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41st Annual “Frank Stick Memorial Art Show” Award Recipients Announced in Manteo, NC

February 15, 2019

Over a hundred people gathered at Dare County Arts Council on Saturday, January 26 for the 41st “Frank Stick Memorial Art Show” opening reception in Manteo, NC. This year’s “Frank Stick Show” is dedicated to the late Glenn Eure recognizing his contributions to the arts on the Outer Banks and beyond.

Glenn’s wife Pat Eure, who is an author, poet, curator, archivist and gallery owner, carefully selected the following award recipients from 103 entries:


Eure Best In Show- James Melvin’s “The Glenn Eure Experience” (oil/collage). Photo courtesy of Tatum Clements.

Eure Best In Show: James Melvin “The Glenn Eure Experience” (oil/collage)

Excellence Awards: Rick Tupper “Early Evening Fireflies” (acrylic), James Perry “Epic Sunrise” (mixed media), Mary Ann Remer “From The Mountains To The Sea 1” (hand-colored collograph), and Michael Halminski “Tribute in KC” (photography)

Honorable Mentions: Carolina Coto “Small Town Girl” (acrylic), Mike Bennett “Moon Bath” (acrylic), and Jim Bumpass “Large Urn” (turned wood)

People’s Choice Award: Taylor Williams “Sandy Wave” (oil)

“I think the entries in this year’s “Frank Stick Show” are extraordinary and it’s good to see such a variety of approaches,” said Pat Eure. “I used three criteria when judging the show. The first was originality- something conceived in the creative mind and explored in the chosen medium, so that the work invited me into its world, had meaning for me as an observer. The second was technical proficiency. And, of course, I tried to understand what Glenn Eure might see in the work. I hope that he was somewhere around when I was selecting the pieces, influencing me. I know, because he has actually done it in judging, Glenn Eure would have wanted a blue ribbon beside each piece in the show. He loved art and the artist in each of us- so in spirit each creation presented at this show is a winner. To the artists represented in this exhibition, I am sure he would say “Eure Great!”

Nags Head artist James Melvin won the 2019 Eure Best In Show award. “The Glenn Eure Experience” was exciting to create and gave me an opportunity to reflect on the super creative work and extraordinary life of my wonderful friend, Glenn Eure,” said James Melvin. “He had such a big and generous heart and was the essence of love. I am humbled that my entry was chosen to receive this honorable award. I am also looking forward to my solo exhibit at Dare County Arts Council in March.”

22 year-old Outer Banks artist Taylor Williams received an overwhelming number of votes for the 2019 People’s Choice award. “I am so grateful that so many people noticed my painting and voted for it for the People’s Choice award,” said Taylor Williams. “Receiving so much support made me excited and inspired to work on new pieces for my solo show at the Dare County Arts Council in July.”

The annual show is held in memory of Outer Banks preservationist and artist Frank Stick, and is the longest running visual arts exhibit in Dare County.

The “Frank Stick Memorial Art Show” will remain on display at the DCAC Gallery through Tuesday, February 26, 2019.

A special thank you to Muse Originals, Down Creek Gallery, Jewelry By Gail, Inc., Tar Heel Trading Company, KDH Cooperative, Michael Halminski Photography, Mama Kwans, The Outer Banks Brewing Station, Glenn Eure’s Ghost Fleet Gallery, Sam & Winston, The Blue Point, and Outer Banks Fiber Guild for sponsoring the show.

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

Dare County Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization dedicated to encouraging the arts in Dare County through advocacy, enrichment and opportunity.

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

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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).

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.

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

February 27, 2018

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


Daniel Pullen. Photo courtesy of Daniel Pullen Photography.

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

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

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

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

Dare County Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization dedicated to encouraging the arts in Dare County through advocacy, enrichment and opportunity.

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

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

February 26, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

February 9, 2018

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

Bringing an average of 5,000-6,000 attendees to the historic Town of Manteo each year, New World Festival of the Arts has been a Manteo tradition for decades, providing awareness of current trends in the visual arts. The festival was started by Manteo business owner Edward Greene, and is sponsored by the Town of Manteo and funded by a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council.

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

Dare County Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization dedicated to encouraging the arts in Dare County through advocacy, enrichment and opportunity.

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

Dare County Arts Council in Manteo, NC, is Now Accepting Nominations For People’s Choice Exhibit – Deadline Jan. 27, 2018

January 17, 2018

The Dare County Arts Council in Manteo, NC, announces a call for nominations for their inaugural People’s Choice solo exhibit, which will be on display in DCAC’s vault Nov. 2-30, 2018.

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.

“Dare County Arts Council has always encouraged our art supporters to vote for their favorites in exhibits,” said Dare County Arts Council Program Chair Carol Willett. “Recognition is important to all artists, and a People’s Choice show is a means of gathering feedback not only for artists, but also for Dare County Arts Council.

The entire Outer Banks community, from Corolla to Ocracoke, is invited to make nominations for artists from every type of visual arts media for the People’s Choice exhibit. All artists, regardless of age or hometown, are eligible to be nominated for the People’s Choice exhibit.

Nominations can be made online at (DareArts DOT org/peopleschoice) and at the DCAC Gallery in downtown Manteo through January 27, 2018.

The last opportunity for the public to make nominations will be at the opening reception of the “40th Annual Frank Stick Memorial Art Show” at Dare County Arts Council on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018.

After the submission period is closed, a panel of judges will review the nominations and select the People’s Choice artist for 2018.

“The whole idea behind this organization is that it is a council, a place where all opinions matter,” said Dare County Arts Council Executive Director Chris Sawin. “We always strive to include as many voices as possible and the People’s Choice exhibit gives us a new opportunity to listen to our community.”
The People’s Choice artist will be announced on Feb. 12, 2018.

The month-long exhibit will have an opening reception on Friday, Nov. 2 at 6pm, where the community will be able to meet the People’s Choice artist and view their work.

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

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).

 

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.