Every two years for two weeks in November Bald Head Island, NC opens its doors and hearts to artists from all over the world through the auspices of the No Boundaries International Artist Colony. No Boundaries, Inc., a non-profit organization located in Wilmington, NC, founded the colony in 1998 to “provide artists from around the world and the local community a forum for free expression and cross-cultural dialogue.” Their Mission Statement states: “We believe our projects contribute to the cultural health of the global community and its ability to imagine and realize a future filled with diverse voices that will be heard with empathy.”
This years’ participants, who hail from such far flung places as Rwanda, Australia, Houston, China, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Raleigh and Seattle, boarded the Bald Head Island Ferry on November 1 to begin their adventure. Once settled in they began their projects in film making, photography, poetry, paper making, sculpting, painting and mixed media. Many of the artists work in more than one medium and some of them cross mediums from visual art to writing.
The unique ambiance of the island, the music of the sea and the bright sky will definitely add to the inspiration each of these artists brings to his/her work. The synergy and excitement of working together will be a catalyst to more excellent work as well. If you would like to get a taste of this experience, you are in luck. There will be an open studio day on November 13 from 10 AM until 4 PM where you can mingle with the artists and take part in the creative process.