Wilmington’s arts scene bursts with fervor every week, as galleries, educational spaces, studios, concert venues, and more bring in artist receptions, exhibits, and workshops to keep our town overflowing with color and creative output. This week many of those happenings are kid-friendly, so we’ve mapped out quite few to help fill your family’s calendar with fun.
Bellamy Mansion Art Show and Sale
503 Market Street • (910) 251-3700
The Bellamy Mansion opened its Emerging Artist Show and Sale on October 9, featuring over 50 artists in a variety of mediums. From paintings to sculpture, perspex etchings to mirror prints, over 70 pieces fill the antebellum mansion, all for sale with proceeds benefitting the museum. In addition to the art show, the mansion is welcoming the community to one of its many free Thursday art lectures taking place throughout October. They’ll feature clay artist Justine Ferreri on Oct. 17 to speak on Earthenware scultpture, photographer Gordon Webb on the 23 to speak on fine art photography, and African art quilter Hattie Schmidt on the 30 to speak on quilting and storytelling. The lectures are free and start at 6:30 p.m.
They’re also holding kids’ events throughout, including a workshop in collage, decoupage and watercolor for ages 5 to 17. On Thursday, November 7, the art show will have a concluding reception along with a children’s art show from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Greenfield Lake Amphitheater
941 Amphitheater Dr.
It’s the concert of the season for kids and parents, as Kidz Bop comes to Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre on October 18 at 4 p.m. Kids take to the stage performing Top 40 hits like Pharrell’s “Happy” and One Republic’s “Counting Stars.”
Having sold over 14,000,000 CDs since 2001, the tours include kids of all ages introducing youngsters to pop music in a family-friendly fashion. Dancing and singing will take over Greenfield Lake Amphitheater, with the show starting at 5:30 p.m. Tickets range from $25 to $50 and VIP tickets will include a meet and greet with the performers.
Log on to www.greenfieldlakeamphitheater.com for tickets.
Five Dollar FUNcycle Fridays
Muddy Muse Studio, 616 Castle Street, Unit B
A retail art and pottery gallery, fetauring paintings, pottery, jewelry, fiber arts, handmade soaps, and toys by local artisans, Muddy Muse Studio also hosts art workshops for children adults and folks with special needs. On Friday, October 18 they’ll host their Five Dollar FUNcycle Friday eco-conscious workshop, wherein kids make something innovative out of recycled materials.
For only $5 a child, parents can drop off the kids from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the studio’s Castle Street location. Muddy Muse features a different theme each week with a variety of media to work with, too.
Downtown Wilmington, Front Street
Every year artists of all mediums set up booths along Front Sreet in downtown Wilmington to sell their wares to the public. This year’s ArtWalk takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The street festival is held in conjunction with ArtBlast, which features a host of events in literary, performance, visual and other arts over five days. For more information log onto www.artblast.com.
Arts and Entertainment Week
Artful Living Group
112 Cape Fear Boulevard, Carolina Beach
Hosted by Island Local and Island Arts and Culture Alliance on the grouds outside of Artful Living Group at 112 Cape Fear Boulevard in Carolina Beach, Arts and Entertainment Week is a community project that welcomes adults and children to help sculpt a pelican for Pleasure Island! On October 19 from noon to 4 p.m., participants will build the pelican as music from Skip Barnhill plays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Then at 3:30 p.m. Cape Fear Dance Theatre will perform “Pink Ribbon Memorial” to benefit Pretty in Pink Foundation.
On the 20 at Good hops Brewing, along with Stella and Dot representative Suzy Albert, folks can enjoy brew and bling. Tours will be provided at 6:30 and 7:30 of the brewery, as bling is on display for purchase.
Then on the 21 a free workshops with Surfhouse owner and executive chef Craif Love will host the art and soul of sustainable cuisine at 2 p.m. Love will focus on farm-to-table fresh seafood, as participants learn from demos and sample food.
On October 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. is an in-studio day with artist demos. Artful Living Group’s five artist studios are open to public so folks can see their works and talk with them first-hand about their creative processes.
On October 24, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. a Celebration of the Arts Dinner and Auction will be held at the Lazy Pirate at 701 N. Lake Boulevard. There will be dinner, DJ, and an auction of fine arts and crafts. Tickets are $20 a person.
On October 25 an arts sale will take place at Tip Top Frame and Canvas Giclee Printing (1018 N Lake Park Blvd.). The sidewalk sale, “Pop Art Hits the Pavement,”features an open market and exhibition in the Federal Point Shopping Center, featuring works from various local artists.Plus, Tip Top owner Skip Sprague will do lectures on why matting matters.
Log onto www.islandlocal.biz/campaigns/arts-entertainment-week for a full list of events.
KIDS @ CAM
Cameron Art Museum, 3201 S. 17th Street
Monthly, the Cameron Art Museum makes artistic exploration a family affair. On Saturday, October 19, kids are welcome to see CAM’s current exhibitions and watch hip-hop dancers perform shows inspired by the exhibits. It will be interactive, too, as the dancers guide movement activities in between performances. Pus kids will be able to make their own art to take home.
It’s an all-ages event and no registration is necessary. Cost is $5 All ages welcome and parental supervision required at all times. Admission is by donation.