21st Mollie Fearing Memorial Show Awards Recipients Announced


Almost 100 entries including paintings, fiber creations, photography, and other media were a part of the 21st Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show, which opened at Dare County Arts Council on Sunday, May 6.

Sculptor and installation artist Gabrielle Graber and a panel of judges from the Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts carefully selected the following award recipients:

Lucky 12 Tavern Best In Show: Mike Bennett “Self Portrait” (oil on canvas)

Zillie's Island Pantry, Silver Bonsai Gallery & The Willey Agency Excellence Awards: Mary Edwards “Days in Rodanthe” (watercolor), Bob Seelow “Art’s Place” (ink), and Bobby Wiltshire “The Boat Ella View” (watercolor)

The Outer Banks Forum Excellence Award: Gloria Coker “Man with Horn” (oil on canvas)

Honorable Mentions: Gretchen Dibler “The Calling” (oil on canvas), Daniel Pullen “Shrimp & Grit” (photography), and Stephen Koczirka “The Challenge” (photography)

People’s Choice Award: Petie Brigham “Which Way Beyond” (oil on canvas)

“I found the show fascinating,” said judge and Pocosin Arts resident artist Gabrielle Graber. “The artists are painting their surroundings and it is really admirable to see how they view their home. I selected “Self Portrait” as the Best In Show piece because the artist used value correctly in the oil painting to make it look alive and that to me is excellence.”

Dare County Arts Council partnered with the Ou