Art Club at COA to hold community-based art project, exhibition inspired by Fenwick-Hollowell Wetlands Trail

Published 8:17 am Thursday, April 20, 2023

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College of The Albemarle (COA) – Elizabeth City is home to the stunning Fenwick-Hollowell Wetlands Trail. The trail runs along the river behind the campus and is a favored walking space for many throughout the community.

With April being “Arts Month,” the Art Club at COA, in collaboration with Arts of the Albemarle, Green Saves Green and the Albemarle Family YMCA, wanted to find a way to celebrate the arts while also recognizing the beauty of the trail. They collectively developed a community-based art project and exhibition, “What I Saw.”

“What I Saw” encourages community members of all ages to enjoy a walk on the Fenwick-Hollowell Wetlands Trail, creating a watercolor painting of what they see along the way. Community members can deliver their artwork to Arts of the Albemarle to be featured in an exhibition throughout April. Paintings may be dropped off at Arts of the Albemarle throughout April. On April 28, a panel will judge the submitted works, announcing the top three pieces that best represent the trail.

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Free watercolor art kits are available at the locations listed below. Instructions for this activity will be included in the kits and are available at

– COA – Elizabeth City (Front Desk, Building AE), Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

– Arts of the Albemarle, Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

– YMCA (Front Desk), Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.

Participants can walk the trail and paint on their own or visit the trail on Friday, April 21 from 5 to 7 p.m. for a community painting event before “COA Star Nights,” which begins at 7 p.m.

For information on “What I Saw,” contact Christina Weisner, humanities and fine arts department chair and associate art professor, at or 252-335-0821 ext. 2319.

For all other College of The Albemarle information, contact Tammy W. Sawyer, COA director of communications and marketing, at or 252-335-0821 ext. 2420.