The whimsy of a Carol Willett creation on display at the Frank Stick Memorial Art Show.
The whimsy of a Carol Willett creation on display at the Frank Stick Memorial Art Show.

The 41st Frank Stick Memorial Art Show that just opened this weekend may be the most spectacular yet. Featuring over 100 original works of art from Outer Banks artists, the creativity, diversity and skill on display is breathtaking.

The opening night reception on Saturday was the most attended opening of the show in years with well over 200 people crowded into what was once the courtroom of the Dare County Courthouse. Today the Dare County Arts Council Gallery occupies the historic building.

The show was bittersweet—one of the icons of the Outer Banks art world, Glenn Eure, was not there. Glenn passed away in September of last year.

A Tribute to Glenn Eure

Glenn, and his wife Pat, were instrumental in growing the show and for many years Glenn Eure’s Ghost Fleet Gallery was the home of the Frank Stick Show. 

As a way to commemorate what Glenn has meant over the years to the art community and the how he supported the show, the top prize for the Frank Stick Show is titled “Eure Best in Show.”

That top prize was selected by Pat Eure this year, the judge for the exhibit. The Eure Best In Show was awarded to James Melvin for his work, “The Glenn Eure Experience” that so perfectly captured the feeling of a Glenn Eure painting the first reaction was that the work was a Eure self-portrait.

Melvin is best known as the illustrator for Suzanne Tate’s Nature Series of children’s books.

There was so much to see at the opening reception that a second visit is going to be needed. The artwork included some stunning photography, as well as multi-media work blending traditional paint with non-traditional materials. There was jewelry, stained glass—just a remarkable display of creative diversity.

The Frank Stick Memorial Art Show will be on display through February 26 at the Dare County Arts Council Gallery in downtown Manteo.

Art, creative people and interesting things to do and see—it’s all part of the Brindley Beach Vacations experience.