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.
Mary Edwards taught herself to draw in the second grade. The love and passion for art continued growing throughout childhood as she collected her sketches and expanded her talent until watercolors became her passion. “The realism of Andrew Wyeth and J. S. Sargent’s watercolors inspired me to paint those people, pets, and places familiar to me”. She attended art school in San Francisco, CA then obtained a BA in Fine Arts from George Mason University.
Mary is a signature member of the Watercolor Society of North Caroline (WSNC) and has served on their Board of Directors as Eastern Region Direction. Many of her awards are from the WSNC and eastern North Carolina art shows and competitions. She is also an active member of the Dare County Arts Council where she has taught classes and workshops.
An opening Reception for this exhibit will be held in the First Floor Conference Room of the Duck Town Hall on Saturday, February 8, 2020 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public. Come meet the artist and view her work.
This exhibit of “People, Pets, and Places You Love” Watercolors by Mary Edwards will be on display Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. February 7 – April 29, 2020 in the first floor Conference Room at Duck Town Hall, 1200 Duck Road. The show will be closed on weekends and holidays. Rotating Art Shows change quarterly, feature local artists, and are coordinated by volunteers for the Town of Duck. For more information, visit townofduck.com, or call 252.255.1234.
“Fault Lines, Through Lines”- a collaborative exhibition by Lynne Scott Constantine and Suzanne Scott Constantine, May 1- July 30, 2020 with opening reception Saturday, May 2, 2020 from 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Paintings by Christina Forte and Meg Rubino, July 31-October 28, 2020 with opening reception Wednesday, August 5, 2020 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Paintings by Taunya Moore, November 6, 2020- January 27, 2021 with opening reception Saturday, November 7, 2020 from 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Watercolor Exhibit by Robert Wiltshire, November 1, 2019- January 29, 2020 with opening reception Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Richmond, Virginia native Bobby Wiltshire is the founder and owner of Carousel Signs and Designs in Richmond, established in 1976. Upon his retirement in 2016 two of his children and his son-in-law inherited the business. Bobby’s early art included hand-lettering, pictorials, logos, and sign design. He discovered a love for watercolor years ago when his daughter presented him with a watercolor set for Christmas. Immediately he was hooked, and he began taking classes at the Hand Workshop in Richmond. His subjects consist mainly of rural scenes and scenes around the Outer Banks where he and his wide Janet moved in 2016.
Bobby’s work is on display at the Dare County Arts Council in Manteo, where he was recently awarded Best in Show at the Molly Fearing Memorial Art Show. He has won numerous awards both in North Carolina and Virginia. His work can also be seen at Silver Bonsai Gallery and Blu Coral Studio in Manteo. He has watercolor paintings in Blue Moon Restaurant in Nags Head.
Batik Exhibit by Robin York, August 2 – October 23, 2019 with opening reception Wednesday, August 7, 2019 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Robin York is an award-winning artist who earned her master’s degree in art from East Carolina University and is currently an instructor with the College of the Albemarle in Manteo. She has also taught classes at the Dare County Art Center to students of all ages and all skill levels. For over 35 years, she has been sharing her knowledge and watch as students grow in their creativity. Work from six of her students will on display with hers during this exhibit.
Linus Quilt Exhibit, May 3 – July 24, 2019 with opening reception Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Project Linus was founded by Karen Louke after reading an article in Parade Magazine about a 3-year-old going through treatment for Leukemia. The article described a special “blanky” that helped the young child through hospital visits and treatments. Soon after reading the article, Karen made the decision to start bringing homemade blankets to Denver’s Rocky Mountain Children’s Cancer Center.
Outer Banks resident and Knitting Addiction owner, Jeanne Shrader, serves as coordinator for the Outer Banks groups. As coordinator, Jeanne is tasked with the distribution of the quilts. Sally Meagher leads a group of 60 women that meets on Fridays at Duck United Methodist Church in January and February. She is responsible for distributing new patterns each week. Most of the fabric is donated and collected all year. This year, they have made over 500 quilts for distribution to children that are ill or have suffered trauma. A large majority of those will be handed out on the Outer Banks.
After this year, the group will end their affiliation with Project Linus and go on their own as the OBX Blanketeers. One reason for the split from Project Linus is to have the allowance of distributing to a wider range of people in need, including nursing homes, chemo patients, veterans, etc. This group not only quilts, but knits, crochets, and makes fleece blankets. Since beginning in 2000, over 5,000 quilts have been made and distributed.
In addition to the display at the Duck Town Hall, the quilts are also hung at the Duck United Methodist Church on the second Saturday in March. For more information or to be part of next year’s group, contact Sally Meagher, 252-261-0276.
Photography Exhibit by Eve Turek and Jeff Lewis, February 1 – April 24, 2019 with opening reception Saturday, February 9, 2019 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Eve Turek moved from Northern Virginia to the Outer Banks in the mid-1970s. What began as a hobby after receiving her first camera many years ago, grew into a lifelong passion and, eventually, livelihood. In her words: “Photography centers me in awareness and in gratitude for all the gifts nature offers”. After holding jobs with Dare County and Colington Harbour she went on to finish college and obtain a master’s in environmental education. She and her husband now own Yellowhouse and SeaDragon Gallery, both located in Duck, NC. These galleries showcase local and American artists alongside her own work.
Jeff Lewis has been passionate about nature his entire life. Growing up in a military family, Jeff moved around a great deal but was fortunate to usually live near a creek or wooded area. He moved to the Outer Banks 30 years ago becoming a fisherman, horticulturist, and avid birder. “An important goal of mine is to use my images to increase public awareness, interest, and appreciation for nature.” His photography can be seen in wildlife kiosks and informational signage all over the Outer Banks, various publications, and on websites.
“Possibilities… What If?” Mixed Media Exhibit by Mary Ann Remer- ran November 1, 2018 – January 24, 2019
“Beauty of the Banks: Images of Nature from All Four Season” Photography by Mark Buckler- ran August 2 – October 25, 2018
“Full Circle- Mixed Media” by Fred Vallade, ran May 3- July 25, 2018
“Capturing the Skies of the Outer Banks”- Oil Paintings by Catherine Hamill- ran February 2 to April 25, 2018
Paintings by Brad Price, ran from November 3, 2017 to January 26, 2018.
“Creating Without Limits” Photography Exhibit by Anne Parsons, ran from August 2 to October 26, 2017.
“Lost and Found: Explorations in Mixed Media” Works by Fay Davis Edwards, ran fromMay 6 to July 27, 2017.
“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.