About Us

To explore and capture. To honor and interpret. To teach and to share…all through the creation of art.

These are the tenants that define ArtVentures, an organization of professional artists, working studios, and classroom and gallery space, based in Wilson, North Carolina. ArtVentures was founded by award-winning artists Pegi Barnes-Sharp and Oona Payne Lewis.

Through their studio work and plein air painting journeys to France, Italy, Maine, Key West, the North Carolina mountains and coast, and the desert Southwest, Oona and Pegi share their abiding love and respect for this beautiful, miraculous Earth, and those who inhabit it.

Friends and art partners for more than twenty years, Pegi and Oona warmly invite you to explore and enjoy the ArtVentures website. Let us know if we may be of service.