Trio Live will be at the DCAC Gallery on Friday, March 1.

The Dare County Arts Council (DCAC) always seems to put together something really special for Manteo’s First Friday celebration—occurring, of course, on the First Friday of every month. They have really upped their game for March. As we wrote earlier, local artist James Melvin will be the featured artist for the month of March, and the DCAC featured artist always has their opening reception at First Friday. Melvin is a remarkable local artist with an international reputation. He is also the illustrator of Suzanne Tate’s Nature Series of children’s books.

What really seems to take things to the next level in March, though is the Trio Live traveling exhibit of art, music, and literature. This is a traveling exhibit that brings together the creative vision of writers, a musician and visual artist to tell a story. This sound very interesting and is a great reason to stop by downtown Manteo and the DCAC Gallery on the evening of Friday, March 1, for the First Friday event.

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List of Authors, Songwriters and Artists Featured at DCAC for First Friday (Friday, March 1)


Donna Everhart

Tony Grooms

Jo Watson Hackl *2019 Southern Book Prize nominee

Anna Jean Mayhew

Elaine Orr

Nicole Sarrocco

Jana Sasser

Shari Smith

Andrea Thome


Eric Erdman


Joanie Gardner

Liz McKay

First conceived by Shari Smith of Working Title Farm, and a writer and singer for “The Working Title Farm Shows,” TRIO is a testament to the way words, music and art can come together around the power of a single story.

The Trio exhibit debuts at the SIBA Discovery Show, and then travels around the South January – September, 2019, hosted and sponsored by SIBA member bookstores, including Manteo’s Downtown Books.