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Student Art Show On Exhibit At Front Porch Cafe

For the first time ever AP art students from Manteo and First Flight High Schools have teamed up to host a collaborative art show called Dare To Art, which is currently on display at Front Porch Café in Nags Head.

With guidance from their teachers Holly Humphlett, Alice Baldwin, Camie Romano, and Jillian Schuler, students worked hard in college level classes to display their work in this show.

Exhibiting artists include: Emma Alter, Kaleb Beach, Skylor Burke, Kayleigh Cahoon, Grace Davis, Grace Deichler, Christine Diaz, Loyda Herrera, Lindsay Jones, and Sal Spinella (Manteo); Victoria Hobbs, Hannah Montgomery, Brigid O’Neil, Colton Shuler, Katy Spore, Gabrielle Sullivan, and Vivian Wyant (First Flight).

“I am excited about this opportunity for our young artists,” said Manteo High School’s AP 2D Design and AP Drawing teacher Holly Humphlett. “We are pleased to work with Dare County Arts Council to provide valuable information and an art related experience for our students.”

This art show capitalizes on a capstone project giving students a taste of “the business side of art.”

The Business Side Of Art program was developed for local high school art students by Dare County Arts Council Programs Director Fay Davis Edwards and Dare County Arts Council School Liaison Barbara Hanft in response to a request from high school art teachers.

“We are delighted to host these talented students and are very excited to see where their artistic careers take them after graduation” said Dare County Arts Council Programs Director Fay Davis Edwards.

Part of The Business Side Of Art program includes helping students focus on building their portfolios and learning the fundamentals of having a career in art and how to market themselves as an artist.

On May 17 Dare County Arts Council hosted a The Business Side Of Art seminar where high school students learned tips from successful Outer Banks artists. Silver Bonsai Gallery co-owner Kathryn Stewart talked to the students about communicating effectively with gallery owners about their art, and framer Lynn Atkins led a demonstration in her Manteo custom framing shop. Other topics addressed during the seminar included developing promotional materials including press releases, posters and artist bios for the student exhibit.

On Thursday, June 8 there will be a reception for the artists and their families at Front Porch Café in Nags Head from 5-6pm. Everyone is encouraged stop by Front Porch Cafe to support the talented, local aspiring artists. All works are available for purchase. The show will remain on display through Friday, June 30.

A special thank you to Front Porch Café co-owners Paul Manning and Susannah Sakal, who graciously offered their café space for the students’ show.

For more information about this exhibit, please call (252) 473-5558.

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