New World Festival of the Arts Award Recipients Announced

Perfect summer weather, over 75 world-class artists, and the backdrop of the Manteo waterfront provided the ideal setting for the 36th Annual New World Festival of the Arts on August 16 and 17.

Mixed media artist Lisa Beth Robinson, who is an assistant professor at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, judged the show. She observed watercolor, acrylic, photography, jewelry, ceramics, wood design, leatherwork, and many other media.

“Jurying the show presented me with difficult choices; I saw a great deal of beautiful and finely crafted work,” said Lisa Beth Robinson. “My first consideration was, of course, the formal properties of the work: craft, skill, creativity, and concept. Beyond that, I was looking for artists who used their media in ways that exceeded the traditional boundaries of the material with an exceptional level of skill and work that appeared ripe for pushing these boundaries.”

Robinson carefully selected the following winners:

Best In Show- Jennifer Rose Hyde from Manteo, NC (fiber/jewelry)

Second Place- Sheila Nash from Norfolk, VA (watercolor)

Third Place- Gregory Bryant from Norfolk, VA (jewelry)

Merit Awards: Cammie Hall from Kitty Hawk, NC (jewelry), Cyndi Goetcheus Sarfan from Kill Devil Hills, NC (photography), Dawn Gray Moraga from Kitty Hawk, NC (acrylic), and Laura Frye from Washington, NC (watercolor).