The Town of Duck Wall Décor Committee established a series of Rotating Art Shows to display the works of local artists and organizations. The artwork is on display at Duck Town Hall in the First Floor Conference Room. Each show is scheduled to run for three months at a time and is free and open to the public Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The public is invited to an opening reception for each show.

Current Shows:

“Creating Without Limits” Photography Exhibit by Anne Parsons, August 2 to October 26, 2017. Opening Reception on Wednesday, August 2, 2017, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Upcoming Shows:

Paintings by Brad Price, November 2, 2017 to January 6, 2018. Opening Reception on Saturday, November 4, 2016, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Past Shows:

“Lost and Found: Explorations in Mixed Media” Works by Fay Davis Edwards, May 6 to July 27, 2017.

Fay Davis Edwards earned a BFA in painting from East Carolina University with her concentration centering on figurative painting in watercolor. She has also studied at workshops with Penland School of Crafts, Pocosin Arts School of Fine Art, and is presently pursuing an MFA at Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine. As resident of a barrier island with an ever-changing environment, her color inspirations come more from the sound and marshes to the west than the ocean. She now displays her work at the Dare County Arts Council Gallery in Manteo, KDH Cooperative in Kill Devil Hills, and Silver Bonsai in Manteo.

For this exhibit, Davis says “I have brought together several of my paintings that explore the mechanics of a line. A line can be a continuous mark on a page, something implied by an arrangement of objects, a definition between colors, or written text. It can also be a sturdy cord or a device for catching fish. My selection of paintings includes a variety of line used to create each image – contour lines, such as for the figures, implied lines like I’ve used in the more abstract pieces, and lines from a book of poetry incorporated in some images. These lines can be playful and loose, or precise and specific, depending on the composition. I love how a linecan be lost and found within a composition. We would be nowhere in art without a line.”

“Spotlight On Performing Arts” The Forum Playbill Competition, February 11 to April 28, 2017

The Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts and Dare County Arts Council are co-presenting the Spotlight On Performing Arts exhibit, which will be on display February 11- April 28, 2017 at Duck Town Hall. The theme of the 4th annual exhibition is Spotlight On Performing Arts, which will reflect many facets of the performing arts, including musicians, singers, musical instruments and scores. Best in show was awarded Dave Huff for his photograph titled “Between Sets.” Honorable mention was awarded to Carol Willet, Green Tullner, and Bruce Frazier.

The Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts is a non-profit organization that brings an annual series of seven outstanding diverse concerts to the area and provides opportunities for youth to participate in the arts. All of the performances are partially underwritten by community businesses.

Outer Banks Chevy is sponsoring the Spotlight On Performing Arts exhibit.

Fiber Guild Exhibit, November 2 to January 30, 2017. 

The Outer Banks Fiber Guild is a community of people who create and enjoy fiber arts who practice, develop and share their talents with one another. Membership is made up of a range of fiber artists – from amateurs to professionals. Through shows and gallery sales, the Guild aims to increase public awareness of fiber and to advance its beauty and utility.

This exhibit was the culmination of several years of work by all guild members as they explored the relationship of color, texture and design using fiber.   From times long past, until today, people have expressed themselves through fiber, ranging from the strictly functional; to the purely aesthetic.  This inherent desire to modify, improve, enhance and embellish has inspired a rich heritage of fiber work, as old as time, as new as today and as unknown tomorrow. It is hoped that visitors who viewed the exhibit gained knowledge and appreciation of fiber art is its many forms

Susan van Gieson and Carole Thompson Art Exhibit, November 4 through January 29, 2016.

Susan van Gieson and Carole Thompson Art ExhibitPhoto: Raleigh Thompson

Approximately 30 years ago, Carole Thompson and Susan Van Gieson first came into contact with each other during their time in the Art Therapy graduate program at George Washington University. Both were devoted to exploring the connection of art and emotion, and both were employed in the Washington D.C. area as art therapists. They had no contact after their time together at graduate school, except at the occasional conference and a quick “hello”.

What a surprise when they rediscovered each other after both joining the Kill Devil Hills Co-Op Gallery. The nagging feeling that they knew each other from the past was finally resolved. It is with joy that they can display their work together and continue their friendship through their art.

Retrospect Exhibition, Denver Lindley 1930-2010, August 5 through October 30, 2015. Opening Reception on Wednesday, August 5 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
About the Artist:
Denver LindleyDenver Lindley, an expressionist painter who worked in oil, watercolor and charcoal, focused his work on confronting social and personal issues, and focused his life around the principle that the arts are vital to society. The Town of Duck is featuring the former Duck Town Council member’s work at the “Retrospect Exhibition, Denver Lindley 1930-2010” as part of the town’s Rotating Art Show series. The public is invited to view Lindley’s work, loaned for the show from collectors and his family, from August 5 through October 30, 2015 at Duck Town Hall (1200 Duck Road), Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Photography Exhibition – Cyndi Goetcheus Sarfan, Dan Waters, Dan Beauvais
Ran from May 4 through July 31, 2015
About the Artists:
Cyndi Goetcheus Sarfan, an award-winning fine art and wildlife photographer, comes from an Army family which kept her on the move to various places throughout the world—from Germany to Thailand, among other bases. Her military upbringing has left her with a lifelong passion for travel and an appreciation of a variety of artistic and cultural expressions, as well as an interest in wildlife preservation all over the world. Her work can be seen online in several locations and at her website

Artist Dan Beauvais, with more than 400 acceptances in international photographic exhibitions and a past leader of several clubs in New England and North Carolina, has based his talents out of Kitty Hawk and shares his snapshots of beauty found here on the Outer Banks. Beauvais was a teacher of photography at Wake Technical Community College and has co-chaired multiple exhibitions in Raleigh. Along with friend and fellow photographer Dan Waters, Beauvais leads hand-on photographic experiences in the Outer Banks Photo Workshops.

Dan Waters, a self-taught photographer working from a 35mm camera to now working exclusively digital, makes his living split between ceramic art and a love of photography. His nature photography has been featured in several nature magazines, and the National Wildlife Federation approached him to mount a one person photography exhibit in their national headquarters in Northern Virginia

Dare County Student Art Exhibit:

Ran from February 18 through April 30, 2015. The exhibit featured student artwork representing First Flight High School, First Flight Middle School, First Flight Elementary, Manteo High School, Manteo Middle School, Manteo Elementary, Kitty Hawk Elementary, and Nags Head Elementary.

Big Bold New Works, A Mixed Media Exhibit by Shirley Ruff and Holly Nettles. Ran from November 1, 2014 to January 28, 2015.

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Holly Nettles Artist Statement

Watercolor Exhibit, by artists of the Baum center Watercolor Group:
Ran from August 1 through October 24, 2014 – Photo Album – Opening Reception, Friday, August 1, 2014

“A Journey on the Surface,” an Exhibit by Fiber Artist Cole Fagersten:
Ran from May 2 through July 24, 2014

Dare County Student Art Show, 33 works of art created by Dare County students. Ran from February through April 25, 2014. Students in the show represented First Flight High School, Manteo High School, First Flight Middle School, Manteo Middle School, Kitty Hawk Elementary School, First Flight Elementary School, Nags Head Elementary School, Manteo Elementary School, and Hatteras Elementary School. The pieces were selected by members of Duck’s Wall Décor Committee.

“Step Back in Time” by the Whalehead Club, a historical display featuring photographic depictions and brief stories of Whalehead’s appealing history. Displayed from July 2013 through January 2014

Steve Alterman Photography, a Duck resident and nature photographer. Displayed through early summer 2013. Read more on Steve Alterman’s display here.

Fred Vallade, a Duck resident and artist including different media.
The first of the rotating art shows; began in December 2012. Read more from the Fred Vallade show here.