OBXE Awards: 2012 Art Gallery of the Year

 THANK YOU all for voting and participating in the first ever OBX Entertainment Awards! A total of more than 150,000 votes were submitted since June by our readers for over 100 local nominees in eight different categories, and OBX Entertainment congratulates and thanks ALL of this year’s nominees for their talents and support.

Winners will be announced later this fall and should expect to be contacted by OBX Entertainment in the coming weeks to receive their complimentary award plaque. The complete list of 2012 winners will also be featured on our OBXE Awards 2012 Winners page at OBXentertainment.com.

All write-in “Other” votes submitted this summer will be added to the total number of votes submitted for each nominee as of September 30, 2012, when voting was officially closed in all categories to determine the winners.

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  1. The Art Village is the new kid on the block , we are a non-profit educational cooperative whose Mission statement is to assist all artists in developing a viable artist career so they can do what they love. The Art Village also works to support and unify the community through programs we are developing such as the Art of the Child Gallery and its corresponding art programs. Located on the old weeping radish site the TAV Team has take a black hole in Manteo and brought back the light and the rainbow….come visit us today open 7 days a week 10 am to 8 pm mon-sat 1 to 8 pm sun Look for our special events and Artists we still have openings …for information call 252 473-1500

      • At the Art Village we now have 25 different artists being showcased and are adding more every day….adding woodcarving, color pencil as well as imaginative re-purposed art …you really need to stop by to see for yourself what a great gallery we have created in such a short period of time and all of the visitors love us….Having a big back to school Bash for the Kids August 26, free food , games and a concert by Mojo Collins. we are open 10 to 8 mon-sat…1 to 8 sunday

  2. Studio 12 is my favorite art activity at OBX! The owners are so friendly and welcoming; they make being creative a joyful experience. Even when their beautiful store/workshop is full of people of all ages they take the time to help each person get the most out of the art project they are making. I’ve been going to Studio 12 for a long time and it’s fun to be part of seeing an island family business thrive.

  3. I know it doesn’t say our name but Silver Bonsai Gallery could be a great write in for this on the “other” line.
    After 16 years of entertaining visitors at our Fine art and craft gallery here in the OBX and crafting unique jewelry designs we have often been told the entertainment value of our Gallery is top notch . So if you feel inspired write us in 🙂 Thanks!
    Kathryn Stewart
    Silver Bonsai Gallery

  4. Pea Island Art Gallery is our favorite gallery in the OBX, and we’ve been to them all. This isn’t to “dis” the other galleries – there are so many fantastic ones there – but Kim Robertson is fantastic at making visitors feel welcome. She stocks unusual gifts and truly exceptional artists’ and craftspeople’s work. Each time I go there, she has new work. I spend hours there browsing and listening to her tell stories about the artists who created the special items she has on display. It’s truly and extraordinary gallery.

  5. I have to case my vote for Yellowhouse Gallery. Not only is there some incredible art and photography there, but the Eve, one of the owners, graciously hands out gallery guides and explains how to use them to visitors. She says if she doesn’t have what they are looking for at Yellowhouse, they might find it at one of the galleries in the guide. I think it’s so nice that she puts the customers needs ahead of trying to make a sale in her own gallery. Kinda reminds me of Santa in “Miracle On 34th Street”. Eve personally knows most of the artists and photographers featured in Yellowhouse and she is truly happy to repersent their work. Then there’s the other owner, Pete, who will gladly frame whatever treasure you find. You not only leave with a beach memory, if you spend any time talking to Eve or Pete, you leave with new friends.

  6. So happy to see our Gallery’s name has now appeared on the Ballet YAY! and I of course have to agree with the above comments… hard to name a “best ” gallery with such a great circle of galleries working together to make the Outer Banks not just a Beach destination but an Arts destination! That’s one of our favorite things about the area…and what drew me back home to open up the Silver Bonsai Gallery…:)

  7. Outer Banks Art Galleries ROCK! It is one of the most arts friendly communities I have ever experienced and the level of talent and diversity for such a small area is Amazing! Each gallery and arts venue out here has it’s own voice which makes is especially fun to visit them all. I feel lucky to be a part of it and to be living in Gorgeous Hatty with my talented friends and neighbors! ~Kimmie 🙂

  8. I agree Kimmie….and that is why we at the Art Village are trying hard to create the Outer Banks Art Center on the old weeping radish site where all artists can come and have working artists studios, space for daily art shows and sales….concerts , and more….We just need the community to get behind the project so that we can have the next Torpedo Factory or the New Work House or a arts area like Asheville…that will draw customers all over …

  9. My husband and I go to Studio 12 every time we visit the Outer Banks. It is one of my favorite things to do down there! The studio is a very family friendly and the atmosphere is relaxing. I also love how friendly and hand-on the owner of the shop is. I asked about classes before I left and the owner offered to show me some techniques the next time I come! I would recommend Studio 12 to anyone visiting OBX. Good luck Studio 12! Hope you win! You deserve it!!!!

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