Dare County Arts Council seeks entries for 24th Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show

Published 10:00 am Sunday, April 4, 2021

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Dare County Arts Council has announced a call for entries for the 24th Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show, which will open on Saturday, May 1.

The show is held in memory of Mollie A. Fearing, one of the founders of the Dare County Arts Council, and is known for showcasing vibrant, eclectic artwork.

“My mother always saw the beauty in everyone’s art, just as she saw in every person she met,” said Grizelle Fearing. “I am looking forward to seeing all of the artwork in this year’s show.”

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The exhibition will be open for viewing in Dare County Arts Council’s Courtroom Gallery during normal gallery hours from May 1 to May 29.

Seagreen Gallery owner and artist Susan Evans will judge the 2021 Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show. Evans graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in art photography. She opened Seagreen Gallery in Nags Head with her family in 2010 and has since opened a second location in Duck.

Best In Show and Excellence Award recipients will be announced the week following opening day. The People’s Choice Award recipient will be announced the day the show closes, as guests who visit the show will be able to vote on the People’s Choice piece throughout the month.

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2020 Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show Best In Show piece “Irrevocable Union” by Julien McCarthy. Courtesy DCAC

“Dare County Arts Council gave me the opportunity to enter the Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show in 2020, and I was in mighty good company,” said 2020 Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show Best In Show award recipient Julien McCarthy. “The way I see it, the artists represented in this show are stupendous. My 2020 entry, jovially named ‘Irrevocable Union’ is a very large wooden urn. I was delightfully surprised to win Best In Show in 2020. Thanks so much to the Fearing family and the Dare County Arts Council.”

Artists wishing to participate in this year’s exhibition can find a prospectus and sign up for a specific time to drop off their work online at DareArts.org/molliefearingshow and at the DCAC Gallery.

Due to current restrictions in place for gatherings, there will not be a formal opening reception at the DCAC Gallery for this year’s show.

Businesses interested in sponsoring the 24th Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show awards may contact Dare County Arts Council’s executive director Chris Sawin at DareArtsInfo@gmail.com.

For more information about the show, visit DareArts.org/molliefearingshow or call 252-473-5558.

Dare County Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization dedicated to encouraging the arts in Dare County through advocacy, enrichment and opportunity.