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.
“Beauty of the Banks: Images of Nature from All Four Season” Photography by Mark Buckler, August 2 – October 25, 2018
Mark Buckler has been actively documenting nature for over 30 years. Born on Cape Cod, MA it was in this area of natural beauty that his passion for photography was ignited and skills sharpened. In 2005 he moved to the Outer Banks where he continues pursuing his passion for nature, wildlife, and landscape photography.
Mark’s degree in wildlife biology from the University of Vermont coupled with his extensive experience as a wildlife field biologist provides him with a deep understanding of nature and animal behavior. This knowledge enhances his ability to capture unique and interesting nature images as well as position workshop clients in the right spots to capture the most compelling images. He is a renowned photographic instructor who has been invited to teach workshops and give presentations nationwide. Fifteen years of experience as a high school biology teacher contributes to Mark’s ability to offer engaging, meaningful, and enjoyable instructional workshops and presentations.
Mark’s highly acclaimed images have received numerous international, national, regional and local awards. His fine art prints have been featured in many exhibitions and can also be found in several galleries. Mark’s photos have appeared in dozens of magazines and other publications. Along with co-author, Steve Alterman, he has documented the abundant wildlife and diverse habitats in and around the Outer Banks in a book, Coastal Wild – Among the Untamed Outer Banks.
“Possibilities… What If?” Mixed Media Exhibit by Mary Ann Remer, November 1, 2018 – January 24, 2019 with opening reception Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
“Full Circle- Mixed Media” by Fred Vallade
Fred Vallade was born and raised in Altoona, PA. At the age of 19 he moved and lived around the New York City area for the next 30 years. In 1993, he relocated to the Town of Duck with his wife. Fred has been creating through many different avenues throughout his life, including oils, acrylics, graphics, and etchings. After moving to the Outer Banks, Fred decided to try a new direction in his art. It was at this point that clay was chosen, with his daughter, who has a degree in ceramics, as an influence.
“For me, artistic development is leaving the safety of familiar methods and discovering the elation of new techniques. I try to be flexible in my approach, both with the clay and in vision, and to embrace the unpredictable.” His work has been exhibited in many areas of the world and we are very happy to welcome his art to the Town of Duck. You can learn more about Fred and his work at www.duckpottery.info.
“Capturing the Skies of the Outer Banks”- Oil Paintings by Catherine Hamill- February 2 to April 25, 2018.
Born in Pennsylvania, Catherine Hamill moved to the Outer Banks in 2008. Her passion for art began with photography in 1975 and branched out to oil painting in 1993. Her paintings are now exhibited throughout the United States and Europe, and she is represented in many galleries, restaurants, and inns in North Carolina, Connecticut, and Block Island, Rhode Island.
Catherine has traveled all over the world to paint. In 2003, while still living in Connecticut, she founded and managed the Firehouse Art Gallery at Walnut Beach, Milford, Connecticut, which is still thriving as part of the Milford Arts Council. In 2009, she opened the “Washed Ashore” gallery in Manteo which featured her paintings, prints, photography, and cards.
Specializing in lighthouses, landscapes, and seascapes, Catherine likes to paint on location to get the feeling of the subject to come through in her work. Private commissions are her specialty and she has participated in several gallery exhibits on the Outer Banks.
Paintings by Brad Price, November 3, 2017 to January 26, 2018.
Born in Hampton Roads, Brad Price has called the Outer Banks home since 1991. Price began painting in 2007 when he was inspired to pick up a brush to combat the winter doldrums. At a painting workshop, Price discovered he had a talent and passion for this form of art. He quickly learned that painting was not just a winter hobby, but rather a vibrant and satisfying form of self-expression. His primary focus is on canine portraiture, and he has turned his talent into a successful business @B.PricePaintedPets. It was his aging Golden Retriever who served as his first model and he realized that the canvas was the perfect place to capture his love for his pet. To this day, the portrait of Isaac is still his favorite painting.
Price is also a talented chef and graduated from the Florida Culinary School of the Arts. He prepared exquisite meals at Elizabeth’s Cafe in Duck for 17 years as Executive Chef. Since the restaurant’s closing, Price has turned his full attention to painting and teaching painting workshops and classes, fulfilling his dream of sharing the arts with others at his studio, Hang 12 Art. You can find Brad Price on Facebook @Hang12Art and @B.PricePaintedPets, and on his website at Hang 12 Art.com
“Creating Without Limits” Photography Exhibit by Anne Parsons, August 2 to October 26, 2017.
Anne Snape Parsons, a native of Scotland, arrived in California as a young adult with one suitcase full of dreams. Those dreams took her from California, New York, Washington, D.C. and finally to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. After leaving the corporate world, she continued to adventure around the globe. But, it was on the Outer Banks after writing human interest stories for local papers, publishing two cookbooks, and exploring her fascination with foods and culture, that she discovered photography.
As a creative visionary, Anne refines the way she sees the world through her lens or, as she likes to say, “my real eyes”. Given this dreamscape, her mission is to produce a curated body of work that honours all people—no matter what size, weight, ethnicity, age, or colour. Anne wants everyone to celebrate their special self, to be visible, to be seen, to capture those fleeting moments that will become a cherished legacy for future generations. Because of her reverence for the human spirit, she shoots from the heart. Her goal is to recognize “that something special” that no one else has seen—it is her visual nourishment.
“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, ran from February 11 to April 28, 2017
Fiber Guild Exhibit, ran from November 2 to January 30, 2017.
Susan van Gieson and Carole Thompson Art Exhibit, ran from November 4 through January 29, 2016.
Retrospect Exhibition, Denver Lindley 1930-2010, August 5 through October 30, 2015.
Photography Exhibition – Cyndi Goetcheus Sarfan, Dan Waters, Dan Beauvais
Ran from May 4 through July 31, 2015
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.
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.