Art in the Arboretum Back Live and In Person for 2021

Posted October 13, 2021 at 3:53 pm

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – The 26th annual Art in the Arboretum three-day fundraising event will take place Friday, November 5 through Sunday, November 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The art show and sale returns to the grounds of the New Hanover County Arboretum, located at 6206 Oleander Drive, with COVID-19 safety measures in place and artists set up throughout the beautiful gardens.

Art will be available for purchase throughout the weekend, and the proceeds are divided between the artist, Friends of the Arboretum nonprofit organization, and the Wilmington Art Association (each receiving 70%, 25%, and 5% respectively).

“We are so excited to bring Art in the Arboretum back to the gardens after holding the event virtually in 2020,” said New Hanover County Arboretum and Cooperative Extension Director Lloyd Singleton. “Our team of volunteers and staff have been hard at work making this event safe for visitors, artists, and families. The talent of local artists will be on full display, with one-of-a-kind sculptures, jewelry, original paintings, photography, and more – all against the backdrop of the Arboretum’s fall colors. We’re thankful for the beauty this event brings to our community through art and nature, and for the support it gives back to the Arboretum.”

Sponsored by Friends of the Arboretum and the Wilmington Art Association, this year’s art show and sale features 2D and 3D artwork from 125 local artists, live music, a youth art exhibit from New Hanover County middle and high school students, and botanical-themed children’s art activities. On Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friends of the Arboretum members will receive a 10% discount on all art purchased and receive complimentary coffee and cookies from the on-site coffee bar. On Sunday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sarah Scarborough from the Wilmington Children’s Museum will host cyanotype printing and leaf rubbing activities, combining elements of nature with art and giving children the opportunity to take home their own artwork.

Tickets for Art in the Arboretum are $5 and available at the gate. Admission is free for children under 12, military with ID and members of Friends of the Arboretum.

For more information, visit, or call 910-798-7660.


children seated around a pond

“Kids Feeding Koi “ compliments of Evelyn Fischer

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NC Cooperative Extension and Arboretum: 6206 Oleander Drive • Wilmington, NC 28403 • Phone 910-798-7660 • Fax 910-798-7678
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