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New World Festival of the Arts in Manteo, NC, Announced Award Recipients

August 31, 2017

In perfect summer weather, over 75 world-class artists, with the backdrop of the Manteo, NC’s waterfront provided the ideal setting for the “36th Annual New World Festival of the Arts” on Aug. 16 and 17, 2017.


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

Mixed media artist Lisa Beth Robinson, who is an assistant professor at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, judged the show. She observed watercolor, acrylic, photography, jewelry, ceramics, wood design, leatherwork, and many other media.


Third place award recipient Gregory Bryant. Photo courtesy of Tatum Clements.

“Jurying the show presented me with difficult choices; I saw a great deal of beautiful and finely crafted work,” said Robinson. “My first consideration was, of course, the formal properties of the work: craft, skill, creativity, and concept. Beyond that, I was looking for artists who used their media in ways that exceeded the traditional boundaries of the material with an exceptional level of skill and work that appeared ripe for pushing these boundaries.”

Robinson carefully selected the following winners:
Best In Show- Jennifer Rose Hyde from Manteo, NC. (fiber/jewelry)
Second Place- Sheila Nash from Norfolk, VA, (watercolor)
Third Place- Gregory Bryant from Norfolk, VA, (jewelry)
Merit Awards: Cammie Hall from Kitty Hawk, NC, (jewelry), Cyndi Goetcheus Sarfan from Kill Devil Hills, NC, (photography), Dawn Gray Moraga from Kitty Hawk, NC. (acrylic), and Laura Frye from Washington, NC (watercolor).

Best In Show winner Jennifer Rose Hyde paints with needles and threads that compose wearable art with vibrant colors and textures. Second place winner Sheila Nash is a watercolor artist who paints on paper with transparent watercolor. Third place winner Gregory Bryant’s unique porcelain jewelry has an ancient, yet modern design. “What a nice surprise it was to get this award,” said artist Gregory Bryant. “This was my third year participating in the show. I continue to be lured by the charm, hospitality, and unique character of Manteo. I really enjoyed my customers- a great mix of locals and vacationers.”

Presented by PNC Bank for the third consecutive year, the New World Festival of the Arts is a Manteo tradition that provides awareness of current trends in the visual arts while acquainting visitors with the historic Town of Manteo.

Thank you to presenting sponsor PNC Bank, corporate sponsor SAGA Construction & Development, event partner The Town of Manteo, and show organizers Erin Johnson and Louise Sanderlin.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to help organize this show,” said jewelry artist and DCAC staff member Erin Johnson. “As a graduate of The College of the Albemarle’s fine arts program and a budding artist, this show has been a wonderful learning experience. I enjoyed working with all of the New World Festival artists and seeing their artwork.”

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 supporting the arts in Dare County.

For more information about the Dare County Arts Council’s upcoming events, please call 252/473.-5558 or visit (www.DareArts.org).

 

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Dare County Arts Council in Manteo, NC, Announces A Call For Entry For Mask Exhibit – Deadline Sept, 29, 2017

July 30, 2017

The Dare County Arts Council in Manteo, NC, announces a Call for Entry for the “Art of the Mask”: A DCAC Special Exhibit, presented as a compliment to DCAC’s annual fundraising event the Black Opal Masquerade Ball, which will be held on Oct. 28, 2017.

Outer Banks artists working in: metal, wood, cloth, papier mâché, glass, paint, clay, leather, enamel and jewelry artists are invited to create masks that encourage viewers to explore their imaginations.

“Art and identity form some of the strongest visual images we know,” said “Art of the Mask” Exhibit Curator Carol Willett. “This year’s annual fundraiser, the Black Opal Masquerade Ball, is intimately linked with our month-long exhibit, “Art of the Mask”. Artists from all different media have a unique opportunity to turn their talents toward producing masks and mask-related art that will excite the community and prepare us for a splendid night at the Ball.”

Artists wishing to participate in the “Art of the Mask” exhibit can find a prospectus online at (DareArts.org/mask) and at the DCAC Gallery in downtown Manteo.

The “Art of the Mask” is open to Dare County Arts Council members and residents of Dare County age 18 and over. Entries can be dropped off Thursday, Sept. 28 and Friday, Sept, 29, 2017, between 10am and 5pm at the DCAC Gallery, 300 Queen Elizabeth Ave. Manteo, NC.

An opening reception for the mask exhibit will be held at Dare County Arts Council on First Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, from 6-8pm.

Everyone is encouraged to visit this special exhibit to find the perfect mask for Black Opal. The event will celebrate the spirit of creativity and imagination. Tickets to Black Opal can be purchased online at (DareArts.org/blackopal) and at Dare County Arts Council in Manteo.

“Every year, our big fundraiser enables us to make nearly all of our arts programming free and open to the public,” said Dare County Arts Council Executive Director Chris Sawin. “The mask exhibit is meant to be a preview of this year’s Black Opal event, which promises to be a ton of fun! Costumes and masks are optional at Black Opal, but highly encouraged.”

The “Art of the Mask” exhibit will remain on display at the DCAC Gallery through Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 10am to 5pm and Saturday 12-4pm.

As Black Opal’s Michelangelo sponsor, TowneBank supports the “Art of the Mask” exhibit along with Dare County Arts Council’s Emerging Artists Series and Power of Art program.

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

For more information about “Art of the Mask” exhibit, please visit (DareArts.org/mask) or call 252/473-5558.

NC Outer Banks Artists Selected For Statewide Exhibition

July 12, 2017

Three members of Dare County Arts Council, in NC, Mary Edwards, Peggy Saporito and Bobby Wiltshire have been selected for the 2017 Watercolor Society of North Carolina’s 72nd statewide exhibition.

A total of 266 entries were submitted for this year’s exhibition, which will be on display at Greensboro College’s Anne Ruff Galyon and Irene Cullis Galleries in Greensboro, NC, October 15- November 18, 2017.

“What an honor it is to be accepted into this year’s WSNC annual juried competition,” said watercolor artist Mary Edwards. “Thank you, WSNC, for making the annual art show and meeting fun and successful! Can’t wait for the art-filled weekend with internationally acclaimed artist Mary Whyte.”

Mary Whyte juried the show selecting 70 paintings for the annual exhibition. She is a watercolor artist, teacher and author whose figurative paintings have earned national and international recognition. Her portraits are in corporate, private and university collections, and in permanent collections of the South Carolina Greenville County Museum of Art and the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC.

“I am truly humbled and honored to have been juried into the 72nd Watercolor Society of NC Exhibition by Mary Whyte with my painting ‘Play Ball’,” said watercolor artist Peggy Saporito. “As an outstanding writer, teacher and watercolor artist, I admire her accomplishments and talent and truly value her opinion as a juror.”

All are cordially invited to attend the Watercolor Society of North Carolina’s 72nd Exhibition Opening Reception on Sunday, October 15 at 2pm.

For more information about the Watercolor Society of North Carolina’s annual statewide convention and exhibit, please call 252/473-5558 or visit (ncwatercolor.com).

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

Dare County Arts Council in Manteo, NC, Announces Awards from the “20th Annual Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show”

May 31, 2017

Hundreds of people poured into the Dare County Arts Council Gallery in Manteo, NC, on Sunday, April 30, 2017, for the opening reception of the “20th Annual Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show”, founded by Mollie A. Fearing and Associates Inc.
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Multi-media artist Mei Ling Cann carefully selected the following award winners:


MFMAS Best in Show Award Recipient Sue Freeman. Photo courtesy of DCAC Programs Director Fay Davis Edwards.

Lucky 12 Tavern Best in Show went to Sue Freeman “My Kind of Treasure” (wood)

Willey Agency Excellence Awards went to Rick Cocke “Circus Stars” (acrylic), Mary Edwards “Old Nags Head Pier” (watercolor), Dawn Moraga “Red Sky in the Morning” (acrylic), and Jefferson Glover “Sin Bearer” (mixed media)

Honorable Mentions went to Thomas Dean “Yin Shell Yang” (acrylic), Sean Ballentine “Jennette’s Pier” (photography), Feather Phillips “Three Turnips” (watercolor), and Mandy Bartell “Grace is Gone” (copper)

People’s Choice Award: Petie Brigham “Hooray! Beach Day!” (oil painting)

“This exhibition maintains a well-balanced flow of colors and compositions, while utilizing a varied range of media and imagery,” said judge Mei Ling Cann. “I was delighted to see the range of talent in the Outer Banks community and enjoyed meeting the local artists.”

Presented by Zillie’s Island Pantry on Ocracoke Island, this year’s show features 80 entries by local Outer Banks artists.

“Winning an excellence award means a lot to me, especially this year,” said artist Dawn Moraga. “I’ve been going deep with my art trying to take it to the next level and I feel like this piece represents the direction I want to go.”

The Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show is held in memory of Mollie A. Fearing, one of Dare County Arts Council’s founders.

“Dare County Arts Council is thankful to have had the guidance and vision of Mollie Fearing during the early years of this organization,” said Dare County Arts Council Executive Director Chris Sawin. “For twenty years we have gladly paid tribute to her memory through this fun, eclectic exhibit.”

A special thank you to Kelly’s Restaurant and Tavern for providing delicious hors d’oeuvres at the opening reception.

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

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

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

 

Dare County Arts Council Calls for Entries for the “36th Annual New World Festival of the Arts” – Deadline is March 31, 2017

February 8, 2017

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The Dare County Arts Council announces a call for entry for the “36th Annual New World Festival of the Arts”, which will be held at the Manteo, NC, waterfront Aug. 16-17, 2017, 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, and leather works.

“Last year was my first time participating in New World Festival of the Arts,” said Virginia Beach, VA, based artist and 2016 New World Festival of the Arts 2D Best in Show award recipient Ed Obermeyer. “My wife and I were pleasantly surprised by the beauty and charm of Manteo and the visually stunning scenery of the festival location. The setting is a plein air artists dream come true, and I plan on returning this year to participate in the show and paint some of the fantastic sites around the festival. The Dare County Arts Council has a true gem of festivals in this venue. I would encourage all fine artists to explore this show in depth and participate.”

Artists wishing to participate in the “New World Festival of the Arts” can find an application online at (www.DareArts.org). The application deadline is Friday, March 31, 2017. Acceptance notifications will be made by April 15.

Mixed media artist Lisa Beth Robinson will judge the show. Robinson makes artist books (letterpress, papermaking, printmaking) broadsides, fine art, curates exhibitions, and is an assistant professor at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC.

“It is both a pleasure and a privilege to join the 2017 “New World Festival of the Arts”,” said Lisa Beth Robinson. “I’m looking forward to reading the visual story of our region, told through the voice and hands of fine artists and craftspeople. As a juror I look for strong compositions, forms, and designs; excellence in craftsmanship; and concepts which are thoughtfully and clearly communicated. In more poetic terms, work that entices, work that makes me want to stop and spend time, work that brings me to unexpected places in thought and feeling.”

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.

For more information about the “New World Festival of the Arts”, please visit (www.DareArts.org). Dare County Arts Council is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit arts organization dedicated to supporting the arts in Dare County.

Art to Anchor Dowdy Park in Nags Head, NC, Grand Opening – May 13, 2017

January 27, 2017

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The Town of Nags Head, NC, is partnering with the Dare County Arts Council on the Grand Opening of Dowdy Park, which will be held May 13, 2017, from 10am-8pm.

The Grand Opening, a free, family-friendly event, will celebrate the visual, performing and culinary arts. The event will feature the Dare County Arts Council’s 28th Annual Artrageous Kids Art Festival from 10am-3pm, followed by a free outdoor concert from 3-8pm. The entire day will be complemented by local restaurants providing artistically inspired cuisine.

“We are excited to be working with the Dare County Arts Council to make Dowdy Park’s grand opening really special and an event that people of all ages will want to attend,” said Nags Head Mayor Bob Edwards. “The goals of Artrageous correlate perfectly to Dowdy Park’s design elements: fun for all ages, a free, safe space for the community to gather, with elements that pay homage to our heritage such as our art and our family-friendly atmosphere.”

“We are grateful to the committee of Nags Head citizens, as well as many other members of the public, who worked hard to bring the park’s design to fruition,” Mayor Edwards further said. “In addition, the project would not be possible without generous grants from Trillium Health Resources, the Dare County Tourism Board, and the Outer Banks Community Foundation. Their support for our vision for a park for all ages and abilities was unqualified.”

The event’s theme, Art is the Heart of the Park, focuses on the importance of art in the community. Artrageous is an annual community event that brings families together to paint, sculpt, dance, and be creative.

“This project is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for DCAC,” said Dare County Arts Council Executive Director Chris Sawin. “It is beyond remarkable that the Town of Nags Head has envisioned Dowdy Park as an art park – and that the Arts Council would be asked to help with its grand opening. For decades, the Town of Nags Head has taken a leadership role in the Outer Banks arts community and I applaud and thank them for taking it to a new level with the creation of Dowdy Park.”

Volunteers interested in being part of the event can contact Dare County Arts Council Programs Director Fay Davis Edwards by e-mail at (dareartsprograms@gmail.com) or call 252/473-5558.

Purchased in 2013, with the plan to develop a fully accessible, inclusive gathering space for all ages, the five-acre Dowdy Park sits at the corner of South Croatan Highway and Bonnett Street.

For more information about the grand opening, contact the Town of Nags Head at 252/441-5508.

Dare County Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization dedicated to supporting the arts in Dare County. DCAC programming is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council.

The Town of Nags Head, North Carolina, is located on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, a chain of barrier islands along the Atlantic Ocean, 90 miles south of Norfolk, Virginia.  A unique resort community, Nags Head takes pride in its clean water, low density of development, and abundant open spaces.  Its 11 miles of oceanfront and 6.5 square miles of area are home to a year round residential population of 2,800 and a summer population of approximately 40,000.

Dare County Arts Council Calls for Applications for Regional Artist Project Grants in Eastern North Carolina – Deadline is Sept. 9, 2016

July 28, 2016

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The Regional Artist Project program is managed through a partnership with the North Carolina Arts Council and 29 local arts councils throughout eastern North Carolina working as a consortium.

Residents in Dare County are eligible to apply for grants that provide financial support to artists at any stage of their career in disciplines such as visual art/craft, music composition, film/video, literature/playwriting, and choreography/dance. Types of fundable projects include the creation of new work, purchase of equipment and materials, and professional development workshops.

“The RAP Grant is an excellent opportunity for artists, musicians, and writers to apply for the funding they need to help make their artistic dreams a reality. DCAC helps fund this grant, which is administered regionally through the NC Arts Council, and we are delighted to offer this to our community,” said Dare County Arts Council Programs Director Fay Davis Edwards.

Application forms and grant guidelines are available online at (www.DareArts.org) and (www.PittCountyArts.org).

Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge serves as administrative arts council for the Eastern North Carolina Regional Consortium and manages the application and review process. Applications must be received no later than Friday, September 9, 2016 to the Pitt County Arts Council, located at 404 S. Evans Street, Greenville, NC 27858 or Dare County Arts Council, located at 300 Queen Elizabeth Avenue, Manteo, NC 27954.

Since 1985, the North Carolina Arts Council has provided funds for the Regional Artist Project to support professional artists. The regional consortium of eastern North Carolina arts councils matches the NC Arts Council to create a pool of funds for the artists. In the East, grant awards to artists generally range from $500 to $1,000, and follow a competitive application and review process.

For more information, contact Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge Executive Director Holly Garriott by e-mail at (holly@pittcountyarts.org) or call 252/551-6947 or Dare County Arts Council Programs Director Fay Davis Edwards at (dareartsprograms@gmail.com) or 252/473-5558.

Dare County Arts Council in Manteo, NC, To Host Annual Watercolor Society of NC Convention and Exhibit – Deadline for Entries May 30, 2016

April 19, 2016

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The Watercolor Society of North Carolina’s 71st statewide convention and exhibit will be hosted by the Dare County Arts Council in downtown Manteo, NC, from Oct. 9 – Nov. 18, 2016. The exhibit’s opening reception will be held at the Gallery on Sunday, Oct. 9 from 2-4pm.

“I am looking forward to having outstanding artists of this caliber sharing their talents with the residents of the Outer Banks,” said award-winning watercolorist and event co-chair Peggy Saporito.

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View of the 2015 exhibition.

Artists wishing to participate in this year’s exhibition can find a prospectus online at (ncwatercolor.com).

The deadline for entries is May 30, 2016.

The exhibition is open to any watermedia artist over the age of 18 who is a resident of North Carolina and a current member of WSNC. You can easily become a member online at (ncwatercolor.com).

In addition to the exhibit, the Dare County Arts Council will also host four seminars, the annual meeting, a luncheon and a workshop with award-winning watercolorist and juror Mark Mehaffey for members of the WSNC.

The Watercolor Society of North Carolina’s annual statewide convention and exhibit is sponsored by the Don and Catharine Bryan Cultural Series.

“We are excited about the WSNC exhibition and pleased to be working with the Dare County Arts Council. Our founder Don Bryan was an accomplished painter. With this show, we will return to our roots in the visual arts,” said President of the Don and Catharine Bryan Cultural Series John Tucker.

For more information about the Watercolor Society of North Carolina’s annual statewide convention and exhibit, please visit (ncwatercolor.com) or (darearts.org).

Rock The Cape Festival Returns To Hatteras Island, NC – June 8 – 10, 2016

April 15, 2016

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The Dare County Arts Council will host their fourth annual Rock The Cape Festival, June 8-10, 2016, on Hatteras Island, NC.

Rock The Cape is a three-day celebration of the creative community of Hatteras Island with live music, art demonstrations and activities for children.

On Thursday June 9, Koru Village’s Beach Klub in Avon, NC, will open its doors at 6pm for the Rock The Cape concert. This year’s concert will be headlined by cajun-zydeco band Unknown Tongues of Gloucester, NC. Blending progressive folk, Americana and bluegrass, The Midatlantic band of Wilmington, NC, will open for Unknown Tongues.

Rock The Cape concert tickets are $12 in advance and $18 at the door. Tickets are available online at (brownpapertickets.com) and at Koru Village in Avon, Dare County Arts Council in Manteo, NC, and Cloud Nine Gallery in Nags Head, NC. Additional ticket outlets will be announced at a later date.

New in 2016, Rock The Cape will feature The Island Art Show and Experience Art events at numerous galleries on the island.

“Get up close and personal with art by making your own unique creation or meeting an artist during Experience Art sessions June 8 and 9 at participating galleries on Hatteras Island,” said Carolyn Schena, owner of Studio 12 in Avon.

Rock The Cape will conclude with The Island Art Show at the Community Center in Rodanthe, NC, on Friday, June 10 from 10am-5pm.

Hatteras Island artists, galleries, businesses and civic organizations wishing to participate in the festival are invited to contact Dare County Arts Council via e-mail to (dareartsinfo@gmail.com) to reserve their space.

This project is sponsored by the Outer Banks Visitor’s Bureau.

For more information visit (darearts.org) and (rockthecapeobx.com), or contact Dare County Arts Council at (dareartsinfo@gmail.com) or call 252/473-5558.

Dare County Arts Council Calls for Participation in 35th New World Festival Of The Arts in Manteo, NC – Deadline Apr. 1, 2016

March 22, 2016

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Celebrating its 35th year, the New World Festival Of The Arts will be held Aug. 17 and 18, 2016, from 10am-5pm on the waterfront in downtown Manteo, NC.

New World Festival Of The Arts offers 85 local and regional artists an opportunity to display and sell their creative work and compete for awards.

Artists wishing to participate can find a prospectus for the juried show online at (http://darearts.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/2016-NWFA-Application.pdf). The application deadline is Friday, April 1, 2016.

The free community event will feature world-class art from up and down the East Coast, including Outer Banks artists LeMair Handcrafts.

LeMair Handcrafts is the work of Lisa LeMair and Christopher Proto and includes wearable art, jewelry, accessories and stoneware pottery. In 2015, Lisa won 3-D Best In Show for her jewelry.

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Dare County Arts Council Gallery Manager Louise Sanderlin, Artist Lisa LeMair, Dare County Arts Council Volunteer Erin Johnson, and Dare County Arts Council Executive Director Chris Sawin (left to right) at the 2015 New World Festival Of The Arts.

“As an artist who has traveled to shows from California to Connecticut, it is so refreshing to have this little gem of a show right in my backyard. The organizers are enthusiastic, helpful and dedicated to making this a good show for everyone involved. We have strong support from locals and visitors alike. And, of course, I especially appreciate the meaningful cash awards for best in show- many thanks to the sponsors who make that possible,” said Lisa LeMair.

For more information, or if you would like to be an exhibitor at New World Festival Of The Arts, please contact the Dare County Arts Council by e-mailing to (dareinfo@gmail.com) or call 252/473-5558.

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