By Connie Brophy, The Shoreline, Pine Knoll Shores, May 2018
For the second year, the Carteret Health Care Foundation, in association with the Arts Council of Carteret County, hosted the Celebration of the Live Oak art exhibition and competition. Held at the hospital in March and open to all woodworkers in Carteret County, the event was an artistic display of creations made from the live oak trees which were removed to prepare the area for the construction of the new pavilion at Carteret Health Care.
Three Pine Knoll Shores residents exhibited their work: Bill Brophy, Craig Lecthner and Tom Tempel. Bill was awarded second place in the sculpting category, and Craig placed second in contemporary crafts. Both Tom and Craig sold their artwork. This is the last year for this exhibition and competition since all the live oak wood has been used. During the two years of competition, the downed trees have been turned into furniture, turnings, instruments, birds, fish and other enjoyable works of art.
From left: Annie OAKley, Floyd's Carving Knife both by Bill Brophy. Bone Fish by Craig Lecthner. Visitors to Our Beaches by Tom Tempel.