Posted: 08-20-2013
Art for All 3

Written by Mandy Lemmon // Photography by Bryce Lafoon Photography

Art for All 3 at the BAC was a huge hit! More than 1,000 people came to Brooklyn to check out the gorgeous original artwork of 50 established and up-and-coming artists in the church and under the big tent in the courtyard. The event also featured a free photo booth by Soapbox on the stage, the BAC bar in the lobby, Wilmington’s fabulous food trucks out front, and the great Grinders Caffe coffee shop in the courtyard. All who attended the show felt a strong sense of community spirit.

“We strive to bring together a group of artists that are new and fresh,” said BAC Event Coordinator Heather Thomson, “and to see such a variety of unique and innovative artists in one place at one time is the beauty of Art for All—you won't find that anywhere else. It’s a great event for Wilmington.”

The Friday night/Saturday show on March 8 & 9, 2013 featured many different artistic genres—everything from paintings, to photography, to drawings, to metal work, to handcrafted wooden pieces, to handmade jewelry—and each piece was priced right: between $25 and $250.

“I made almost all new pieces for this event, specifically,” said metalworking artist Colby Atkinson. Blue Lime Jewelry, owned by jeweler Eunkyung Kim Cazier, carried pieces that ranged from earrings and leather cuffs, to detailed pendants and handcrafted metal necklaces. Wilmington was represented in many of the artists’ work, perhaps most notably in the photographs of Mike Bryand, who turned beautiful shots of well-known Port City landmarks into works of art. “I use performance enhancing photography effects.” Byrand said. “Twenty of them, to be exact.”

With a constant flow of guests through the 125-year-old, hand-carved doors of the BAC, the venue was constantly bustling with excitement, including raffle drawings throughout the day. Most of the artists donated one or more of their beautiful pieces of work or a gift certificate or two. Artist Kat Fairbank donated a nautical print, and artist Wes Gubitz gave a nature photo print on canvas.

Wilmington’s best burger truck, The Patty Wagon, served the masses on Friday night, and the always awesome Keith Rhodes parked his renowned Catch the Food Truck out front on Saturday and blew everyone away with his Blue Crab Quesadillas. At the same time, the great Grinder's Caffé kept artists and art lovers alike happy and warm with coffee drinks and sweet treats.

With the weather fully cooperating, Art for All 3 was an exciting, fulfilling, and fabulous weekend in Brooklyn. If you didn’t make it to the event this time, mark your calendars for Art for All 4, which will definitely be bigger and better than ever.


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