41st Frank Stick Memorial Art Show—a Tribute and Triumph
The Frank Stick Memorial Art Show has always been one of the highlights of the local art scene, but this year, the 41st showing of the longest running visual art show on the Outer Banks seemed to have a life and a vibrancy that was remarkable.
The opening night reception at the Dare CountyArts Council Gallery in Manteo on Saturday evening was packed. Well over 100 guests and artists came together at what used to be the courtroom when the DCAC building was the Dare County Courthouse.
The crowd was great, but the real excitement was in the power and creativity of the works of art that were on display.
One of the things that really sets the Frank Stick Show apart from other art shows is that is is not a juried show, meaning no one sits in judgment of what can entered into the show. Because of that, young artists who may not otherwise get a chance to show their work are able to draw attention to what they are doing.
Sonny Macaranas’ black and white photo “Outer Banks Taproom” is an excellent example of that. So is the People’s Choice Award this year went to 22-year-old Taylor Williams for her piece “Sandy Wave.”
Yet for all the joy in the art and the energy of having so many people together, there was one person missing.
This year the Frank Stick Memorial Art Show was dedicated to Glenn Eure.
Glenn passed away in September of last year, and the loss to the Outer Banks art community and the community in general is immeasurable. A remarkably talented artist in his own right, Glenn championed creativity in all its forms and mentored countless young artists.
That the show this year was dedicated to his memory and was fitting. His wife, Pat, was the judge, and that too was fitting.
Pat indicated that in looking over the 103 works of art, she was thinking of how Glenn would have viewed them and what he would have thought, remarking that, “Glenn Eure would have wanted a blue ribbon beside each piece in the show.”
Her selections seemed to reflect, though, a very real understanding of art and how it can affect us.
The Best in Show has been renamed the Eure Best In Show. Pat’s selection of James Melvin’s “The Glenn Eure Experience” was appropriate and did reflect an outstanding work of art.
Melvin is best known as the illustrator of Suzanne Tate’s Nature Series of children’s books, but he is a very well-respected artist who works in a variety of media.
What is striking about his winning entry is how well it mimics Glenn Eure’s painting style. At first glance, for people who are familiar with Glenn’s work, it looks like one of his self-portraits.
The other awards include Excellence Awards for Rick Tupper’s “Early Evening Fireflies,” James Perry’s “Epic Sunrise,” Mary Ann Remer “From The Mountains To The Sea 1,” and Michael Halminski’s “Tribute in KC.”
Honorable Mentions were Carolina Coto’s “Small Town Girl,” Mike Bennett’s “Moon Bath,”, and Jim Bumpass “Large Urn.”
For years, Glenn and Pat hosted the Frank Stick Show at their Ghost Fleet Gallery in Nags Head. The show began as a way for author David Stick to memorialize his father. Frank Stick was perhaps the most sought after illustrator for camping and outdoor magazines from 1910-1930. Stick, however, soured on the world of the commercial art and he moved his family to the Outer Banks in 1929.
Although he continued to dabble in art, on the Outer Banks he is much better known as a real estate developer—he and David were largely responsible for creating the town of Southern Shores. He was also a passionate advocate for conservation. Without his efforts it is doubtful that Cape Hatteras National Seashore would have been created.
The Frank Stick Memorial Art Show will be on display through February 26 at the DCAC Gallery.