Arts in Wilmington-the calendar, newsletter, and artist registry covering 3 counties in southeastern North Carolina-didn't start off big. It started off with 5 members. Nearly 3 years since it was created by Craig Stinson, it's grown to about 1,600 members.
Stinson is adding something new this year: an Arts Awards Celebration. Four awards are being bestowed for Individual Artist, Organization, Business, and Education. The party is at the ArtWorks downtown on Saturday, 1/28 and the community is invited. Listen above to hear how the winners were selected. Tickets for the event are available here. Stinson says this is not a gala, but a casual community celebration.
Nominations for 2018 awards are due on April 20th.
Individual Artist: Hiroshi Sueyoshi
Individual: Jim & Betsy Knowles, Owners of theArtWorks
Arts In Education: Gabriel Lovejoy
Organization: DREAMS of Wilmington