Dare County Arts Council reopens Friday following flooding

By on November 1, 2018

After closing for three weeks due to flooding from Hurricane Michael, the Dare County Arts Council will reopen at 10 a.m. on Nov. 2, in time for Manteo’s First Friday.

The carpets had to be replaced, but the nonprofit worked closely with Dare County to get the doors back open as soon as possible.

“A huge thank you to all of our volunteers and the Dare County Building and Grounds Crew for all of their hard work,” Dare County Arts Council Executive Director Chris Sawin said in a statement.

To celebrate First Friday in downtown Manteo, the council will host the opening reception for its People’s Choice Exhibit, which will feature Daniel Pullen’s photography.

The Outer Banks community voted for the People’s Choice Exhibit earlier in the year, and out of over 200 nominations Pullen was nominated the most.

The exhibit, “Homesick,” will debut new work that Pullen says is not his typical style.

“The show isn’t going to be filled with landscape and seascapes,” Pullen said. “The premise is, if I passed away or was not able to make it back to Hatteras Island, what would I miss most, my daily routine, my rut, etc. I look forward to seeing everyone on Friday.”

The opening reception begins at 6 p.m. Pullen will be on hand to discuss his work and there will be hors d’oeuvres and live music by the Southern English Band.

First Friday also kicks off Outer Banks Veterans Week, an annual event celebrating veterans and their families through the arts.

The centerpiece of Outer Banks Veterans Week is the 6th Annual Outer Banks Veterans Writing Workshop, which is being led by founder and director of the National Veterans Writing Project Ron Capps on Nov. 10 and Nov. 11. The two-day workshop will be held at the UNC Coastal Studies Institute in Wanchese and is free for veterans, active-duty military and their family members.

The Outer Banks Veterans Writing Project is one of the many Veteran-friendly events sponsored by the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau during November’s Outer Banks Veterans Week.

Village Realty, First Colony Inn and Tar Heel Motel sponsor Outer Banks Veterans Week. The project is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources. This project is also supported in part by the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau.

For more information, call 252-473-5558 or visit DareArts.org.

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