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I’ve always had a hard time figuring out how I should celebrate Columbus Day. I always come up short and end up buying a pizza and raising my slice to Christopher. But since I’ve moved to the Outer Banks, I’ve discovered the town of Duck has it all figured out for me. Better yet, they’ve mad…

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Author signings and special events are on tap at Ducks Cottage and Downtown Books throughout October. All events are free and open to the public, and books for all signings will be available for purchase on-site. Following is a schedule of events:

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I woke up this morning and wanted to tell my friend Glenn Eure that I had taken my “pretty pills” because he always suggested that I had every time he saw me. I know he said this to all the women that came into his Ghost Fleet Gallery in Nags Head, but I believed him because Glenn said it wi…

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Hanna Jubran ponders the universe — astronomy, the cosmos and natural science studies of celestial objects and phenomena. Working with stainless steel, bronze, steel and aluminum, he creates wall reliefs and sculptures. To loosely interpret his artist statement, by fashioning these works tha…

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Often, it is art that records history. Sometimes it celebrates it. In the case of the Dare County Arts Council exhibition, The Chicamacomico Shake Show,” art does both.

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Gracie Isbrecht came into the art business to help a friend. She had never done retail before and is not an artist, but her friend Barbara Warnell was ill and needed help running the Frisco Art Center, so Isbrecht stepped up.

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Color explodes in the Vault Gallery at the Dare County Arts Council this month. Appropriately named, “In Living Color” is an exhibit featuring the works of Outer Banks artists Dawn Gray Moraga and Ben Morris. The showing dips its toes in multiple genres that mix decorative, abstraction, and …

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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…