Like a lot of small communities where the weather is great and artistic stimulation abounds, the Outer Banks has a larger-than-average and very active artistic community. You’ll find that fine jewelers, painters, potters, found object artists, sculptors, and just about any other kind of artist you can imagine might be displaying an amazing variety of beautiful work somewhere on the OBX at any time.
Manteo is fortunate to be the home of the Dare County Arts Council which has turned the historic Courthouse into a truly unique gallery and learning space. Dedicated to encouraging the arts in all of Dare County, the DCAC not only provides gallery space for local area artists but it is also deeply involved in promoting performing arts, music, film and literary arts throughout the area.
The DCAC is open year-round once a month for eleven months it highlights a particular artist or artists dedicating a full room in the gallery to displaying their works. They also sponsor a variety of art competitions, provide classes, support music events, promote community involvement in the arts, and provide scholarships to local students. The Artrageous Kids Art Festival, Rock the Cape music festival, Surfalorus Film Festival, and The Veterans Writing Project are just a few of the great events the DCAC offers each year.
From Ocracoke Island to Corolla, there are also many small private galleries tucked into the corners of shopping areas or away from the main road of the towns just waiting to be explored. These friendly, and personal shops provide a wonderful way of to see the works of everyone from local artisans to internationally renowned artists.
The landscapes, wildlife, and sea-life of the Outer Banks provide artists with a tremendous wealth of inspiration. So, take the time to wander through our galleries. You’ll be amazed at what our artists and artisans produce. You could easily find that “perfect something” you’ve been looking for to adorn your home and keep your OBX memories alive. Don’t forget to pick up something special for your friends at home who couldn’t experience art on the Outer Banks for themselves.