Posted Jun 19th, 2019 in Retail Roundup
Art allows us to express ourselves. It comes in many different forms, transcends generations and breaks down cultural barriers. Downtown Wilmington is brimming with visual and performance art for everyone to enjoy. The center city has six theaters and more than a dozen art galleries to enrich our lives.
Galleries can be found in the Brooklyn Arts District, along Castle Street and in the South Front District as well as in multiple places in-between. New Elements Gallery on Front Street has been operating since 1985 and showcases the best of regional and national fine art and craft.
The current owners, Miriam and Lance Oehrlein, also advocate for local and regional artists. They bought the gallery four years ago and continue to uphold the mission to provide clients with exceptional, unique pieces of art to fit each individual’s style.
The current installation, called “Reflections,” features the work of artist, Sally Sutton and includes art for the body and the home. The paintings are bold and daring and the designs are replicated in pillows and soft furnishings. Cheerful bright patterns also adorn the garments made by Sutton.
Each month, New Elements changes the theme of the installation by blending the work of one or more artists. Consignment pieces from other local artists fills out the remainder of the gallery. Each new install coincides with the monthly Fourth Friday Gallery Walk, a self-guided tour of Downtown Art Galleries from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Next month’s “Sea Dreams” installation will be a delightful collection of summery, sea landscapes by Janet Triplett and intriguing, figurative art by Angie Sinclair.
Inspired by successful, established artists and by another local gallery owner, Amy Grant of Art in Bloom, Miriam strives to find art for clients of all ages. She sells art at various price points and experiments with new ideas to keep things fresh for collectors. She is currently updating the website and creating videos that tell the stories of older artists.
At New Elements, Wednesday is Hump Day with Hammy. In a lighthearted way to make art approachable for all, Miriam blogs about art through the eyes of her pet hamster.
Also, be sure to check out the Sublime Design Fridays where Miriam showcases highlights of people’s homes before and after makeovers by local designers.
Like the artists she works with, Miriam is creative and knowledgeable about art. She and her staff will help you find the perfect piece of art for your home or business because there’s something for everyone at New Elements Gallery.
Hours: Tues-Sat, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Fourth Friday Gallery nights, the gallery is open until 9:00 p.m.
New Elements Gallery
271 N Front St
Wilmington, NC 28401