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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).

Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County in Fayetteville, NC, Opens Application Process for Grants to Support the Work of Artists in Cumberland, Hoke, Robeson, Sampson, and Scotland Counties in NC – Deadline is Sept. 30, 2020

July 15, 2020

Artists in all disciplines are eligible to apply for grants to support their professional and artistic development through a partnership of the North Carolina Arts Council and the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County, the Robeson County Arts Council, the Sampson County Arts Council, and the Storytelling and Arts Center of the Southeast.

Artist Support Grants will be distributed to eligible applicants by the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County in the following counties: Cumberland, Hoke, Robeson, Sampson, and Scotland.

Applications for the grants are available on the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County’s website.

The deadline for applications is September 30, 2020.

Grants will range in awards from $500 to $1,000.

Emerging or established artists are encouraged to apply to support a range of professional and artistic development including the creation of work, improvement of business operations, or expanding capacity to bring work to new audiences. Up to 50% of the grant award may be used directly for artist’s fees to support the applicant.
Artists in all disciplines are eligible to apply. To learn more about the Artist Support Grants click HERE at (https://www.theartscouncil.com/grants/regional-artist-project-grants).

“The Artist Support Grants program responds to the impact of the pandemic by ensuring that artists and the state’s arts infrastructure have the resources needed to help our state make a strong social and economic recovery,” said Wayne Martin, executive director of the Arts Council.

For more information or questions please contact: Kennon Jackson, Jr. by e-mail at (kennonj@theartscouncil.com) or call 910/323-1176 ext. 222.

The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County was founded in 1973. As a link between artists, arts and cultural organizations and the community, the nonprofit agency administers programs in partnership with a variety of local agencies to stimulate community development through the arts. The Arts Council supports individual creativity, cultural preservation, economic development, and lifelong learning through the arts.

The Arts Council’s grants, programs, and services are funded in part by contributions from businesses and individuals, and through grants from the City of Fayetteville and Cumberland County.

The North Carolina Arts Council builds on our state’s longstanding love of the arts, leading the way to a more vibrant future. The Arts Council is an economic catalyst, fueling a thriving nonprofit creative sector that generates $2.12 billion in annual direct economic activity. The Arts Council also sustains diverse arts expression and traditions while investing in innovative approaches to art-making. The North Carolina Arts Council has proven to be a champion for youth by cultivating tomorrow’s creative citizens through arts education.

For further info visit (www.NCArts.org).

Arts Council of Fayetteville and Cumberland County in Fayetteville, NC, Calls for Entries for Annual “Public Works” Exhibit – Deadline is August 15, 2020

June 29, 2020

“Public Works” is a community-wide art exhibit sponsored by the Fayetteville Public Works Commission. This is an opportunity for ALL ARTISTS to have their work displayed from August 28 through October 17 at the Arts Council gallery in Fayetteville, NC.

“Public Works” affords the opportunity for all ages and skill levels to participate. Artwork ranging from accomplished to emerging artists—2D, 3D, paintings, drawings, print-making, textiles, photography, jewelry, sculpture, ceramics, glass, the sky is the limit! Participants must reside within the 11-county area served by the Arts Council: Bladen, Cumberland, Harnett, Hoke, Lee, Montgomery, Moore, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson, and Scotland counties. The top 20 pieces selected in the “People’s Choice” votes cast during the opening weekend will be published in a Facebook gallery for Virtual Votes. The entry with the most “likes” will receive a Goody Bag filled with various downtown prizes. The entry fee for Public Works is $15 for non-Arts Council members/donors (or $20 for two entries) and $10 for Arts Council members/donors at $50 or higher (or $15 for two entries).

For full details visit The Arts Council’s website at (https://www.theartscouncil.com/public-works).

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, Calls for Entries for “Frank Stick Memorial Art Show” – Deadline Jan. 22, 2020

December 27, 2019

The Dare County Arts Council in Manteo, NC, announces a Call For Entry for the “42nd Annual Frank Stick Memorial Art Show”, which will open on Saturday, January 25, 2020.

The “Frank Stick Memorial Art Show” is the longest running visual arts exhibit in Dare County, and is known as the winter art event on the Outer Banks that brings out the most original work by local and regional artists. “Being raised on the Outer Banks, the Frank Stick Show has always been ‘The’ local show to enter and attend,” said Dare County Arts Council staff member Louise Sanderlin. “The work is always exceptional in execution, diverse in media and subject…it never disappoints. I am elated that Dare County Arts Council is able to continue to honor Glenn Eure, by presenting the ‘Eure Best In Show’ award. Recipients should be thrilled to receive such a prestigious award among their comrades and never forget all of the work Glenn did to create such a loving, treasured show and thus an extraordinary artist community.”

Artists wishing to participate in the “Frank Stick Memorial Art Show” can find the prospectus online at (DareArts.org/frankstickshow) and at the DCAC Gallery in Manteo. The show is open to Dare County Arts Council members and non-members.

Artwork can be dropped off on Tuesday, January 21 or Wednesday, January 22 between 10am and 5pm at the DCAC Gallery, located at 300 Queen Elizabeth Avenue, Manteo, NC 27954.

Artist and Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at College of the Albemarle Christina Weisner will judge the show. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Sculpture and Bachelor of Arts (BA) in World Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University (2006) and a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Sculpture and Ceramics from University of Texas at Austin (2010). Her work explores complex relationships between objects, humans, and the natural environment.

“I am honored to be the judge for this event that brings the local arts community here on the Outer Banks together year after year,” said Christina Weisner. “I am very much looking forward to seeing the diversity of work that this important annual show typically attracts.”

The show’s opening reception will be held on Saturday, January 25 from 6-8pm at Dare County Arts Council. The reception is free and open to the public and will feature hors d’oeuvres and drinks.

Businesses and organizations interested in sponsoring an award for the “Frank Stick Memorial Art Show” can contact Chris Sawin by e-mail at (dareartsinfo@gmail.com) or call 252/473-5558.

The show is held in memory of Outer Banks preservationist and artist Frank Stick, who was instrumental in having miles of the Cape Hatteras Seashore designated as the first National Seashore. The “Frank Stick Memorial Art Show” will remain on display at the DCAC Gallery through Tuesday, February 25.

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

Craven Arts Council & Gallery in New Bern, NC, Calls for Participation in Plein Air New Bern 2020 – Deadline Jan. 10, 2020

November 26, 2019

The Plein Air New Bern Steering Committee is proud to announce Plein Air New Bern 2020, a weeklong event showcasing the history, beauty, and character of our region through the style and artistry of plein art painting. The inaugural event will take place May 11 – 17, 2020, in New Bern, NC, and will include workshops, meet and greet events, a collector’s sale and gala, and an open quick paint opportunity. The event is currently seeking artists and sponsors through (www.pleinairnewbern.com).

Plein air is the centuries old tradition of painting the real world directly and on site. Various mediums can be utilized depending on the artist’s preference, including oils, pastel, acrylics, and watercolors. The Plein Air New Bern event will bring twenty-five artists from across the United States to our area to paint in their chosen mediums and unique styles, culminating in a Collector’s Sale and Gala where selected artists will be awarded prizes by internationally renowned British plein air artist Haidee-Jo Summers, RIO, RSMA. The event will also feature a Quick Paint on May 16th, allowing artists of any age of medium the opportunity to participate and potentially win prizes.

Ten artists have been invited by our Host Artist, Kippy Hammond, plein air painter and owner of La Bonne Etoile Artist Retreat in France. Plein Air New Bern is now seeking our fifteen remaining artists through juried submission. Artists are encouraged to submit one to three plein air works and pay the application fee online at (www.pleinairnewbern.com). Selected artists will compete in the weeklong event and have numerous opportunities for sales, networking, and more than $4000 in prize money. Artists from outside the area will be offered free housing with residents. Local artists will have two opportunities to be accepted, first through the open jury process and then a second locals only jury. Artist submissions will be juried by Nancy Tankersley, a founding member of Plein Air Easton, the largest plein air event in the United States.

Submissions are due by 11:59pm, Jan. 10, 2020.

The Plein Air New Bern event will also include workshops by jurors Nancy Tankersley and Haidee-Jo Summers, as well as open demonstrations, artist talks, and more to be announced. Businesses interested in sponsoring the event, artists who wish to participate, and anyone who wants to know more is encourage to visit (www.pleinairnewbern.com), or contact Craven Arts Council & Gallery at 252/638.2577.

For more information please contact:
Jonathan Burger
Marketing and Gallery Director
Craven Arts Council & Gallery, Inc.

Bank of the Arts
317 Middle Street
P.O. Box 596
New Bern, NC 28563