Local Artists

Darren Mulvenna

Wilmington artist Darren Mulvenna has a fundraising exhibition hanging at Caprice Bistro called Bee Hope and Sea Change. Mulvenna is donating 20% of the proceeds to 2 non-profit environmental organizations: Pollinator Partnership and Plastic Ocean Project. His interest in the natural world, particularly flying insects, goes back to his childhood. Mulvenna's current art frequently incorporates butterflies-he has a particular fondness for pollinators. His first piece with butterflies is hanging at Pembroke's Restaurant (image at top). While Mulvenna is more of an artist than a jeweler, he is also creating realistic light-weight butterfly earrings called mimicri as an additional benefit to Pollinator Partnership. These earrings are made from recycled material and are as light as...a butterfly. 

Call For Art Submissions

May 1, 2017

Calling All Artists!

WHQR is currently accepting submissions from artists for the next ten shows in the MC Erny Gallery that will run from July 2017 through early 2019

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Friday, 4/28 is 4th Friday Gallery Walk in downtown Wilmington, which includes the closing reception for the exhibit Line & Paper in WHQR's MC Erny Gallery. Line & Paper features works by 2 artists: Lori Joy Peterson and Susan Dade, both inspired by fashion in their art. Peterson's first works were landscapes (plus kittens and puppies), but eventually her focus came to drawing and making collages of women, particularly high-fashion women. Dade had a long career as a fashion illustrator in New York, but she started painting more landscapes since retiring to North Carolina. Listen to them talk about their art above.

A new nonprofit art association is in the Port City this year. The Women's Art Guild of Wilmington, or WAG, was formed by Zero Hartline, Director, and Shanda West, President. The group is holding its first exhibit July 7-10 at Mayfaire (near Belk on Inspiration Drive): An Homage to the Women of Wilmington. Thirty-four artists have contributed about 140 pieces in various media.

Call For Art Submissions

Aug 14, 2015

Calling All Artists!

WHQR is currently accepting submissions from artists for the next ten shows in the MC Erny Gallery that will run from February 2016 through late 2017.   

Elizabeth Singletary

WHQR welcomes local talents Elizabeth Singletary and Robert Salemme to the MC Erny Gallery for their amazing collaboration "Pieced Together."  Be sure to stop by and see this unique, once-in-a-lifetime collection. 

Opening Fourth Friday Reception: May 22, 6-9 PM 

Closing Fourth Friday Reception: June 26, 6-9 PM

Show Closing: Friday, July 10.  

Regular MC Erny Gallery Viewing Hours:Monday-Friday, 10 AM - 4 PM

About the Artists: 

Brad Carter

This is your last chance to see the magnificent, once-in-a-lifetime collection by local talents Bradley Carter and Jason Parker, "Moments of the Past." Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 10 AM - 4 PM. Don't miss out on this unique experience. 

Commentary: Claude Howell Arrested in Paris

Mar 20, 2015

In honor of  artist, educator and WHQR commentator's Claude Howell's 100th Birthday we have been saluting him with clips from his commentaries. Check out this rather thrilling commentary, in which he describes his arrest in Paris. 

Happy 100th Birthday Claude Howell!

Mar 17, 2015

An icon of Wilmington's arts community, Claude Howell was born 100 years ago today. From an early age, Howell expressed a deep love for his hometown, drawing and painting people and scenes from town to coast. Howell also recorded several stories at WHQR about his days as a Wilmington youth. In honor of Howell's birthday and his great contribution to the Wilmington community,  WHQR will be airing his commentaries all week long during Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Here is one that takes us back to his boyhood clubhouse...

Artist Elizabeth Darrow shared with us interesting details about her vibrant, textured work and talked to us about why a painting may never be finished. Darrow will be in the MC Erny Gallery at WHQR tonight form 6-9 PM for the opening reception of her collection "Life is But a Dream..." Be sure you take a moment to come out and see this truly exquisite collection before the closing reception on Friday, February 27.

M.J. Cunningham leads a group of nine women who are artists from all parts of the media spectrum - from sculpture to encaustic paintings, from collage (2D and 3D) to windows "into our spiritual nature." Together the group synergistically creates The Fifth Element - a state that complements Earth, Air, Water and Fire. The Fifth Element Exhibit has its opening reception at Acme Art on Friday evening from 6-9 pm, during the Fourth Friday Gallery Walk. It will also be open this Saturday from 1-5 pm . Acme Art is located at 711 N. Fifth Street.  

Gina Gambony Visits The Sarus Festival

Aug 28, 2014

The Sarus Festival featuring site-specific and experimental art is underway!Dozens of local and visiting artists are creating public performances, often held outdoors. WHQR's Gina Gambony visited the rehearsal for one event: an unusual interpretation of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," happening in the backyard of Jengo's Playhouse on Princess Street.

GG: So, what’s going on with this piece, Helena dancing?

Recap: Opening Reception of "Hues of Juxtaposition"

Aug 25, 2014
Charlie Cazier

Friday night at the MC Erny Gallery at WHQR staff, members, volunteers and local art lovers/supporters gathered to see the absolutely magnificent debut of the art show "Hues of Juxtapostion," with work by talented local artists Mio Reynolds, Eunkyung Kim Cazier and Randy McNamara. Never before have such different styles come together to create such a vibrant, seamless arrangement. The night was filled with wine, delicious refreshments and best of all, great conversations with our featured artists.  View the slideshow to see pictures from this great night!

Recap: Opening Reception of "Hues of Juxtaposition"

Aug 25, 2014
Charlie Cazier

Friday night at the MC Erny Gallery at WHQR staff, members, volunteers and local art lovers/supporters gathered to see the absolutely magnificent debut of the art show "Hues of Juxtapostion," with work by talented local artists Mio Reynolds, Eunkyung Kim Cazier and Randy McNamara. Never before have such different styles come together to create such a vibrant, seamless arrangement. The night was filled with wine, delicious refreshments and best of all, great conversations with our featured artists.  View the slideshow to see pictures from this great night!

  Today we had prolific artists Mio Reynolds, Randy McNamara and Eunkyung Kim Cazier talk about their work, which will be featured tonight at our very own MC Erny Gallery  at WHQR, 254 N. Front Street, 3rd Floor. Join the artists from 6-9 pm for an opening reception that will include wine, light refreshments and your chance to meet the artists and see their vibrant, intriguing collection of work. For further details visit http://whqr.org/post/coming-soon-hues-juxtaposition-mc-erny-gallery-1.

Alexa Doran

The 2014 Landfall and Art show is Thursday through Saturday at the Landfall Dye Clubhouse. It runs from 10 am to 7 pm each day, with a cash bar provided from 5-7 pm. One hundred artists will be showing their work. Admission is free and 30% of the sales go to the Landfall Foundation, which helps support local non-profits. Today's guests were Landfall Foundation President Bill Hamlet and artist Jenny McKinnon-Wright.  For more details visit LandfallFoundation.org

Alexa Doran

Rhonda Bellamy, Executive Director of The Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County, tells us all about Regional Artist Project Grants. The application deadline is September 19. Bellamy will hold an information session Monday, August 18 at 5:30 pm at the New Hanover County Public Library downtown. For additional information visit artscouncilofwilmington.org  or call 910.343.0998