April 7-11, 2021

Thalian Association Announces…

The North Carolina Azalea Festival Children’s Art Contest Gallery Opening At The Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center

WILMINGTON, NC – The Thalian Association, managers of the HBHUSO/CAC, is proud to exhibit the Top 16 entries from the elementary and middle school divisions of the 4th annual North Carolina Azalea Festival Children’s Art Contest. Please join Mayor Bill Saffo and several Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Belles for the Art Contest Exhibit Ribbon Cutting on Friday, April 5, 2013 at 4:30pm. Take this opportunity to meet our student artists and enjoy some light refreshments. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.

The North Carolina Azalea Festival Children’s Art Contest is open to all public, private, and home-schooled elementary and middle school students from New Hanover and surrounding counties. Local artists judged the contest and selected winners from 286 entries in the largest contest to date. The 2013 North Carolina Azalea Festival Children’s Art Contest elementary school winner is Margaret Dill, a 5th grader from Cape Fear Academy. The middle school winner is Maddie Porter, a 7th grader, also from Cape Fear Academy.

Artwork from the Top 16 entrants in each division may be viewed in the HBHUSO/CAC Community Gallery hanging with the current Wilmington Art Association exhibit. The children’s artwork will be on display at the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center through the Azalea Festival until Friday, April 26, 2013. The HBHUSO/CAC will also host the Wilmington Art Association Azalea Festival Juried Art Show for the first time this year, from Friday April 12 – Sunday April 14. Our historic building was the home of the opening ceremony for the first North Carolina Azalea Festival in 1948. Come and view all the North Carolina Azalea Festival art in the place where tradition began!

 Established in 1788, Thalian Association is a non-profit, membership organization dedicated to enhancing the Cape Fear region through live community theater.  Thalian Community Theater produces five major productions annually on the Main Stage at historic Thalian Hall. Thalian Association Children’s Theater (TACT) is a youth production company that offers training and performance opportunities for children age 7 through high school seniors. In 2007, the North Carolina legislature named Thalian Association the State Community Theater of North Carolina. For more information, go to www.thalian.org.

Susan Habas