Closed for three weeks to repair the gallery after flooding, the Dare County Arts Council reopened just in time for First Friday.

The Dare County Arts Council reopened tonight. It took three weeks after the remnants of Tropical Storm Michael passed to fix the building up and get it ready for the public again.

As Tropical Storms go, Michael wasn’t all that powerful by the time it got to the Outer Banks, but even a weakened tropical storm can create problem and in the case of Michael a lot of water got pushed onto streets and properties lining the sounds.

It was all gone pretty quickly, but even a couple of inches of water inside a building calls for some major repairs.

It was good to see the old Dare County Courthouse reopened…and actually pretty quickly. 

This being the first Friday of the month, it was also First Friday in downtown Manteo, so there were a pretty good number of people on hand.

In the DCAC gallery, the featured artist for the month is photographer Daniel Pullen. 

Daniel is an absolutely remarkable artist with a camera. He probably earns his living shooting family portraits and weddings, but his shots of the joy of life on the Outer Banks are remarkable for the breadth of what he depicts and the beauty of his photography.

From fishermen working the water, to surfers of all ages, to the awesome power of Outer Banks weather, Daniel’s images tell the story of life on this sandbar.

The Daniel Pullen photography exhibit will be on display at the DCAC Gallery through the month.

The next First Friday is December 7, and is the big one—the Manteo Tree Lighting marking Santa’s arrival. For anyone needing a good healthy dose of the best of small town life, this is as good as it gets.