September 17, 2012


This year’s Artist for the 19th Annual Pleasure Island Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival is local artist Barton Hatcher from Wilmington, North Carolina with his tropically-inspired musician playing the blues as sunset descends over the Cape Fear River masterpiece.  You can almost feel the breeze and smell the salt water.

Growing up on his grandfather’s farm in Bladen County, North Carolina, Barton Hatcher discovered his special artistic and creative gifts early in his life. A self-taught artist and mixed media sculptor, Barton’s eclectic style is admired by many. His work has been showcased in several North Carolina galleries alongside prominent artists such as Ivey Hayes. On several occasions he has been commissioned to do customized art designs for clients to fit their individual taste and desires.

His work is in the private art collections of North Carolina residents Linda MacRae, Rick and Marilyn Davis, and Mike and Kathy Allen, as well as New Jersey residents Charlie and Liz McCluskey, to name only a few.

Barton owns and operates Gardens by Barton, a landscape design business in Wilmington, NC, where he uses his artistic talents to create customized garden designs, including building hardscapes such as arbors, trellises and garden sheds. 

Before starting his own business, Barton was employed for 25 years by Cape Craftsmen of Elizabethtown, NC, where he was an art buyer and designed and built prototypes for furniture. 

An avid gardener and fly fisherman, Barton draws inspiration for his artistic designs from nature itself.  Barton lives’ in Wilmington NC.
We are proud to have Barton represent the 19th year of this great Festival.  Barton will be attending the Festival where he will be signing posters and offering additional selections of his unique artwork and sculptures in the Arts and Wine Garden.

Posters are on sale now at the Chamber office (T-shirts soon) and will be available at the Festival as long as supplies last. Again, Congratulations Barton!!

For event information and/or to book tickets, click here.
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