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Mollie Fearing

memorial art show

In Memory of Mollie A. Fearing 

Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show

The 27th Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show will open in our Courtroom Gallery on Sunday, May 5 with a special opening reception from 2pm to 4pm.

Artist Patrick Berran will judge this year’s show.

Artists interested in participating in this year's Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show can find the prospectus and the artwork drop-off sign-up form on the buttons below.


The 27th Annual Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show will be open for viewing during normal Gallery hours from May 7 through June 1.


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 Arts, and features an eclectic mix of artwork. The Mollie Fearing Memorial Show goes on display every May at the 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.

2023 Mollie Award Recipients

The 26th Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show featured 85 entries from local and regional artists. Below are the award recipients:


Best In Show: Tamra Harrison Kirschnick “Red Sea” (oil)

Excellence Awards: Keith Fisher "Rain on the Water" (acrylic), Iryna Welch “Magnolia Woods” (oil), Carolyn Sleeper “Jumping for Safety” (copper, nichrome, stoneware and epoxy), and Joseph Caroppoli “In The Mist” (oil)

Honorable Mentions: Peggy Saporito “Cooling Waters II” (watercolor), Sarah Bergman “I Found You” (encaustic, oil pastel), and Thomas Crews “Cozy” (oil)

People’s Choice Award: Catherine Hamill "Art Talk at the Gardens"(oil)

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2023 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.

Thank you Jane Webster, Lucky 12 Tavern and Ocean Atlantic Rentals for sponsoring the Mollie Fearing Show awards.

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