Call to Artists

Preservation of Wilson is calling all artists to be part of the Annual Preservation of Wilson Garden Party & Fine Art Show to be held on Sunday, May 6, 2018 beginning at 4:30 p.m. The event will be located in the garden of the Vernon Mason & Andrew Summerlin at 1120 Watson Drive. This is the former “Hackney Home” and will offer the perfect setting for a Southern Garden Party filled with laid-back elegance in one of Wilson’s most impressive backyards.

“This year at the Preservation of Wilson’s Garden Party and Art Show, we are excited to open up the call for artwork to member and non-member artists. Our goal is to present a wide range of work that represents artists of North Carolina as a whole. The artistic culture of Wilson has always been a huge part of the Preservation of Wilson, we hope the 2018 Art Show will expose our mission of revitalizing and restoring the historic community to a wider audience. We look forward to seeing you at our favorite event of the year!” said jointly by Anne Sauerborn Joyner and Betsy Peters Rascoe, Co-chairs of the event. Additional members of the 2018 Art Committee are: Sally Barnes, Agnes Cherry, Karen Gliarmis and Jo Rhodes.

The Fine Art Show is open to all artists in North Carolina working in any medium. Artists may submit up to five art pieces that must be completed and submitted to the committee chairs on Saturday May 5. Work must have never been shown before at a Preservation of Wilson Fine Art Show and must be available for sale. No commission will be taken by Preservation of Wilson. There will be a $10 submission fee per artist that is not already a member of Preservation of Wilson. Inspiration for their artwork should come through the artist’s wonderful North Carolina experiences.

All artists interested in participating in the event must submit the submission form found at under Events. If you would like an application mailed or have questions, please contact any one of the Art Committee members or Kathy Bethune at or 252-234-7694.

Preservation of Wilson is a nonprofit corporation that provides leadership in the revitalization efforts of Wilson County’s unique architectural properties. It actively promotes historically, architecturally and culturally significant properties. The Garden Party and Fine Art Show is an appreciation event for the supporters of Preservation of Wilson to celebrate the growing preservation spirit. For more information about the Garden Party and how to get purchase a ticket, visit our website at

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