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The MC Erny Gallery at WHQR
"Coastal Carolina en Plein Air"
Work From Twelve Area "Plein Air" Painters
Final Fourth Friday Recepetion: November 22, 6PM-9PM
Regular gallery viewing hours: Monday-Friday, 10AM - 4PM.
This show will close on Friday, December 6th.
Join us on November 22nd for the Closing Reception - meet the artists, enjoy wine and light refreshments and view Coastal Carolina en Plein Air, featuring striking work from twelve local plein air painters.
About the Artists:
Ann Hair finds her inspiration in nature and loves working en plein air. Her work is featured in the award winning book, Painting North Carolina -Impressions En Plein Air and has been shown at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh. Locally, her work is featured at Spectrum Art and Jewelry in The Forum.
Ann Lees loves to paint outside, attempting to capture the mood and light of the Carolina marshes, seascapes, architecture, and gardens. Born in England, she began painting upon arrival to America, sans visa, in 1980. She exhibits locally and thoroughly enjoys the Wilmington art scene.
Paul G Krauss is retired after 34 years of teaching advanced level art courses. Upon retiring in 1990, and then moving to Wilmington, NC in 1995, he has devoted more time to his artistic pursuits. He enjoys plein aire painting, as well as working in his studio with subjects ranging from historic architectural to local landscapes.
Gretchen Murden creates watercolor and oil paintings both in studio and "en Plein Air." She has studied with many artists including Charles Reid and regularly participates in Artist’s Week at Pawleys Island, SC with artist Betty Brown. Her paintings are in private collections in Washington, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Canada and France.
Joanne Geisel holds a BS in art education and a master’s degree in public administration. Since 2006, she has painted, taught courses, and entered juried shows. Geisel’s work is exhibited and sold through a number of North Carolina galleries. Her work is held in personal and corporate collections. Visit Geisel's website at JoanneGeisel.com
Phil Meade has always been interested in art. He started drawing and painting in high school and went on to graduate art school. Made pursued a commercial art career as a graphic designer and found that his work was strongly guided by an understanding of light and shadow. He is currently pursuing his dream of painting full-time. Visit his website at philmeade.com
Sue Bark is an emerging North Carolina oil painter. She studied art at The University of the Arts and is degreed in art by Virginia Tech. She taught photography in Virginia’s Fairfax County public schools for decades. She studies with local artists and explores plein air and figurative painting.
Gale Smith finds endless inspiration from the landscape of Wilmington and surrounding areas. She is drawn to scenes with strong light and shadows which convey feelings of warmth and comfort. She has been painting oils full-time for 3 years. Recently, she studied with Robert Longley at the Cape Cod School of Art. She strives to work in a more impressionist style.
Carol Hovey grew up in metropolitan New York. Her move to coastal Carolina has completely changer the way she understands and paints with color. Her plein air work strives to capture the ever-changing light and the landscape’s constant motion. Her work in both watercolor and oil, began as a retirement interest and is now a passion that fills many wonderful days.
Jenny McKinnon Wright believes working in plein air allows her to "capture the emotion that only painting on location can offer." Wright's sense of color shines through. Although she is personally enlivened by the locations she paints, those places become the viewer's own experience.
Barbara Bear Jamison's first art experience was as a 10 year old painting in classes lead by Hester Donnely in the Post Office Alley of Wilmington. She studied art education at UNC Chapel Hill. Representing life as oil on canvas is a challenge she pursues enthusiastically. Her works have received awards and are found in collections in the US and abroad.
Karen Lee Crenshaw has been drawing since she scribbled on the walls as a child. She holds a B.S. in Art Education from Concord University and a M.F.A. in painting from George Washington University. Her work has been exhibited and won awards throughout WV, VA, NC, and Washington, D.C. Learn more at karenleecrenshaw.com
About the Gallery:
MC Erny was a devoted friend of WHQR from its earliest days. An accomplished actress and great party host, she was always generous with her time, financial support, and affection for the staff. She worked as a supervisor during many fundraisers and was a weekly presence at the front desk. MC was kind, gracious, elegant, witty and fun to be with. Our gallery space has been named in her honor.
The MC Erny Gallery is located in WHQR's studio in The Warwick Building at 254 N. Front Street, downtown Wilmington. Call WHQR at (910) 343-1640 for more information. The Gallery is open Monday - Friday from 10am - 4pm and during Fourth Friday Receptions.
[Paintings in slideshow, from left to right: "Clearing" by Ann Hair, "Clearing Skies" by Ann Lees, "Second Street Cottage" by Paul G Krauss, "Cloudy Morning" by Gretchen Murden, "Howe's Creek" by Joanne Geisel, "Across the Marsh" by Phil Meade, "Fishy Fish Cafe" by Sue Bark, "Bald Head Chapel" by Gale Smith, "Bradley Creek Sunset I" by Carol Hovey, "Waiting" by Jenny Wright, "Howe Creek Reflection" by Barbara Jamison, "High Tide, Howe Creek" by Karen Crenshaw]