The longest running visual arts exhibit in Dare County, The Frank Stick Memorial Art Show, will open at Dare County Arts Council for its 40th year on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 6pm.
Frank Stick was an illustrator who produced work and cover art for Field and Stream, Outdoor America, Colliers, Sports Afield, and The Saturday Evening Post. He moved to the Outer Banks in 1929 and was instrumental in the establishment of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and the Wright Brothers National Memorial. On top of being a preservationist, Stick was also a watercolorist who focused on marine life, specifically fish.
In 1978 the Frank Stick Memorial Art Show became Dare County Arts Council’s first full-fledged, annual exhibition. The show has had multiple homes, including the Manteo library, Glenn Eure’s Ghost Fleet Gallery, and Dare County Arts Council’s Gallery in the historic Dare County Courthouse in downtown Manteo.
“I remember Don Bryan and I hanging Arts Council shows in the Manteo library for a few years before this show, which was then moved to Glenn’s Ghost Fleet Gallery and named in honor of Frank Stick,” said Steve Andrus, who was one of the 12 exhibiting artists in the inaugural Frank Stick Memorial Art Show. “I’m glad that the community still has a show for the local artists to show in.”