Discovering the Art Shows and Galleries on the Outer Banks
The breathtaking landscape of the Outer Banks has served as inspiration for thousands of artists for decades, and today visitors can find the fruits of their labors in a variety of locales, from Currituck to Ocracoke.
Art aficionados can hunt through small, off-the-beaten-path galleries, or attend one of the region's many art shows to get a taste of the Outer Banks art scene and perhaps purchase a work or two as a piece of the Outer Banks they can take home.
Art lovers and expert shoppers will find no shortage of places to explore, and whether they stick to a just a couple galleries close to the beach home, or plan a weekend outing to one of the area's amazing shows, they can see, first hand, how diversely the beauty of the Outer Banks can be captured.
The Dare County Arts Council
For art explorers who want an introduction to the Outer Banks, the Dare County Art Council (DCAC) is a good first stop. Consisting of hundreds of members and volunteers, the DCAC celebrates and highlights the arts in the Outer Banks from all corners of the area, while promoting and fostering a love of the arts for local and visiting children.
The Council has established and supports a number of theatrical shows and performances, including multiple concerts by North Carolina Symphony, Frank Holder Dance Group, Graciela Mime Theater, Shady Grove Band, Carolina Players, African American Dance Ensemble, Terrance Simien and the Mallet Playboys, and the New York Chinese Folk Dance Company, among many others.
In the art world, the DCAC is the cornerstone of several of the area's largest and most renown art shows, including the Frank Stick Memorial Art Show, the Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show, and the Annual Artrageous Art Extravaganza.
The central office, which includes office, workshops and the DCAC's gallery, is located in downtown Manteo, in the historic Dare County Courthouse. Workshops and shows are hosted throughout the year, on a regular basis, and downtown visitors are welcome to stop in to find out what upcoming projects and shows to expect. The DCAC has a far reaching affect, from summer concerts at Roanoke Island Festival Park, to programs for local school children, and for over 35 years, thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds have enjoyed artistic initiatives developed by the Dare County Arts Council.
Terms: Outer Banks Art Explorations
Outer Banks Art Explorations