NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – Airlie Gardens is looking for artists, or teams of artists, to decorate, paint, and adorn one of ten oversized fiberglass turtles for the gardens’ newest art exhibit, Turtley Awesome.
The artist-designed turtles will be placed throughout the grounds for guests to enjoy as part of their garden experience from July through December 2023.
Artists must apply to be considered and designs will be selected based on creativity, craftsmanship, use of materials, the ability to appeal to all age groups, outdoor sustainability, and durability. Artist applications are due by Sunday, April 9.
“This new outdoor exhibit will give artists an opportunity to capture the beauty of turtles and share their interpretation with Garden visitors” said Guest Services Manager Jodi Rich. “Our annual art exhibit is always an anticipated addition to the gardens, and it attracts thousands of visitors each year.”
This is the eleventh consecutive year that Airlie Gardens has hosted an art exhibit. For more information about Turtley Awesome, the artist application and to learn about sponsorship opportunities for the future exhibit, click here.