A great day to check out the exhibits at the New World Festival of the Arts.

With a wonderful breeze off the Roanoke Sound lots of sunshine and some great exhibits the 37th Annual New World Festival of the Arts took over the Manteo Waterfront.

Part craft fair, art exhibit and jewelry showcase, the Festival brings a remarkable array of the creative skills of the exhibitors.

There are some people we seem to see every year at the festival. Local artist James Melvin was on hand. If there is such a thing as the dean of Outer Banks artists, he may be it.

He is, perhaps, best known as the illustrator of Suzanne Tate’s Nature Series books, but his painting are well known for the vibrancy of their subject and subtle use of color.

Vic Berg was on hand with his hand carved birds. His wife, Ellen, mentioned that they have been coming to the Festival almost since its inception. What makes Vic’s carvings really stand out is his other job as a professional hunting guide. His understanding of how birds behave and look in the wild comes through in his work.

There are some very pleasant surprises as well. 

The local community college, College of the Albemarle, has a two year jewelry certificate program and the students were on hand with what they have been producing. Creative and innovative, it was a real tribute to the students and instructors.

There was certainly a lot to look at and certainly people were buying, but part of the charm of the show is simply strolling along among the booths in a beautiful setting and taking a look at what is available.