Arts Council of Carteret County | Featured Artists

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Michelle Johnson Fairchild

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April 12, 2018 – Michelle Johnson Fairchild paints to capture moments in time. Whether that moment be a walk along the dunes with only the sound of the tide, the happy go-lucky sprit of a beloved pet, or the expression that define an iconic celebrity’s passion for music or film, Fairchild has an uncanny ability to use paint and canvas to evoke a strong emotional response.

Fairchild has an artist’s heart, hands and love for COLOR! A portrait artist, published illustrator, and painter with a passion for life, she is also a survivor of domestic violence. Fairchild survived an attempt to end her life as well as the butchering of nearly 100 paintings. Following her entire life’s work as an artist being destroyed in an act of violence, she began using her art and story to educate and empower victims and she has spoken nationally about her experience. The hope found in her survivor’s story has been instrumental in helping others escape violent relationships and find healing through artwork.

After resigning from a 23-year career of teaching high school art, Michelle has devoted the last year-and-a-half to honing her craft and painting daily. She and her family have called the Crystal Coast home for a little over a year and have recently opened a gallery and working studio in downtown Morehead City called Gypsybee Studios and Gallery. She continues to teach all age groups and host workshops in her studio. Fairchild recently won an Award of Excellence at Arts Council of Carteret County's Art from the Heart.

Visit the gallery at 801 Arendell Street Suite #3, Morehead City so see her “Larger than Life” display of celebrity portraits ranging from John Lennon to the Wizard of Oz.

Original Batman
Underwater Explorer
Vintage Beach

Stephen Moore

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April 12, 2018 – Stephen Moore is an artist known for the color and light quality in his paintings. He is a native of North Carolina. He is a graduate of UNC in Chapel Hill and retired from a thirty-four-year career in family medicine in 2015. He was taught by Eleanor Seng, a North Carolina artist who studied with Emil Holzhaurer, a student of Robert Henri. Stephen was taught by Eleanor beginning in the fifth grade at a community art center in Burlington, NC.

Stephen has been painting and showing since 1980. He has traveled and painted extensively in Europe. Painting interests also include coastal and other North Carolina scenes with an emphasis on local color. Though primarily a landscape painter practicing plein air techniques and a studio painter, he is also interested in portrait, figurative, and still-life genres. He works in his studio in Pine Knoll Shores, NC.

He is a regional painter and is associated with Artsource Art Gallery in Raleigh, NC, with the Mattie King Davis Art Gallery in Beaufort, NC, Carolina Creations in New Bern, NC and the Village Art Gallery in Oriental, NC. His work is held in the corporate collections of SAS, Jordan and Price Law firm, Rex Hospital, Family Medical Associates of Raleigh, Hospice in Raleigh, and Duke Raleigh Hospital to name but a few. He is represented in numerous private collections across the state.

St. Tropez Reflections
Monterosso Street
Shadow Dance
Marshallberg Work Boats

Verena J. Murvin

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April 12, 2018 – I was born and raised in England in the beautiful area of Suffolk county. My love of art started as a very young child. I studied the flowers and plants in my father’s garden and used pencil and crayons to put them on paper. There is nothing like a true English garden to inspire a budding artist.

I married and moved to the USA. Like many women artists, I spent many years raising my family with little or no time left to draw or paint, I knew one day I would paint again.
When I retired and moved to the East coast of NC, I started studying watercolor. I am a self-taught artist. I started with a few tubes of watercolor paint, a sheet or two of paper, a couple of brushes and art instruction books for their valuable information. I still use my books as a reference library today.
I prefer to work from my photos, so I can capture the play of sun and shadow which is critical in the design of my paintings. I get a lot of pleasure from painting my paintings and hope people who look at my paintings get pleasure from looking at them.

I keep painting and enjoying my life with my husband Richard and cat Fara.

“The earth has music for those who listen” -William Shakespeare

Glory of the Morning
Purple Haven
Skippers Rest
Unexpected Visitor

Dixie Leibert

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January 23, 2018 – Dixie Leibert's first exhibited painting was at Lord & Taylor's high school artwork show in New York City in 1948. After high school, Dixie completed a two-year commercial art program at the State University of New York at Farmingdale and was later accepted into a newly-launched art education program at the State University of New York at New Paltz.

After graduation, Dixie married and taught for five years on Long Island. Once their children had grown, Dixie resumed teaching K-12. Twenty-eight years later she and her husband, Bob Leibert, retired to Morehead City. In retirement, she began to focus on perfecting her skills with her favorite media–watercolor–facilitated by techniques taught by the well-known Raleigh artist, Charles Sharpe.

Dixie began showing her work locally including the Beaufort Library, the Mattie King Davis gallery, and Art from the Heart, first entering in 1998. For several years running, her paintings were selected for the Richard Zuch watercolor award. In 2002, Enchanted by Harry was awarded the Timberlake Art in the Schools award at the North Carolina Watercolor Society show in Gastonia. This painting was chosen by students from the Gastonia High School for their library. Enchanted by Harry depicted a young girl sitting on a beach chair alone, engrossed in a Harry Potter book. Since then, her paintings have been accepted in both the North Carolina and South Carolina watercolor societies and she has attained signature status in both organizations.

Dixie also finds time to volunteer at Arts for the Hospital (as former president) and also the Carteret Community Theatre, which provides another outlet to express her artistic interests by collaborating with her husband in designing and painting sets for many productions. She may be contacted via email:

"Bottoms Up"
"Ice Cream Girls"
"Marks the Spot"
"My Grandpa"

Heather Sink

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September 15, 2017 – Heather Sink was born in the northern region of England. She has always had a passion for the arts. As an adult she worked and travelled all over Europe taking in the diverse sights and cultures of the various countries.

The subjects which draw her are vignettes of the coastal area of her beloved Beaufort, North Carolina. She also paints from her Plein Air studies created during her travels when she returns to the studio. Heather is acutely aware of moments in time and tries to bring those elements to her work. Heather feels that the emotional connection to a piece of art is personal to each viewer.

She earned her Fine Arts and Education Degree from Meredith College. Heather retired from teaching art in the North Carolina public schools and now teaches at her working studio, Craving Art Studio. Her love of teaching and travel have come to fruition, taking students to paint in Mexico, Italy and England. Visiting artists from around the US also teach at Craving Art Studio, Beaufort, NC.

Many of her works are in private collections around the world.

Heather is a board member of the Arts Council of Carteret County, as well as an artist member with the Visual Art Exchange and a member of the North Carolina Museum of Art

Little Miss Busy Body 24x24 oil
Gardenias 20x20 oil
San Miguel 12x16 oil
Harker's Island Workers 36x36 oil