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2011 Azalea Festival artwork unveiled

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Under the light of the moon...and the moon ball. Hundereds gathered out at Airlie Gardens to check out the work of art that will represent the 2011 Azalea Festival. Artist Jenny McKinnon Wright says she is humbled to be a part of this.

"It's been a wonderful process ive got to meet a lot of the people and have interaction with the board," Mckinnon-Wright said. "I mean this is the town's biggest party so to make me a part of it has been wonderful."

The energy at the gardens was electric.

"You can just tell by the energy it's a wonderful burst of energy and it's a beautiful place you couldn't ask for anything more!" said Mckinnon-Wright.

The painting is a serene view of Greenfield Lake. McKinnon-Wright says she wanted the painting to be easily recognized as a Wilmington landmark. She says she loves wilmington so she wanted to paint a scene from her favorite part of town.

Some familiar faces like our own Greg Privett, Ann McAdams and meteorologist Tim Buckley were also on hand to meet and greet folks at Airlie Gardens

McKinnon-Wright says the details of the painting were kept a secret until the unveiling.

McKinnon-Wright is a plein air painter its a french expression which means "in the open air", and is typically used to describe the act of painting outdoors.

Key sponsors of the Azalea Festival got to take home prints of the painting.

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