Copper Creatures invade Airlie as the Guardians of the Garden with the installation of artist Dumay Gorham, III’s first solo exhibit in 7 years

Posted June 9, 2015 at 4:11 pm     Category: News ReleaseParks and Gardens

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – Visit Airlie and experience creatures both real and imagined come alive as Airlie Gardens welcomes Guardians of the Garden, an exhibit of copper sculptures by local artist Dumay Gorham, III. This mystical and magical exhibit will run June 15th- October 25th.

Feast your eyes on an array of copper creatures brought to life by the artist. From gargoyles protecting the land to giant hummingbirds in the trees, this magical exhibit will impress guests of all ages.

Guests can expect to find the sculptures placed throughout the gardens and will have an inter-active scavenger hunt to add to the fun! The exhibit will be free with Garden admission and available for viewing during regular hours of operation.

“We are excited to share with the community the fabulous work of this local artist,” Tara Duckworth, director of Parks & Gardens said. “We hope that visitors will be enchanted by the mystical creatures brought to life through Dumay’s imagination.”

About the Artist:
A. Dumay Gorham, III is a Wilmington native, a graduate of NCSU and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. He has been welding and working in metal for 15 years. As one of the many talented artists at ACME Art Studios in downtown Wilmington; he specializes in custom metal sculpture and design projects by commission. His work ranges from delicate table top pieces to large public art installations which utilize a variety of metals and finishing techniques.

In addition to private homes and gardens, Dumay has completed projects for: The City of Wilmington, the Bald Head Island Conservancy, Oak Island Recreation Center, Marriott Inc., UNCW, The North Carolina Aquariums, New Hanover County Arboretum, Live Oak Bank and our own Airlie Gardens. Copper has always been his favorite metal. Dumay’s current exhibition of creations in copper showcases his artistic talent for bringing creatures both real and imagined into the third dimension. This is his first solo show in 7 years.


Airlie Gardens is a 67-acre public garden located in Wilmington, North Carolina. Established in 1901, the garden is a cultural and ecological component of New Hanover County and North Carolina history that features formal gardens, wildlife, historic structures, walking trails, sculptures, views of Bradley Creek, 10-acres of freshwater lakes, the celebrated 470-year-old Airlie Oak, more than 100,000 azaleas and countless camellia cultivars. The garden is made possible with the generosity of public grant funds, the commitment of the New Hanover County Commissioners, and the support of local residents. For information about Airlie Gardens, visit

Release Contact:

Janine Powell
Airlie Gardens
(910) 798-7703

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