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EXHIBITS AND SHOWS NOT TO MISS: What to check out on the local art scene before the new year

Art abounds … even during the holidays!

ENERGIZED: Artists Kathy Stovall and Joan McLoughlin (work above) are currently featured in ‘Paper & Paint’ at MC Erny Gallery. Courtesy photo

As the end of 2015 draws near, we thought it would be a good time for a reminder of current exhibits and upcoming showcases of original art not to miss. Whether just looking to browse the work of local artists or buy the perfect last-minute local gift, we’ve got some artsy ways to fill the holidays.

ENERGIZED: Artists Kathy Stovall and Joan McLoughlin (work above) are currently featured in ‘Paper & Paint’ at MC Erny Gallery.  Courtesy photo

ENERGIZED: Artists Kathy Stovall and Joan McLoughlin (work above) are currently featured in ‘Paper & Paint’ at MC Erny Gallery. Courtesy photo

Paper & Paint
Featuring work by Kathy Stovall and Joan McLoughlin
Now through Feb. 12 • Free
MC Erny Gallery
245 N. Front St.
Since November 27 the MC Erny Gallery has had “Paper & Paint” on display. Featuring work by Kathy Stovall and Joan McLoughlin, each artist has brought her own abstract flair to the gallery. Kathy Stovall is a NC native who specializes in collage, abstract and monoprint. Contemporary painter and New York-born artist Joan McLoughlin currently works in acrylics.

While the show will officially close on February 12, the Closing Fourth Friday Reception is set for Friday, Jan. 22, from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. The gallery is located in WHQR’s studio in The Warwick Building (245 N. Front St.). The gallery is regulalry open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Call WHQR at 910-343-1640 for more information or visit here.

Brooklyn Arts District Pop Up
Saturday, Dec. 19, 11 a.m. • Free
Detour Deli & Cafe
510 1/2 Red Cross St.
Keep the Christmas giving spirit local and buy something special and unique for the holidays. Local artists will have work on display and for sale at the Brooklyn Arts District Pop Up at Detour Deli on Red Cross Street. Party in style with Forge & Foundry. Find fun jewelry by Bernice Desmond, or sniff out a deal from Kristy McKnight’s candles and prints. Mushpa and Mensa will have unique tees and more from their magical mobile art machine. Local artists Mark Herbert and Nicolle Nicolle will be around with their unique works.

There’s also a lineup of live music by local musicians, Pet Names, Death by Fireworxxx with Emma Nelson and Evan Baker, Dylan Drake, and Austin Glover. Not to mention DJ Ol’ Filthy Sweaty. See more on their Facebook event page.

Winter Works on Paper Exhibit
Now through January 30 • Free
Costello’s Piano Bar
211 Princess St.
Already done with Christmas shopping? Take a reprieve from the holiday hustle and bustle with local artist Janette K. Hopper. Using museum-quality papers, Hopper created a world of serenity and quiet with watercolors and monoprints in “Winter Works on Paper.” The show is on view in downtown Wilmington’s Costello’s, which often hosts live music nightly, Mon.-Sun., from 7 p.m. – 2 a.m. Visit Costello’s for more information.

Peace Rose Art Exhibit: Homes
Fri., Dec. 18, 6 p.m. • Free
Luna Caffe
604 Castle St.
Elementary students of Peace Rose Montessori School created pieces inspired by the theme of “Home.” Ages 6 to 9, the student artists created collaborative art work that will be on display at Luna Caffe on Castle Street until the end of December.

In conjunction with the exhibit, donations will be collected for Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity at the Dec. 18 artist reception,. Free wine samples and coffee will be available, while smoothies and other goodies will be available for purchase. Visit the Facebook event page for details.

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