Academy of Art University
In 2014 MJ Cunningham, resident of Acme Art in Wilmington, North Carolina, decided it was time to have a show which included some of her most talented women artist friends. As a result of that initiative, the group of women she assembled formed what is known as Diverse Works. They are diverse in style as well as location, coming from as far away as San Francisco’s Academy of Art University.
The first show took place in October of that same year, and was highly acclaimed. The women that formed the original group, who mostly did not know each before, became fast friends, enjoying each others company as well as art. Today, some of the founding artists are no longer connected to the group, but others have joined.
The group is planning an exhibit now, scheduled to open on June 24, with an opening reception, running through August 12, with a closing reception called for July 22.
Here is a brief description of some of the women contributing to the show:
- MJ Cunningham is a mixed media artist. She has been a resident artist at Acme Art in Wilmington for the past 13 years.
- Christine Farley is also a mixed media artist. She is working on her masters of fine arts at the Academy of Art University, and is a member of the North Carolina Watercolor Society and Acme Studios.
- Anne Sinclair is an impressionist painter. She left New York for Wilmington 20 years ago to raise her family of four children. She has a BS in Art and a Maters of Fine Arts from UNCW.
Brooklyn Bridge Park w/ Jane’s Carousel. Photo by dumbonyc
New York City is a truly amazing place. One of the most enjoyable activities in the entire city is completely free- Brooklyn Bridge Park.
The park frequently hosts free events to entice a wide range of tastes. There is a spectacular view of the iconic New York City to write home about. There are art installations scattered throughout the beautiful grounds. Kayaks are free to borrow on the weekends. And that is just the beginning.
So let’s just take a look at the week coming up: June 26-July 2:
• Checkmate 101 is a chess instruction workshop, especially for beginners, designed to take your game to the next level. Sundays at 11am from June 19 to August 7.
• Wildlife Theater presents the Butterfly Boogie. On Sunday, June 26 from 11am to 1pm the Butterfly Boogie will take participants on a 3,000-mile adventure proving that bugs are the coolest creatures ever. The musical, interactive performance shows children the interdependence of plants and animals and introduces them to the idea of metamorphosis.
• Summer Reading Storytime features Brooklyn Heights librarians reading stories out loud from the Brooklyn Public Library’s summer reading list. Tuesdays from 10:30am to 11:30am from June 28 to August 9th.
And I almost forgot to mention the fabulous 100-year-old Jane’s Carousel. It is enclosed in glass to protect from the elements and also costs $2 to ride, so technically it isn’t free. But considering all the things you do get for free, including the amazing view, you will probably agree it is two well-spent dollars.
Are you convinced yet? If you are, then be warned that parking is difficult near the park. It is highly encouraged that visitors beyond walking distance take public transportation. Check out the park’s very own website for more information.