Atlanta Marie Carrera

Atlanta's ART Mission Statement:  "To Have Fun!"

"I like that my art is bright and whimsical, and I hope that it makes people smile."

Atlanta Marie Carrera

Atlanta's Art

HOW IT BEGAN... I first started painting for family and friends. My paintings are based on places we have been or things that are special to us. I enjoy painting because the possibilities are endless. My favorite way to paint is to create a scene by joining images from several photos I’ve taken. I love adding little details into my paintings that have a hidden meaning beyond the obvious.

EXPLORING EMOTION... In combining my art with my poetry, I discovered a new way to explore emotions and merge them in my work. Blending together key elements into one painting is like piecing together a puzzle to express a story. My goal is to visually guide the reader to experience a deeper meaning.

ART WITH A PURPOSE... By using my paintings and poetry for fundraising efforts, I have found a new purpose for my art. I call it “My Faith Journey.” My message is, “Follow your heart ...wherever it leads.” I love to hear stories of how my work has inspired others.

Art Mediums



Atlanta's ART (Artist, Owner), Wilmington, NC - (2012-Present)

·        Established art business with mission of giving back to the community through fundraising. 

·        Created two-dimensional (2D) works of art using acrylic, watercolor, drawing, colored pencil, inks, and collage.

·        Designed three-dimensional (3D) hand crafted Christmas ornaments for tree displays. 

·        Shaped tile mosaics to produce functional art items for the home.

·        Wrote poetry for songs and greeting cards.

·        Taught various art mediums and crafting techniques in a classroom setting.

·        Promoted work of local artists through media campaigns and art shows.

·        Participated in local fundraising campaigns for over 30 non-profit organizations.



Art Exhibitions - Exhibited original art pieces for public display at local museums.

·        Fort Fisher Aquarium, Lower Cape Fear Hospice Festival of Trees - “Heart of Gold” (2019)

·        Cameron Art Museum -“State of the Art/Art of the State” (2018, 2017, 2015, 2014)

·        Fort Fisher Aquarium, Lower Cape Fear Hospice Festival of Trees - Colors of the Deep(2017)

·        Bellamy Mansion - “Emerging Artists Showcase” (2014)

·        Cameron Art Museum, Lower Cape Fear Hospice Festival of Trees - Snow Angels (2014)

·        Cameron Art Museum, Lower Cape Fear Hospice Festival of Trees - Angel's Wings(2013)


Art Booths – Set up Atlanta’s ART booths to showcase my work and sell art prints from my original paintings.  Proceeds donated to local and national charities.

·        St. Mark Fall Festival Photo Booth (2022) 

·        Alzheimer’s Association “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” (2019, 2020, 2021, 2022)

·        Summer Celebration & Show, Michael's Craft Store (2017)

·        Pumpkin Fest” Fall Art Show, On The Border (2017)

·        Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Coastal Carolina Branch “One Walk” (2014, 2012)

·        Wilmington Ballet performances of the Nutcracker ballet (2013, 2012)

·        NC Azalea Festival (2013)

·        Wilmington Riverfest (2012)


Commissioned Work - Created original art pieces based on theme requests of clients.

·        Lower Cape Fear Hospice, Children's Memorial Garden – “Garden of the Butterfly” Five acrylic paintings (2017)

·        “African Sun” - Acrylic on canvas 24x48 for Lower Cape Fear Hospice Donation (2016)

·        Quinn-McGowen “Reflections of Life” Butterfly Release - “Butterflies in the Rain Garden”

Six acrylic paintings and personal appearance (2014)

Gala Auctions - Donated prints from my original two-dimensional artwork for fundraising galas.

·        Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministries “Raise the Roof Gala” (2018, 2017, 2016)

·        Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation “Last Chance for White Pants Gala” (2017, 2014)

·        Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation “Hope Gala” (2015, 2014)

Visiting Artist – Designed and implemented arts and crafts lesson plans as part of presentation of my original artwork and story books to preschool and elementary age children. 

Art Lessons Taught private art lessons catered to individual's skill level and artistic goals.  





University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Wilmington, NC - (2020-present; 1982-1985)

Studio Art Major with minors in English and Psychology

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC - (2010)

Kenan-Flagler School of Business, Business Essentials Program Certification

Art Portfolio - UNCW Classes