Archive for the ‘Eastern NC Visual Arts’ Category

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).

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Janet B. Sessoms Earns Best In Show at “Farm to Table” Art Show at Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash, NC

November 6, 2018

Janet B. Sessoms has won the Best In Show award at the “Farm to Table” art show being held at Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash, NC. The show includes over 80 paintings and more than 100 three-dimensional pieces in wood, glass and clay, all which support or depict the Farm to Table theme. Sessoms’ winning entry is “Island Tractor,” an 11- x 14-inch (unframed size) oil painting.


Janet B. Sessoms earned Best In Show for her oil painting “Island Tractor” (top, far left). Shown are, L-R, Sessoms and gallery owner Ginny Lassiter.

Sessoms received her Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education at University of North Carolina at Pembroke. She is a member of Wilmington Art Association and Women Painters of the Southeast. Her work has been featured on the cover of “Art Guide” magazine, “Wrightsville Beach” magazine and “Cape Fear Living” magazine among others.

The “Farm to Table” exhibit opened Nov. 2 and will run through Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. Ballots are available for gallery visitors to vote for their favorites. A People’s Choice award will be announced after ballots have been counted on Dec. 1.

Sunset River Marketplace showcases work by approximately 150 North and South Carolina artists, and houses some 10,000 square feet of oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, mixed media, art glass, fabric art, pottery, sculpture, turned and carved wood and artisan-created jewelry. There are two onsite kilns and four wheels used by students in the ongoing pottery classes offered by the gallery. There are realistic and abstract art classes as well as workshops by nationally and regionally known artists. During select months, the gallery hosts Coffee With the Authors, a series of presentations by local and regional authors.

The gallery address is: 10283 Beach Drive SW, Calabash, NC 28467. Hours are Mon.-Sat., 10am-5pm. For more information, call 910/575-5999 or visit the website at (www.sunsetrivermarketplace.com). Daily updates are available on Facebook.

Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County in Fayetteville, NC, Calls for Entries for Photography Exhibit

September 30, 2018

Commitment, Sacrifice, Courage, Service, Dedication, Strength, Heroism … powerful words that may especially touch our hearts in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, which has devastated much of our area. These are also the touchstone words on the public art walls of NC Veterans Park in downtown Fayetteville, NC.

“Touchstone: Images of Service” is the inspiration for a photography competition with $2,000 in total awards, as well as an upcoming juried exhibition at the Arts Center, home of the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County, which at 301 Hay St., is just a short stroll from the NC Veterans Park.

Photographers are asked to submit their interpretations of these seven words as expressed through any profession or everyday life. An experienced juror, Laurie Schorr, Director of Education at the Light Factory in Charlotte, will select works from artists across North Carolina for the exhibition from Oct. 26, 2018 through Jan. 12, 2019.

Artists must enter at (www.theartscouncil.com/touchstone) by the deadline of midnight Wed., Oct. 3, 2018. Here are some additional details:
All types of photography are eligible and must be uploaded on the Arts Council site for consideration. All images should be recent works (3-5 years). Artists can submit up to 10 photographs, and must include each work’s title, size and any other pertinent information. Submissions must not have been shown or previously entered in any Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County exhibition. The fee is $25 each for up to three submitted photographs, and $10 each thereafter for up to 10 works.

Additional information can be found at (www.theartscouncil.com/touchstone), or contact Adrienne Trego at (adriennet@theartscouncil.com), 910/323-1776, ext. 228.

The Touchstone exhibition is made possible through the generous support of The UPS Store.

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.

Dare County Arts Council in Manteo, NC, Announces A Call For Entry For “21st Mollie Fearing Memorial Show”

March 13, 2018

The eclectic “Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show” will return to Dare County Arts Council for its 21st year on Sunday, May 6, 2018.

Dare County Arts Council is partnering with the Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts to bring the theme of music to this year’s “Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show”.

“The Outer Banks Forum is excited about partnering in this art show for the first time,” said Eddie Cooke, President of the Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts. “The Forum will be pleased to select its 2019 Playbill cover from this array of diverse artwork.”

The Outer Banks Forum’s Excellence Award recipient will receive a cash reward and their work will grace the cover of the 2018-19 Forum Playbill. The Playbill is distributed to 500 individuals and businesses throughout the Outer Banks.

“I am so thrilled to include the art of music in the “Mollie Fearing Art Show” for 2018,” said owner of Mollie A. Fearing & Associates and Mollie Fearing’s daughter Grizelle Fearing. “Music is an important element in life defining moments in time that you can relive upon hearing that first note.”

The show is held in memory of Mollie A. Fearing, one of the founders of Dare County Arts Council.

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 residents of Dare County age 18 and over. All mediums, except video and projection, are welcome.

Sculptor and installation artist Gabrielle Graber will judge the show. She graduated with an MFA from NYSCC at Alfred University and is currently living in North Carolina as a resident artist at Pocosin Arts. Her practice is an ongoing investigation of being a body in the world where layers of experience and interactions collide into material form.

An opening reception will be held at the DCAC Gallery in Manteo on Sunday, May 6 from 2-4pm.

For more information about the “21st Annual Mollie Fearing Memorial Art 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. This project was supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

The Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts is a non-profit organization that brings an annual series of seven outstanding diverse concerts to the area and provides opportunities for youth to participate in the arts. All of the performances are partially underwritten by community businesses.

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.

River Run Pop-Up Community Art Show Takes Place in Lumberton, NC – Mar. 3, 2018

February 26, 2018

The River Run Pop-Up Community Art Show will take place at 302 N. Chestnut Street in Lumberton, NC, on Saturday Mar. 3, 2018, from 10am – 5pm.

This is a one-day pop-up event for all artists of Robeson County, ages 15 and up, all media welcome. It will be in the building formally known as the Kimbrell’s Furniture Building.

The show is open to the public with no admission fee.

For further information contact Joy McGugan by e-mail at (mcguganart@mac.com) or call at 910/736-4686 or visit the Robeson County Arts Council at (http://www.robesoncountyartscouncil.org/).

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).