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Dare County Arts Council in Manteo, NC, Offers Results of “23rd Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show”

July 31, 2020

Dare County Arts Council in Manteo, NC, announces “23rd Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show” award recipients, from the competition founded by Mollie A. Fearing & Associates

After being rescheduled from May to July due to Covid-19, the “23rd Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show” still hosted over 60 entries from local and regional artists.

From those entries, an anonymous judge carefully selected the following award recipients:


Best In Show piece by Julien McCarthy titled “Irrevocable Union” (wood, turquoise). Photo courtesy of Dare County Arts Council.

Best In Show: Julien McCarthy “Irrevocable Union” (wood, turquoise)

Excellence Awards: Kinga Rojek “The Love Source” (acrylic), Rick Daley “Surf Monster” (latex house paint on canvas drop cloth), Marilyn Heiser “Issah Asana” (oil), and Lori Goll “Peacock Mug” (pastel)

Honorable Mentions: Bob McCormick “Two Fish” (sprayed acrylic), Beth Burns “Take Cover” (textiles), and Kelly Lonergan “Self-Portrait with Book and Cat” (oil on canvas)

People’s Choice Award: Sue Freeman “Moments of Reflection” (wood)

“I am very proud to have been encouraged by Chris, Lynne and Lou to enter the ‘Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show’,” said Best In Show award recipient Julien McCarthy. “I am even prouder to have won Best in Show amidst such a stellar display of artistic talent. I am grateful to all who work to support the Arts Council and its activities.”

The show was held in memory of Mollie A. Fearing, one of the founders of Dare County Arts Council, and is known for showcasing vibrant, eclectic artwork.

Mollie A. Fearing & Associates is the founding sponsor of the “Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show”.

A special thank you to Best In Show award sponsor Michael Halminski Photographer and our Excellence award sponsors Gene and Bonita Shoap, Lucky 12 Tavern, The Willey Agency, and The Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts. Also, a special thank you to David Bundy and Roy Revels for their support of the “Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show” over the years.

For more information about the show, please visit (DareArts.org/molliefearingshow) or call 252/473-5558.

Dare County Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization dedicated to encouraging the arts in Dare County through advocacy, enrichment and opportunity.

Craven Arts Council & Gallery in New Bern, NC, Calls for Applications for Artist Support Grants – Deadline Sept. 11, 2020

July 20, 2020

Craven Arts Council & Gallery in New Bern, NC, seeks applications for Artist Support Grants for 2020–2021. The deadline to apply is Sept. 11, 2020. These grants support artists in all disciplines with funding for projects that will have a significant impact on the advancement of their professional artistic careers.

The Artist Support Grant program is managed through a partnership with Craven Arts Council to serve artists in Craven, Carteret, Jones, Lenoir, Onslow, and Pamlico counties. Funding is provided by the North Carolina Arts Council. Artists at any stage of their careers, emerging or established, are eligible to apply for grants in all disciplines, such as visual art and craft, traditional art forms, music composition, film/video, literature and playwriting, and choreography and dance. Types of fundable projects include the creation of new work, purchase of equipment and materials, and professional development workshops.

Complete funding guidelines and applications are available online at (www.cravenarts.org/artist-support-grants). Grant awards generally range from $500-$1000.

Applications must be received by Friday, Sept. 11, 2020.

For more information, contact Jonathan Burger at 252/638-2577 or e-mail to (director@cravenarts.org). Workshop(s) for interested artists will be offered at online via Zoom in the near future. Please contact Craven Arts Council for dates and times.

Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, NC, is Calling for Submissions for “Illumination 2020” – Deadline Sept. 11, 2020

July 15, 2020

For the past five years, “Illumination”, an exhibition of artist-made lanterns, has marked the transition of season’s change and the year’s end at the Cameron Art Museum (CAM). This year, deep in the COVID crisis, we ask artists to examine their own metaphorical concept of light.

Luminescence often symbolizes transformation, enlightenment, or an epiphany. Glowing lamplight might remind us of home and safety, the porchlight left on for your return. We talk of our inner light or how someone can light up a room. Candles lit in remembrance show that a memory of a loved one still burns bright. The beam of a lighthouse and an airplane’s runway can guide our way. Light makes things visible, sweeping away the shadows, and showing what hides in darkness.

In your work, through content, style, and choice of material, show us what light means to you.

$2,500 in Cash Prizes
1st Place: $1,500; 2nd Place: $750; 3rd Place: $250

Deadline for submission is Sept. 11, 2020.

Application Guidelines:
All proposal submissions and payment of entry free are conducted via CAM website at (CameronArtMuseum.org/illumination). Prior to submission, please direct questions by e-mail to (deputydirector@cameronartmuseum.org) or (exhibitions@cameronartmuseum.org).

Eligibility:
Open to all artists residing in the United States and Canada, ages 18 and older. Collaboration between artists in encouraged.

Entry Fee:
$15 (non-refundable) per entry, unlimited entries per artist.

Exhibition & Publicity:
All selected works will be installed and displayed at Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, NC, for “Illumination 2020”, November 20, 2020 through January 10, 2021. Images of selected work will be featured on the Cameron Art Museum website. “Illumination 2020” juried exhibition will be publicized in regional press releases, social networking sites, and via CAM’s e-mail list.

For more info click here (https://cameronartmuseum.org/index.php?c=lanterns).

Dare County Arts Council in Manteo, NC, Announces A Call For Entry for “23rd Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show”

June 12, 2020

Founded by Mollie A. Fearing & Associates, the Dare County Arts Council in Manteo, NC, is seeking entries for the “23rd Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show”, which will now be held from July 3 to July 31, 2020. The “Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show” usually opens in May, but had to be rescheduled due to Covid-19.

“We are elated that we are still able to bring the ‘Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show’ to the community this year,” said Dare County Arts Council staff member Louise Sanderlin. “With that being said, there have been quite a few changes put in place to ensure the show can go on in a safe and responsible way.”

Artists wishing to participate in this year’s exhibition can find a prospectus online at (DareArts.org/molliefearingshow) and at the DCAC Gallery.

Please note that there is a new protocol for artwork drop-off to reduce pedestrian traffic inside the DCAC Gallery. Artists can sign up for a specific day and time to drop off their artwork online at (DareArts.org/molliefearingshow).
The show is held in memory of Mollie A. Fearing, one of the founders of Dare County Arts Council, and is known for showcasing vibrant, eclectic artwork.

“My mom was such a loving, caring soul,” said owner of Mollie A. Fearing & Associates and Mollie Fearing’s daughter Grizelle Fearing. “I carry her life lessons with me and will my entire life. Early on she taught me that everyone has something to give, even if all they can give is their time. Her world of art was introduced into my earliest memories, one of which was her worrying over an oil painting she wanted to enter into a contest when we lived in Miami. This piece hangs proudly in my office. From there, art swirled around us always, from those first organizational meetings of the Dare County Arts Council to visiting every art museum and exhibit we could find. Her joy of collecting art now fills my home and my heart.”

Due to the current restrictions in place for mass gatherings, there will not be a formal opening reception at the DCAC Gallery for this year’s “Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show”.

Best In Show and Excellence Award recipients will be announced the week following the opening day. The People’s Choice Award recipient will be announced the day the show closes, as guests who visit the show at the DCAC Gallery will be able to vote on the People’s Choice piece throughout the month.


2019 “Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show” Best In Show Piece “Blue Gate” (watercolor) by Bobby Wiltshire. Photo courtesy of Dare County Arts Council.

The show will be open for viewing during normal gallery hours from July 3 to July 31.

Businesses interested in sponsoring the “23rd Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show” awards should contact Dare County Arts Council’s Executive Director Chris Sawin at (DareArtsInfo@gmail.com).

For more information about the show, please visit (DareArts.org/molliefearingshow) or call 252/473-5558.

Dare County Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization dedicated to encouraging the arts in Dare County through advocacy, enrichment and opportunity.

Dare County Arts Council in Manteo, NC, Announces “42nd Annual Frank Stick Memorial Art Show” Award Recipients

February 8, 2020

The “42nd Annual Frank Stick Memorial Art Show” opening reception brought hundreds of people to Dare County Arts Council’s Gallery in downtown Manteo, NC, on Saturday, January 25, 2020.

122 artists participated in this year’s “Frank Stick Show”, which is the most entries the show has ever hosted.

Artist and Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at College of the Albemarle Christina Weisner carefully selected the following award recipients:

Eure Best In Show: Matthew Grimes “Lagrimas Negras” (mixed media)

Excellence Awards: Jill Block “Pastel Crown” (acrylic), Valerie West “Heron by Sunlight” (ceramic), Kate Nisselson “Under the Sea” (stoneware), and Michael Bennett “Mariana” (oil)

Honorable Mentions: Holly Nettles “Cast Aways” (oil), Travis Fowler “You Know, The Curvy One” (acrylic, silver leaf and epoxy resin on acrylic panel), and Feather Phillips “Remembering…Imagining” (mixed media)

People’s Choice Award: Jill Block “Pastel Crown” (acrylic)

“The range and diversity of work in this year’s ‘Frank Stick’ show was fantastic,” said judge Christina Weisner. “I selected works that I thought engaged with the history of art in interesting, provocative ways. For example, Valerie West’s almost 3ft-tall sculptural ceramic vessel challenges notions of pottery as a utilitarian object in a humorous way. Feather Phillips invites the viewer into the space of the painting to take a seat at the table and engage in an open-ended conversation about the landscape and our relationship to it. Travis Fowler’s work blurs the line between sculpture and painting in a refreshing way. Michael Bennett uses the formal language of classical painting, but pictures the female as the heroic leading figure. I was also drawn to works that displayed a fidelity to and celebration of material; from the stratified layers of found posters and objects in Mathew Grimes’ work to the way in which both Jill Block and Holly Nettles highlight the plasticity of the paint, allowing the paint to be part of the content of the work. The chemical reaction and element of chance in Kate Nisselson’s raku fired ceramic work is exquisite, and speaks to nature’s basic fundamental and elemental building blocks. It was a joy to see the lively crowd that attended the opening reception to celebrate the wonderful artists who submitted work to the show. I was honored to be the judge for this year’s show.”

This year was local artist Jill Block’s first time entering a piece in the “Frank Stick Memorial Art Show”, and she took home two awards.

“The show was lovely, full of so many talented local artists,” said Excellence Award and People’s Choice Award recipient Jill Block. “I am grateful that Dare County Arts Council is here and gives all of us a chance to showcase our work in one great space. I am also so grateful that the judge of the show felt that my painting was worthy of an Excellence award and to all the people who voted my painting as People’s Choice award, thank you! It means the world to me. Honestly, I was completely surprised and blown away!!”

The “Frank Stick Memorial Art Show” is the longest running visual arts exhibit in Dare County, and is held in memory of Outer Banks preservationist and artist Frank Stick.

The show will remain on display at the DCAC Gallery through Tuesday, February 25, 2020.

A special thank you to The Blue Point, Muse Originals, Yellowhouse Gallery, Tar Heel Trading Company, KDH Cooperative, Michael Halminski Photography, Mama Kwans, Glenn Eure’s Ghost Fleet Gallery, Sam & Winston, and Outer Banks Fiber Guild for sponsoring the show.

Dare County Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization dedicated to supporting the arts in Dare County.

For more information about this show or upcoming Dare County Arts Council events and exhibitions, please call 252/473-5558 or visit (DareArts.org).

Dare County Arts Council is Accepting for Participation in the New World Festival Of The Arts – Deadline April 1, 2020

February 7, 2020

The Dare County Arts Council announces a Call For Entry for the 39th Annual New World Festival of the Arts, which will return to the Manteo, NC, waterfront August 12-13, 2020. Artists from all over the East Coast will travel to the Outer Banks to showcase their fine art, including ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, photography, wood design, leather works, basketry, painting and printmaking at the free, outdoor festival.

2019 New World Festival of the Arts Best In Show award recipient Kristen Dahms’ mixed media piece titled “Voyage Home” was selected to promote this year’s festival.
“Voyage Home was inspired by the beauty of the ocean and the magic of the moon,” said artist Kristen Dahms of Hampton, VA. “New World Festival of the Arts takes place in a beautiful waterfront area with art of many different styles and variety.”

Artists wishing to participate in the 39th Annual New World Festival of the Arts can find the application online at (DareArts.org/newworldfestivalofthearts). The application deadline is Wednesday, April 1, 2020. Dare County Arts Council will notify artists of the jury’s decisions by Friday, May 1, and a full list of participating artists will be available after Monday, June 1.

Multidisciplinary artist and East Carolina University School of Art & Design graduate Travis Fowler will judge this year’s show. “I am honored to have been considered and chosen to judge an event of this scale,” said artist Travis Fowler. “I am really looking forward to seeing the array of work and meeting the artists and makers that the 39th Annual New World Festival of the Arts will bring to Manteo.”

An artist reception will take place at Dare County Arts Council on Wednesday, August 12 from 5pm-7pm. Midway through the reception, the award winners will be announced and prizes will be distributed. The reception is free and open to the public, and is a great place to mingle with the exhibiting artists.

New World Festival of the Arts has been a Manteo tradition for decades, providing awareness of current trends in the visual arts. The festival was started by Manteo business owner Edward Greene, and is sponsored by the Town of Manteo.

Dare County Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization dedicated to encouraging the arts in Dare County through advocacy, enrichment and opportunity. This project was supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

For more information about the New World Festival of the Arts, please visit (DareArts.org/newworldfestivalofthearts) or call 252/473-5558.

Dare County Arts Council in Manteo, NC, Connects Outer Banks Cancer Community to the Arts

October 9, 2019

Dare County Arts Council in Manteo, NC, has been awarded a Community Benefit Grant from the Outer Banks Hospital for a new project called Expressions of Hope & Healing. The program provides free art workshops and artistic resources to community members who have been affected by cancer.

Creative director Fay Davis Edwards and program coordinator Susan Lawrence are working together to invite those who have been touched by cancer in any capacity (cancer patients, their family members/friends, caretakers, cancer survivors and our local oncology healthcare professionals) to share their journey and experiences through the arts.

“We are aware that you might be undergoing treatment and are available to facilitate anything you may need to participate in this program,” said Lawrence, herself a cancer survivor. “Our goal is to remove obstacles that may prevent you from creating art. We are happy to help coordinate transportation, schedule a private lesson, and/or deliver art supplies to your home so you can create at your own pace.”


Photo by Fay Davis Edwards

The next Expressions workshop with Fay Davis Edwards will be held at Dare County Arts Council in Manteo on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, from 2-5pm. The free, open workshops will be every Tuesday from 2-5pm at DCAC through December 17. A number of Outer Banks artists will be helping lead these workshops, which will include silk scarf painting, writing exercises, weaving, painting and other media.

“While I have planned for projects for each workshop, I allow the participants to steer the creative wheel as to what they would like to do,” said artist and instructor Fay Davis Edwards. “Sometimes it has been full-on art making, and other occasions have seen simple color play while talking about their experiences. Both types of sessions are valid and useful.”

Individuals interested in the Expressions program, either as a participant or an art instructor, should contact Fay directly by e-mail at (faydavisedwards@gmail.com). Private instruction is also available to those who are unable to attend group workshops.

In addition to the art classes, Expressions will also be offering free Creative Companion bags to those affected by cancer. The Creative Companion bags will include art supplies such as a watercolor set, paper, brushes, markers, zen-style coloring pages and other easy, mess-free items that can be used during treatment or at home when needing a creative outlet.

Dare County Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization dedicated to encouraging the arts in Dare County through advocacy, enrichment and opportunity.

For more information, visit (DareArts.org/EXPRESSIONS) or call 252/473-5558.

Dare County Arts Council in Manteo, NC, Calls for Entries for “Water Water Everywhere” Exhibit – Deadline July 10, 2019

April 30, 2019

The Dare County Arts Council in Manteo, NC, invites artists to contribute art and artifacts to a special July exhibit titled “Water Water Everywhere”. Curated by artist Carol Willett, the goal of “Water Water Everywhere” is to explore the role water plays in sustaining life on the Outer Banks and reflecting that in as many different ways as possible.

“None of us can escape the influence that water has on our lives here on the Outer Banks,” said Carol Willett. “Water sustains us physically, economically and spiritually. It is a source of recreation, a key to our food industry, an environmental factor that influences our weather and a source of artistic inspiration. As a sculptor, the driftwood and materials I collect after each tide become part of the art that I create. I draw inspiration from the interaction of the sea and this ribbon of sand we call home.”

All forms of media including visual, literary and performing arts are welcome, and the show is open to Dare County Arts Council members and non-members. Works submitted to this exhibit should be no larger than 12×12 inches. Artwork can be dropped off on Tuesday, July 9 or Wednesday, July 10, 2019.

Artists wishing to participate in the exhibition can find a prospectus online at (DareArts.org/waterwatereverywhere) and at the DCAC Gallery.

“We’d like to create a multisensory experience that delights people and leaves them wanting more, and we would be thrilled to include your artistic take on what water means to you,” adds Willett.

This water inspired art exhibit will debut on Friday, July 12 at 6pm with a special opening reception. The reception is free and open to the public and will also feature hors d’oeuvres and libations. Proceeds from exhibit sales will benefit art programs throughout the Outer Banks community. The show will remain on display at Dare County Arts Council through August 12, 2019.

Dare County Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization dedicated to encouraging the arts in Dare County through advocacy, enrichment and opportunity.

Any questions regarding the show can be e-mailed to the curator at (carolsdragon53@msn.com). For more information about “Water Water Everywhere”, please call 252/473 5558 or visit (DareArts.org/waterwatereverywhere).

Craven Arts Council & Gallery in New Bern, NC, Calls for Participation in Bern Garden Plein Air Event – Deadline May 10, 2019

April 30, 2019

Join us for the first ever ‘Bern Garden Plein Air Event” in New Bern, NC, from 9am to 1pm on May 18, 2019. This new event will feature artists of all mediums creating and designing new works inspired by the natural beauty of New Bern at three locations: Union Point Park, Tryon Palace Outer Gardens, and the Master Gardeners Cooperative Extension Garden. Artists of all mediums are encouraged to apply at (www.cravenarts.org) by May 10, 2019, to be a part of the event.

Organized by Craven Arts Council & Gallery, Carolina Creations, and the Craven County Master Gardener Association, the event is open to artists of all mediums and free for the public to attend. The artists will work on creations on site inspired by their surroundings at the three locations, with work on sale to the public. Artworks requiring drying/firing/finishing or other extended times will be offered for sale in the “wet paint” fashion common to other plein air events, allowing the customer to pay now and pick the work up at a later date when completed. Finished works by the artist will be featured in an exhibition at Carolina Creations June 14- June 29, 2019.

For more information please call 252/638-2577 or visit (www.cravenarts.org).

Dare County Arts Council in Manteo, NC, is Calling for Entries for the “22nd Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show” – Deadline May 2, 2019

April 8, 2019

Founded by Mollie A. Fearing & Associates, Dare County Arts Council, in Manteo, NC, is now seeking entries for the “22nd Annual Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show”. The show is held in memory of Mollie A. Fearing, one of the founders of Dare County Arts Council, and is known for showcasing vibrant, eclectic artwork.

Photographer and artist Annalee Lanier will judge the show. After earning her BFA at Cooper Union in New York City, she spent fifteen years in California before moving to the Outer Banks in 2017. Her commercial design work spans across multiple fields including television, film, music, product packaging and interior design. Annalee’s photography is inspired by the hidden beauty of the familiar.

“I am delighted to judge the ‘2019 Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show’,” said Annalee Lanier. “It is always inspiring to see new work from the talented community here in Dare County, and I look forward to spending time with the art and the artists at the reception in May!”

An opening reception will be held at the DCAC Gallery in Manteo on Sunday, May 5 from 2pm-4pm.

“Since the art show falls on May 5th, which is Cinco de Mayo, this year’s food theme will coincide with that celebration,” said owner of Mollie A. Fearing & Associates and Mollie Fearing’s daughter Grizelle Fearing. “Come out and enjoy the art show, mingle with friends and savor the flavors of our Mexican-American cultures.”

There will be multiple awards presented at the opening reception, including the prestigious Best In Show Award and The Outer Banks Forum’s Excellence Award.

“The Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts will again select one of the pieces in the show to grace the Playbill cover for our 2019-2020 season,” said Eddie Cooke, President of the Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts. “The Playbill is distributed to over 500 individuals and business throughout the Outer Banks.”

Artists wishing to participate in this year’s exhibition can find a prospectus online at (DareArts.org/molliefearingshow) and at the DCAC Gallery.

The “Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show” is open to Dare County Arts Council members and non-members. Works by artists under the age of 18 are subject to DCAC Program Committee approval.

Artwork can be dropped off on Wednesday, May 1 or Thursday, May 2 between 10am and 5pm at the DCAC Gallery, located at 300 Queen Elizabeth Avenue, Manteo, NC 27954. All mediums, except video and projection, are welcome.

The “22nd Annual Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show” will remain on display through June 1.

Businesses interested in sponsoring the event or one of the Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show awards should contact Dare County Arts Council’s Executive Director Chris Sawin by e-mail at (DareArtsInfo@gmail.com).

Dare County Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization dedicated to encouraging the arts in Dare County through advocacy, enrichment and opportunity.

For more information about the “22nd Annual Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show”, please visit (DareArts.org/molliefearingshow) or call 252/473-5558.