41st Annual Frank Stick Memorial Art Show award winners announced

Over a hundred people gathered at Dare County Arts Council for the 41st Frank Stick Memorial Art Show opening reception.

This year’s Frank Stick Memorial Art Show is dedicated to the late Glenn Eure, recognizing his contributions to the arts on the Outer Banks and beyond.

Glenn’s wife Pat Eure, who is an author, poet, curator, archivist and gallery owner, carefully selected the following award recipients from 103 entries:

Eure Best In Show: James Melvin, “The Glenn Eure Experience” (oil/collage).

Excellence Awards: Rick Tupper, “Early Evening Fireflies” (acrylic); James Perry, “Epic Sunrise” (mixed media); Mary Ann Remer, “From The Mountains To The Sea 1” (hand-colored collograph); and Michael Halminski, “Tribute in KC” (photography).

Honorable Mentions: Carolina Coto, “Small Town Girl” (acrylic); Mike Bennett, “Moon Bath” (acrylic); and Jim Bumpass, “Large Urn” (turned wood).

People’s Choice Award: Taylor Williams, “Sandy Wave” (oil).

“I think the entries in this year’s Frank Stick Show are extraordinary and it’s good to see such a variety of approaches,” said Pat Eure. “I used three criteria when judging the show. The first was originality – something conceived in the creative mind and explored in the chosen medium, so that the work invited me into its world, had meaning for me as an observer. The second was technical proficiency. And, of course, I tried to understand what Glenn Eure might see in the work. I hope that he was somewhere around when I was selecting the pieces, influencing me. I know, because he has actually done it in judging, Glenn Eure would have wanted a blue ribbon beside each piece in the show. He loved art and the artist in each of us – so in spirit each creation presented at this show is a winner. To the artists represented in this exhibition, I am sure he would say ‘Eure Great!’”

Nags Head artist James Melvin won the 2019 Eure Best In Show award.

“‘The Glenn Eure Experience’ was exciting to create and gave me an opportunity to reflect on the super creative work and extraordinary life of my wonderful friend, Glenn Eure,” said James Melvin. “He had such a big and generous heart and was the essence of love.  I am humbled that my entry was chosen to receive this honorable award. I am also looking forward to my solo exhibit at Dare County Arts Council in March.”

Taylor Williams, 22 year-old Outer Banks artist, received an overwhelming number of votes for the 2019 People’s Choice award.

“I am so grateful that so many people noticed my painting and voted for it for the People’s Choice award,” said Taylor Williams. “Receiving so much support made me excited and inspired to work on new pieces for my solo show at the Dare County Arts Council in July.”

The annual show is held in memory of Outer Banks preservationist and artist Frank Stick, and is the longest running visual arts exhibit in Dare County.

Show sponsors included Muse Originals, Down Creek Gallery, Jewelry By Gail, Inc., Tar Heel Trading Company, KDH Cooperative, Michael Halminski Photography, Mama Kwans, The Outer Banks Brewing Station, Glenn Eure’s Ghost Fleet Gallery, Sam & Winston, The Blue Point and Outer Banks Fiber Guild.

This project was supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

For more information about this show or upcoming Dare County Arts Council events and exhibitions, call 252-473-5558 or visit DareArts.org.

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