Posted Sep 11th, 2019 in Retail Roundup
If you’re looking for an “Arts Destination,” Downtown Wilmington is the place to be. With more than a dozen galleries and several pop-up art exhibits in the center city, there is plenty to enjoy. What makes it even more appealing is that each space has its own unique vibe, yet collectively, it is part of a tight-knit community.
"Bilblical" by Elizabeth Darrow
Art in Bloom on Princess Street is a great example of a venue that displays and sells original artwork at the gallery and online, while collaborating with other businesses in downtown. Every month, the gallery features a new artist alongside the work of local, national and international artists like Debra Bucci, Elizabeth Darrow, Brian Evans, Richard Bunting and Karen Paden Crouch.
Debra Bucci is one of Art in Bloom’s core artists and she has been selected as this year’s artist for the upcoming American Craft Walk. You can see her winning entry, “The Crafty Flamingo,” in the gallery.
Some collaborations evolve naturally like the connection with the local theater community formed through glass-blowing artist Richard Bunting, who is also an actor. Similarly, ceramics artist Brian Evans teaches at the Hannah Block Historic USO, the community arts center in downtown. Art in Bloom also partners with Dreams of Wilmington, The Arts Council and Cucalorus. Other partnerships have been formed with PinPoint restaurant and Platypus & Gnome.
Amy Grant, the owner of Art in Bloom loves collaboration. She wants artists to succeed and believes art galleries need to adapt and be cutting edge. She says, “If the community is prospering, businesses will do well.” Although Amy initially pursued a science career, she was influenced by a family love of art. Her mom and sister became artists and both parents and grandparents encouraged creativity at home. Amy strives to project creativity into the community by fostering connections. She was always taught, “The more you give, the more you get back.”
Amy has also cooked up a special collaboration as her neighbor, Louie’s Hot Dogs, is celebrating 30 years of business in Wilmington. To mark this occasion, Art in Bloom is collaborating with Louie’s by hosting a special “hot-dog” inspired show. A reception will be held Wednesday, September 18 from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. that will include comments from Mayor Bill Saffo, live music and refreshments. Be sure to come along and join the fun.
Blown Glass by Dick Bunting
Art has the power to change lives and strengthen communities like Downtown Wilmington. Even though original art appeals to individuals in different ways, collaboration brings people together. Art in Bloom is uniquely qualified to do both.
Hours: Tues-Sat, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Sun, noon – 5:00 p.m.
Art in Bloom Gallery
210 Princess St
Wilmington, NC 28401
Louie's Hot Dogs
204 1/2 Princess St
Wilmington, NC 28401