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.
 

Volunteers needed for NC Coastal Federation

7/2/2015 3:22:00 PM



The Fred and Alice Stanback Coastal Education Center in Wrightsville Beach is looking for: 
 Classroom Aquariums Curator 
The N.C. Coastal Federation is setting up three salt water aquariums in the classroom at the Fred and Alice Stanback Coastal Education Center in Wrightsville Beach. We are in need of volunteers with saltwater aquarium experience to help us set up the aquariums and establish a maintenance schedule. If you have some experience with aquariums, we could use your help. 
 Hours: Initial Set Up: 3-5 hours Weekly Maintenance: 1-2 hours (shared with other volunteers) 
 
School Yard Rain Garden Steward 
The N.C. Coastal Federation is seeking assistance with regular maintenance with the rain gardens and stormwater wetlands at the Alderman and Bradley Creek Elementary Schools in Wilmington. We are looking for people who would be willing to “adopt” a rain garden and perform monthly maintenance activities. This includes weeding, pruning and removing invasive species. Master to novice gardeners are welcome. Training and tools will be supplied.
Hours: Initial Training: 1-2 hours Monthly Maintenance: 2-4 hours (shared with other volunteers)

If interested, please contact rebeccap@nccoast.org or call 910-509-2838 extension 204 for more information.
 

Wildlife exhibit at the Aquarium

7/2/2015 2:37:00 PM

Visit the NE Cape Fear River Wildlife Exhibit June - August 2015 at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher (Spadefish Art Gallery 900 Loggerhead Road, Kure Beach, NC). This river friendly exhibit features 30 species of wildlife on film from a 2 year time span along the Northeast Cape Fear River. Make your way downstream to check out what we know is worth protecting, it will be worth your while!
 

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.