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.