Attend the Frank Stick Memorial Art Show on Your OBX Vacation

OBX Vacation Art ShowFor its 36th year, the Frank Stick Memorial Art Show is coming back to the Outer Banks. It is the longest running visual art exhibition in Dare County and takes place from January 25th to February 22nd at the Glenn Eure Ghost Fleet Gallery in Nags Head. Local OBX artists show their work for display and sale to all who attend the month-long exhibition that features sculptures, paintings, drawings, pottery and more.

Who is Frank Stick?

For those who are unfamiliar with the event (and even those who attend), the first question that comes to mind is "Who is Frank Stick?"  Well, like so many who come here for an OBX vacation, Frank Stick came to surf and fish back in the 1920s and fell in love with this coastal paradise. He became so enamored with the area that he ultimately moved his family to the OBX to live. He saw it had huge potential as a tourist destination and even went so far as to help establish the Cape Hatteras National Seashore as America's first national seashore.  Other national landmarks that are here, due partly to Stick, are the Wright Brothers National Memorial and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site.

In 1947, he bought 2,600 acres (about four square miles) that is now Southern Shores. He had always dreamed of an ocean to sound-front community and Southern Shores was born.  Situated along Route 12, he paid $30,000 for it at that time. That was a good investment when you compare it to the $400+ million it is worth today.

Art and Culture are Alive on the OBX

Because there are so many local artists living in the towns along the barrier islands, arts and culture are alive on the Outer Banks. Not only do they sell their work through many local shops, there are tons of local art shows and exhibits throughout the year. Some of the more popular ones include the Dare County Arts Council's Artrageous, held in October, and, of course, the Frank Stick Memorial Art Show as well as the Currituck County Arts Council's Art Extravaganza held annually in March. Other events include the Annual Under the Oaks Arts Festival held in June at the Currituck Heritage Park and the Hatteras Island Arts and Crafts Show held twice a year (summer and Thanksgiving) at the Cape Hatteras Secondary School.

For art patrons, there is no better place to visit than the Outer Banks. It is a great way to combine vacation Outer Banks style with a wonderful arts show where you will find many unique perspectives of island arts and crafts. 

Make Plans to Attend

If you are thinking of an OBX vacation this winter (many local residents' favorite time of year), plan to attend the 36th Annual Frank Stick Memorial Art Show. It is definitely a favorite for all of us who live here and one that visitors enjoy too! The best part about coming at this time of year, there are many ways to save on Outer Banks rentals as home owners typically allow us to offer significant discounts.

Frank Stick loved the Outer Banks more than any place in the world. He took it under his wing to help make it what it is today. This is our way of paying homage to him by highlight what he loved most—local arts and culture.

For more information on the 36th Annual Frank Stick Memorial Arts Show, call us at (866) 760-ELAN (3526). We are happy to answer any questions you have or even help you make reservations for your next OBX vacation.

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