Come for dinner, enjoy the music and live auction at
A Night In Tortuga.
Featured artist from Fuquay-Varina, NC.
Each year we seek talented artist who have a special interest in Beaufort and Maritme history. This year Chris Kennedy contacted us with his interest in painting a pirate scene that brought both Beaufort and our pirate heritage to the forefront. He has been working for several months on this project and has now completed the 2015 Commemorative Painting. The painting will be unveiled and auctioned off to the hightest bidder over the reserve on April 18th, 2015 at The Night In Tortuga. Don't miss the opportunity to see this beautiful painting and get in on the bidding. Tickets for A Night In Tortuga can be purchased on line (see above).
C.H. Kennedy grew up in the Union Chapel community, near Pembroke, NC. Chris realized his artistic ability at an early age, winning his first official art contest in Kindergarten. Throughout his school years, he won numerous local and State art competitions, including the prestigious Gold Key Scholastic award for the State of NC. Chris began painting around 1999 and subsequently, has had several one-man shows throughout NC and has been commissioned by the State of NC, UNC-Chapel Hill, and entities throughout NC. Kennedy has worked with multiple organizations where his original artwork has been auctioned off to raise money for various events and causes. He has sold artwork to individuals all over the country. Chris is married with two children and he currently resides in Fuquay-Varina, NC.
Chris became interested in the coast at an early age when he and his father would go fishing off the Coast of NC. He and his family vacationed several times a year along the coast. Once he had his own family, Kennedy and his wife visited Beaufort on their anniversary and fell in love with the town's beauty. "It's easy to see why anyone would have an attraction to the Beaufort area, the coast and wildlife appeals to the outdoors person, the historic homes and pirate lure attracts the history lovers, and there are several local restaurants that have some of the best food on the coast, the list goes on and on".
When asked how he picked the content for his painting, Chris replied: "I wanted to create an intimate setting that only the Captain, the First Mate, and Quartermaster were privy to... The moonlight in the background adds a sense of mysticism to the painting. I wanted the characters to look like pirates, but I didn't want that look to be too heavy-handed, that's why only one of the characters has a typical pirate hat. I feel like the small elements of the painting taken as a whole help illustrate the idea that these are pirates and they are plotting to invade the town of Beaufort. There are several intentionally subtle details about this piece that one might not immediately notice, but after looking at it for a few minutes, or viewing it a second or third time, these things might all of a sudden become apparent. Ultimately I wanted to portray the plotting of the Beaufort Invasion, it just seemed appropriate, considering the festival/celebration that this piece was created for and I think it turned out well."