"Gemini," oil on board by Robert Chestnut
“Gemini,” oil on board by Robert Chestnut

Local artist Robert Chestnut will be the first June artist in Down Creek Gallery’s “Expose Yourself to Art” series from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday (June 10).

A graduate of Jacksonville University with a degree in fine art, Chestnut concentrates in printmaking and oil painting.

“Anything with bright colors” is what he’s interested in creating. “Instead of black and white, I like blues, reds and greens to show contrast.”

He also likes a lot of texture and sometimes uses a palette knife or the end of his paint brush to produce a desired effect.

Since he grew up on Ocracoke, his work is influenced by island life, and the ocean is the central subject matter.

Print by Robert Chestnut.
Print by Robert Chestnut.

“With his printmaking, I am constantly trying new ways to create an image,” he said. Most of his prints are copper etchings, but he also uses woodcuts, screen-printing and linoleum cuts. DJ Tyler Jackson of Nags Head will provide music.

All are invited to meet and greet the artists and enjoy hors d’oeuvres, live music and adult beverages in the gallery at 270 Irvin Garrish Highway.

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