Snoopy, by Rick Cocke.

We mark the passage of time in a number of different ways and after 39 annual Frank Stick Memorial Art Shows things are bound to change a little. 

The art is as good as it’s ever been; in fact, this year’s collection may be the best we’ve seen in some time. Held at at the Dare County Arts Council Gallery in downtown Manteo, the show will be on display through February 25.

On display at the DCAC Gallery, though, is a real change; for the past 32 years Glenn and Pat Eure have hosted the event at their Nags Head Ghost Fleet Gallery, but this year the couple felt they were not able to do so.

Glenn and Pat were on hand to wish the artists well and make some opening remarks, and the show, hung in what used to be the courtroom looks fantastic. The Eures, though, have been amazing hosts to the event over the years, so it’s with mixed feelings that the passage to a new venue is marked.

The art—which is really what it’s all about—was absolutely wonderful. 

Best in show was a very subtle painting by Kitty Hawk artist Torin Francis from his time on Oahu. Titled Pounder’s Beach, Oahu, Torin did a really nice job of bringing out the shades of color he saw.

Torin, like a lot of the artists on hand, is part of the under 30 set, bringing a lot of hope and energy to the future of the arts on the Outer Banks.