Exhibitions

Four galleries in two different venues offer a variety of work from local and regionally known artists. The main exhibition galleries rotate work every few months with opening receptions held on Thursday evenings from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Visiting artist lectures take place at 5 p.m., just prior to the opening reception.


“Down East,” Paintings by Brenda Behr

May 11 – June 24
Opening Reception – May 11, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Boykin Gallery

The Boykin Gallery at the Arts Council of Wilson welcomes back well-known regional artist, Brenda Behr. Her exhibit, titled “Down East” opens on May 11, and will be filled with impressionist paintings of familiar scenes of Eastern North Carolina.

In June 2003, when she returned to Goldsboro, the city of her youth, Brenda also returned to her love of painting. For more than three decades, the artist had made her living in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she had pursued a career in graphics and art direction.

Since her first solo show at the Arts Council of Wayne County in 2004, Brenda has shown in museums as well as numerous galleries across the state. Eight of Brenda’s watercolors now hang permanently on walls of the Chapel Hill campus of the University of North Carolina. The Greenville Museum of Art in Greenville, NC and Iredell Museums in Statesville have granted the artist solo exhibitions.

Brenda has been featured twice in Our State magazine, and is included in the books Distinctive North Carolina, Volumes I and II, Painting North Carolina: Impressions en plein air, Painting North Carolina: A Visual Journey, and in Strokes of Genius 4: The Best of Drawing. In early 2015 she was named the 2015 North Carolina Seafood Festival Commemorative Poster Artist; in September of the same year, she won 1st place in painting at the North Carolina State Fair. In 2016, one of her oil paintings was selected for the permanent collection of the Fort Wayne Museum of Fine Art in Indiana.

Brenda is a member of Oil Painters of America, the American Impressionist Society the Portrait Society of America, and a signature member of the Watercolor Society of North Carolina.
More of her work can be viewed on the web at brendabehr.com.

Brenda will conduct a plein air workshop on Saturday, May 20 in the garden of Margaret McRae, 211 Raleigh Road Parkway, W. Please call the Arts Council at 252-291-4329 for information and registration. There will be an opening reception on May 11, 5:30–7:30 p.m., preceded by an informal artists talk at 5 p.m.. Her exhibit will remain in the Boykin Gallery through June 24.


Wilson Active Artists Association Featured Artist: Carole Stoiber

May 11-June 24
Opening Reception- May 11, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Lowe Gallery

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Carole Stoiber has been the Art teacher at Greenfield School, here in Wilson, for the last twelve years. She teaches her Kindergarten through twelfth grade students the Elements of Art and
the Principles of Design and uses various media.

Carole will be the featured artist as a member of the Wilson Active Artists Association, where she shows and sells her work and also takes commission work. She is a 2-D and 3-D artist, painting in oil, acrylic, and watercolor paint; she also works in clay. Carole will be exhibiting with the Greenfield School high school students. The Arts Council Opening will be on May 11 and it will be a teacher-student show.

Carole is a graduate of Barton College, taking lessons under Susan Fecho and Mark Gordon, esteemed professors of the Art Department.

Carole will be teaching an adult oil painting class entitled “The New Way Oil Painting” class at Wilson Community College with the Adult Continuing Education program, beginning June 6-27, Tuesdays 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 9 p.m. wilsonccc.edu

You can see her work at carolestoiberart.com.

Carole Stoiber’s students from Greenfield School will also have work in the Cooke Gallery in their Annual Juried Show. Opening night will be May 11, 2017, 5:30-7:30 p.m. and will run through the end of June.


Greenfield School Annual Juried High School Art Exhibit

May 11 – June 24
Opening Reception – May 11, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Cooke Gallery

This year’s Greenfield School juried high school art exhibition will consist of six categories of varied media and subjects. Twenty-three high school students will be exhibiting independent photography, “Don’t Text and Drive” posters, music-inspired acrylic paintings, custom crafted board games, carved books, and ceramic bowls.

The judging will be done by three members of the Wilson Active Artists Association. Ribbons will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in all of the above categories.

Please join us in welcoming these creative students at their opening on May 11, 5:30–7:30 p.m. Their exhibit will remain in the Cooke and Lowe Galleries at the Arts Council through June 24.

Visual Arts Calendar

“Down East,” Paintings by Brenda Behr
Boykin Gallery
May 11 – June 24
Opening Reception – May 11,
5:30-7:30 p.m., Artist talk 5 p.m.

Greenfield School Annual Juried High School Art Exhibition
Cooke Gallery
May 11 – June 24
Opening Reception – May 11,
5:30-7:30 p.m.

Wilson Active Artist Association,    Featured artist – Carole Stoiber
Lowe Gallery
May 11 – June 24
Opening Reception – May 11,
5:30-7:30 p.m.

Painting workshop – “Plein Air Painting in the Garden” with Brenda Behr
May 20, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., in the garden of Margaret McRae, 211 Raleigh Road Pkwy W,  Wilson

“In the Garden,” Paintings by Pegi Barnes-Sharp and Photography by Robert Cassanova
Boykin Gallery
July 20 – August 26, 2017
Opening Reception – July 20,
5:30-7:30 p.m., Artist talk 5 p.m.
                                                               
Arts Council Summer Camp Art
Cooke Gallery
July 20 – August 26, 2017
Opening Reception – July 20,
5:30-7:30 p.m.

Wilson Active Artist Association, Featured artist – Andrea Horton-Morton
Lowe Gallery
July 20 – August 26, 2017
Opening Reception – July 20,
5:30-7:30 p.m.

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