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Expressions of Hope & Healing

Dare County Arts Council and The Outer Banks Hospital have partnered on a project called Expressions of Hope & Healing of the Outer Banks Cancer Community bringing free art workshops and artistic resources to community members who have been affected by cancer.


Artist Fay Davis Edwards and cancer survivor Susan Lawrence are working together to ensure that anyone who has been touched by cancer in any capacity (cancer patients, their family members/friends, caretakers, cancer survivors and our local oncology healthcare professionals) can share their journey and experiences through the arts.

The program consists of a wide variety of art activities for people who have been affected by cancer.

Upcoming Workshops

Artist Fay Davis Edwards will be coordinating all of the workshops. Silk scarf painting, ceramics, batiks, writing exercises, journaling, weaving, and painting are some of the media that will be offered to class participants.

Free workshops are held periodically at Dare County Arts Council, located at 300 Queen Elizabeth Avenue in Manteo or on Zoom.


Upcoming workshops will be listed below...

-  Join artist James Webb for a free Expressions of Hope & Healing Zoom workshop on Tuesday, March 30th at 3pm, where participants will be making their own clay cup. Register online here.

-  Join artist Alexis Spina for a free Expressions of Hope & Healing Zoom workshop on Tuesday, April 27 at 3pm, where participants will be making memorabilia books. Register online here.

Individuals interested in private sessions and artists interested in leading an Expressions workshop can contact Fay directly at

Expressions of the Heart 

In February 2021, our Vault Gallery featured the special group exhibit Expressions of the Heart. 

The month-long exhibit showcased mixed media inspired by Jim Dine's Heart Series Expressions workshops, as well as work by local artists. A variety of heart themed artwork was on display, with special work created as part of DCAC’s Expressions of Hope and Healing program, designed to bring a creative outlet to anyone affected by cancer.

Expressions of the Heart was on display January 30 through February 27.

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