Downtown Wilmington , North Carolina is the place to be in September to experience arts and cultural events that complement the destination’s history, culture, and natural beauty. The inaugural ARTblast Festival makes its debut September 8-12. During the five-day festival, a host of musical, theatrical, and dance performances, as well as art, literary, and film events will be staged at various Downtown venues. The 9th Annual Downtown Wilmington ArtWalk & Parade (Sept. 11), one of Downtown Wilmington’s signature events, also takes place during ArtBlast.
The ARTblast Festival includes theatrical performances at Cape Fear Playhouse at Newcastle (“Shadowlands,” Thurs.-Sun.), Front Street Brewery’s Beam Room (“Murder on the High Seas,” Thurs.), Nutt Street Comedy Room (“The Nutt House” Wed. & “Quarter Life Crisis Comedy Tour” Fri.-Sat.), and Thalian Hall (“The Secret Garden,” Thurs.-Sun.). There will also be a Danceblast (Fri.) and a Contra Dance (Sat.) at the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center. Live music will be featured at Bellamy Mansion (jazz, Fri.), The Soap Box Laundrolounge (Fri.-Sat.), as well as other restaurant and nightlife venues. Film screenings will take place at Thalian Hall (Wed.) and The Beam Room (Wed.). Art galleries with special events include Projekte (Thurs.), Opera Room Bar & Gallery (Thurs.), Bottega Gallery (Fri.), and New Hanover County Public Library (Sat.). Events are still being added to the lineup, so be sure to check out the complete ARTblast Festival schedule at www.artblastwilmington.com .
This year’s Downtown Wilmington ArtWalk & Parade takes place during ARTblast on Saturday from 10am until 5pm. The ArtWalk features local and regional artists who display their treasures along six blocks of Front Street . Here you’ll find one-of-a-kind paintings, photographs, handmade jewelry, and sculptures. This day-long event draws over 10,000 people. Back by popular demand, The Grand Procession of Peculiar Pets (an art parade) will take place on Saturday during the ArtWalk at 1:30pm (corner of S. Front St. and Orange St. ), making its way north along Front Street . This year’s parade theme is “peculiar pets.” Participants are invited to make their costumes in advance during four free costume-making events: Aug. 27 at Art Box (255 N. Front St., 2nd floor, 6pm-8pm); Sept. 2 at Wilmington Children’s Museum (116 Orange St., 3-5pm), Sept. 4 at Riverfront Farmers Market (Water & Market sts., 9am-11am); and Sept. 4 at Projekte Gallery (523 S.3rd Street, 4pm-6pm). Workshops include art supplies. Participants may also create costumes using their own supplies. Art Blast and the Downtown Wilmington ArtWalk & Parade are presented by Downtown Business Alliance (DBA), Do It Downtown, and CoolWilmington.Com Productions. For details and vendor applications, call 216-374-8884, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit website www.dbawilmington.com.
Another important news reminder – Arts Blast Juried Art Exhibit: Projekte is pleased to host the first Annual Arts Blast Juried Art Exhibition at 523 South 3rd Street in downtown Wilmington . This juried exhibit will focus on the many talented Wilmington artists, so any subject and/or theme is acceptable. Artists are encouraged to submit 1-5 .jpeg images of 2D work in any medium for consideration. Requirements for entry are:
· Artists must be at least 16 years old
· All work must be original
· All work must be recent within past six months
· Artists must reside within 100 miles of Wilmington
· Any theme/subject is acceptable
· Deadline for submission is Sept 1, 5pm.
Winners to receive recognition, ribbons and prizes. Arts Blast events will take place September 8-12 with the Juried Art Exhibit Reception on Thursday September 9, 6p-9p at Projekte.
Please call Bonnie England for further information at 910.352.0236 and submit artwork to email@example.com.
More Important News – Call to Authors/Poets
Art Soup, a non-profit arts organization in Wilmington , NC is currently seeking published or self-published authors and poets to participate in an annual, large outdoor arts festival, Saturday September 11th in downtown Wilmington . The Wilmington Art Walk is an artist market throughout the streets of the historic downtown area, featuring visual artists, crafts, music and more. Literary participants are welcome to sell and sign copies of current or previous work at individual booths in a special section of the festival dedicated to writers. Spaces available at a discounted rate of $35 per participant. Call 910.620.2047 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
For those of you coming in from out of town, I have two hotels that are offering discounts to any one coming in for the Art Blast festival. Check the accommodations page of the Art Blast website for more details.
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