This year, guests are in for a treat as the impressionistic artwork from artist George C. “Chip” Hemingway will be showcased at two waterfront homes. Kelly & Fred Frohbose will be paired with their neighbors Marie & Guy Arcuri to provide an awesome waterfront backdrop for this year’s Fall Party. The party will take place October 14th at 6:30 pm overlooking Gallants Channel down a Private Lane at 110 Ann Street in Beaufort. Attendees of the party will enjoy waterfront views, artwork and live music while being treated to food provided by The Boat House at Front Street Village.
The Frohbose’s are no strangers to the BHA, in 2015 their home, the Captain John Hill House c. 1871, was a featured home on the Old Homes Tour. The Captain John Hill House is jokingly referred to as a “mobile home” due to the amount of times it has moved. Captain John Wise Hill floated the house on a barge from Portsmouth Island to Duncan’s Green at the west end of Front Street and from there it was moved two more times until settling where it is today. Switching from a house with history to a newly-built house is the gorgeous home of Marie & Guy Arcuri which will showcase the majority of Hemingway’s artwork for attendees to view and purchase. Just like the Old Homes Tour, the Fall Party will showcase the diversity of restored and newly built homes that Beaufort has become over the years.
The featured artist George C. Hemingway’s love for art began on his surfboard as he began to notice how beautifully the light can change the colors of the water and how light reflects off each wave. Not only was Heminway inspired to paint by light but also by the nature around him, he started noticing the clouds and the shadows they would cast and how each piece played a part in making a breathtaking picture that he wanted to capture. Hemingway lives and ventures out all along the North Carolina coast, his paintings show his footsteps of where he has been. His subject matter is typically what he sees from beaches, waterways, marshes to piers and anywhere that captures his attention.
Hemingway grew up in Tarboro, NC and studied architecture at NC State University, he had never really painted until college where he took two painting classes and studied color theory. That was the beginning of learning how to capture the light he loved to watch as he floated on his surf board. Hemingway learned he has two passions that take him on a journey into nature, art and architecture. A few of Hemingway’s architecture projects include the design of renovations and additions to all three North Carolina aquariums, which includes the Ocean Tank, waterfall and the nature walk featured in the Pine Knoll Shore Aquarium.
Hemingway always finds time for both his passions, he escapes to paint in his studio that he calls “the barn” and is always prepared with paint and canvas in his car to capture scenes. He explains that with painting there are these fleeting windows of time where you can capture light and absorb that moment. Hemingway prefers painting en plein air, which is a French expression which means “in the open air,” and then refines the piece in his studio.
A perfect complement to Hemingway’s loose, Impressionistic style is the light, melodious sound of the band Blue Moon Jazz. Local musicians from Jacksonville, Emerald Isle, and the New Bern area create the quartet. The group has been performing jazz standards and modern jazz for the past 14 years, although individually, the group’s experience extends decades. The combination of the music, artwork, views and the delicious menu are sure to make the Fall Party a night to remember.