November 22 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The North Carolina Azalea Festival Art Unveiling is an annual event held in the Fall where we unveil the Official Artwork for that Festival year.
2019 Artist Bergen DeLeeuw
Joining the ranks as official Festival artist is 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.
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.