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Outside Straight Lines

A Visual Arts Exhibition Featuring Queer Artists

In celebration of the nationally recognized Pride Month, Dare Arts has partnered with Out on the OBX and OBX Pridefest, to present their first ever exhibit highlighting work by queer artists in June.

The month-long exhibition will highlight a variety of media including paintings, jewelry, fiber art, ceramics, photography, and drawings by local and regional artists who self identify within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer/questioning (LGBTQ+) community.

Artists wishing to participate in this inclusive exhibition can find a prospectus and sign up for a specific time to drop off their work on the buttons below. 

There will be an opening reception on Friday, June 2 from 6pm to 8pm where visitors can meet the artists and view their work. The reception is free and open to all, and is during First Friday in downtown Manteo.

Outside Straight Lines will remain on display through Friday, June 30.

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Dare Arts Pride Project Events

  • June First Friday (Friday, June 2) will include musician Tripp Harrison playing jazz music on Old Tom Street and The Storyweavers playing Americana folk music in The Courtyard at Dare Arts from 6pm to 8pm.

  • Dare Arts’ June First Friday celebration will also include the debut of a fiber installation in The Courtyard by artist Elisa McVearry. The installation will remain on display through the summer.

  • First Friday will conclude with a spectacular fire performance in The Courtyard by Panda Daniels, starting at 8pm.

  • On Thursday, June 8 there will be a free performance by nationally touring duo Mama’s Black Sheep at Waveriders Coffee, Deli & Pub in Nags Head from 7pm to 9pm. The evening will be a social gathering for members of the LGBTQ+ community and their allies to connect. Waveriders will have food and drinks available for purchase.


  • On Tuesday, June 13 there will be a special Dare Arts Pride Project Open Mic Night at Hi-Vibe Holistics Listening Room in Kill Devil Hills starting at 7pm. This evening is also free and open to members of the LGBTQ+ community and their allies, and will be hosted by Evan Tillett. Performances including, but not limited to, song, poetry, reading, theater, and comedy are welcome. This event is open to adults 18+.

Dare Arts Pride Project is sponsored by Downtown Books, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Outer Banks, Anderson’s Florist OBX, and All Saints Episcopal Church


This project is sponsored by the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau


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


Thank you to Hi-Vibe Holistics and Waveriders Coffee, Deli & Pub for co-hosting some

of the Dare Arts Pride Project events. 

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