[This blog post comes from the Outer Banks History Center.]
A large crowd turned out on February 28th for the opening of the 2014 exhibit at the Outer Banks History Center, An Eye For Art, A Heart For History. Special thanks go to the Friends of the Outer Banks History Center who volunteered their time and hospitality – Clark Twiddy, Karol Hines, Kathryn Lamb, Aida Havel, Dylan Tillett, Bob Machette and Jack Guard.
Awards were presented in five categories. “Best in Show” was given to Peter Hoppe for “Leona Faith of Wanchese,” a depiction of a derelict boat that formerly rested at Wanchese Harbor. Hoppe’s works are largely created on reclaimed and vintage items, in this case on an old wooden ironing board.
Donald Bowers of Chesapeake, Va., won two awards: Excellence for Best Depiction of Theme and People’s Choice. His evocative photograph, “Radiant Repose” is a cemetery scene near Salvo, a collection of headstones “rising from the sand and grasses, like a quaint relic washed ashore . . . looking steadfastly across the placid reach of the sound, toward the setting sun.” The People’s Choice is sponsored by Aida Doss Havel of a law practice, Separating Together, based in Raleigh. Best Depiction of Theme is sponsored by Bobbie and Dave Stager of Waveriders Coffee & Deli, Nags Head. Best in Show and two excellence awards are sponsored by the Friends of the Outer Banks History Center who also hosted the reception.
The Excellence Award for a Two-Dimensional Piece went to Jefferson Glover for his painting, “Memorial’ depicting the concrete cross that resides on the Manteo waterfront, dedicated in the mid-1970s to “rebuilding and strength in times of adversity.”
The Excellence Award for a Three-Dimensional Piece was given to Torin Francis for his pyrography inscribed gourd in a work that incorporates themes from 16th century maps and represents the maritime folklore of the Atlantic Ocean, rich in pirate legends and mythical sea life.
Other artists whose work is on display include Rodney Benson, Don Bryan, Miles Creef, Kitty Dough, Mary W. Edwards, Fay Edwards, Glenn Eure, Colleen “Cole” Fagersten, Catherine Hamill, Barbara Hanft, Roland McDevitt, Dave Huff, Carol Gaw Jones, Ray Matthews, Lane Meyers, Holly Overton, Shirley Ruff, Ada Corbell Scarborough, Jen Scialdone, Benton Tuck, Jim Vallone, and Drew Wilson.
The exhibit is on display through December 2014.