Opening of artist Chuck Wilson’s gallery at the Museum of Coastal Carolina

Lifelong entertainer, scout, avid home gardener and community volunteer Chuck Wilson, 63, will host a kick-off reception for his “Moonshine” series.

Attracted to painting by the infamous Bob Ross, Wilson began putting paintbrush to canvas in the mid-80s. His work inspired his father to take up a paintbrush as well, the two enjoyed sharing their progress for years.

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Wilson started doing rattle can (spray paint) art last year after seeing a YouTube video on the subject, and adapted the technique to his style and added foregrounds to make his “Moonshine” series (shown in the Ingram Planetarium year-round) as if the viewer is standing in pitch black and gazing at the night sky.

Wilson, originally from Western New York, moved to Ocean Isle Beach in 2015. Never having really had an outlet for his work, his art remained on the back burner. After retiring to Ocean Isle Beach, he resumed painting.

“My designs are always inspired by nature, I intentionally avoided ocean landscapes because it’s so over the top here,” says Wilson. “Standing in a forest is about as close to high power as you can get.”

The “Moonshines” collection uses a mix of aerosol and acrylic paints to bring the magic of the night sky to the canvas. “I like my work to take the viewer down a path of underbrush or let them stand in the dark of night and gaze at the light of the heavens.”

Wilson spends most of his time giving back to the community by volunteering with the Ocean Isle Beach Sea Turtle Protection Organization. He can also be found at the front desk of the Museum of Coastal Carolina/Planetarium entertaining visitors with stories of mermaids and local sea life.

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