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Friday, May 29, 2009

June Paint Out ~ June 13th ~ Arts by the Sea Festival


WHEN: Saturday, June 13, 2009 ~ 10AM- until

WHERE: Arts by the Sea Festival, Downtown Swansboro, NC ... We have permission this year!

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

Join us as we paint at this annual event!

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?

WHAT ELSE: Enjoy browsing the streets of Downtown Swansboro and seeing all the art vendors at the Arts by the Sea Festival.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Paint Out Party at the Banks Party!

Several OOPS members enjoyed the festivities and plein air painting at the Banks Party last Sunday... Thanks Karen for sending the photos!

Karen paints at Banks Party!

Stephen found a shady spot to paint from.

Pat working in watercolors.

Mitchell hiding in the corner... ;)

Barbara Bear Jamison from Wilmington joined in on the fun. Check out her web-page HERE.

Penny set up a table to promote OOPS and display some paintings... Thanks Penny!

See you at our June Paint Out in Swansboro...

Monday, May 18, 2009

May Paint Out set for Sunday, May 24th.

WHAT: OOPS MAY "Paint Out"

WHEN: Sunday, May 24, 2009 ~ 10AM-4PM

WHERE: Banks Party ~ Pellitier House, Waterfront Park, Downtown Jacksonville on the banks of the New River between the bridges ~ Annual Event

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

Join us as we paint at this annual event!

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?


New River Banks Party
Memorial Day Sunday, May 24, 2009
10:oo am ~ 4:00 pm
Water Front Park, Downtown Jacksonville

This picture is of a gathering of people on the banks of the New River in Jacksonville, North Carolina (circa 1905). Like in days of old... people will gather once again on the banks of the New River at Water Front Park near the Pellitier House in downtown Jacksonville. Take a boat ride, meet authors, watch artisans, and traditional crafters at work, listen to local music and storytellers, and see the OOPS artists in action. With the exception of a bowl of chowder... the celebration party is FREE to the public! Make plans to attend...

OPPS artists will position themselves around the park and the historic Pellitier House painting en plein aire for one of their May Paint Out from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.

See you there...

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Attention Plein Air Artists: Open Sky Art: An Event, An Exhibit

Open Sky Art: An Event, An Exhibit

Media contact: Kim Weiss, blueplate pr


May 13, 2009 (CHAPEL HILL, NC) -- Chapel Hill artist Kimberly Alvis will present “Open Sky Art -- An Event, An Exhibit” in June. On Sunday, June 7, Alvis will host an “en plein air” painting session in her own gardens. By the end of the day, work completed during the painting session will be included in a special exhibit (location to be announced) that will run into July 12, spanning possibly two Second Friday Art Walks.

Joseph Rowand, the celebrated owner and curator of Somerhill Gallery in Durham, will serve as judge for the Open Sky Art exhibit, selecting a first, second, and third-place winner. The first-place winner will receive a cash prize.

“En plein air” painting – French for “in the open air” -- challenges artists to create works outside of their studios, using what they see and feel around them in the land- or streetscape as inspirations for their work. During the Open Sky Art event, participating artists will have Kimberly Alvis’ lush gardens, backyard pond and parade of ducks as potential subjects.

Alvis frequently participates in plein air painting sessions through PAINT NC and Outdoor Painters in Graham, and she recently hosted a small painting session in her gardens through PAINT NC.

“I love plein air painting myself,” Alvis said, “especially this time of year.”

Open Sky Art -- the event and exhibit -- arose from her desire to attract more artists to the process of outdoor painting, to expose their work to a greater audience, and to give participating artists a chance to have their work seen by an expert of Rowand’s caliber.

“I’m delighted that Joe has agreed to serve as our judge,” said Alvis, who is represented by Somerhill Gallery.

Alvis will announce the exhibition location prior to the painting session.

Artists who participate must bring all of their own supplies and prepare their paintings for hanging prior to the exhibit. Rowand will determine the top three winners after the exhibit is mounted.

As the host and sponsor of Open Sky Art, Alvis will not paint during the event or include her work in the judging process, but she will hang a completed painting in the exhibit.

Artists must register to participate in Open Sky Art: An Event, An Exhibit. Registration forms are available for download only on Alvis’ website:

Alvis’ publicist, Kim Weiss of blueplate pr in Raleigh, is assisting in the event and exhibit and can answer any questions. She can be contacted at; 919-272-8615.

Kimberly Alvis is an accomplished artist represented in the Triangle by Somerhill Gallery in Durham and the Little Art Gallery & Craft Collection in Raleigh. To see more of her work, visit

Kim Weiss
blueplate pr
610 Hillsborough St #302
Raleigh, NC 27603

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

OOPS! Artists participate in Kinston Plein Air Paint Out!

OOPS! artists have a PRIMO time in Kinston, NC for the 2nd Annual Kinston Plein Air Paint Out sponsored by the Community Council for the Arts. We met many nice people and artists during the event (Hello Tesh).The competition was stiff!... over 30 paintings of the highest caliber. Our own Stephen Greer placed second... CONGRATS Stephen!

OOPS members present... Pictured LtoR: Susan Cheatham, Bernie Rosage, Karen Crenshaw, Pat Boni, Mitchell Morton, and Stephen Greer.

Stephen and his paintings...

This painting placed 2nd in the competition.

Stephen painted this one of Pat while she was creating her masterpiece!

Karen and her paintings...

She didn't quite finish this one.

Pat and her paintings...

Mitchell and his paintings...

Mitchell and Bernie painted the old train depot that is currently being demolished... they met and became friends with Ward Sutton (pictured above with Mitchell) who was heading up the crew at the site.

Bernie and his paintings...

Info sent by Niki Litts...

1st Place:
Juliet Barrus,
Nature Center
(to be featured on the 2010 BBQ Festival on the Neuse Poster)

2nd Place:
Stephen Greer,
Broken Eagle Cannon

3rd Place:
Mary Page Whitley,
Afternoon River View

Janet Dixon (Winterville, NC)

The juror was looking at the following items:
Composition, Light, Spontaneity, & Color

The Plein Air Paintings will be on display in the Rayner Gallery at the Arts Center on Saturday 10-2 and Tuesday through Friday from 10 -6 pm. All paintings are for sale.

Call the Arts Center for further information! (252) 527-2517

Thanks to all for participating!!
Niki Litts
Director of Exhibits and Education
Community Council for the Arts
400 N Queen Street
Kinston, NC 28501
(252) 527-2517