David Chappell is featured this month at Cape Fear Native

10/23/2015 4:21:00 PM


Featured this month at Cape Fear Native are the wonderful photographs of David Chappell. From local landscapes to musicians’ hands, Chappell approaches his subjects with a unique eye.

Chappell lives at Carolina Beach with his wife, Pat. From Church Musician to Pipe Organ Tuner/Technician to Director of Information Technology, the constant has been photography and the need to express himself. He enjoys fishing, boating and driving his 4x out on the sand. But most of all, he enjoys photographing our beautiful Cape Fear region.

Chappell’s collection will be featured until November 25. More of his work is here. Come and find the perfect photo for yourself or a friend!



 

Lori Joy Peterson is featured this month at Cape Fear Native

9/25/2015 11:00:00 AM



This month's featured artist is Lori Joy Peterson, a talented local painter.  Peterson's works - loose and colorful acrylics and watercolors - capture local scenes you will recognize, like the Cotton Exchange, the Arboretum and Pender's Cafe.

Peterson describes her approach to her work.

"My art reflects of a love of life, nature, and just painting. I like to see what the paint can do and where a painting can take me. My work is loose, free, and colorful. Plein air art is deep in my heart. There is nothing like getting outside battling nature, the elements and capturing the light.

"I call my artwork Joyful Artwork because I want my work to be fun!"

Her collection will be featured until October 22.  Come and see them!








 
 

Volunteers needed for Masonboro Island explorers

9/17/2015 3:20:00 PM

Masonboro.org needs your help!  Their Island Explorer program is looking for volunteers to help with fifth-grade field trips for seven schools this semester.  The dates for these trips are as follows:

September 22 - Sunset Park

October 2 - Castle Hayne

October 9 - Winter Park

October 16 - Forest Hills

October 19 and 20 - Anderson

October 21 - Pine Valley

Volunteers will meet at the Carolina Beach Yacht Basin (100 Carl Winner Drive, Carolina Beach, NC) at 9:30 am and return by 1:00 pm.  Transportation is provided and you'll be able to participate in an amazing program designed to introduce kids from our are to Masonboro Island.   Volunteer here .
 
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Heather McLelland is featured this month at Cape Fear Native

8/28/2015 6:38:00 PM

Featured this month at Cape Fear Native is the colorful, textured pottery of Heather McLelland.  

A truly talented local potter, Heather describes her approach to her art.

"As an artist I am trying to gain perspective and knowledge of clay and its potential. The focus of my work is to blend the lines of ancient and modern ideas, while letting the people close to me and my natural surroundings influence me. Putting myself in foreign places allows me to see what my influences are and how they have become a part my daily routine. The comfort I feel when making utilitarian pots allows me to embrace the routine in my chaotic life.

"In our fast paced world with its ever-changing societal values, I believe creating with clay allows me to work in the light of patience, while using my hands allow me to express my thoughts as a stream of conscience evolving design. This approach allows me to see my work as not just for domestic use, but as a personal journey through the process of creating a piece.

"I hope that my pots invite the user to ask questions, hold or bond with the piece and have it become a part of their daily routine, in whatever form that may be. "

Come by and pick out your favorite piece - for a gift or for your own pleasure!

 

Heather McLelland is featured this month at Cape Fear Native

8/28/2015 6:38:00 PM

Featured this month at Cape Fear Native is the colorful, textured pottery of Heather McLelland.  

A truly talented local potter, Heather describes her approach to her art.

"As an artist I am trying to gain perspective and knowledge of clay and its potential. The focus of my work is to blend the lines of ancient and modern ideas, while letting the people close to me and my natural surroundings influence me. Putting myself in foreign places allows me to see what my influences are and how they have become a part my daily routine. The comfort I feel when making utilitarian pots allows me to embrace the routine in my chaotic life.

"In our fast paced world with its ever-changing societal values, I believe creating with clay allows me to work in the light of patience, while using my hands allow me to express my thoughts as a stream of conscience evolving design. This approach allows me to see my work as not just for domestic use, but as a personal journey through the process of creating a piece.

"I hope that my pots invite the user to ask questions, hold or bond with the piece and have it become a part of their daily routine, in whatever form that may be. "

Come by and pick out your favorite piece - for a gift or for your own pleasure!

 

Heather McLelland is featured this month at Cape Fear Native

8/28/2015 6:26:00 PM

 

Heather McLelland is featured this month at Cape Fear Native

8/28/2015 3:38:00 PM

Featured this month at Cape Fear Native is the colorful, textured pottery of Heather McLelland.  

A truly talented local potter, Heather describes her approach to her art.

"As an artist I am trying to gain perspective and knowledge of clay and its potential. The focus of my work is to blend the lines of ancient and modern ideas, while letting the people close to me and my natural surroundings influence me. Putting myself in foreign places allows me to see what my influences are and how they have become a part my daily routine. The comfort I feel when making utilitarian pots allows me to embrace the routine in my chaotic life.

"In our fast paced world with its ever-changing societal values, I believe creating with clay allows me to work in the light of patience, while using my hands allow me to express my thoughts as a stream of conscience evolving design. This approach allows me to see my work as not just for domestic use, but as a personal journey through the process of creating a piece.

"I hope that my pots invite the user to ask questions, hold or bond with the piece and have it become a part of their daily routine, in whatever form that may be. "

Come by and pick out your favorite piece - for a gift or for your own pleasure!  More of her collection here.

 

Make your voice heard - Save Rich Inlet

8/26/2015 11:30:00 AM



Rich Inlet is at risk due to a proposed terminal groin for this waterway. Proposed by the Figure 8 Homeowners Association board of directors, this project has the potential to destroy protected habitat for threatened and endangered species and limit the public use of this natural inlet system.

You have until 5 p.m. Tuesday September 14 to comment on this proposal. Written comments should be sent to: Mickey Sugg at the Wilmington U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Field Regulatory Office, 69 Darlington Avenue, Wilmington, N.C. 28403 or emailed to: mickey.t.sugg@usace.army.mil no later than 5 p.m. on September 14:

View a sample letter . This is your chance to voice your opinion about this destructive proposal. For further information on the issues, visit the Save Rich Inlet page on our website. To help draft your comments, contact Mike Giles at the North Carolina Coastal Federation at 910-231-6687 or email him with your questions at mikeg@nccoast.org.
 

Jenny McKinnon Wright is featured at Cape Fear Native

7/24/2015 11:30:00 AM



Featured this month at Cape Fear Native is the colorful original art of Jenny McKinnon Wright.  Her original oils and giclees capture the warmth and essence of our beautiful coastal environment. 
 
 Wright is an award-winning artist who believes that working in plein air allows her to "capture the emotion that only painting in that location can offer." Her sense of color shines through with each piece, and though she is personally enlivened by the locations she paints, those places can become the viewer's own experience as well. 
 
Describing her approach, Wright is influenced by the light at the scene. "Something captures my eye — the light, the lines, the colors that I actually see. If the light on an old building is glowing in the late afternoon, I might underpaint the scene in a warm red. Later, that underpainting will shine through and give the painting the glow that captured me earlier." 
 
A plein air painter who works primarily in oil, Jenny McKinnon Wright's formal art training began at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, and continued with graduate work in Atlanta at Georgia State University. She has taught art in the North Carolina and Georgia school systems and instructs private students. Inspired as a student by the Impressionists, Wright continues to study with recognized plein air painters.

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!

 
 

Masonboro.org thanks all helping with the July 4th Cleanup

7/15/2015 1:01:00 PM

The Sixth Annual Masonboro Island Fourth of July Clean-Up Was a Big Success! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! Masonboro.Org is grateful to our volunteers and members who helped us PROMOTE RESPONSIBLE USE on July 4! Over 75 volunteers met on the island to share our message, clean up what is left behind and protect our island. Our sponsor for the day, Waste Management, confirmed that we removed 2.87 TONS -- that's 5,740 pounds and four dumpsters -- of recycling and trash - including coolers, chairs, umbrellas and tents. A small group followed up on July 5 and removed and additional boat load of leftovers. We are thrilled that newcomers like Kendall Welch and veterans like Allyson Cox spent the majority of their Independence Day holiday working to keep the island clean and open. Everyone pitched in to pass out trash bags, to protect the beach landing for our shuttles and law enforcement and to lead by example. We could not have done it without you all! The crowd was smaller than expected and generally well behaved. Although we are seeing some improvement, our focus remains on sharing the message of being accountable and taking home whatever is brought over. Masonboro Island is a local treasure and our message will remain: We are for open, non-restricted recreational use of Masonboro Island. Masonboro.Org will continue to PROTECT THE PUBLIC ACCESS. PROMOTE RESPONSIBLE USE. PRESERVE THE TRADITION.