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North Carolina Azalea Festival

OFFICIAL ARTWORK

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.

2020 Artist Bio
Todd Carignan

Todd Carignan was born and raised in Wilmington, NC. He attended the Savannah College of Art and Design, where he received his BFA in Sequential Art and a minor in art history.

Carignan works primarily as a portrait artist and gallery fine artist. His favorite mediums are oils, watercolor and charcoal. He teaches drawing and painting classes at the Louise Wells Cameron Art Museum School, with special focus on portraiture, figures and landscapes. Carignan also teaches various drawing and digital classes at DREAMS of Wilmington, a non-profit after school arts education program for children.

In 2017, Carignan traveled to India to document the culture and the work of Homes of Hope, a non-profit that builds orphanages for displaced girls. In fall of 2018, he had a major exposition of paintings from those travels as a fundraiser and awareness campaign for Homes of Hope, and he continues to support them through sales of those subjects.

Carignan is a member of the Portrait Society of America and American Impressionist Society and is an awarded member of the Oil Painters of America. He has judged many art competitions, won multiple awards and has art in collections all over the world.

​He lives in Wilmington, NC with his wife, Mailyn, and two sons, Everett and Xavier. He keeps his art studio at The Artworks Art Village and is represented by New Elements Gallery.

Artist Statement
On Being the Azalea Festival Artist

I am honored to be the official artist for the 2020 Azalea Festival. Like people, spring is a favorite subject of mine to paint. From the blooming flowers to the Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Belles with their flower-like dresses, there isn't a better time of the year for an artist inspired by colors. It is an impressionist's paradise. And if an artist likes to paint trees, and I do, there is probably none more iconic to Wilmington than the Airlie Oak. So when I was offered the opportunity to paint the Airlie Luncheon Garden Party, it was a perfect fit. Thousands of people come together to celebrate warm weather, southern food and good company. And everyone is dressed to impress. In my painting, I tried to bring the feeling of the party to life, with impressions of colors brightly dancing across the Airlie lawn, under the giant oak, with its ancient twisting limbs and dripping spanish moss. I like that the tree is so big it can't fit on the canvas, and the party is so expansive that is moving out beyond the picture's edge to pull you into the festivities. It has been a treat to recreate this event on canvas, and I hope it captures the joyful spirit of this long tradition in the Azalea Festival.

Festival Artists
1987-2003 2004-2019
1987 Jeff Morvil 2004 Bruce Bowman
1988 None 2005 Ivey Hayes
1989 None 2006 Harry Lee Davis
1990 Martha Grove Williams 2007 Cathy Poulos
1991 Samuel Bissette 2008 Bruce Bowman
1992 Ronald Williams 2009 George Pocheptsov
1993 Morvil Design 2010 Sandy Nelson
1994 Popular Design 2011 Jenny McKinnon Wright
1995 Jeff Morvil 2012 Terry Sellers Harrison
1996 Morvil Design 2013 Elizabeth Singletary
1997 Cathy Maya 2014 William Mangum
1998 Jodie Rippy 2015 Clyde Edgerton
1999 Jodie Rippy 2016 Mary Ellen Golden
2000 Deborah Cavenaugh 2017 Sean Ruttkay
2001 Deborah Cavenaugh 2018 Virginia Wright-Frierson
2003 Barbara Jamison 2019 Bergen DeLeeuw