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Introducing the art of Ann vonHoorn and Richard vonHoorn:

Featured Artist @ Western Carteret Public Library for the month of May.



Richard vonHoorn
217 Star Hill Dr.
Cape Carteret, NC 28584

After graduating from West Virginia Wesleyan as an art major, von Hoorn taught art for 24 years at Torrington High School in Connecticut. During that time he pursued many art ventures ranging from restoring church murals to decorating the side of a paddle wheel boat, to winning prizes for teeshirt designs, posters, ice sculpture, and logo designs. He enjoys creating works in oil, collage and construction media. Now retired, he lives on the Pettiford Creek in Star Hill, Cape Carteret with his wife, artist Ann DeLorier vonHoorn and toy poodle, Skippy.

For information about the paintings, please Call 252-393-1228, 860-671-1278, or e-mail


Ann Delorier vonHoorn
217 Star Hill Dr.
Cape Carteret, NC 28584
252-393-1228 or 860-671-1278 (cell)
“Beauty is all around us. I welcome the opportunity to draw attention to it.”
BFA Manhattanville Collage, cum laude, majoring in painting and photography
MS Western Connecticut State University in Education
Graduate studies in art in the United States and Itlay
Taught art for over twenty years in Somers, New York
Taught privately and in adult education programs for Kings College, Briar Cliff, NY, New Milford, CT and Torrington, CT.
Exhibited in New York, Connecticut and North Carolina
Recently moved to Cape Carteret, North Carolina, where she lives with her artist
husband, Richard vonHoorn and their toy poodle, Skippy.

Life with an Artist (Richard vonHoorn)

a Wife’s Perspective

by Ann von Hoorn

I would like to explain what it is like to live with a creative artist who combines everyday objects in unusual ways to produce original pieces of art for others to enjoy, examine, and wonder at.

Dick and I met at one of the very early meetings of Artwell, a collaboration of local artists, in Torrington, CT in January of 1995. Our similar backgrounds as art teachers and lovers of nature, the outdoors and camping seemed like the makings of a perfect meld. We became engaged and purchased a home on Lake Waramaug in New Preston, Connecticut. I moved into the house first and fluffed out my belongings into closets, attic and basement. Then Dick arrived with his huge U-haul filled with paintings, three-dimensional wall pieces, and sculptures. Additionally he had art materials, mat boards, glass, frames, paints, drawing materials, rolls of canvas. Then came the collections of collage/ construction items--thousands of sea shells, buttons, boxes of wooden knobs, turnings and chunks, extrusions of colored plastics from a lipstick case factory, glitters, assorted tapes, glues, and, would you believe it--a box of shattered shatter-proof glass bits. After rearranging, shelf-making, and making other storage racks, I calmed down to share a life with an artist. A friend recently remarked, “must have been SOME physical attraction!”

Over the years I have witnessed constant art construction. Our studio was never empty, and a new piece was popping up on an easel or undergoing delicate construction operation in the middle of the studio table on an ever-revolving schedule. Keyboards from pianos, pedals from an old organ, and discarded horse saddles rose, renewed and reconfigured. Playful, whimsical, creative, innovative, confusing, unexpected, absurd, hilarious, ridiculous--but always unique--describe the constant flow from the imagination of, for all appearances, a normal human being. Strips of leather, burls from trees, fiber wrap insulation--all became part of the process.

Is it what I expected--life with an artist? Well, not quite, but every day is exciting as art is evolving before my eyes. My husband’s focus and delight in his work is a real inspiration to me. His art continues to intrigue, as it is original, innovative and definitely one-of-a-kind.

For a closer look at his work, check out his website and enjoy, examine and wonder at--or come by our studio at 217 Star Hill Dr., Cape Carteret, North Carolina. The current show will run at the Western Carteret Library, Taylor Notion Road,
Cape Carteret, NC through May. For more information call 860-671-1278.



Please join us and enjoy the view at the library.


As a public service to the citizens of Carteret County, the Western Carteret Public Library provides designated space for exhibits and/or displays of art works, crafts, special interest collections, etc. which reflect community interest and talent.  The Friends of the Western Carteret Library coordinate the monthly art exhibits for the Library.  For information regarding exhibits, please read the Policy for Exhibits and Displays at Western Carteret Public Library.  If you are interested in displaying your artwork, come by the Library to pick up an Exhibit Application.
































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