Landfall Art Show welcomes more tourists

by Kelly Corbett
Wednesday, August 21, 2013

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Visitors view paintings and photographs at the Landfall Foundation Art Show and Sale on Sept. 30, 2012, in the Dye Clubhouse.

The Landfall Foundation Art Show and Sale dates have been moved up during the 14th annual event in hopes of attracting more tourists.

Instead of being held in September, the show will display artwork from Thursday, Aug. 29, through Saturday, Aug. 31, at Landfall’s Dye Clubhouse.

Organized by and benefitting the Landfall Foundation, the show featured about 425 pieces from 125 artists in 2012.

Katie Watkins, co-chair of the event along with Pam Bradley, said the show is limited to 100 -artists this year with four pieces per artist.

About one-fourth of the -artists reside in Landfall, and the others are from the surrounding Wilmington area. Fifteen of the 100 artists are 3D artists. There will also be oil and watercolor paintings, portraits, murals, ceramics and other media.

Elaine Cooper, an artist who will be featured in the show and president of the Wilmington Art Association, said she has been part of the show since she moved to Wilmington from New England three years ago.

“I was delighted to come to such a wonderful arts community,” she said. “… I’ve been painting now for 40 years.”

She painted with watercolors for 25 years, before painting with acrylics. Her work features landscapes, botanicals and architecture.

“I call it a soft realism,” Cooper said. “Some of mine are slightly impressionistic.”

She praised the show’s organization and venue, and said the artists are excited to attract more tourists this time with earlier dates.

“We, the artists, love it because we can’t wait to see what each other have done,” Cooper said.  “… It gives you always-fresh ideas for your own work.”

Cooper’s pieces range in price from $150 to $1,200. Watkins said even though there is often a money stigma associated with the name, the art show has reasonable prices and some budget-friendly pieces.

About $10,000 was raised in 2012, with 25 percent taken from proceeds. The portion of proceeds will increase this year to 30 percent benefitting the Landfall Foundation.

“We give scholarships and we give grants,” Watkins said. “Our main focus is the arts, education, health and welfare.”

She told repeat artists who asked to include paintings from previous years to absolutely show them again.

“It’s like shopping for clothes,” she said. “… I get so passionate about this show. I can’t wait to see what these people bring. I just want to take it all home.”

The judge, Larry Moore, will announce the winners of each art show category during an invitation-only juried awards reception.

The show is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., with a cash bar from 5-8 p.m.  


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