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Breaking into the art world is no easy task. It takes skills, talent, fortitude, and persistence to name just a few characteristics of successful entrepreneurs. The world of art is one of the tougher fields in which to make money, as it isn’t always taken seriously or considered an essential…

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Dead Heading Workshop Make the most of your artistic summer annual and perennial beds by getting into a deadheading routine, a method of pruning to ensure the continuation of new flowers throughout the summer season.

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Ami Hill gazes around her new gallery Muse Originals OBX. “I don’t have talent like this, she says, as she gestures to the art that fills the venue to the brim.

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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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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…

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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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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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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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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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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.

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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…

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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…

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Mandy Bartell is a relative newcomer to the art of jewelry design, but from the looks of things she’s got a promising career ahead of her.

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Roanoke Island Garden Club’s Christmas Wreath Contest adds to the festive nature of downtown Manteo.

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With a new gallery in Buxton, Daniel and Kate Pullen are providing a place where people can explore and discuss the work of dynamic local and regional photojournalists.

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As creative director for Dare County Arts Council’s Emerald Elegance Gala on October 22, Nancy Harvey of Holiday House Weddings and Events spearheaded a massive collaborative project: a 60-foot-long emerald dragon flying over the event space. Harvey’s event concept was “unleashing your creat…

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Come winter, artists and artisans travel to a multitude of shows up and down the Outer Banks to showcase their creations just in time for the holidays. If gift giving is part of your holiday tradition, there will be much to choose from at shows, exhibits and local galleries. Expect to see ar…