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Plein air artists to paint Ocracoke this week

Professional outdoor artists visiting Ocracoke, NC, this week are, from left, Joanne Geisel, Dan Nelson, Ann Hair and Mike Rooney. Photo: Connie Leinbach

Four of the six professional outdoor artists visiting Ocracoke this week are, from left, Joanne Geisel, Dan Nelson, Ann Hair and Mike Rooney. Photo: Connie Leinbach

Updated Oct. 17, 2017, with time correction of art show on Friday.

Six professional North Carolina outdoor artists will are back this week for the third year to paint the island. 

Their easels will be set up throughout the community, en plein air, as it is called in French, and the group will show and sell their work from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, in the home of Desiree Ricker at 494 Back Road and Mark’s Path.

All are welcome to attend to see their interpretation of the island and enjoy some refreshments.

“Ocracoke’s unspoiled beauty provides a magical setting for artists to commune, create art, share ideas and enjoy,” said artist Ann Hair about the sojourn. “While painting last year, I loved meeting the people who call Ocracoke home, learning about their beautiful island and sharing our interpretations of it at our wet paint show and sale.”

All are award-winning artists, the group consists of Mike Rooney, Dan Nelson, Joanne Geisel, Ann Hair, Gale Smith and Barbara Bear Jamison. 

Most are instructors with long histories of creating art.  Their varied approaches and their final paintings represent their unique perspectives of the Ocracoke marina, historic homes, marshes and beaches.

A view of the Anchorage Inn Marina, oil on canvas, by Dan Nelson.

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    • Well, it did last year and this year. These artists try to come every year–late September or in October.