Dare County Arts Council Announces New World Festival of the Arts Award Recipients


Two sunshine filled days on the Manteo waterfront coupled with over 60 East Coast artists created the perfect setting for the 37th Annual New World Festival of the Arts on August 15 and 16.

Fiber artist and metalsmith Lisa LeMair, who creates wearable art inspired by her love of texture and unusual materials, juried the show. Photography, mixed media, fiber, basketry, wood design, watercolor, ceramics, and leatherwork were some of the media she observed.

“The Manteo waterfront is an ideal location to put art into context,” said Lisa LeMair. “The festival presented a nice array of work that spoke to a variety of audiences. While jurying the show, my first consideration was the artist’s composition, dynamic subject matter, and technical execution. I was looking for work that spoke of the place, which might be familiar to the audience, but approached in a new and exciting way.”

LeMair carefully selected the following winners:

Best In Show- Russell Yerkes from Tarboro, NC (watercolor)

Second Place- Barbara & Rick Umbel from Indian Harbour Beach, FL (jewelry)

Third Place- Timothy Moran & Janet Gaddy from Browns Summit, NC (ceramics)

Honorable Mentions- Pete Lewando from Avon, NC (photography), Kathy Wooldridge from Newport News, VA (glass), Ed Obermeyer from Virginia Beach, VA (acrylic), and Amanda Holden from Beaufort, NC (watercolor)