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"Portraits By Irene Bailey"
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2nd edition of
"Fine Art Portraits"

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3rd edition of
"Fine Art Portraits"

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" While producing a work of Fine Art, Irene strives to capture the true personality of her subjects. Her portraits are painterly yet technically precise"



Irene has been selected as one of 100 ECU women to be profiled in the 2007 Centennial publication:
A Legacy of Leadership: One Hundred Incredible ECU Women


"The Trumpet Player", an award winning painting, received four awards.

  1. The John Collins Memorial Award at the American Artist Professional
    League 80th Grand National Exhibition which was exhibited in the Salmagundi
    Club in New York City.
  2. Selected as a finalist in the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club 112th
    Juried Competition and exhibited in the National Art Club in New York City.
  3. Selected as a finalist in The Richeson 75Portrait and figure Juried
    Competition in Wisconsin.
  4. Received an honorable Mention, one of two awards given in the painting
    division, in the Monmouth County Museum annual Juried art show in New


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“Pondering" - self portrait

Awards won:

1. Honorable Mention – Portrait Society of America Member’s Only Competition, category – “Out of the Box”.

2. Honorable Mention – Atlanta Fine Arts League’s 4th Annual National Juried Exhibition, GA.

3. Finalist – Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club’s 114th Annual Open Exhibition at the National Arts Club, NYC.

4. Finalist – Faces of Spring 2011, The Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists and Lyme Art Association, CT.


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Irene is a member of the Portrait Society of America, The American Portrait Society, and The Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club in New York City.

Irene Bailey, from Yorktown Virginia, started her formal art training at The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia after studying under Jack Clifton of Hampton, Virginia, a graduate of PAFA, during high school.

After finishing her Master's of Fine Arts degree specializing in painting from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, her personal education continued while living in Long Island, New York, and New Jersey. Irene’s thesis show at the Grey Gallery, East Carolina University, was a great elevator of her notoriety as a fine art oil portrait painter.

Though the artist calls Emerald Isle, North Carolina, her home, she travels with her husband Major Don Wells, USMC. Irene and her husband enjoy Ballroom and any type of dancing whenever possible. She has three children and five grandchildren. Irene has supported numerous charities with donations of her art work valued over $50,000.00 in the last two years alone. (2006-2008)

Some of her most noted paintings in public places have been for: East Carolina University, NC; the Minges Pepsi Corporation, NC; the court houses of Tyrell, Montgomery, Onslow and Duplin Counties, NC. (See Resume LINK for details)

Some noted private collections have been for:
* William Belk, of Belk Department stores, Charlotte, NC
* Dean Christman, Gallery Director, Hofstra University, NY
* James Castner, president of SHORCOM, Va. Beach, Va
* Peg Hardee
* Gayords
* Taylors
* Edwards
* Snyders
* Mary Weir, philanthropist, Colts Neck, NJ
* And many more prominent families across the country



Early in 2009, Movie Producer, Brendon Ellington, Cinema Director Gian Colombo of Onset Films filmed the Artists of Pacific Encore Performances at Wilson Hall. Thirty-one Film crew and 21 Pacific Encore Artists worked for three fifteen-hour days to produce twelve clips for a TV series to be released in the coming year.

Irene Bailey's "Self Portrait" was featured in 3 scenes of movie.




Solo Exhibition: People, Places and Things
The collection included 80 painting, many commissioned portraits as well as my personal collection.

Community Council for the Arts
400 N. Queen Street
Kinston, NC 28501

April 22 – June 7, 2014




Snug Harbor on Nelson Bay, Sea Level, NC

It will run from November 28 thru January 3, 2013


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I am happy to announce that The Catherin Lorillard Wolfe Art Club has invited me to become a full member.

I will be exhibiting two of my paintings in their Members only show at the Salmigundi Club, 47 5th Ave., New York City from March 17th through the 31st 2012.



Nationally Acclaimed Portrait Artist Irene Bailey's Solo Exhibition: “Celebration of Light, Love & Loyalty” .

The public was able to discuss with artist her portrait work while enjoying “Champagne and Lite Bites”.

If you were not able to attend Irene Bailey's Solo Exhibition, please click the link below to see what you missed.

Image Gallery of Exhibition



Fine Art Oil Portraits by artist Irene Bailey were on display at the Holmdel Municipal Building for the month of January 2011.



Paul Hartley - The Man and His Legacy

"Showcasing the Works of Paul Hartley and His Former Students at East Carolina University "

The show will ran from March 25th to April 25th, 2010. Irene had three paintings in this show.

Paul Hartley was a former art teacher at East Carolina University, Greenville, NC. The Exhibition will feature his former students.




2014 Unveilings:

The unveiling of the official portrait of Dr. Stephen W. Thomas painted by Irene Bailey was Monday, October 13, 2014. Dr. Thomas retired as the dean of the College of Allied Health Sciences. The painting will hang in the College of Allied Health Sciences building on the campus of East Carolina University, Greenville, NC.


2012 Unveilings:

The April 18, 2012 unveiling of the Mamie Jenkins portrait. The unveiling will be in the Mamie Jenkins Building of East Carolina University, Greenville, NC.

The unveiling of the Portrait of Dr. Paul Cunningham, the dean of the Brody School of Medicine.

The unveiling will take place April 25, 2012 at the Brody School of Medicine in Greenville, NC.

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2011 Unveilings:

Robert Lock was the oldest living member of the Onslow County Bar Association.

His son John and wife Dale unveiled his portrait by Irene Bailey in the Superior Court Room of the Jacksonville Courthouse at 9:30 AM on Friday, March 18.


2008 Unveilings:



An unveiling of a painting restored by IRENE BAILEY was held at the Monmouth

Armed Forces Reserve Center, Red Bank, NJ on 7 May 2008.

2007 Unveilings:


Dr. Cynda Johnson, 30" x 40" oil on canvas, hung in the Brody Medical School, ECU, Greenville, NC

Mrs. William E. Laupus, 30”x 40” oil on canvas, was hung in The William E. Laupus Library of Sciences, ECU Medical School, Greenville, NC.

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Monmouth Park Charity Ball

Irene Bailey with husband Major Donald Wells next to her portrait of Bon Jovi.

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Her latest recognized painting: “Island Cat” an original oil painting by Irene Bailey-Wells, was unveiled April 8th, 2006 at a reception in her honor. Irene donated her painting as a fundraiser for Island Cat Allies of Emerald Isle, a volunteer non profit organization that believes in trap-neuter/vaccinate-return (TNR) FOR Bogue Banks’ feral cat population. They operate a program of Id, education, spay/neuter, and adoption or release to native habitat via Colony Keepers, dedicated volunteers who feed, provide medical care and love to these furry island residents. Many second homeowners adopt these island kitties and bring them to their inland homes.

Island Cat


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