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No Boundaries Art Colony welcomes new leadership, international artists


This year, artists from all over the world – including Rwanda and Indonesia – will travel to Bald Head Island in November for the 16th annual No Boundaries Art Colony

The two-week residency program is set up to foster creative re-invigoration for professional artists.  And the founders of the colony, artists themselves, are now stepping aside to let new leadership take the helm.

The day-to-day demands of being an artist involve much more than finding inspiration to fill a blank canvas.  There’s the constant marketing.  The bookkeeping.   The worries about selling the next show – or piece.  And that’s part of the reason the site of the artist retreat -- Bald Head Island – is special.  Beth Crookham, the new Vice President of No Boundaries, says the light on the Island is the same as the extraordinary light in Hollywood and the South of France. 

“Five years from now, I hope that the art world is seeking out Bald Head Island and Wilmington in the first two weeks of November because they just hope to be around some of these artists and they just hope to be able to touch some of the magic.”       

Crookham also says that she expects in the not-too-distant future that No Boundaries will help artists cover the cost of travel to the Colony.  In the meantime, volunteers for the non-profit are poring over its archives from the last 15 years to create a representative permanent collection. 

Rachel hosts and produces CoastLine, an award-winning hourlong conversation featuring artists, humanitarians, scholars, and innovators in North Carolina. The show airs Wednesdays at noon and Sundays at 2 pm on 91.3 FM WHQR Public Media. It's also available as a podcast; just search CoastLine WHQR. You can reach her at rachellh@whqr.org.