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Mollie Fearing

memorial art show

In Memory of Mollie A. Fearing 

Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show

The 26th Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show will open in our Courtroom Gallery on Sunday, May 7 with a special opening reception from 2pm to 4pm.


More info coming soon.

2023 Prospectus Coming Soon

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.

2022 Mollie Award Recipients

The 25th Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show featured 85 entries from local and regional artists. From those entries, studio jeweler, metalsmith and enamelist Kathryn Osgood carefully selected the following award recipients:


Best In Show: Gretchen Dibler “The Trio” (acrylic) 

Excellence Awards: Fay Davis Edwards “Golden Orbit” (acrylic), Jackie Koenig “Golden Hour” (oil), Feather Phillips  “Vessels” (watercolor), and Lisa LeMair  “Threnody” (jewelry)

Honorable Mentions: Fred Vallade “My World” (mixed media), Cathy Spivey Mendola “Melancholy Blues” (fiber art), and Jackie Tury“Tide and Vine” (acrylic)

People’s Choice Award: Ashley Libretto “Pistol Petie” (oil)


2022 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.

Thank you to  Lucky 12 TavernOcean Atlantic Rentals and Jane Webster for sponsoring the show.


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

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