A Look at the Downtown Art Scene
By Giovan Michael
ARTIST TPORTRAITS BY ALLISON POTTER
HE Port City has a reputation for qual-ity
art. With a rich selection of natural
scenery, fish and wildlife, and no short-age
of interesting people, Wilmington
is the perfect place for artists and art
lovers seeking inspiration and relaxation.
Every October a new side of the Wilmington
art world begins to show its colors as the Inktober
movement grows in popularity.
Inktober began in 2009 when American artist,
illustrator and animator Jake Parker challenged him-self
and others to create 31 ink drawings
in 31 days.
It has since grown to thou-sands
of participants. Every
October, a surge of creative
energy emanates from both
novice and experienced art-ists
around the world.
Nowhere is that felt more
profoundly in Wilmington
than downtown. The neigh-borhoods
and communities by
the Cape Fear River have a dense
population of artists and creative-minded
people adding a new dimension to the already
established and diverse art scene.
The downtown community lives and breathes art.
It seems like a new mural, sculpture, or public art-work
pops up every other day. This bohemian tribe
is pushing boundaries, creating new dimensions and
In a month already dripping with the ink of so
many artists, October is the perfect time to highlight
a few downtown artists.
Bountiful Break by Trevor Van Meter, 16 x 20 inches,
giclee print of media art.