To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the Outer Banks History Center partnered with the Dare County Arts Council to present an art exhibit, An Eye for Art, A Heart for History. The exhibit opened February 28th in a reception hosted by the Friends of the Outer Banks History Center.
Awards were presented in five categories, four selected by the judges, and one by popular vote.
The “Best in Show” award was given to Peter Hoppe for “Leona Faith of Wanchese,” a depiction of a derelict boat that formerly rested at Wanchese Harbor.
Don Bowers, of Stray Gifts Photography, was awarded “Best Depiction of Theme” for his evocative photograph, “Radiant Repose”, a cemetery scene near Salvo, where a collection of headstones rises from the "sand and grasses, like a quaint relic washed ashore . . . looking steadfastly across the placid reach of the sound, toward the setting sun in radiant repose.”
The “Excellence in a Two-Dimensional Piece” award went to Jefferson Glover for his painting, “Memorial” depicting the concrete cross that resides on the Manteo waterfront.
The “Excellence in a Three-Dimensional Piece” was given to Torin Francis for his pyrography- inscribed gourd in a work that incorporates themes from 16th century maps and represents the maritime folklore of the Atlantic Ocean, rich in pirate legends and mythical sea life.
“Radiant Repose” by Don Bowers garnered the “People’s Choice” award, selected by public ballot during the reception.
Other artists whose work is on display include Rodney Benson, Don Bryan, Miles Creef, Kitty Dough, Mary W. Edwards, Fay Edwards, Glenn Eure, Colleen “Cole” Fagersten, Catherine Hamill, Barbara Hanft, Roland McDevitt, Dave Huff, Carol Gaw Jones, Ray Matthews, Lane Meyers, Holly Overton, Shirley Ruff, Ada Corbell Scarborough, Jen Scialdone, Benton Tuck, Jim Vallone, and Drew Wilson.
The exhibit is on display at the Outer Banks History Center Gallery through December 2014.