Midnight Call to Action. One of the many paintings by Don Bryan at the Ghost Fleet Gallery.

Midnight Call to Action. One of the many paintings by Don Bryan at the Ghost Fleet Gallery.

There is some great art on display and for sale at Glenn Eure’s Ghost Fleet Gallery in Nags Head through the rest of the month.

The show is “An Exhibition and Sale of Works by Don Bryan.”  The proceeds will benefit the Bryan Cultural Series.

Don Bryan, with his wife Catharine, founded the Don and Catharine Bryan Cultural Series in 2012. Don passed away in 2012 and his wife soon after him.

But he left a remarkable legacy with Bryan Cultural Series. The BCS has brought people like Larry Sabato, political commentator and analyst to the Outer Banks. Pulitzer Prize winning author David McCallum has delivered two lectures. There are regular concerts featuring truly world class musicians.

Don was an interesting man. He joined  the Army Air Corps in 1942 when he was 18 and became a machine gunner onboard a B17 flying over Germany in WWII. He transferred to US Air Force when it became a separate branch of the military in 1947, rising through the ranks to become a colonel before retiring in 1972.

Moving to Nags Head he got involved in local issues, became  a town commissioner in 1975 and then mayor from 1978-1991.

Don Bryan the Artist

Along the way he found a passion for painting, and he became very, very good at it.

It started when he was an Air Force officer in Germany and the show has some of his early works including a wonderful Paris street scene.

In the United States he really seemed to blossom creating works that take in just how complex our country is.

And he fell in love with the images of the Outer Banks. The history, the subtle colors and the untold stories in forgotten docks and waterways.

It’s a remarkable show and really worth checking out. Glenn Eure’s Ghost Fleet Gallery is at 210 East Driftwood, Nags Head.

The arts and cultural scene on the Outer Banks is wonderful. Stop by for a visit with Brindley Beach Vacations and discover another side to life on a sandbar.