About the Gallery
New Elements Gallery has been a cornerstone of the the Wilmington art scene since it was founded in 1985. From its inception, the gallery has focused on strengthening the art community, bringing life and color to the coast, and showcasing the immense talent of North Carolina artists.
Previously owned by excellent business people and art appreciators, New Elements Gallery has always possessed a high-quality branding and reputation. To this day, the gallery still represents artists who began their careers here.
In March of 2015, Miriam Oehrlein purchased and assumed responsibility for New Elements. Her goal was to cultivate a space for quality fine art for everyone and raise the bar for client and artists relations. She has focused her attention on regional and local artists.
As a female owned and run gallery, New Elements is a central hive for North Carolina visual art. We showcase a variety of contemporary styles, artists, and mediums. Our team is interested in representing established fine artists as well as discovering new talent. We are especially drawn to color, texture, and a wide variety of subject matter.
Meet the Owner
Miriam Oehrlein is the owner and director of New Elements Gallery. She has been surrounded by visual artists and creatives for her whole life. Originally from Greenville, South Carolina, Miriam attended Clemson and received a B.S. in Biological Studies. She moved to New York in 1997 to pursue a career on Wall Street and as a pharmaceutical representative.
She, her husband Lance, and their two children, Anson and Annabel, moved to Wilmington in 2008. Here, Miriam turned her attention to visual art and jewelry making. In 2012, she won the Belk Southern Design Showcase. Miriam was represented by New Elements as a statement jeweler and worked alongside the previous owner before purchasing the gallery.
As an excellent saleswoman, a true lover of fine art, and a developer of taste, Miriam has worked directly with clients to curate their dream home, corporate offices to develop their brand, and individual clients to educate and connect them with the art community in Wilmington.
Miriam says, “I love selling art, developing talent, and working with clients in their homes. I truly believe what I do here is my dharma. I believe I have found my calling.”
Daphne’s love of art brought her to New Elements Gallery as a gallery assistant and art consultant. She has over 30 years of experience as a graphic designer, communications and marketing coordinator, and event planner. She received her B.S. in Advertising and Design from the University of Maryland and is certified as a Graphic Recorder from Crowley & Company. After working for the Federal Government for 30 years, Daphne, who was born and raised in Annapolis, Maryland and her husband Leo, who is originally from Washington, DC, retired to Leland, NC.
Daphne joined the team in April of 2018. In the gallery, she handles client and artist relations, keeps track of inventory in the online database, and manages the New Elements Gallery website. She is also responsible for curating the craft, arranging the shop’s window, and creating signage for the brand.
Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, Abby moved to Wilmington to receive her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She completed her B.A. in English and Studio from Wofford College in South Carolina. Born into a family of artists and writers, her love for visual art and the art community has always been at the center of her life.
Abby joined the team in April of 2021. In the gallery, she curates, plans, and orchestrates the monthly shows. Abby also handles client relations, runs the New Elements Gallery social media, and keeps the art inventory organized and up to date.
Heather is a multi-media artist living and working in North Carolina. She received her B.A. in Art History from Appalachian State University and her Master of Arts and Culture at Leiden University in the Netherlands. During her career in the arts, she has worked as a creator, curator, historian, designer, and administrator.
Heather joined the team in July of 2019 as a gallery assistant. During her time at New Elements, she became a vital part of the gallery business, organization, and social media development. When she moved to Asheville in the fall of 2020, she transitioned to remote consultation of graphic design, brand image, and social media planning.
Angie is a goal-oriented entrepreneur with an appreciation for art and music. She is driven by the opportunity to serve and grow in the local community. Originally from New Jersey, she received her B.S. in Human Resources from the University of Delaware and a Master of Business from the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia.
Angie joined the team in April 2023 as a Business Development specialist. She attributes her appreciation of Fine Art to her time spent studying abroad in Vienna. Her goal is to inspire the New Elements clientele to "start with art" when designing and redesigning their living, working, and commercial spaces.