Dan Nelson paints outside DAJIO on Wednesday. Photo: C. Leinbach

Several artists from around the region have returned to Ocracoke to paint the island.

All plein air — or outdoor — artists, the group is painting this week on the beaches, by the marina and throughout the community.

A sale of their work will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday (Oct. 22) at 171 Silver Lake Drive. The artists will donate a portion of the proceeds to a local organization.

“We are excited to be able to paint the unspoiled beauty of Ocracoke, see our island friends and discover what’s new this year,” said Ann Hair, one of the group members.

Among the group -– including Mike Rooney, Dan Nelson, Joanne Geisel, Ann Hair, Karen Crenshaw, Peg Sharp, Oona Lewis and Lynda Chambers — are painting instructors, award-winning artists and highly recognized ones represented by North Carolina galleries. 

Mike Rooney is among several plein air artists doing their thing on Ocracoke this week. Photo: C. Leinbach

Their varied approaches and their final paintings represent their unique perspectives of the Ocracoke marina, historic homes, marshes and beaches.

“Ocracoke’s unspoiled beauty provides a magical setting for artists to commune, create art, share ideas and enjoy,” Geisel said. “While painting on previous years, I loved meeting the people who call Ocracoke home, learning about their beautiful island and sharing our interpretations of it.”

Silver Lake, by Ann Hair.
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