Activities for your visit

Robert Chestnut reception July 5 in Down Creek Gallery

Artists on Ocracoke Island, NC

This clown fish oil painting by Robert Chestnut is typical of his bold brush style.

Like many island artists, Robert Chestnut’s work is influenced by his environment—island life, surfing and the sea.

He will show new works at the continuing “Expose Yourself to Art” series of receptions in Down Creek Gallery from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 5. 

All are invited to these receptions which include complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages.

While Chestnut works for the family business, Ride the Wind Surf Shop, he also finds time to paint and create prints in his home studio.

Chestnut, who has a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Jacksonville University, Fla., prefers oil paints.

“When painting, I like to use heavy brush strokes to show as much texture as possible,” he says. Bold colors in reds and blues are a hallmark in his work.

In the winter, Chestnut teaches Ocracoke School students printmaking techniques during Arts Week.

“With my printmaking, I am constantly trying new ways to create an image,” he says.

While most of his prints are copper etchings, he also makes woodcuts, screen prints and linoleum cuts.

Musical guest will be Rob King.