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Miniature art involves a special form of creating that takes a steady hand, and the ability to distill subject matter down to its tiny format without losing meaning. Fine miniature art looks purposeful, as if it was always meant to be tiny rather than a shrunken down form or close-up of a la…

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Cloud Nine in Nags Head is celebrating its 30th anniversary. At the helm of the bead shop and art gallery is Ginny Flowers, who is as thrilled today to be operating the business as she was three decades ago when she first opened the doors.

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Suzanne Stark has a mind like an engineer. She excels at figuring out new things that peak her curiosity. Armed with loads of creativity and open to possibilities, she explores various mediums with fabric products her end result.

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An opening reception for an exhibition of works by fine art and nature photographer Cyndi Goetcheus Sarfan is set for 11:45 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at the Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse on Kitty Hawk Road at Herbert Perry Road, Kitty Hawk.

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All the trees on the Christmas tree lot stood tall and straight and used the cold December wind to puff out their branches to help them look full. This was the most important time of the year for trees, the last night of that special season when people opened their doors and let these normal…

  • Mary Ellen Riddle
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Marcia Cline’s paintings are celebratory. Working with a vibrant palette and energetic strokes she interprets her world that is fueled by gratitude. The 56-year-old Nags Head artist opens a one-person show at the Dare County Arts Council in November, where she will showcase a variety of pain…

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More than 100 people came out three nights in a row to see regional, national and international surf films at the 6th Annual Surfalorus Film Festival, which took place Sept. 21-23, on the Outer Banks.

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Wearing masks dates back centuries with its purpose as broad as the many styles that have been created. Hiding or decorating one’s face appears in history and cultures for purposes of anonymity, war, theater and cultural practices, such as denoting hierarchy, signaling mourning or for celebr…

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The Don and Catharine Bryan Cultural Series opens a new chapter on Tuesday, Oct. 3, with the unveiling of the group’s first Invitational Art Show at Glenn Eure’s Ghost Fleet Gallery. Featuring 20 outstanding Outer Banks painters, the show runs through Saturday, Oct. 28. Gallery hours are fro…

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When you think of women and literature, who first comes to mind? Virginia Woolf? Laura Ingals Wilder of “Little House” fame? Madeline L’Engle with her award-winning “Wrinkle in Time”? Well, probably JK Rowling —and let’s not forget Jann Brett’s fabulously illustrated picture books.

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For nearly half of a century, Glenn Eure has been impacting the art scene on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The Colington artist is the heart of the arts in this coastal enclave. From handing out thousands upon thousands of pen and ink watercolor boat pictures to visitors to his Ghost Fl…

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Tricia Cutler remembers always drawing. Her nana, Patricia Cutler, took her to the zoo when she was a young girl and while in the car remarked, “‘Tricia, you’re really quiet.’ I had drawn all over the side of the van with markers,” says Cutler, 24. “I always was doodling and drawing.”

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After the headline-generating OBX Blackout, Hatteras and Ocracoke islands are celebrating the restoration of power to the islands.

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A visit to Carolina Coto’s website is a mind-blowing experience. Almost everything you can imagine from clothing, prints, and original art to fabric, wallpaper, duvet covers, clocks, tote bags, mugs, pillows and I-phone cases are covered with her art. Working with several companies that prod…

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The Rev. W. David Stowe recently opened Lightkeepers Gallery in Frisco. It’s an appropriate name for his business as a 13-year pastor of Heritage of Faith and a coastal gallery owner. He sheds light as he moves from one devotion to the next whether illuminating Bible verses or the art create…

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Turquoise, blue and green waves undulate across the walls. Bright colored wooden sea creatures float in these summery seas. Every coastal icon the mind can imagine has a presence in This Little Cottage Crafters, a new shop in Frisco on Hatteras Island. Not far from the sea itself, the galler…

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The Dare County Arts Council announces a Call for Entry for the Art of the Mask: A DCAC Special Exhibit, presented as a compliment to DCAC’s annual fundraising event the Black Opal Masquerade Ball, which will be held on Saturday, Oct. 28.

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Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum sounds like a catchy name for an attraction on Hatteras Island. But its name has deep meaning: there really is a graveyard — of ships, and often, their passengers — deep underwater off Cape Hatteras. More than a thousand ships have been lost at sea near Diamo…

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The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras is named in honor of the thousands of shipwrecks that have sunk in the waters off North Carolina’s coast, and is dedicated to the preservation and presentation of the state’s maritime history and culture with an emphasis on shipwrecks.

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Fully realized is an art reviewer’s phrase that fits works that have a sense of completeness sort of like a person who is comfortable in their own skin. This phrase works well in describing the mixed-media works currently on display at the Dare County Arts Council in Manteo. Local artist Jen…

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A few years back, Deb Halahurich haunted art shows in search of creative folk. She was on a mission. The Kill Devil Hills entrepreneur was opening an art gallery and needed artists to show their works. “Everyone thought I was the crazy lady with the flyer in hand,” Halahurich says.

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The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras is named in honor of the thousands of shipwrecks that have sunk in the waters off North Carolina’s coast, and is dedicated to the preservation and presentation of the state’s maritime history and culture with an emphasis on shipwrecks.

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wooden ship planks frame the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum’s store. An elaborately engraved silver flask crafted in a repoussé, art nouveau design sits in an acrylic case in the main gallery. A handsome ship’s bell is exhibited nearby, and through a massive glass window, a capstan can be …

  • Story and photos by Mary Ellen Riddle
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Suzanne Tate and James Melvin are a longtime writer-illustrator team who have been creating children’s books for decades. They’ve done countless readings across the United States, and their nature series — featuring 38 books — is widely collected by parents and small fry who are fascinated b…

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Artists who call the Outer Banks home find inspiration in the ocean, sounds and beaches, the stars, the wildlife, and, well, everywhere. Anglers look at the water and think about fish, and dinner.

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Outer Banks printmaker Peter Erickson has taken the mid-1800s Japanese art of fish printing — gyo (fish) taku (rubbing) — and made it his own. He opened his first showing of fish prints this month at the Dare County Arts Council in Manteo. Thirty framed works of local species — including blu…

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The Frisco Native American Museum & Natural History Center, a nonprofit educational foundation, offers edu-taining programs that are designed to both education and entertain visitors about the rich culture of life on Hatteras.

  • Story and photo by Mary Ellen Riddle
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An art group formed by Doug Brannon, dubbed Post Millennium New York School-Cedar Bar II, was instrumental in showcasing the value of the first art course established by the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York City.

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KILL DEVIL HILLS — Bright color hails from ceiling to floor at the new The ArtiStudio in Kill Devil Hills. Located in the ground floor of a two-story white building perched off the highway, the gallery and artist work space is literally filled with island-style art generated by five artists.

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It is more Fred Vallade’s way to explain how he creates art than to explain the meaning of his art. Who he is, according to the Duck artist, can be found in the result of his creative endeavors. And the danger in explaining this art, is to explain it away, believes Vallade. Fortunately for t…

  • By Mary Ellen Riddle, contributing writer
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Through “painting, painting and painting,” Peggy Saporito has gone from dabbling in acrylics and oils to becoming an award-winning watercolorist. After nearly two decades as a watercolorist, she opens her first solo exhibition at Dare County Arts Council on April 7. Her work will remain up f…