Glenn and Pat Eure at Glenn's 86th Birthday celebration.

For our visitors to it may seem as though the the Outer Banks ix a series of towns spread along the coast with little to do during the downtimes of late fall and winter. The little to do may be partially true, although over the past few years,, there has been a marked trend toward more events. 

What is most remarkable, though, about the Outer Banks is how strong the sense of community is and if there is one person who has come to represent that sense of community, it is artist Glenn Eure.

We celebrated his 86th birthday today at his Ghost Fleet Gallery in Nags Head, and it was a wonderful tribute to a truly remarkable man.

Glenn is a very talented artist and sculptor—there is no doubt about that. For an example of how extraordinary his talent is, head over to Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Kitty Hawk and look at the 13 Stations of the Cross that have been mounted on the walls.  Live sized, hand-carved depictions on the Via Crucis, the quality of the workmanship, the interpretation…everything about them is more likely to be seen in a museum than in a local parish.

But as good as Glenn’s art may be, his legacy will be his belief in the Outer Banks community and his efforts to make this a welcoming home for the people who live here. 

He was one of the founding members of the Dare County Arts Council more than 40 years ago; he and his wife, Pat, regularly open the doors to their Ghost Fleet Gallery for a variety of activities. And all they ask is to put the chairs away, make sure the coffee pot is clean and lock the doors.

No one will ever know how many young or struggling artists Glenn has helped over the years, but one of the reasons the arts are so vibrant on the Outer Banks is a direct result of his encouragement and belief in the individual.

And that’s just part of Glenn’s story. A retired artillery commander, he retired from the Army as a Major. He doesn’t talk too much about that, but every once in a while a retired Colonel will stop by, or an old Australian army buddy will visit, and they’ll skirt the edges of war stories, although they never talk too much detail.

This, then, is a tribute to a remarkable man and a still evolving legacy. Thank you Glenn for all that you have meant to the Outer Banks.