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Art Factory

Art Factory Gallery & retail store featuring Fair Trade African baskets, textiles, objects plus NC art and decor

Current artists featured:
Kevin Dunn,
Paul Stavovy,
Cheryl McGraw,
Elizabeth Singletary,
Ivy Hayes ,
Robin Renee Hix,
Betsy Fowler,
Eli Corbin,
Katherine Barnes,
James Eubank,
Edna Batounis
Nick Batounis
And several more as this page is updated.

Operating as usual

Timeline photos
08/24/2022

Timeline photos

We are putting the finishing touches on Kids State of the Art. We received over 300 works from young North Carolina artists ages 5 to 17 and can't wait for you to see it!

Join us on Saturday, August 20 for the opening of Kids State of the Art and to celebrate we are offering FREE admission to all!

Kids State of the Art
Art from Artists ages 5 to 17
Opening August 20

Worth a watch - interesting conversation.
08/21/2022
Growing Africa's contemporary art market

Worth a watch - interesting conversation.

Excitement is building up ahead of this year’s Joburg art fair. Art connoisseurs will be treated to three days of the best in Contemporary African Art. After...

Free! Click to register. This should be interesting.
08/18/2022
Virtual Rebroadcast: The Language of Beauty in African Art | The Art Institute of Chicago

Free! Click to register. This should be interesting.

If you were not able to attend an in-person member lecture on The Language of Beauty in African Art, you can still enjoy the event with this virtual broadcast of the lecture recording.Constantine Petridis, chair and curator of Arts of Africa, discusses this exhibition which explores the aesthet...

Carved Nupe stool with cross motif, circa 1960. Wear and imperfections indicate authenticity.
08/03/2022

Carved Nupe stool with cross motif, circa 1960. Wear and imperfections indicate authenticity.

This is a must-see exhibit.
07/28/2022

This is a must-see exhibit.

For Frieze, Vanessa Peterson interviews curator Kojo Abudu about the latest iteration of his project "Living with Ghosts," currently on view at our London gallery.

"Expanding on four years of research, ‘Living with Ghosts’ argues that Africa is the central staging ground for global modernity’s ongoing, five-century-long drama, evident from the fundamental role the continent has played in shaping world-historical events, from the transatlantic slave trade to colonialism to corporatized neo-colonialism," says Abudu.

To read the full interview, visit:

https://www.frieze.com/article/living-with-ghosts-interview-2022

For admirers of African art.
07/23/2022
Bonhams Auction to Highlight Art from Africa & the Diaspora | Art & Object

For admirers of African art.

On July 27 in New York, Bonhams auction of Modern & Contemporary Art & Photography from Africa and the Diaspora will feature a large selection of exceptional photography including a striking black-and-white image, Isililo XX, by Zanele Muholi (b. 1972), estimated at $7,000 – 10,000.

Exquisite hand-carved, incised hardwood Kuba cup
07/21/2022

Exquisite hand-carved, incised hardwood Kuba cup

Do these remind you of the 70s? You need them now.
07/20/2022

Do these remind you of the 70s? You need them now.

Gold! Come see us and let’s celebrate! Buy the bottle. Buy the case.
07/15/2022

Gold! Come see us and let’s celebrate! Buy the bottle. Buy the case.

07/12/2022

Our website continues to be BLOCKED by our friends at Meta. To shop our online store, please open a new tab and enter the URL. ❤️💛💚🖤

Summer best sellers. Beat the heat.
07/12/2022

Summer best sellers. Beat the heat.

Just in! Huge huge huge shipment of Bolga baskets from northern Ghana. Many colors. Many sizes. New colors and patterns....
07/08/2022

Just in! Huge huge huge shipment of Bolga baskets from northern Ghana. Many colors. Many sizes. New colors and patterns. In-store only. Ask us to see what’s not even out yet.

Multi-color antique Kilim and leather handbag. And we have a huge number to choose from, each one unique. On our website...
07/08/2022

Multi-color antique Kilim and leather handbag. And we have a huge number to choose from, each one unique. On our website. In the gallery.

Stunning one-of-a-kind handcrafted African necklace in bronze and beads. Predominantly green and black. Be still our hea...
07/07/2022

Stunning one-of-a-kind handcrafted African necklace in bronze and beads. Predominantly green and black. Be still our hearts. Available on our website artfactorygalleries dot com.

Happy 4th! We’ve got the BLUES. Authentic African indigo textiles, natural dyes. Beautiful graphic designs, in nice leng...
07/03/2022

Happy 4th! We’ve got the BLUES. Authentic African indigo textiles, natural dyes. Beautiful graphic designs, in nice lengths for decor, fashion, projects. Come see or check out our website above.

Newly refinished ART STUDIO for rent. Monthly. Second floor, privacy and lots of space. Call for info. 📞 (910) 399-3793
06/01/2022

Newly refinished ART STUDIO for rent. Monthly. Second floor, privacy and lots of space. Call for info. 📞 (910) 399-3793

When we’re open, we’re open. Like now.
05/29/2022

When we’re open, we’re open. Like now.

Bronze fish. Just one of the original sculptural treasures we have in the gallery.
05/15/2022

Bronze fish. Just one of the original sculptural treasures we have in the gallery.

Have you visited our updated website? Lots of new products online, like these fabulous Coke bottle glass beads.
05/08/2022

Have you visited our updated website? Lots of new products online, like these fabulous Coke bottle glass beads.

03/30/2022

We will be presenting our Straw Market at the Poplar Grove Herb & Garden Fair this Saturday & Sunday April 2 & 3

Studio 4 just became available.Call or text for details 910.399.3793
03/10/2022

Studio 4 just became available.
Call or text for details
910.399.3793

03/07/2022

African pottery from the Limpopo River Valley sale extended!

02/18/2022

African pottery sale in progress this month!

02/04/2022

Pottery Sale in Progress!

Art Factory was featured as the business spotlight for Wilmington Downtown Newsletter iNC this month. Check out their vi...
12/03/2021
Art Factory Gallery

Art Factory was featured as the business spotlight for Wilmington Downtown Newsletter iNC this month.
Check out their video showcase!!



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Marcus Rich, owner of Art Factory, has gone full circle starting at UNCW as a marine biology major, venturing into a variety of side trips as a researcher, e...

Come today (Sept 5) between 10 & 5 pm to meet and greet one of our jewelry artists, Troye Davenport!!**Troye is a North ...
09/05/2020

Come today (Sept 5) between 10 & 5 pm to meet and greet one of our jewelry artists, Troye Davenport!!
**Troye is a North Carolina native who uses a variety of techniques, such as, working in silver, Argentium, gold, gold fill, and copper. "I draw upon nature for inspiration in designing my handcrafted jewelry."

08/29/2020

Studio space available!

Woohoo! Art Factory back open Saturday, May 9th, 9am-5pm. **Featuring medal-winning wines from the Yadkin Valley to go.*...
05/08/2020

Woohoo! Art Factory back open Saturday, May 9th, 9am-5pm. **Featuring medal-winning wines from the Yadkin Valley to go.**
Also, a fresh shipment of Market Baskets (new styles & larger sizes!) Come choose your basket and shop next door at Riverfront Farmers Market 9am- 1pm.

Two of our best selling wines now available in convenient cans to Gogh! Two cans = 1 bottle. Now open Saturday 9am-9pm.
03/27/2020

Two of our best selling wines now available in convenient cans to Gogh! Two cans = 1 bottle. Now open Saturday 9am-9pm.

Open Sunday 2-7!
03/22/2020

Open Sunday 2-7!

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721 Surry Street
Wilmington, NC
28401

Opening Hours

Friday 3pm - 9pm
Saturday 3pm - 9pm
Sunday 3pm - 7pm

Telephone

(910) 399-3793

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Art Factory Gallery is a proudly small town gallery with a seriously global perspective.

Stop in; we are located in the warehouse district on the edge of beautiful Historic Downtown Wilmington, North Carolina. In addition to our retail galleries, the Art Factory Gallery houses a number of studios for working artists and a Wine Bar featuring distinctive Yadkin Valley North Carolina wines, available by the glass while you enjoy the galleries. We are neighbors with Waterline Brewing Company, a Wilmington micro-brewery. We host art openings, wine tastings, special events and a huge number of community functions.

Can’t make it over? Browse the Art Factory Gallery online galleries for treasures you will love to keep, or shop for an art gift for someone special.

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Marcus Rich, owner of Art Factory, has gone full circle starting at UNCW as a marine biology major, venturing into a variety of side trips as a researcher, educator, exhibit designer, importer and is now immersed in the arts. Rich decided to open up Art Factory in 2012 when there was an acute shortage of studio work space for artists in downtown Wilmington.

The gallery is filled with local and African art that Rich collected throughout the years. Art Factory also offers a 40 seat theater/screening room upstairs that they make available to community organizations for a modest charge. Three years ago, Rich, put in a wine bar that helped drive many customers in. Make sure to stop by the Art Factory and try their new ‘Art of the Vine’ wine!
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