The DCAC (Dare County Arts Council) has become a great place to find something a little bit offbeat, a little bit different. From their Gallery in the old Dare County Courthouse in the middle of downtown Manteo, there was another great example of that tonight.
First Friday is always a pretty interesting time at the DCAC—the artist of the month is featured, there’s light snacks and some wine. Usually a local musician or group has the stage, but this month it was just a little bit different. And that’s what made the evening so unique. When the PR came out about an evening with Trio Live, parsing what it meant was a bit different. A collaboration among authors, musicians and artists seemed unclear. But this cooperative effort between the DCAC and Jamie Anderson of Downtown Books really bore fruit when everything was presented.
What is Trio Live
Seeing what Shari Smith of Working Title Farm put together the whole thing makes a lot of sense and hopefully Trio Live will be back. There are about 10 or 12 titles involved. An artist reads each book and then creates an individual work of art representing it. Rounding out the trio aspect, a musician composes a song based on their interpretation of the book. Six authors read from their novels, and they ran the gamut from tragic to comic. All of them tonight were based on southern themes—farm, race, cotton…that type of topic. The artwork was amazing. The songs, performed by Eric Erdman, wonderful. It made for a remarkably engaging and creative evening. It was also great to see James Melville, the featured artist of the month at the Gallery. James may be the most talented artist on the Outer Banks, which is not to denigrate anyone’s talent. It was particularly nice to see some of his larger canvases that he cannot take to many of the outdoor shows that he does.