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The Return Of The Great Art Heist

Boast your best bid while supporting the arts at Dare County Arts Council’s fundraising auction, The Great Art Heist, which will open at the DCAC Gallery in downtown Manteo on Friday, October 1.

The Great Art Heist was created in the wake of the pandemic, and after a successful first year the auction is returning with more art to steal for 2021.

“Join us for the fun and outbid us,” said Great Art Heist Event Chairs Bea Basnight and Gail Midgett. “The Great Art Heist is our only fundraiser of 2021, so this event is vital to continuing DCAC’s programming in our community. Our goal this year is to have even more pieces of work in the auction for guests to bid on. By bidding on artwork in The Great Art Heist, you are supporting the arts and helping sustain the future of Dare County Arts Council.”

Bidding will begin at 6pm on Friday, October 1 at Dare County Arts Council’s Gallery and online here.

“Thank you to all of the artists who have already donated pieces to this year’s Art Heist,” said Dare County Arts Council Gallery Director Lynne Francis. “We are constantly amazed by the talent in our artistic community.”

Artists willing to donate a piece of artwork to The Great Art Heist can email DCAC’s Gallery Director Lynne Francis at to coordinate pickup or drop-off.

Private viewings of The Great Art Heist will be available throughout October. To schedule a private viewing with a group of friends or for your business, please email Dare County Arts Council Executive Director Jessica Sands at

Final bids must be in by 8:00pm on Friday, October 29.

Thank you to TowneBank for returning as the presenting sponsor of The Great Art Heist, and for supporting the Dare Digital Arts programming which has enabled DCAC to keep the arts alive throughout the pandemic.

“TowneBank is honored to once again serve as presenting sponsor for The Great Art Heist,” said Taylor Sugg, TowneBank Northeast North Carolina President. “The Dare County Arts Council is an important part of our community, and The Great Art Heist is an ideal way for area businesses and residents to show their support for DCAC.”

Businesses interested in sponsoring The Great Art Heist should contact Dare County Arts Council’s Executive Director Jessica Sands at

This project is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

For more information about the event, please call (252) 473-5558.

Dare County Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization dedicated to encouraging the arts in Dare County through advocacy, enrichment and opportunity.

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