39th Frank Stick Memorial Art Show Awards Announced
Over 300 people poured into the Dare County Arts Council Gallery on the evening of Saturday, January 28 for the opening reception of the 39th Annual Frank Stick Memorial Art Show.
Ceramic artist and long-term resident artist at Pocosin Arts in Columbia, North Carolina Ben Jordan and a panel of judges from The Beach Book carefully selected the following award winners:
Eure Best in Show: Torin Francis “Pounders Beach, Oahu” (graphite/watercolor)
Excellence Awards: Marlene True “A Good Day” (steel/enamel), Travis Fowler “Untitled” (brass leaf on wood panel), and Brad Price “Best in Show” (oil on canvas)
Honorable Mention: Carole Thompson “It’s All About The Plaid” (acrylic)
Beach Book Cover Excellence Award: Mary Edwards “Old Nags Head Pier” (watercolor)
Beach Book Restaurant Guide Cover Honorable Mention: Bobby Wiltshire “Wanchese Westside” (watercolor)
Beach Book Explorer Cover Honorable Mention: Rick Cocke “Snoopy” (acrylic)
People’s Choice Award: Laine Edwards “Keep Fighting” (acrylic and spray paint on glass)
This year was the first time The Frank Stick Memorial Art Show was held at DCAC’s Gallery in Downtown Manteo. To honor Glenn and Pat Eure for their many years of hosting the show at Glenn Eure’s Ghost Fleet Gallery, DCAC named the Eure Best In Show award after them.
“Receiving the Eure Best in Show award encourages me to continue to use the gift that I’ve been given. I am so happy to see my work appreciated by others,” said Eure Best In Show award recipient Torin Francis. “It didn’t take much thought before I decided I wanted to paint ‘Pounders Beach’. The mountains, the rocks, and the waves that break there are so beautiful to me.”
For the third year in a row artist Laine Edwards received the People’s Choice award, which was selected by public ballot during the opening reception.
“There’s really no one word that can describe the feeling generated when reflecting on a community coming out to support the arts and the Frank Stick Memorial Art Show,” said People’s Choice award recipient Laine Edwards. “I feel honored and humbled. I have entered paintings of public figures that I feel connected to each year. Bernie Sanders is such an inspiration to me. I strongly supported his campaign for President, and started painting him the day before the inauguration as a way to keep my mind off of what was happening. I feel better when I am creative.”
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 Saturday, February 25.
This project was supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.
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