Artist at work at New World Festival of the Arts in Manteo.

Artist at work at New World Festival of the Arts in Manteo.

It seems as though the New World Festival of the Arts has been around forever and maybe it has. Or at least it has for 38 years.

The annual gathering of regional artists on the Manteo waterfront is one of the most pleasant couple of days of the year. It was a bit hot and sticky this year, but a nice breeze off Shallowbag Bay kept things at least tolerable.

What’s so nice about the New World Festival is the variety of art that is on display. There’s lots of jewelry, some wonderful carvings, painting, pottery…it’s all here.

Local Artists Shine

The Festival also seems to be the opportunity some local artists have been waiting for to go independent. Mark Sagle was there with his sea glass jewelry. Mark has been perfecting what he does for the past few year.

Trish Valentine who just retired after 28 years teaching art in the elementary schools was  also on hand, her pottery showing bold patters and a sense of whimsy.

The New World Festival is managed by the Dare County Arts Council now, but back in 1981 it was Edward Green, the owner of the Christmas Shop in Manteo who started it all.

Edward was hoping to lure some folds from the beach to Manteo. He had art connections all up and down the East Coast and after that first year was successful, it just kept happening over and over again.

Over the years, the show has become a regular stop for a number of craft people and artist. One of our favorites are Dave and Susan Graves with their Spiral Flutes. Handcrafted from Florida river cane, the flutes are beautiful instruments.

Dave mentioned that, even though the day was quite warm and muggy, the New World Festival was actually the start of his fall show season.

Fall is just around the corner and there is so much to do on the Outer Banks. Plan your visit with Brindley Beach Vacations today.