271 N Front Street
Wilmington, North Carolina 28401



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About Us

One of the oldest galleries in Wilmington, New Elements Gallery was established in 1985. The gallery continues to be a favorite art destination for visitors and residents. We feature over 60 regionally and nationally recognized artists. The gallery is exceptionally proud of our extensive selection of work from local artists.

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


Our goal is to help you find that unique piece of art that best reflects your personal style. At our gallery, you’ll find an excellent selection of paintings, sculpture, jewelry, glass art, ceramics, custom crafts and much more. Our knowledgeable staff works to understand your needs and create a perfect pairing for the present or the future. 

Our passion for art and community extends beyond the gallery. New Elements Gallery provides art consultation services, docent services, and gallery rental. Our desire is to share our love of art with those interested in learning.


In 2017, we relocated to 271 North Front Street which is 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. Mr. Shrier was a native of Germany and his wife Betsy Wilner a native of Austria.  The Shrier building has been rented by various tenants over the years, including the Telegraph-Cable Company from 1915-1940.

New Elements Gallery has been a staple business of Wilmington for decades. The current owners are Miriam and Lance Oehrlein. With a background in performing arts and a deep love of the visual arts, the purchase of the gallery combined the Oehrlein’s dual goals: advocating the arts and personal connections. They are thrilled to be a part of Downtown Wilmington’s thriving arts community.

Lance has a background in theater and is an attorney with the District Attorney’s office. He assists with the gallery and consults on various projects.

After living in New York City for a decade, the Oehrlein’s returned to the south 11 years ago. Miriam hails from upstate South Carolina and Lance, who is from New Orleans, are proud to call Wilmington home and be part of the city’s bright future.


The Team

Miriam Oehrlein, Owner –

Miriam is an artist specializing in designing statement jewelry.  In 2012 she won the Belk Southern Designer Showcase. Belk mass produced and featured Miriam’s jewelry designs in Belk stores.  To further her jewelry education, in 2013 she went to the John C. Campbell Folk School to learn to metal-smith. She works as the gallery’s director and continues her jewelry design.

  Hamburg Unicorn (Hammy), Art Critic and Company Mascot -Our resident wire-haired dachsund art hound, Hammy is the Oehrlein family’s beloved pet and he works abbreviated bankers hours at the shop!  Look for Hump Day with Hammy/ Hammy’s Artique every Wednesday on our Instagram and Facebook feeds.  The art as seen from the eye of the very short and long beholder should leave you with a smile-

Daphne Cole,
Gallery Manager

Daphne’s love of art brought her to New Elements Gallery as a gallery assistant or art consultant. She has over 30 years of experience as a graphic designer, communications and marketing coordinator, and event planner. Daphne received a B.S. in Advertising and Design from the University of Maryland and is certified as a Graphic Recorder from Crowley and Company, Washington, DC.

After working for the Federal Government for 30 years, she and her husband Leo decided to leave northern Virginia and retire in the Wilmington area. Daphne, who was born and raised in Annapolis, Maryland and Leo, who is originally from Washington, DC, now live in Leland, NC.



Heather Divoky, Sales Associate

Heather Divoky is an artist and poet living and working in Wilmington. She obtained her BA in Art History at Appalachian State University and her Masters in Arts and Culture at Leiden University, the Netherlands. Her primary concern is story-telling through great detail and color. Divoky works with marker, ink, wire, and stained glass, although she is always trying new media and techniques. She has worked in the arts as a creator, curator, historian, designer, and administrator, and her work has been shown nationally and internationally.