New World Festival of the Arts Returns To Manteo for 37th Year


The New World Festival of the Arts will return to the Manteo waterfront for its 37th year August 15-16.

The free, outdoor festival will be held from 10am to 5pm each day offering festivalgoers the opportunity to peruse the works of over 65 East Coast artists.

Fine art including ceramics, jewelry, wood design, glass blowing, photography, printmaking, fiber and painting are some of the media that artists will be showcasing and selling at the event.

“New World Festival of the Arts is a show where people can experience the very best of fine art and craft,” said Dare County Arts Council staff member and New World Festival of the Arts show organizer Louise Sanderlin. “Whether artists are new to the show or have participated the past 36 years, each year we are always surprised by the volume of creativity and new collections shown. All of our vendors have developed such a wonderful connection within the community through their talents and personalities.”

Nationally acclaimed, award-winning North Carolina watercolor artist Russell Yerkes has participated in the New World Festival of the Arts almost 20 times since the festival began in 1981. After having to take time off from painting due to an injury, Yerkes selected New World Festival of the Arts to be his first show in over 4 years.

“Some of my paintings can take up to two months to complete and I have been painting nonstop for the last seven months to build my inventory,” said artist Russell Yerkes. “I am looking forward to coming over to Manteo for a couple days for the show. New World Festival of the Arts is great for the arts community because of the blend of Outer Banks artists and East Coast artists that participate. The festival provides a venue for all of the artists to network, creating an opportunity to share knowledge.”

On Wednesday, August 15 Dare Co