About Us

Gallery Entrance
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 regional/local artists. In 2017 they relocated to 271 North Front Street from Princess Street, near the business’s original location. The current building is the Shrier Building built in 1897; a commercial building constructed as a rental property for Isaac Shrier, native of Germany, clothier and real estate investor, and wife Betsy Wilner, native of Austria.  It was rented by various tenants including the Telegraph-Cable Company from 1915-1940.

The gallery frequently leases artwork to the tv and film industry for sets, and they have been included in Dawson’s Creek, One Tree Hill, Revolution, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island and several Nicolas Sparks films including Road to Rodanthe and the recent Safe Haven.

New Elements offers rotating exhibitions in conjunction with downtown’s Fourth Friday Gallery Night, each month featuring a different selection of their artists’ work. Fourth Fridays run from 6 to 9 pm and maps with participating locations are available at each gallery as well as the Visitors Center kiosk. Come by and find an excellent selection of paintings, sculpture, jewelry, glass, and much more!

New Elements Gallery also offers art consultation services and is committed to helping you find the unique piece of art that represents your style best.



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.