Jared Tramaglini is featured at Cape Fear Native

6/26/2015 12:48:00 PM

Featured at Cape Fear Native this month is the colorful, nature-inspired works of Jared Tramaglini.   Tramaglini is a self-taught artist who tries to capture the simplistic beauty of nature. Heavily influenced by time spent sailing the Caribbean and exploring the Colorado Rockies, Jared’s work lifts the spirit, exuberant in nature’s beauty.   See some of his work here .

"I want my work to encourage people to keep their heads up while they walk down the street and appreciate the colors, animals and plants that surround us on a daily basis," Tramaglini explains. "The outdoors has, and continues to play a crucial role in my mental and spiritual well-being. I just want to pass that positive light on any way I can. I find it an achievement if, after viewing my work, people take on a different perspective about the community they live in.

“Wilmington is a beautiful and diverse pocket in the world to live, but only if we embrace it and keep a positive outlook.”

Cape Fear Native features the works of local artists and craftspeople inspired by nature. Here you'll find original paintings on canvas and reclaimed river wood, handmade jewelry, local photography, sail bags, handmade wood products, tiles, note cards, historic maps, books and our exclusive Wilmington city map tees/totes/prints. Come in and support your local creative community - they have much to offer us!
 

Supporting the Turtle Hospital

6/23/2015 5:02:00 PM

Cape Fear Native is donating 5% of net proceeds from the months of June, July and August to the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Hospital in Topsail.  Shop for summertime gifts and help the hard-working folks at the hospital meet their needs for supplies and care for the injured turtles.  And make plans to go visit the hospital!  Open noon to 4 PM every day except Wednesday and Sunday (also closed July 4th).
 

Supporting the Turtle Hospital

6/23/2015 2:02:00 PM


Cape Fear Native is donating 5% of net proceeds from the months of June, July and August to the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Hospital in Topsail.  Shop for summertime gifts and help the hard-working folks at the hospital meet their needs for supplies and care for the injured turtles.  And make plans to go visit the hospital!  Open noon to 4 PM every day except Wednesday and Sunday (also closed July 4th).
 

Choose native plants the birds like

4/22/2015 4:18:00 PM


After all the April showers, we’re excited to see May flowers springing up across the state. Now is a great time to get your bird-friendly native plants in the ground! Visit Audubon's blog to learn about many of the beautiful bird-friendly native plants you can grow for the birds in your yard.
-from Audubon newsletter
 

Local photographer Richard Pape is featured at Cape Fear Native

10/24/2014 2:12:00 PM

      Featured this month at Cape Fear Native are the wonderful nature photographs of Richard Pape. 

      Pape describes what he enjoys about his photography. "Recently I was asked what my philosophy was in taking photographs and was surprised that I couldn’t come up with an answer. I gravitate to nature but also like architecture and people. I look for striking light, patterns, colors and abstract images but also am moved by the dynamics and directness of a black and white image. My goal is to try to make photographs that move me and hopefully move the viewer. 
      "I first studied photography under Aaron Siskind at the Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology where I received a Masters Degree in Visual Design. My studies there were a nice complement to my fine arts background where I concentrated on illustration and painting. Most of my professional life was spent designing and illustrating children’s books, animated films, and interactive software, as well as working on my personal photography. As Art Director for a major children’s book publisher and Creative Director for their multi-media company, I helped develop their award-winning product. 

     "Today I’m living in Wilmington and concentrating on my photography." 

      Cape Fear Native features the works of local artists and craftspeople inspired by nature. Here you'll find original paintings on canvas and reclaimed river wood, handmade jewelry, local photography, sail bags, handmade wood products, tiles, note cards, historic maps, books and our exclusive Wilmington city map tees/totes/prints. Come in and support your local creative community - they have much to offer us!
 

Volunteer with the NC Coastal Federation

10/10/2014 2:24:00 PM


The N.C. Coastal Federation has some great volunteer events that will allow us to enjoy these cooler temperatures. In October and November, there will be three opportunities to come out and help the federation finish the last of the renovations to the new Fred and Alice Stanback Education Center in Wrightville Beach. 

Help Paint the Trellis & Latticework 
When: October 17 & 24, November 7, 2014 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm 
Where: Fred & Alice Stanback Coastal Education Center, Wrightsville Beach 

Thanks to our great volunteers and members, we are just about finished with the transformation of the 1948 historic Pamlgren-O’Quinn cottage into the Fred and Alice Stanback Coastal Education Center. The last step in the renovation process is to paint the trellis of the lowest level of the house to protect it from the coastal elements and preserve its integrity for years to come. Join us and be a part of the last step of a project that has been years in the making! You can join us for an hour or for the whole day. All the supplies, refreshments and a light lunch will be provided. 

Join us and bring your friends!  Click on the links below to get more information and register for the volunteer event of your choice. Please feel free to contact Ben Brink at (910) 509-2838 or benb@nccoast.org with questions. 



 

Share your opinion and help protect NC birds

10/4/2014 3:16:00 PM

Research is important in conservation. It takes measurement and evaluation to make sure we are on track and helps identify challenges, right? Now, we need YOU to help us with some research. By completing this survey you'll be helping Audubon North Carolina learn more about our flock - all of our supporters and donors. 

This quick survey will take less than 10-minutes to complete and then you can enter to win a $100 REI gift card.

TAKE THE SURVEY 
 

Loggerheads must be protected

10/4/2014 12:15:00 PM


Loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) live in temperate and tropical waters around the world. Unlike other turtles, sea turtles cannot withdraw into their shells for protection. Instead, thick, scaly skin on their head and neck ward off predators.

Beachfront development, human encroachment and nesting predation threaten this and many other species of sea turtles. Loggerheads are listed as threatened under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. Because of their protected status, it is illegal to disturb a nesting female loggerhead turtle or to remove her eggs from the nest.

Loggerheads nest on area beaches including Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area from May to late October. Three juvenile loggerheads live at the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher and swim daily in the Turtle Talk exhibit.
 

Featured artist is Ryan Stokes

9/27/2014 11:55:00 AM


Featured this month at Cape Fear Native are the strikingly beautiful paintings of Ryan Stokes. Stokes paints on reclaimed and river wood from the Cape Fear.

A native North Carolinian, Stokes holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Appalachian State. He has worked in graphic arts locally for ten years, starting Ryan Stokes Art as a way to showcase his unique approach. "I have experimented with many different mediums from painting, wood building, stone sculpture and photography," he shares. "Much of my art is a reflection of what is going on in my life. Common themes that run throughout are internal struggle, desire, transformation and exhilaration."

"I draw inspriation from the natural beauty of this great state," Stokes continues. "My most recent works are created on reclaimed wood from the Wilmington area. I came up with a unique process of using a combination of different paints and stains to create abstract images. This creates a rich surface texture and makes the images pop off the wood, creating depth. Specific areas are left bare to let the natural beauty of the wood shine through."
 
Cape Fear Native features the work of local artists and craftspeople inspired by nature, including original art, photography, jewelry, candles and pottery.  Come by and find a unique gift for someone special, or beautiful art for your own walls.

 

The Aquarium offers lots of programs in September

8/26/2014 3:33:00 PM


These are the wonderful programs available in September at the Fort Fisher Aquarium. 

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO REGISTER FOR A PROGRAM, please call (910) 458.7468 or visit ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher. For all programs, ages 14 and younger must be accompanied by an adult, except for camps. ALL programs require preregistration and fees. 

BEHIND THE SCENES AQUARIST APPRENTICE 
Saturdays, September 6, 13, 20, 27 at 2 p.m. 
Check out a dirty job you’re sure to love. Join staff on a behind-the-scenes tour and learn about Aquarium animals, what they eat, how they live and how to care for them. Then assist aquarists with food preparation and help feed the animals. Participants also observe aquarists during daily care and maintenance tasks. This limited opportunity is only open to 10 participants. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes and be prepared to smell fishy. For ages 10 and older. Ages 14 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Fee: $28 for ages 13 and older, $26 for ages 10-12. Aquarium admission included. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED. 

 BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR 
Saturdays, September 6, 13, 20 at 11:15 a.m. Sundays, September 7, 14, 28 at 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Sunday, September 21 at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. 
Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at an aquarium? Space for animal holding, husbandry, life support systems and access to exhibits is hidden behind the Aquarium walls. If you have ever cared for a home aquarium, you may have some idea of what it takes to operate a collection of salt and freshwater exhibits, with hundreds of animals. Accompany Aquarium staff on a guided tour of animal quarantine, life support, food preparation and access areas. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes. For ages 8 and older. Ages 14 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Fee: $18 for ages 13 and older, $16 for ages 8-12. Aquarium admission included. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED. 

EXTENDED BEHIND THE SCENES 
Monday, September 1 at 2 p.m. Wednesdays, September 3, 10, 17, 24 at 2 p.m. Fridays, September 12, 26 at 2 p.m. 
It’s feeding time, and you’re invited to watch. Visit the top of our largest exhibit, the Cape Fear Shoals, during an expanded tour behind the scenes. Get a birds-eye view of this 235,000 gallon tank as sharks, stingrays, moray eels and other fish swim below! Aquarists feed the animals during the tour, offering a unique opportunity for close-up viewing. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes. For ages 8 and older. Ages 14 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Fee: $23 for ages 13 and older, $21 for ages 8-12. Aquarium admission included. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED. 

FOR CHILDREN/PARENTS CHILDREN’S DISCOVERY TIME 
Friday, September 5 at 11 a.m. – Backyard Buddies 
Thursday, September 11 at 2 p.m. – Back to Schooling Fish Friday 
September 19 at 11 a.m. – Freshwater Friends 
Thursday, September 25 at 2 p.m. - Hermit Crab’s Companions 
Creatures come alive in this story-telling and critter-creating program. For ages 3-5. Fee: $14 per child. Aquarium admission included. Parents pay admission only. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED. 

FINS AND FAMILY TOUR 
Tuesdays, September 2, 16, 30 at 10 a.m. Thursdays, September 4, 18 at 2 p.m. Tuesdays, September 9, 23 at 2 p.m. Thursdays, September 11, 25 at 10 a.m. 
A short and sweet tour behind the scenes for the young and curious. This 30-minute exploration packs in gallons of hidden fun and learning specifically for families with children 3 to 7 years old. Staff shares fin-tastic animal facts and assists in creating a fishy craft to take home. Then follow the hidden passages to the top of the Aquarium’s largest habitat for views of sharks, rays, a green sea turtle and much more. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes. For ages 3 and older. Fee: $16 for ages 13 and older, $14 for ages 3-12. Aquarium admission included. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED. 

OUTDOORS & EXPLORATION CANOEING THE SALT MARSH 
Saturdays, September 6, 13, 20, 27 at 9 a.m. 
A three-hour exploration of the Zeke’s Island Estuarine Research Reserve by canoe. Activities may include crabbing, seining, or birding. Participants should be able to swim and be capable of sustained physical exertion. For ages 8 and older. Ages 8-12 must be accompanied by two adults. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes. Fee: $25 per participant. Admission to Aquarium is not included. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. 

SALT MARSH AND CRABBING 
Saturday, September 27 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. 
 Join us for this hands-on program that introduces participants to the challenge of catching blue crabs. Lessons in crab biology and crabbing equipment prepare participants for an exciting expedition outdoors to catch (and release) crabs. All bait and equipment is provided. For ages 7 and older. Fee: $19 for ages 13 and older, $17 for ages 7-12. Aquarium admission included. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. 

SURF FISHING WORKSHOP 
Saturdays, September 6, 13, 20, 27 at 9 a.m. Saturday, September 27 at 1 p.m. 
This 3-hour workshop includes one hour of classroom discussion, then surf fishing on the beach nearby. All equipment and bait provided. Program is rain or shine, with extra activities added in event of bad weather (e.g., throwing a cast net). Ages 10 and older. Fee: $15 per participant. Aquarium admission is not included. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.