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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Perfect Light... Perfect Weather... Perfect Location...

Soundside Park in Surf City was beautifully decorated with families playing, fishermen fishing, boaters boating, and plein air painters painting last weekend. Our OOPS October Paint Out proved to be fun, relaxing, and productive for the members able to attend.

Present were (pictured Lt0R) Dean, Mitchell, Karen, and Bernie. Olivia was present but not pictured here... Penny was pushing her on the swings. Thanks Penny... ;)

Mitchell zeroing in on the swing bridge. Is that a bird on Mitchell's head?

Bernie and Olivia had a great day painting together.

This old salt kept Bernie company most of the morning.

Olivia packing her gear like a true plein air artist.

Karen found a great secluded spot to work from.

Dean painting across the inlet. Wyn Easton (who painted with us Saturday and Sunday morning) looked up the meaning of the nautical flags waving at the park and they read S U R F C I T Y ... how cool is that!

Dean made a little friend while painting... who knew she'd become an art critic!
We all had a great time and missed our pards that couldn't make it.
See you all next month...

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Great Cause needs local artists for a COOL fundraiser...

The following message is from Kristy Noble, Executive Director of the Jacksonville/Onslow Habitat for Humanity. Her organization is putting on a cool fundraiser for any artists interested. Thought I'd pass it on... please let your artist friends know about this worthy cause.

There are approximately 1600 homeless people living in Onslow County. As of August 26, 2008, there are 166 homeless children enrolled in the Onslow County School system (statistics from Onslow County Schools). That number is expected to rise dramatically as more families are evicted from their homes and more providers lose their jobs.

Studies have shown that providing a roof over someone’s head contributes more than just a place to stay. It helps to provide stability, dignity and pride for those families. Health, physical safety, and security improve. Educational and job prospects also tend to increase.

Jacksonville/Onslow Habitat for Humanity’s mission is to help end poverty in Onslow County by providing safe, decent, affordable housing to those in need. Established in 2005 as an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, we have completed one home in Onslow County. Our second home construction began on October 4 at 1622 Hargett St.

We are planning a unique fundraiser, “Windows of Opportunity”, that will help in raising money for home construction. This fundraiser is a silent auction event that will feature the work of local artists in the Onslow County area.

The Habitat for Humanity Restore, a thrift store that operates as a part of our fundraising efforts, recently received a large donation of old, wooden windows. We are asking local artists to take a window and transform it into a work of art, to be auctioned off at the silent auction event. Whether it becomes a painting or piece of a small sculpture, all pieces of family-appropriate work will be accepted and appreciated.

The completed windows will be auctioned off in a silent auction event. All proceeds will benefit Jacksonville/Onslow Habitat for Humanity.

To show our appreciation for anyone willing to donate their services, we welcome business cards, brochures or other promotional material to be displayed along with your submission. Artists are also welcome to attend the silent auction to answer questions and meet and greet attendees. The date, time, and location of the event will be announced at a later date.

We cannot pursue our mission of ending poverty housing in Onslow County without the support of volunteers, donors, and our community.

If you are interested in helping or have questions about the event, please contact Kristy Noble via telephone at 347-9400 or email at

Thank you for your support in providing safe, decent, and affordable housing to those in need.

Kristy Noble
Executive Director
Jacksonville/Onslow Habitat for Humanity
PO Box 242
Jacksonville, NC 28541

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Surf City Paint Out Comp Top Notch... Karen and Bernie win top awards...

The Surf City Art Guild did a GREAT job of putting on their first "Art in the Park" Paint Out competition. OOPS artists, Karen Crenshaw and Bernie Rosage, fared well in the competition placing 1st and 2nd respectively.

Kathy of the SFAG awards Olivia Rosage her art kit for her participation in the event.

Susan Cheatham having a great time painting. She placed third.

Below Raleigh artist, Wyn Easton, is pictured with Bernie. Wyn and Bernie have been cyber friends for years as moderators at the online artist community of Wet Canvas. It was great to finally meet in person.

Day One Part One proved windy and rainy... Wyn pictured below cleaning up after his easel took a tumble. Karen spent the first part of the day painting from inside her car. Day One Part Two... the wind shifted, the rain blew out, and the rest of the day was nice with the mix of sun and clouds.

Day Two... Olivia joined the fun and painted several works. There was a playground located at the park to occupy here non-painting time!... how convenient!

A great time had by all!

Then around noon Dean Remington and Mitchell Morton of OOPS showed up to join Karen, Bernie, and Olivia to paint some more for the OOPS October Paint Out... photos coming soon.

Friday, October 24, 2008

November Paint Out set for November 16th at the Beach!

Pat Boni has been working hard to pick a location and date for our November Paint Out... Martson Pavilion didn't pan out due to a haunted house, USMC birthday parties, and a Holiday Craft Fair... SOOOOOOOOOOOOO.... she has organized a trip to the beach on base as our November Paint Out. She has gained permission for us all to meet at the visitor's center at 1:00 PM, Sunday, November 16, 2008 where we all can gain entrance under one pass with Pat as our sponsor.

Thanks Pat for all your hard work!

Who hasn't picked a site and date for a paint out yet? Let me know and you can choose a date and location.


WHAT: OOPS November "Paint Out"

WHEN: Sunday, November 16, 2008 at 1:00 PM

WHERE: Beach on base... everyone meet Pat Boni at the Visitor's Center at the Main Gate of Camp Lejeune where she will be our sponsor and get a pass to get us on base and we can follow her from there.

WHY: Plein Air Painting... we're addicted!

Newbies welcome... all mediums and skill levels... simply show up with your gear and be prepared to have fun!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

25 years ago today... the Beirut Bombing remembered.

In the early morning of October 23, 1983, the First Battalion, 8th Marines Headquarters building was destroyed by a non-Lebanese, terrorist-driven truck, laden with compressed gas-enhanced explosives. This truck, like many others, had become a familiar sight at the airport and so did not raise any alarm on this morning. The resulting explosion and the collapse of the building killed 241 Marines, Sailors, and Soldiers.

Many of the victims of this atrocity were residents of Jacksonville, North Carolina. They were known as fathers, neighbors, fellow church members, and little league baseball and soccer coaches. The community was stunned over the loss of these fine men and donations began to flow to their memory. This became the "birth" of the Beirut Memorial where their names are engraved along side "They Came In Peace
Click HERE to view artwork from our paint out at the Beirut Memorial in April 2008 and HERE to view photos of the outing.
Here are some recent articles in our local newspaper... The Daily News... highlighting the event, memorial, and anniversary.
Tragedy forged community bond

Monday, October 20, 2008

OOPS October Paint Out this Sunday...PLUS... Pat Boni is working out the details for our November Paint Out.

Just a reminder that the OOPS October Paint Out is this Sunday at 1:00 PM at Soundside Park in Surf City.

October 26, 2008, 1:00 PM ~ OOPS Paint Out ~ Soundside Park, Surf City, NC

Newbies of all mediums and skill levels welcome.... See you there...

Mark your calendar for November 16th @ 1:00 PM for our November Paint Out. Pat Boni is working out all the details and gaining permission to paint at Marston Pavilion on base. A great spot to capture some Autumn leaves and moss not to mention a great view of the river.

November 16, 2008 ~ Sunday @ 1:00 PM ~ Marston Pavilion, Camp Lejeune, Pat Boni getting details together.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Paint Out in New Bern this Saturday...

If anyone is interested there is a Paint Out in New Bern this Saturday, October 18, 2008.. The event is organized by the Oriental Plain Air group. Simply meet at the Gazebo at Union Point Park in downtown New Bern at 9:oo AM for details and start painting.

If you have any questions you can contact Susan Cheatham @ 252.249.4925.

Added note... The bypass bridges in New Bern will be closed for a period of time Saturday due to a Fun Run.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Hilarious Plein Air Video... a MUST see!

My good friend BJ Wright of the Southern Plein Air Painters group shared this hilarious video with me and I want to share it with you guys. Even if you are on dial-up... it's worth the wait to let it load and watch it. A MUST see for every plein air artist out there...

Shaun The Sheep Still Life

Plein Air Demo by Jo Castillo

Ralph Serpe and our good friends at Creative Spotlite wanted to share this Plein Air demo with us...

Plein Air Painting Demonstration - City Of Rocks - By Jo Castillo

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Karen Crenshaw Artist Reception this Sunday at 2:30 PM.

Our own OOPS member and friend, Karen Crenshaw, is having a solo art show at the Council for the Arts for the month of October. The exhibit is a collection of oil paintings titled "Coastal Images Revisted" and will run from October 5 through the 31st.

Make sure you plan to attend the opening artist reception this Sunday, October 5, at 2:30 PM at the Council for the Arts at 826 New Bridge St, Jacksonville NC .

Congrats Karen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A note from Ellen Elder...

Concerning "Paint Out in the Park", Soundside Park, Surf City, NC...

Hi Bernie,
We extended the deadline for the Paint Out in the hopes that we might attract
more people. We extended it to October 9th. Would you let the OOPS people know? The change of date is also on our website. Thanks so much!

October 25-26, 2008 ~ "Paint Out in the Park" Competition ~ Soundside Park, Surf City, NC ~ Sponsored by the Surf City Art Guild

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

OOPS... We've made it a whole year!

We've made it a whole year and have had a BLAST... not to mention some GREAT "Paint Outs". The red dots on the map of Onslow County show where we have partied... I mean painted. We have been keeping the tradition of painting "en plein aire" alive and well in Eastern North Carolina.

Thanks everyone for making our group and adventures a success... here's to another GREAT year!

Click on image to enlarge...

Match the number on the map with "Paint Outs" listed below...

1. Oct 14, 2007 ~ Pelletier House

2. Nov 11, 2007 ~ Otway Burns Statue, Downtown Swansboro

3. Dec 9, 2007 ~ The Aman Farm

4. Jan 20th, 2008 ~ Heart's Desire Equine Rescue, Bear Creek

5. Feb 10, 2008 ~ Faulkner Estate, Intracoastal Waterway from inside boathouse (out of elements) ~ Queens Creek

6. March 16, 2008 ~ Urban Scene, Jacksonville Old Train Depot, Downtown Jacksonville

7. April 13, 2008 ~ Beirut Memorial, Jacksonville

8. May 3-4 ~ ~Saturday, May 3, 2008 anytime from 10 AM until and/or Sunday, May 4, 2008 ~ (8:00 AM) Civil War Encampment, Onslow County Museum, Richlands

9. May 25, 2008 ~ OOPS Plein Air Painters needed to paint at the Pelletier House for Annual "Banks Party" 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

10. June 14 ~ Saturday, June 14, 2008, Downtown Swansboro. CANCELLED!!!
Limited turn out...

11. July 20, 2008 ~ Sunday 1:00 PM ~ Hammocks Beach State Park, Swansboro, NC

12. August 17, 2008, Sunday 1 PM ~ Miracle Meadows Farm, Ramsey Road, Jacksonville, NC

14. September 6-7, 2008 ~ International Plein Air Painters Organization ~ 6th WORLDWIDE Artist Paint Out ~ New Bern, NC with Plein Air Groups from Oriental and Washington

15. October 26, 2008, 1:00 PM ~ OOPS Paint Out ~ Soundside Park, Surf City, NC