Posts Tagged ‘Carolina Arts’

Bluffton Arts District in Bluffton, SC, Offers the Fifth Annual Paint Out – Apr. 24 – 26, 2020

February 12, 2020

Bluffton Arts District announces our fifth annual paint out event! Our artistic, eccentric river town invites plein air painters to join us April 24 through April 26 2020. Come for the weekend and experience a picturesque small southern town on the May River, Bluffton, SC, that supports the arts throughout town both publicly and privately. Paint on the riverside, under the oaks, or amongst the azaleas all in view of historic homes.

Coordinated Events: Opening reception and welcoming party for guest painters (Friday 3-5), then on to our scheduled public art walk including all the galleries and shops in the arts district. Closing awards and sales with picnic lunches available, event is open to the public.

Format: Open
Judge: Dee Beard Dean, SC Plein Air Society
Award total: approximately $800.00
Contact: Charlene Gardner
E-mail: (
Phone: 843-757-8185
Website: (

Southern Highland Craft Guild in Asheville, NC, Greets Spring With It’s Annual Glass & Metal Day – April 4, 2020

February 12, 2020

Makers of the Southern Highland Craft Guild are preparing for the launch of their 2020 special event programming at the Folk Art Center in Asheville, NC, with the fifth annual Glass & Metal Day. As the country’s second oldest, non-profit craft organization, the Guild brings awareness to the endangered process of handmade craft through their free, educational events. This is one of the five educational events hosted throughout the year at the Folk Art Center.

On Saturday, April 4, 2020, Guild members will showcase their skills and techniques of glass and metal in the auditorium of the Folk Art Center. From 10am to 4pm, these master craftsmen will be blacksmithing, glass blowing, piercing and annealing metals, knife making, bezeling, repoussé, soldering stained glass, forging and many other processes.

The Guild’s educational event series is a significant outlet that members use to share their process. Often, consumers are not informed of the stories behind their purchased goods. The Guild advocates and cultivates spaces to connect buyers with sellers to foster upward mobility for makers.

Christian Arnold demonstrating the glass flame process

Admission to Glass & Metal Day and the Folk Art Center is free. The Folk Art Center is located at Milepost 382 on the Blue Ridge Parkway in east Asheville. Headquarters to the Southern Highland Craft Guild, the Center also houses three galleries, a library, a craft shop and a Blue Ridge Parkway information desk and bookstore.

The Southern Highland Craft Guild is a non-profit, educational organization established in 1930 to cultivate the crafts and makers of the Southern Highlands for the purpose of shared resources, education, marketing and conservation. The Southern Highland Craft Guild is an authorized concessioner of the National Park Service, Department of the Interior. The Folk Art Center is located at Milepost 382 of the Blue Ridge Parkway, just north of the Highway 70 entrance in east Asheville, NC.

For a complete list of artists participating in Glass & Metal Day, visit our Facebook Events page, or visit ( or call 828/298-7928. Participants will be announced closer to date.

North Charleston Arts Fest in North Charleston, SC, Reveals 2020 Design Competition Winner

February 8, 2020

The City of North Charleston (SC) Cultural Arts Department is pleased to announce Christine Bush Roman of Johns Island, SC, as the winner of the 2020 North Charleston Arts Fest Poster Design Competition. As the winner of the statewide contest, Bush Roman’s mixed media painting, titled “Oak Circus”, will be used to promote the 2020 North Charleston Arts Fest, taking place April 29-May 3, 2020. In addition, the artist was awarded a $500 cash prize and the piece has become part of the City of North Charleston’s Public Art Collection.

“Oak Circus” by Christine Bush Roman

“Oak Circus” was one of 75 entries by artists from 17 cities across South Carolina that were submitted for consideration for the 2020 North Charleston Arts Fest Poster Design Competition. Bush Roman created the painting specifically for the Arts Fest using acrylic, ink, pastel, and fabric. “When beginning this piece, I knew I wanted to illustrate the vibrancy and emotion of all kinds of creators coming together to share their work,” she says. “I began the painting with the simplified image of an oak tree spreading its branches because the oak is such a well-known visual for the Lowcountry. The tree is also an iconic symbol across many cultures of growth, transformation, unity, and enlightenment. I wanted all the other elements of the painting to react to the tree. Setting the tone of celebration, the colors and rhythm hint at all of the different art forms highlighted during the North Charleston Arts Fest.”

Christine Bush Roman received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting from the University of Georgia in 2006 and returned to earn a Master of Fine Arts in the same concentration in 2013. She actively exhibits her paintings in solo and group shows both regionally and nationally. Rooted in drawing and painting, and oftentimes some elements of collage, her vibrant and dynamic works are executed in a variety of media with an emphasis on bright color, texture, pattern, and symbolism. Christine’s sincere affection for process and working with materials is revealed in the chunky, scraped, bumpy, gritty, and messy surfaces of her paintings. “Each piece endures hours of layering, destroying, and recreating,” she explains.

The improvisation and intuitive nature of Bush Roman’s work is guided both by the materials and the concept. When utilizing collage techniques, she chooses to only use personal or recycled materials because of her belief that the previous life of the fabric or paper used informs the direction of the work. Most often inspired by ideas of our perception of self, her colorful and busy paintings reflect a compressed narrative of an ever-changing personality; acting as illustrations of an inner story full of ups and downs, constant change, and growth. Her works are about how we are constantly being shaped by where we live, people we know, and major life events. Bush Roman currently creates in her home studio in Johns Island, SC, and instructs art classes for One HEART Connection and Art in the Park Art Lab, both in Charleston, SC. To learn more about the artist, visit (

A collection of Bush Roman’s mixed media paintings will be on display at the North Charleston City Gallery throughout May 2020. The exhibit will feature her winning piece, “Oak Circus”. The gallery is located within the Charleston Area Convention Center at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston. Admission and parking are free. The public is invited to meet the artist at the gallery during the North Charleston Arts Fest Opening Celebration & Artist Reception on Wednesday, April 29, 2020, from 6-8pm. T-shirts and posters featuring the winning design will be available for purchase during the festival.

For more information about the North Charleston Arts Fest, other competition and exhibition opportunities, or festival sponsorship, on-site marketing opportunities, and program booklet ad placement, contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5854, e-mail (, or visit (

Grovewood Gallery in Asheville, NC, Offers Spring Sip & Shop Event – March 20 & 21, 2020

February 8, 2020

Grovewood Gallery in Asheville, NC, will celebrate spring with two days of demos, discounts, and wine on March 20 and 21, 2020. The Sip & Shop will take place from 10am – 5:30pm with artist demonstrations from 11am – 4pm on both days. Visitors can enjoy complimentary wine while shopping two expansive floors of finely crafted furniture, ceramics, jewelry and much more, contributed by over 400 artists and craftspeople from across the United States. Gallery merchandise will be discounted 10 percent. The discount does not apply to demonstrators’ artwork, custom/special orders, or Lyman Whitaker Wind Sculptures.

“Our Spring Sip & Shop presents a rare opportunity to get deals on our new offerings for 2020, and it’s also a chance to connect with a few of our local makers,” says Ashley Van Matre, Marketing Manager at Grovewood Gallery.

During this two-day event, Andrea Kulish will demonstrate the ancient Ukranian art of pysanky, a wax-resistant method of decorating Easter eggs. Each egg is designed as a wish, with symbols and colors intended to bring the person who receives it love, health, success, or whatever attribute the artist selects. A first-generation Ukrainian-American, Kulish learned the intricate art of pysanky, which translates to “written eggs,” as a young girl. Now, she not only creates them, using unique folk-inspired designs, but she also teaches classes in the art.

Works by Andrea Kulish

Dollmaker Charlie Patricolo will be in the gallery too, working on cloth dolls in various stages of completion and transforming them into delightful creations. Patricolo has been making dolls for nearly 50 years and is also a fiber arts instructor at the John C. Campbell Folk School. In August 2017, she was accepted into the prestigious Original Doll Artist Council of America (ODACA).

Also demonstrating on both days is fiber artist Karen Kennedy, a graduate of Haywood Community College’s Professional Craft Program. Kennedy will be needle felting cairns and decorative bird nests using locally dyed wool.

Established in 1992, Grovewood Gallery is nationally recognized for its dedication to American fine art and studio craft. Located in historic Grovewood Village in Asheville, NC, the gallery is noted for its charming, old-world setting and rich craft heritage. This site once housed the weaving and woodworking operations of Biltmore Industries, an Arts and Crafts enterprise that played a significant role in the Appalachian Craft Revival during the early 20th century. Today, Grovewood Gallery offers two expansive floors of handcrafted treasures by over 400 artists and craftspeople from across the United States.

Hours are Monday through Saturday from 10am – 5:30pm, and Sunday from 11am – 5pm. Free parking is available on site.

For more information, visit (

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 (

Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Calls for Application of Exhibits in the Dalton Gallery at the Center for the Arts for 2021 – Deadline April 3, 2020

February 7, 2020

The Arts Council of York County is now accepting proposals for 2021 gallery exhibitions in the Dalton Gallery at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main Street, Rock Hill, SC 29730. The Arts Council is a non-profit organization committed to creating and supporting a thriving arts community in York County, South Carolina. The Dalton Gallery, a professional gallery appropriated for the exhibition of experienced artists and community projects, is located at the Center for the Arts. The Dalton Gallery is an 1,800-square-foot space, illuminated by adjustable track lighting.

Each year the Arts Council presents six to eight exhibits. Artists wishing to be considered as a solo or group exhibition for one of the Arts Council’s 2021 gallery exhibitions, must submit the following to Mike Gentry, Gallery Manager, by 5pm on Friday, April 3, 2020:

Exhibition proposal describing themes, goals, and vision of the artist(s) in the presentation of the body of work submitted for consideration. Artists may submit proposals for exhibition as a group or individually.

Artist statement describing the techniques used in the creation of the work, and the ideas of concepts communicated through the works submitted for exhibition.

Artist(s) must include a statement of clarification within their artist statement if the works submitted are not the works intended for exhibition. In this case, artists must submit examples of previous works, and a discussion of the techniques and concepts that will be utilized in the planned exhibition works.

Artist resume or curriculum vitae that includes name, contact information, short biography, list of past exhibitions, education notable honors, awards, publications.

10 to 12 hi-res images (300 dpi jpegs) representing work intended for exhibition.

Inventory list with titles, sizes, and mediums that have been numbered to correspond to the file names of the images submitted for consideration.

$20 submission fee.

The Arts Council’s Gallery Committee will consider all submissions and notification of acceptance will be provided via e-mail. Submission packets will not be returned. Only complete proposals that adhere to the Arts Council’s submission guidelines will be considered. Works that sell while on exhibit at the Center for the Arts are subject to a 40% commission fee by the Arts Council of York County.

Mail To:
Arts Council of York County
ATTN: Mike Gentry, Gallery Manager
PO Box 2797
Rock Hill, SC 29732

Deliver To:
Center for the Arts
121 E. Main St.
Rock Hill, SC 29730

E-mail To:
Mike Gentry, Gallery Manager

The Arts Council is headquartered in downtown Rock Hill, a state-recognized cultural district. For more information on Arts Council events, contact the Arts Council of York County at 803/328-2787, by e-mail at (, or visit our webpage at (

Florence County Museum in Florence, SC, Announces Winners of the “2020 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition”

February 7, 2020

Thursday evening, January 30, 2020, marked the formal opening of the “2020 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition” at the Florence County Museum’s Waters Gallery in downtown Florence, SC.

This year’s competition juror was South Carolina artist and paintings conservator Jeff Donovan of Columbia. The “Pee Dee Regional” has been presented annually since 1954 and is one of the longest-running competitive art exhibitions in the state.

Attendees at the reception were welcomed by Stephen W. Motte, curator of the Florence County Museum, followed by remarks from Mr. Blake Pate, representing corporate sponsor Chick-fil-A of Florence, who announced the winning selections, congratulating the artists with a presentation of the cash awards.

The $1000 First Place prize was awarded to Ashley Arakas, for her watercolor, “Bore”. The painting is both an evocative portrait and a careful study in the interplay of negative and positive space, which the artist has used for dramatic emphasis of the painting’s subject. Arakas’ paintings in oil and watercolor have entered the competition several times in past years. In 2017, she took Third Place in the Pee Dee Regional with her painting, “Apprehensive Love”, one in a series of works exploring the psychological effects of divorce on children. Arakas was also recently awarded Best in Show at the “42nd Annual National Exhibition of the South Carolina Watermedia Society”. She is a graduate of Coastal Carolina University, South Carolina.

Ashley Arakas pictured with her 1st place award winning watercolor painting, “Bore”.

A Second Place award of $600 went to Kevin Spaulding for his large oil on canvas, “Requiem”. Although a relative newcomer to South Carolina, Spaulding’s paintings have quickly gained recognition on the competition stage. He has won awards at three of the past four Regional competitions, as well as at Artfields 2018 where his painting “The Sacrifice”, won the people’s choice cash award in the paintings category.

left to right: Ashley Arakas (1st Place), Alexandra Knox (Honorable Mention), Charles Clary (3rd Place), and Kevin Spaulding (2nd Place)

“Spaulding’s paintings are deep and rich, visually and conceptually,” said museum curator Stephen W, Motte. “All of his works invite the viewer to approach slowly, to come closer, but within that closeness, each leaves you with a cold, distant impression. It’s a challenging thing to accomplish as a painter, I believe.”

Third Place ($250) went to Charles Clary for his hand-cut paper relief assemblage “Memento Morrididdle Movement # 502”. In 2016 Clary took Top Prize at ArtFields for his installation piece, “Be Kind, Rewind”. He received his MFA in painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2009, and has been represented in galleries throughout the eastern United States. He has been featured in the popular contemporary art magazine “Hi-Fructose”, and on the Discovery Channel program, “Daily Planet”. In addition to being a full-time artist, Clary is a lecturer and teacher, and currently works at Coastal Carolina University.

Honorable Mention ($100) was given to Alexandra Knox of Loris, SC, for her sculpture “Stockpile”. Knox is a veteran of the “Pee Dee Regional”. In 2019 she was awarded second place, and in 2018 also won recognition for her three-dimensional mixed media work, “Five to Nine”. Her art frequently utilizes raw materials like plaster, wax and construction waste lumber.

“Knox’s works are very visceral and direct,” said Motte. “She has a unique ability to transform simple, familiar media into forms which communicate complex ideas.”

Knox has been a faculty member of the art department of Coastal Carolina University since 2014.

Competition juror, Jeff Donovan, said, “This year’s award winners were selected not only for their formal merits, but for their respective uniqueness of concept,” adding that, “The juror’s role is to recognize the inherent subjectivity of an artwork while measuring its success by objective criteria.”

Donovan is an artist and professional paintings conservator in Columbia, SC. He studied art at the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, FL, and at the Penland School of Craft in North Carolina.

As in previous years, the 2020 Pee Dee Regional was opened to submissions of contemporary art created within the last two years by all artists within the state’s northeastern Pee Dee region.

The exhibit is now open to the public and will remain on display through Friday, April 3, 2020 in the FCM Waters Gallery, 135 South Dargan St. Visitors are invited to join the awards selection by casting their ballots for the Jo Ann Fender Scarborough People’s Choice Award. Voting for the People’s Choice Award is open through Friday, March 27. The winner will be announced Monday, March 30.

The exhibit can be viewed at the Florence County Museum Waters Gallery, 135 South Dargan Street, Monday – Friday: 10am – 5pm, now through Friday, April 3, 2020.

For more information about the “Pee Dee Regional Art Competition” and other upcoming exhibits and events, please contact the Florence County Museum at 843/676-1200 or visit the website at (

CREATE Conway in Conway, NC, Presents the Spring Indie Market 2020 – April 18, 2020

February 7, 2020

CREATE Conway in Conway, NC, presents the Spring Indie Market 2020 with live music, food truck vendors, and over 50 exhibiting artists, artisans, designers, and vintage makers. Attendance at Indie Market continues to grow larger and larger. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to join your local creative community.

When: Saturday, April 18th from 10am – 4pm
Where: Laurel Street to Second Avenue
Historic Riverfront District of Downtown Conway

All products sold at this event must be handmade, homemade, and/or designed by you, the seller. Reselling commercial products is strictly prohibited from this event. Vendors who do not abide by this disclaimer will be asked to leave the event and no refunds will be issued.

CREATE! Conway active members receive a FREE outside space.
CREATE! Conway active members inside space is $30
Non-members outside space is $45 and inside space is $75
Food Truck Vendors outside space is $45
Be sure to check out our money saving offer below before you reserve your spot.

NOTE: The City of Conway now mandates that all vendors have a City of Conway business license. If you already have one, please bring a copy with you on the day of the event. If you do not have one you will be required to pay an additional $5 when you check-in on the day of the event.

Applications are being accepted now through April 5, 2020.

Have questions? E-mail inquiries to ( or call Brian at 843/997-0902.

North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC, Offers Art in Bloom – March 19–22, 2020

February 7, 2020

The North Carolina Museum of Art, in Raleigh, NC, will hosts its annual Art in Bloom fundraiser, presented by PNC Bank, on March 19–22, 2020. Featuring more than 50 floral designers from around the country, the popular fundraiser tasks designers to create unique floral pieces inspired by works in the NCMA’s collection. More than 21,000 people attended the 2019 fundraiser and sold-out related events, marking its most successful year to date.

The four-day event also includes floral workshops, lectures, and events, as well as special extended hours and expanded food options. See more information on related events below or by visiting ( or calling 919/715-5923.

The community-favorite trash can bouquets, which popped up around Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill last year in anticipation of the event, will appear in new locations in the weeks leading up to Art in Bloom. Additional community partnerships, including specialty tea with Heirloom Brewshop in Raleigh, are also to come. Follow along on the Museum’s social media channels @ncartmuseum and hashtags #NCMAbloom and #PNCartinbloom.

In preparation for Art in Bloom, the Museum’s West Building (including the galleries, Iris restaurant, and the Museum Store) will be closed on Wednesday, March 18. East Building and the Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park will remain open for visitors. Proceeds from Art in Bloom support Museum programming and exhibitions and benefit the NCMA Foundation.

During the four days of Art in Bloom, tickets are required for admission to the Museum’s collection in West Building. East Building and the Museum Park will remain open and free to visitors. Tickets for members go on sale Thursday, Feb. 6, at 10am, and for nonmembers Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 10am. Reservations for Iris restaurant open for members and nonmembers Tuesday, Feb. 4.

$16 Members
$20 Nonmembers
Free for children 6 and under

Tickets available at ( or by calling 919/715-5923.

Art in Bloom tickets are good for same-day admission to the NCMA’s spring exhibitions “Front Burner: Highlights in Contemporary North Carolina Painting”, “Art in Translation: Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook”, and “Christopher Holt: Contemporary Frescoes/Faith and Community”.

Related events are ticketed separately. Additional fees are charged for workshops, presentations, and other events (schedule below).

Thursday, March 19, 9am–5pm; last entry 4pm
Friday, March 20, 9am–9pm; last entry 8pm
Saturday, March 21, 9am–9pm; last entry 8pm
Sunday, March 22, 9am–5pm; last entry 4pm

Art in Bloom Opening Event: Rose Gold Party
Thursday, March 19, 7:30–10pm
West Building
$45 Members, $50 Nonmembers

Come dressed to dazzle! Designers will be on hand to talk about their interpretations, answer questions, and congratulate the winner of the Director’s Choice ribbon. Ticket includes light snacks, beer and wine, and a specialty cocktail.

For further info visit ( or call 919/715-5923.

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 ( 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 ( or call 252/473-5558.