About Us

One of the oldest galleries in Wilmington, New Elements Gallery was established in 1985 and continues to be a favorite art destination for visitors and residents of the area. New Elements Gallery features over 60 regionally and nationally recognized artists, with an emphasis on local artists. In 2017, we relocated to 271 North Front Street, near the business’s original location. The gallery is now housed in the Shrier Building. This commercial building was originally constructed in 1897 as a rental property for clothier and real estate investor Isaac Shrier, a native of Germany, and his wife Betsy Wilner, a native of Austria.  It has been rented by various tenants over the years, including the Telegraph-Cable Company from 1915-1940.

New Elements offers rotating exhibitions in conjunction with downtown’s Fourth Friday Gallery Night. Each month we featuring a different selection of our artists’ work. Fourth Fridays include open house receptions at various venues, from 6pm to 9 pm. Maps with participating locations are available at each gallery and at the Visitors Center kiosk on the Riverwalk.

The gallery frequently leases artwork to the tv and film industry for sets. Our artwork has been included in popular TV shows like Dawson’s Creek, One Tree Hill, and more recently, Good Behavior, as well as several Nicolas Sparks films such as Road to Rodanthe and Safe Haven.

New Elements Gallery also offers art consultation services. We are truly committed to helping you find the unique piece of art that best reflects your personal style. Visit us to find an excellent selection of paintings, sculpture, jewelry, glass, and much more!


Oehrlein Family Photo

Miriam and Lance Oehrlein are the current owners of New Elements Gallery. The opportunity to marry their passion for the arts with the desire to strengthen their roots in Wilmington was the driving force behind their purchase of the gallery. They are excited to be a part of Downtown Wilmington’s thriving arts community.  Miriam is an artist specializing in designing statement jewelry.  In 2012 she won the Belk Southern Designer Showcase and they mass produced and featured her designs in Belk stores.  In 2013 she went to the John C. Campbell Folk School to learn to metal-smith.  Lance has a background in theatre and is a local attorney with the District Attorney’s office.  While Miriam is from the South Carolina upstate and Lance is from New Orleans, they are proud to now call Wilmington home.  They lived in New York City for a decade before moving back South seven years ago.