Mollie Fearing

memorial art show

In Memory of Mollie A. Fearing 

2021 Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show

The 24th Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show will open in our Courtroom Gallery on Saturday, May 1.

Artists wishing to participate in the 2021 exhibition can find the prospectus on the button below.

Please note that there is a new protocol for artwork drop-off. Artists can signup for a specific day and time to drop off their artwork using the link below. 


The show will be open for viewing during normal gallery hours from May 1 through May 29.

About The Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show

The annual show is held in memory of Mollie A. Fearing, one of the founders of the Dare County Arts Council, and features an eclectic mix of artwork. The Mollie Fearing Memorial Show goes on display every May at the DCAC Gallery. 


In 1975, a group of citizens gathering at Mollie’s house began what was originally called the Sea and Sounds Arts Council. It was established to bring cultural arts programing to Dare County, including dance, theater, visual arts, music, literature and more.

More than 40 years later, her vision, and that of our founders, remains strong in our organization. Mollie was a vital supporter and advocate of the arts until she passed away on September 3, 1997. We are pleased celebrate her memory and remember her many contributions to our area through this annual exhibit.

2020 Mollie Fearing Award Recipients

After being rescheduled from May to July due to Covid-19, the 23rd Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show still hosted over 60 entries from local and regional artists.


From those entries, an anonymous judge carefully selected the following award recipients:


Best In Show: Julien McCarthy "Irrevocable Union" (wood, turquoise)

Excellence Awards: Kinga Rojek "The Love Source" (acrylic), Rick Daley "Surf Monster" (latex house paint on canvas drop cloth), Marilyn Heiser "Issah Asana" (oil), and Lori Goll "Peacock Mug" (pastel)

Honorable Mentions: Bob McCormick "Two Fish" (sprayed acrylic), Beth Burns "Take Cover" (textiles), and Kelly Lonergan "Self-Portrait with Book and Cat" (oil on canvas)

People’s Choice Award: Sue Freeman "Moments of Reflection" (wood)

Best In Show piece by Julien McCarthy ti

2020 Sponsors

Founded by Mollie A. Fearing and Associates Inc.

Mollie A. Fearing and Associates Inc. was established on August 1, 1978, as an Independent Agency. Mollie A. Fearing and Associates have supported the Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show since its inception, and they are a proud member of DCAC's 1975 Society


A special thank you to Best In Show award sponsor Michael Halminski Photographer and our Excellence award sponsors Gene and Bonita Shoap, Lucky 12 Tavern, The Willey Agency, and The Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts. Also, a special thank you to David Bundy and Roy Revels for their support of the Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show over the years.​

This project was supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

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Current Gallery Hours:

May 22 - Until Further Notice

Tuesday - Saturday: 12pm - 5pm

Sunday & Monday: Closed

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