17th Annual Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show


Mollie Fearing art showReturning for its 17th year, in May, is one of the best art shows in all of the Outer Banks. Sponsored by Dare County Arts Council and other area businesses, the 17th Annual Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show is a chance for area artists to enter their prized works of art into this annual show for the opportunity to win Best in Show as well as other categories. The show opens May 4th and goes through the end of month with the judging on opening day. It is a beloved even that is held in honor of one of the OBX’s most beloved residents, Mollie Fearing.

A Little Bit about Mollie Fearing

Every small community has that one resident who works tirelessly to bring arts and culture to the forefront. Mollie Fearing did just that. In addition to her love of the arts, she was a philanthropist, Mayor of Manteo and chairman of several community boards including the Roanoke Island Historical Association. Probably her greatest achievement, though, was helping to found the Sea and Sound Arts Council in 1975, now known as the Dare County Arts Council. Soon after her death, the Annual Mollie Fearing Memorial Arts Show was established to not only pay tribute to this beloved arts lover but to showcase local artists as she loved to do.

The Details of the Show

The Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show features an eclectic mix of art from local artists who are members of the Dare County Arts Council or Dare County residents at least 18 years old. On display are the most amazing and interesting pieces of art as diverse as the artists. From paintings to sculptures to works using clay, fiber and other mixed media, there is so much talent corralled in one gallery. As we said earlier, the exhibition is held at the Dare County Arts Council, 300 Queen Elizabeth Avenue, in the heart of downtown Manteo, Sunday, May 4th through Saturday, May 31st with the judging taking place on May 4, from 2 to 4 pm.

At the judging, there will be two main awards (or Mollies as we like to call them) – the official Best in Show and the People’s Choice. The judge, Michael Drought who is the Director of the School of Art and Design, East Carolina University, will select the Best in Show while the guests at the opening reception and judging will select the People’s Choice winner.

Dare County Arts Council

The Dare County Arts Council has a prominent presence in the community through its embrace of the arts and its desire to showcase the incredible work that comes out of the Outer Banks as well as educational opportunities to expose art to residents and visitors. For those on vacation Outer Banks towns are within a short drive of downtown Manteo and the Dare County Arts Council which are ideal places to visit – especially on rainy afternoons.

A local event returning this month is First Friday. Held the first Friday of each month through October, the downtown Manteo waterfront turns into a period festival of sorts with booths, music, food from various restaurants, and area businesses bringing fun to the area for the evening. The Dare County Arts Council participates by opening its doors to showcase the various art on display.

Include the Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show

If you are coming to the barrier islands during May and want to truly spend your vacation in Outer Banks style, include the Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show in your plans. Arts and culture play such a huge part in the history and future of our island paradise. We love to share it with everyone who comes here.