The 2019 season of First Friday in Manteo, a monthly event sponsored by the Town of Manteo, launches on Friday, April 5, with a 6 p.m. musical performance by Rachel Dickerson and a new exhibit by Outer Banks photographer George Wood.

In addition, 16 mystery writers will participate in a talk, reading, and reception at the Dare County Arts Council. The writers are members of the Southeast Chapter of Mystery Writers of America. The reception is co-hosted by Downtown Books and the Dare County Arts Council.

The Life of Trees Among Us, a new photography exhibit, also makes its debut on April 5. This special exhibit is a collaboration of media including photography by George H. Wood, wood furniture craft by Larry Bray, and handmade paper by Hiromi Niyodo Kozo. Bruce Frazier, Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professor of Commercial and Electronic Music, retired 2018, is also writing music expressly for the exhibit’s opening reception.

The show will feature six large images printed on handmade paper accompanied by handmade furniture. The intention is to provide multiple avenues for interaction with the theme of the event while providing a mental oasis where one can safely explore and reflect on our relationship with the incredible world in which we live.

First Friday is a fun-filled, family-oriented street festival held from 6 to 8 p.m. the first Friday of each month, April through November, in Historic Downtown Manteo along the Waterfront. Each month on First Friday, Dare County Arts Council hosts new art exhibits, with musical guests performing at the DCAC Gallery. Local shops and restaurants in Manteo have extended hours and also feature special shows, sales and performances. First Friday is open to the public, free of charge. The public, visitors and guests, are encouraged to attend.

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