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Catherine Lea Selected as Featured Artist for 31st Annual Parade of Homes


The image will serve as the cover artwork for the 2017 Parade of Homes Plan Book.
Posted: April 17, 2017 at 12:00 AM by Honor Rudd

WILMINGTON, NC – Catherine Lea, a broker with Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage, has been selected as the featured artist for the 31st Annual Parade of Homes sponsored by the Wilmington-Cape Fear Home Builders Association (WCFHBA). The painting is an original, 24” x 36” acrylic that showcases a beautiful vista of marshes, homes and the Intracoastal Waterway. The image will serve as the cover artwork for the 2017 Parade of Homes Plan Book. Lea’s inspiration for this year’s cover art was drawn from the 2017 Parade of Homes theme: “From the River to the Sea.”
The Parade will run two weekends, Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23 and Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30. The self-guided tour is free to the public and homes will be open from noon to 5 p.m. each day. More than 84 homes are anticipated for this year’s Parade, including single-family houses, townhomes, and custom-built homes. Homes are located throughout New Hanover, Brunswick, and Pender counties. 2017 Plan Books will be available for pickup at each home, as well as select locations throughout the Greater Wilmington area.
“Being an artist and a real estate agent is a beautiful marriage of talents, as I often call upon my expertise in color and design in my work as a REALTOR®,” said Catherine Lea.
Lea works out of Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage’s Military Cutoff office, which will be moving to a newly constructed office building in Autumn Hall in April. According to Lea, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage recently purchased a giclee reproduction of “From the River to the Sea” to be hung in the lobby of the new office.
Giclee reproductions of “From the River to the Sea” are available for purchase in three sizes: 12” x 18”; 18” x 24” and 24” x 36. The giclees can be purchased online at the Parade of Homes website or at the Catherine Lea Gallery website. A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Paul E. Gregory Foundation of the Wilmington-Cape Fear Home Builders Association. This Foundation supports and partners with other organizations in the Wilmington community to meet the needs of safe and affordable housing, education, and employment. This year the Association has earmarked the giclee proceeds to benefit the Cape Fear Community College Scholarship Program to help deserving students in the Construction and Vocational/Technical Management programs.
Although Lea has been an avid drawer since she was a child, she did not pick up a paint brush until 2006. Lea’s mother started painting at age 70 and was so enthralled that she urged Lea to do the same. After 18 months of painting classes with Wilmington artist Pam Toll, Lea and her mother spent a week painting in Monet’s garden in France and in 2010, they painted their way through the medieval villages of Italy. Today, Lea has her work displayed at New Elements Gallery in Wilmington and All About Art on Bald Head Island. Her three areas of focus are landscapes, still lifes and animals, and her work can be viewed and purchased at the Catherine Lea Gallery website.
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage is the largest and best-selling real estate company in New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender and Onslow counties, with $1.4 billion in closed sales volume and 6,364 closed sales transactions in 2016. Sea Coast Advantage was founded in Wilmington, NC in 1988 and joined Coldwell Banker in 1993. Sea Coast Advantage is staffed by more than 450 real estate agents in 12 offices in Wilmington, Leland, Jacksonville, Carolina Beach, Topsail Island, Hampstead, Southport, Sneads Ferry, South Brunswick, Oak Island and Holden Beach.
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage also has an ownership interest in 18 Coldwell Banker Advantage offices in Raleigh, Fayetteville and Southern Pines and six Coldwell Banker Chicora Advantage offices in Myrtle Beach, SC. Together, these 36 offices and 1,045 agents closed $3 billion in sales and 14,450 in transactions in 2016.
In 2016, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage was the #1 Coldwell Banker company in NC, #3 in North America in sales volume and #4 in North America for closed transactions.

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