Unique paintings, sculptures, fiber creations, photographs, and other media by almost 100 different local and regional artists are part of the 24th Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show, which opened at Dare County Arts Council’s Gallery in Manteo on Saturday, May 1.
Seagreen Gallery owner and artist Susan Evans carefully selected the following award recipients:
Best In Show: Janet Groom Pierce “Beautiful NC Crop” (oil)
Excellence Awards: Ray Matthews “Sunrise On Portsmouth Island” (photography), Jackie Koenig “Party Wave” (oil), Cyndi Goetcheus Sarfan “Resting Terns” (photography), and Susannah Sakal “Cross Flight” (resin on wood)
Honorable Mentions: Bobby Wiltshire “Carriage House” (watercolor), Suzanne Scott Constantine “Possibility” (mixed media), and Colleen Fagersten “Resist” (hand dyed silk)
“It is always impressive to see what people choose to have as a subject,” said judge Susan Evans. “The skill level and media in this show is diverse, and all of the pieces stand on their own. It was a hard job to select the winners. I chose “Beautiful NC Crop” as Best In Show because the piece has a timeless quality that draws you in. It is light and simple, yet intricate. If this piece was hanging in my house, it would make me very happy.”
Janet Groom Pierce’s Best In Show oil painting “Beautiful NC Crop” features a North Carolina farm field of clary sage.