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Each year, the North Carolina Azalea Festival President chooses an artist to create an artistic representation of the North Carolina Azalea Festival. The artist is honored at the Art Unveiling, and Limited Edition signed prints are available for sale in the Azalea Festival Ticket Office. Please note, not all prints are available for purchase.

Past Festival Prints are available for purchase at the North Carolina Azalea Festival Ticket Office.  The current year's print is $50, the immediate past year's print is $25, and all other prints are $10.  Please call the Festival Ticket Office for past print availability and prices at (910) 794-4650.

Artist Bio
Bergen DeLeeuw

Life is cause for rejoicing. My work reflects a celebration of God’s majesty in all the beauty he has created. Through my art I bring nature’s small intricacies to the forefront. By layering soft, organic strokes, I seek to create pieces that invite the viewer to reflect on the simplicities that make life beautiful.

I have loved painting for as long as I can remember. Having no formal art training, coming into this vocation has been the result of a lifelong expression. Creating custom work for clients that exemplifies their taste and shares my heart has been more rewarding than I ever could have imagined. I am thankful to have work displayed in homes and collections across the United States as well as internationally.

I paint from my home studio in Hampstead, North Carolina with my husband, Andrew who serves in the Navy and my two year old son who adds happy little strokes to all of my paintings. I love having his tiny hands in all of my work. It reminds me to not take myself too seriously, stop and enjoy life’s beautiful moments, and remember that nothing great is achieved alone.

Artist Statement
Artwork: Wrapped in Blooms

As I set out for a run one morning following the hurricane, I noticed a cherry blossom tree that had come to full bloom after having nearly all of its leaves ripped off. I was taken aback, astonished at the sight of this blooming tree following the trauma. In order to survive it bloomed with an explosion of beauty, color and fragrance. It was an amazing picture of life and our community here in the Wilmington area. I am so thankful for this place on the coast I call home, and I wanted to capture the joy, rebirth and wrapping of love I feel here while celebrating how the Azalea Festival brings the community together in such a beautiful way.

Festival Artists
1987-2001 2002-2017
1987 Jeff Morvil 2002 Barbara Jamison
1988 None 2003 Beth Ellis Harry
1989 None 2004 Bruce Bowman
1990 Martha Grove Williams 2005 Ivey Hayes
1991 Samuel Bissette 2006 Harry Lee Davis
1992 Ronald Williams 2007 Cathy Poulos
1993 Morvil Design 2008 Bruce Bowman
1994 Popular Design 2009 George Pocheptsov
1995 Jeff Morvil 2010 Sandy Nelson
1996 Morvil Design 2011 Jenny McKinnon Wright
1997 Cathy Maya 2012 Terry Sellers Harrison
1998 Jodie Rippy 2013 Elizabeth Singletary
1999 Jodie Rippy 2014 William Mangum
2000 Deborah Cavenaugh 2015 Clyde Edgerton
2001 Deborah Cavenaugh 2016 Mary Ellen Golden
2017 Sean Ruttkay
2018 Virginia Wright-Frierson