Category Archives: Plein Air Painters

Plein air show opens June 5th at Vision Gallery

Vision Gallery’s kick-off to the season, Coastal Plein Air, opens Saturday June 5th with an opening reception that evening from 6-8 PM.   Six painters have captured the flavor of our coast from the beach to the backwaters of Down East Carteret County.  A couple of the artists arrived in early March and some are even painting right up to the opening of the show.  Participating artists are Brenda Behr, Marc Dalessio, Marcus McClanahan, Kevin Menck, Libby Smart and Jimmy Craig Womble.   

We are posting images on the website this week and will continue to add them as paintings arrive in the gallery.  Here are some we’ve received so far:


Plein air painters continued….

Here are a few more photos of our plein air artists (see previous post) and their adventures here in Carteret County.  Marc Dalessio has just updated his blog with some of the paintings from the trip, so please enjoy the preview of his gorgeous work.   (His blog is a must for the serious collector or artist).

Marc Dalessio and Jimmy Craig Womble hard at work on Pivers Island

Marc captures a boat being repainted on Radio Island

The repaint in person

Plein air painters in Carteret County


Jimmy Craig Womble in Atlantic

We’ve been descended upon here in Carteret County by a group of the best plein air painters around.   Marc Dalessio from Florence arrived to paint for both galleries and for a group plein air show to open June 5th at Vision Gallery.  A few days before Marc’s arrival, we found out Kevin Menck was coming from Nashville Tennessee to paint for the show, and  bringing fellow painter Jason Saunders for a “good ole road trip”.  Morehead City artist Jimmy Craig Womble anxiously awaited the arrival of his new painting buddies, and also acted as tour guide to the best Down East scenery including  some of the junkiest boatyards on the coast.

The gods smiled upon us as we had six straight days of sunny, almost cloudless skies.  Toward the end there were even some grumbles about wanting  moodier skies.  Sorry guys, but after a fall and winter of moody (read torrential rain and wind), we were very happy to send you off into the sun every day.   And the only real downside to all that sun was  some mild sunburn on necks and faces.

Marc Dalessio (l) and Jimmy Craig Womble (r) set up on Pivers Island

The guys started at Calico Creek here in Morehead and gradually made their way to Radio Island, Pivers Island and on to Atlantic over the weekend and into this week.   Enjoy the images from their adventures and stay tuned for more posts over the next few days.  Speaking of adventure, Kevin Menck’s blog chronicles some of the tales from the road and as you will discover, he’s a fine writer as well as a terrific painter.

Marc (l) and Kevin Menck (r) in Atlantic

Kevin in boatyard and junk heaven, Pivers Island

Marc Dalessio in deep concentration