Museum Art Events

   The Wright Cottage – Through the Lens of Ben Keys

March 11 at Wrightsville Beach Museum of History

Wright Holman, Wrightsville Beach native and reknown builder, valued the distinct architectural and design features that made Wrightsville Beach unique. Look around. What do you see that tells you that you are in this specific place – not Corolla, not Nags Head, not Southport. These qualities of the built landscape of this beach were valued and promoted by Wright in his work. He labored to keep the old cottages intact as long as possible and many still stand due to his careful work. If a cottage had been outgrown and needed to be updated or expanded, Wright looked for ways to keep its character and Wrightsville Beach flavor.

When his nephew, Ben Keys, began his work as a painter in Wrightsville Beach, Wright commissioned Ben to create portraits of beach cottages that he saw as distinctly of this place. Some had been renovated and updated. Some had been faithfully restored. They all retained their Wrightsville Beach-ness.”

Join us as we celebrate these old structures, the man who worked to save them, and the painter who captured their beauty and spirit.

Wright at Desk (3)



The 2017 Wrightsville Beach Plein Air will be October 19-21!

Artists from near and far participate in our plein air events, showcasiBarbara Jamisonng some of their visions of Wrightsville Beach and the marshes by putting them to canvas. Artwork is freshly created over a couple of days and sold while the paint is drying, almost!

Starting October 19 come out to watch an artist paint the next beautiful canvas for your home or office! Then come by on Saturday, October 21 at 4 PM to pick it up at The Wet Paint Sale!!

, or come by.


October 22, 2016: Wrightsville Beach Museum Plein Air. We had 16 artists paint Wrightsville Beach scenes over 3 days culminating in a festive and lively Wet Paint sale on the museum lawn.

June 5, 2016: Small Treasures of Old Wrightsville Beach: The museum invited 11 artists to participate in “Small Treasures of Old Wrightsville Beach” byStrabuck painting subjects from old Wrightsville Beach painted from life or vintage photos within a format of 9″x 16.” These lovely paintings were presented at the opening on June 5. The paintings remained hanging at the museum and offered for sale through August 15, 2016.

May 9, 2015:  Wrightsville Beach, N.C.: Plein air artists were invited to participate in the Wrightsville Beach Museum of History’s second plein air event.  To provide artists with a Best of groupvenue for plein air painting of this scenic, historic seaside town during perhaps its most beautiful time of year is always an exciting opportunity.  We encourage participation of the public in this event by inviting them to drop by and watch the artists as they paint. A portion of the sales of the works will support the museum. Up to 2 unsold pieces per artist were hung at the museum through the end of August, 2015.

FullSizeRenderBest 3 of Group
Rena 2