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Thursday, April 9, 2009

April "Paint Out" ~ Sunday April 19th @ Croatan National Forest/Cedar Point Park

WHAT: OOPS April "Paint Out"... Organized by Stephen, Mitchell, Dean, and Bernie.

WHEN: Sunday, April 19, 2009 at 1:00 PM (or show up earlier)

WHERE: Cedar Point location of the Croatan National Forest Park just outside of Onslow County in Carteret County... see map, photos, and details below.

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

WHAT ELSE: Maybe a dutch treat dinner somewhere we all agree upon or possibly a cookout at the park?????
Spring is HERE!
Expecting a BIG turn out from OOPS members!

Join us as we paint at the Cedar Point location of the Croatan National Forest Park... Marsh scenes galore, plenty of trees, meandering pathways, hiking trails, wildlife... etc. You will want to return to this great spot to plein air paint OFTEN!

Newbies welcome... all mediums and skill levels... simply show up with your gear and be prepared to have fun! What the heck is OOPS and how do I join the FUN?

This is the sign you will see at the entrance to the park...

Follow this road back about 1/2 mile to the boat ramp below...

Plenty of great marsh scenes, water, and trees to paint...
The following images are scenes close to the parking lot...

There is a hiking trail that offers a ton of great painting opportunities... just be prepared to carry your gear anywhere from 100 yards to 1/2 mile or more. The following photos show the views from the trail.

Cedar Point Tideland Trail, a National Recreation Trail, includes a 0.6-mile loop and a 1.3-mile loop that provide excellent opportunities to view wildlife and explore the salt marsh and adjoining forest. Interpretive signs along the short loop tell the story of the ever changing salt marsh.

The trail meanders through pine and hardwood forests damaged by Hurricanes Bertha and Fran in 1996. Boardwalks cross marshes and open water and offer views of wading birds and other wildlife.

The town of Swansboro can be seen in the distance in the photo below.

Savannah (Bernie's granddaughter) enjoying the hike!

Restrooms are available near the parking area.

Grills and picnic tables are also available if anyone is interested in cooking out.

The Tidelands Trail is at Cedar Point in the southwest corner of the Croatan National Forest. Cedar Point Recreation Area offers camping, picnicking, a ramp for small boats,
a fishing pier, canoeing, and kayaking.
Click on map to enlarge and print out...

Cedar Point Recreation Area (418 kb pdf) -

See you all there!

1 comment:

Donna Tyree said...

Hi everyone. I really miss painting with our OOPS group. I know i havn't painted with our group for months now, not to say that i havn't wanted to because i love painting plein aire. Unfortunately, i work every other weekend which makes me unable to attend the plein aire meetings that you all have on the weekends that i work. I sincerely hope that sometime in the future that i will be able to come back to what i so dearly love. Happy painting everyone.

Donna Tyree