Archive for the ‘Coastal NC Visual Arts’ Category

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.

Dare County Arts Council Reopens in Manteo, NC, After Hurricane Michael

November 6, 2018

After three weeks of being closed due to flooding from Hurricane Michael, Dare County Arts Council has reopen in downtown Manteo, NC.

Dare County Arts Council’s carpets had to be replaced due to the flooding, but the nonprofit has been working closely with Dare County to get the doors back open as soon as possible.

“A huge thank you to all of our volunteers and the Dare County Building and Grounds Crew for all of their hard work,” said Dare County Arts Council Executive Director Chris Sawin.


Photo by Daniel Pullen

The current exhibit is the People’s Choice Exhibit, which will feature Daniel Pullen’s photography. The Outer Banks community voted for the People’s Choice Exhibit earlier in the year, and out of over 200 nominations Pullen was nominated the most.

The People’s Choice Exhibit titled “Homesick” will debut new work that Pullen says is not his typical style. “The show isn’t going to be filled with landscape and seascapes,” said Pullen. “The premise is, if I passed away or was not able to make it back to Hatteras Island, what would I miss most, my daily routine, my rut, etc.”

The Council’s Winter gallery hours (Oct. 1 – Apr. 30, 2019) are: Tue.-Fri., 10am – 5pm; Sat., noon – 4pm; and closed Sun. & Mon.

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

Carteret County Arts and Crafts Coalition in Moorehead City, NC, Calls for Participation in 40th Labor Day Show – Deadline Aug. 3, 2018

July 29, 2018

Carteret County Arts and Crafts Coalition’s (CCACC) two-day, outdoor 40th Labor Day Show will be held this year at Katherine Davis Park in Morehead City, Sept. 1-2, 2018. This is a new venue for CCACC and is located between Arendell Street (Hwy. 70) and the Morehead Waterfront between 6th and 7th Streets. Great exposure!

Additionally, this site has no paid parking (as is now the case in Beaufort). With this change in location, we are opening up this juried show for participation beyond our membership. If you are interested in participating in this CCACC shows but not interested in becoming a member, here is your opportunity.

CCACC is looking for artists and craftsmen with original work only, who hand make items, not reselling purchased items or just assembling purchased items. Artists will be responsible for paying their own sales tax and follow CCACC show guidelines. Download guidelines at this link (https://gallery.mailchimp.com/0af9a0f24479860bca2a55480/images/e4d548cd-a608-4042-8c0d-aac67518d66b.png). Booth spaces are 10′ X 10′ at a cost of $125. Security is not provided so safeguarding of your inventory (especially overnight) is each individual vendor’s responsibility.

If you are interested in being juried for this show please e-mail the following items to (jipock123@gmail.com).

* A minimum of three, but no more than six, photographs (jpeg format) of the work you are planning to sell at the show
* A picture (jpeg format) of your booth as it will look setup and ready to go
* Your bio and description of your work
* Your name, address, phone number and e-mail address
Submission Deadline: Aug. 3, 2018. If juried into the show you will be notified by Aug. 10th.

Questions? Contact (jipock123@gmail.com).

Craven Arts Council in New Bern, NC, Calls for Artworks Inspired by Poetry – Deadline May 3, 2018

March 31, 2018

The Craven Arts Council & Gallery is pleased to announce their call for artists for the 2018 “Fusion Poetry: Art” Exhibition at Bank of the Arts in New Bern, NC, held from May 4 – June 29, 2018. The Arts Council is seeking artwork inspired by poetry.

During the fall and winter of 2017 Craven Arts Council asked local poets to submit their poetry to be used as inspiration for visual art. Over two hundred poems were submitted, including both adult and youth categories. Craven Arts Council has complied the poems and posted them online so that artists can search through them and find inspiration for an original piece of art.

Artist are asked to visit (www.CravenArts.org) and look under the “Exhibits” tab for “Poetry: Art.” There they will find the full terms and conditions for the exhibition and a link to all submitted poetry. Each artist may submit one original artwork. Work will be dropped off and juried May 2nd and 3rd, 2018. Some work may be rejected due to space considerations. Artist receptions for the event will be held during the downtown New Bern Artwalks, May 11th and June 8th, from 5pm-8pm. Non cash prizes will be awarded for poetry, art, and the best fusion of the two. Craven Arts will also feature a youth division for the contest in the Director’s Gallery.

Please visit (www.cravenarts.org) for more information.

Help Beautify Downtown Morehead City, NC, with Original Art! – Deadline Mar. 5, 2018

February 27, 2018

Downtown Morehead City, Inc. is a non-profit organization that promotes, enhances and preserves the downtown community by fostering economic growth. One of the projects the Design Committee of the organization is pursuing is wrapping four Department of Transportation signal boxes downtown with original artwork. They are looking for artists willing to donate their talent and time to create digital artwork which can be transferred to an adhesive wrap.

The boxes are all located on the South Side of Arendell Street at the west side of the intersections with 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th streets. The boxes are all 76” tall and 32” wide on two sides and 24” wide on two sides. There is a vent and a keyhole which will need to be cut in the wrap at installation. Each box has a unique identification number which will need to be placed in the artwork (but not large and only on the door side).

The organization will pay the cost of permitting and having the wraps made and installed on the boxes. The estimate on the life cycle of the wrap is around five years.

They are open to artwork suggestions which will need to be approved by both the Design Committee and DOT. If you are interested in showcasing your artwork on one of these boxes, please let them know.

For more information or to indicate your interest, contact Amy Suggs, Assistant Director, Downtown Morehead City, Inc. by e-mail at (amy@downtownmoreheadcity.com) or call 252/808-0440 by Mar. 5, 2018.

Outer Banks Community Names People’s Choice Artist – Daniel Pullen

February 27, 2018

After tallying over 200 nominations, Dare County Arts Council announces that Daniel Pullen has been selected as the 2018 People’s Choice artist. Pullen is an award-winning, internationally published documentary photographer. His life and work centers around pursuing the art of the photograph. The Hatteras Island native began pursing photography in his teens and gained notoriety for his unique style: a marriage of art, surf, and documentary photography by his early 20s. Today, Pullen teaches photography workshops at his studio in Buxton and photographs surfing, wildlife, weddings, portraits and everything in between. He is set to publish his first book, “The Independent Waterman” later this year.


Daniel Pullen. Photo courtesy of Daniel Pullen Photography.

“I feel really honored to receive this award, especially since I’m in the company of so many great artists in Dare County,” said Daniel Pullen. “Thank you to everyone who voted!”

Dare County Arts Council’s People’s Choice exhibit featuring Pullen’s photography will be on display in DCAC’s Gallery in downtown Manteo Nov. 2-30. An opening reception will be held on Friday, Nov. 2, at 6pm, where the community will be able to meet Daniel and view his work, while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and live music. The solo exhibition of Pullen’s photography in November is the anchor of DCAC’s 2018 exhibition schedule.

The idea for the People’s Choice exhibit came about as a way to engage the Outer Banks community’s enthusiasm for the arts, and to build awareness of both established and emerging artists in Dare County.

“We were hoping that our community would respond to our call for input, but I had no idea we’d get the kind of response that we did,” said Dare County Arts Council Executive Director Chris Sawin. “Our thanks go out everyone who voiced their opinion; the feedback was tremendous.”
Dare County Arts Council plans to use the list of People’s Choice nominations to help in the selection for their 2018 Emerging Artist Series, which is a program DCAC created with TowneBank in 2017.

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 People’s Choice exhibit, visit (www.DareArts.org/peopleschoice) or call 252/473-5558.

Dare County Arts Council in Manteo, NC, Calls for Entries for Commemorative Exhibition

February 26, 2018

The Chicamacomico Historical Association (CHA) and Dare County Arts Council (DCAC) will co-host an art exhibit at the DCAC Gallery in Manteo, NC, in August 2018 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the famous 1918 Mirlo rescue. Outer Banks artists are encouraged to participate in this historic exhibit.

As part of its efforts to restore the Chicamacomico Lifesaving Station, CHA has carefully replaced and preserved older cedar shakes from the station in recent years. Artists are now invited to use the shakes from the station and transform them into works of art (see attached photo).

“The idea is to make the shakes available to local artists who would paint them and donate their work as a fundraising project for DCAC and Chicamacomico Historical Association,” said John Griffin, president of the historic site’s board of directors.

The painted shakes will be part of a 100-piece art exhibit that will debut on First Friday Aug. 3, 2018. Additionally, DCAC and CHA will host a special reception for artists and buyers on the evening of Mon., Aug. 13 to celebrate the Mirlo anniversary.

Artists can pick up shakes to paint at either Dare County Arts Council in Manteo or the Chicamacomico Life Saving Station in Rodanthe, NC. A temporary display featuring several completed shakes is currently on display through March at Dare County Arts Council. The display also includes two paintings by renown maritime artist Austin Dwyer, portraying Chicamacomico’s famous Mirlo Rescue of British Seamen torpedoed by a German UBoat on Aug. 16, 1918.

“When it was first brought to our attention, we jumped at the opportunity to work with the CHA on this project. It is such an elegant way of connecting today’s Outer Banks artists with a tangible piece of our shared history,” said DCAC Executive Director Chris Sawin.

The station is most famous for its highly honored rescue of the crew of the British tanker Mirlo, which was torpedoed in 1918 in nearby waters by a German submarine. The rescue is ranked among the US Coast Guard’s finest hours. The station was opened to the public in the late 1970s.

For more details or to find out how to acquire the shakes, contact the Chicamacomico Lifesaving Station by calling 252/987-1552 or Dare County Arts Council at 252/473-5558. For more information about the project, visit (www.darearts.org/chicamacomicoshakeshow).

The 37th Annual New World Festival of the Arts Taking Pace in Manteo, NC, Announces A Call For Entry – Deadline Apr. 30, 2018

February 9, 2018

The Dare County Arts Council announces a call for entry for the 37th Annual New World Festival of the Arts, which will be held at the Manteo, NC, waterfront Aug. 15-16, 2018, from 10am-5pm.

The free, outdoor festival brings 100 artists from all over the East Coast to showcase their fine art, including painting, photography, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, wood design, leather works, and fiber.


Best in Show Award Recipient Jennifer Rose Hyde. Photo courtesy of Tatum Clements

“The New World Festival of the Arts is a wonderful show to participate in,” said 2017 New World Festival of the Arts Best In Show award recipient Jennifer Rose Hyde. “Dare County Arts Council does an amazing job organizing and creating the energy for the show- their love and support for the arts is reflected in the artists and patrons they bring together. For me, it was a delight to exhibit in the New World Festival of the Arts last year. I connected with amazing folks while enjoying the beautiful setting of the show in the heart of Manteo.”

Artists wishing to participate in the New World Festival of the Arts can find an application online at (DareArts.org/newworldfestivalofthearts). The application deadline is Monday, Apr. 30, 2018. Notifications will be made by Tuesday, May 15, and a full schedule of participating artist will be available after Friday, June 1.


New World Festival of the Arts. Photo courtesy of Tatum Clements

On Wednesday, August 15 Dare County Arts Council will host an artists’ reception with live music for New World Festival of the Arts at 5pm. The reception is free and open to the public, and a great time to mingle with all the talented artists participating in the festival. Midway through the reception, the judge will announce the award winners and distribute prizes.

Bringing an average of 5,000-6,000 attendees to the historic Town of Manteo each year, 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 and funded by a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council.

This project was supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

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