances take place in the center’s large multipurpose room. Classes and workshops are experienced in painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, stained glass, photography, dance, fitness, yoga, theater, music, and youth art camps. Visit the Leland Cultural Arts Center in person at 1212 Magnolia Village Way, Leland or online at

Fourth Friday Gallery Nights

Fourth Friday Gallery Nights, Wilmington’s premier monthly art event, is an after-hours celebration of art and culture. Held 6:00-9:00 pm on the fourth Friday of each month at more than 25 galleries and art spaces. The coordinated marketing effort has made downtown Wilmington a popular destination for art lovers. Sponsored by the Wilmington Arts Council.

- The Golden Gallery
- Marcus Anthony Photography
- MC Erny Gallery
- New Elements Gallery
- Peacocks Fine Art
- Port City Pottery and Fine Crafts
- River to Sea Gallery
- Sarag Sheffield Studio
- The Wilma W. Daniels Gallery

Participating Galleries:
- “A” Studio
- ACES Gallery
- Aluna Works
- The Art Factory
- Art in Bloom Gallery
- theArtWorks™ Wilmington
- Burgwin-Wright House
- Expo 216
- The Gallery at DREAMS
- Going Local NC