Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show Opens, Winners Announced
Dare County Arts Council was filled to capacity with nearly 200 artists and art lovers on Sunday, May 3rd to celebrate the opening of the 18th Annual Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show.
Sponsored by Dare County Arts Council, the show honors one of Dare County’s great arts supporters, Mollie Fearing. Mollie played a major role in establishing Dare County Arts Council, and her vision remains strong in the organization today. Open to members of DCAC and Dare County residents, this annual show boasts some of our community’s finest artists and is a visual feast for the eyes.
The show’s judge, artist Jesi Pace-Berkeley from Virginia, had no easy feat choosing the nine winners from over 70 entries. Through blind judging and utilizing a points system based on skill, craftsmanship and content, she selected the following award winners:
Best in Show – Fay Davis Edwards (painting)
Excellence Awards – Barbara Gernat (painting), Beth Burns (fiber), Jim Bumpass (wood), Peter Erickson II (printmaking).
Honorable Mentions – Victoria Byers (painting), Steve Koczirka (photography), Glenn Eure (printmaking), Nancy White (pastels).
People’s Choice – Jason Schultz (painting)
Special thanks are extended to the sponsors of this year’s show. Mollie A. Fearing and Associates of Manteo are the Founding Sponsor, Zillie’s Island Pantry from Ocracoke are the Lead Sponsor, Lucky 12 Tavern in Nags Head sponsored the Best in Show, and the North Carolina Coastal Federation sponsored an Excellence Award for a work of art most reflective our coastal region. Additional sponsorship has been provided by Ace Hardware and Saga Construction. Attendees to the reception also enjoyed live music from Natalie Wolfe and catering from Kelly’s Restaurant and Tavern.
The Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show will be on exhibit at Dare County Arts Council through May 30th.
The gallery is located at 300 Queen Elizabeth Avenue in downtown Manteo, and hours are Monday through Friday from 10am to 6pm and Saturdays from noon until 4pm. The gallery is closed on Sundays.