Dare Arts announces 26th Annual Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show Award Recipients 

By on May 12, 2023

L-R- Dare Arts Gallery Manager Tiffany Lindsey and judge Ashley Paskov with the Best In Show piece “Red Sea” (oil) by Tamra Harrison Kirschnick. (Photo courtesy of George Wood)
The Fearing family with the Best In Show piece “Red Sea” (oil) by Tamra Harrison Kirschnick. (Photo courtesy of George Wood)
L-R- Excellence Award recipient Keith Fisher and Dare Arts Executive Director Jessica Sands with Keith's piece "Rain on the Water" (acrylic). (Photo courtesy of George Wood)
Excellence Award recipient Iryna Welch and her piece “Magnolia Woods” (oil). (Photo courtesy of George Wood)
Honorable Mention award recipient Peggy Saporito and her piece “Cooling Waters II” (watercolor). (Photo courtesy of George Wood.)
L-R- People's Choice award recipient Catherine Hamill and Grizelle Fearing with Catherine's piece "Art Talk at the Gardens" (oil). (Photo courtesy of George Wood)
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Founded by Mollie A. Fearing & Associates 

Artists, community members and the Fearing family gathered at the Dare Arts Gallery on Sunday, May 7 for the opening reception of the 26th Annual Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show, which features the work of 85 local and regional artists.

Ceramicist Ashley Paskov from Columbia, NC carefully selected the following award recipients:

Best In Show: Tamra Harrison Kirschnick “Red Sea (oil)

Excellence Awards: Keith Fisher “Rain on the Water” (acrylic), Iryna Welch “Magnolia Woods” (oil), Carolyn Sleeper “Jumping for Safety” (copper, nichrome, stoneware and epoxy), and Joseph Caroppoli “In The Mist” (oil)

Honorable Mentions: Peggy Saporito “Cooling Waters II” (watercolor), Sarah Bergman “I Found You” (encaustic, oil pastel), and Thomas Crews “Cozy” (oil)

“Coming into the show I expected to see work that reflected the beauty of Dare County,” said judge Ashley Paskov. “What surprised me and led me to my Best in Show decision was Tamra Harrison Kirschnick’s unique perspective on a sea view. Red Sea demonstrates a creative and masterful use of the medium while simultaneously providing us with a refreshing take on the organic beauty that surrounds the area. I was incredibly impressed not only with the talent brought to the show, but also the range of style, medium, and creativity that the artists presented.”

At the opening reception, guests voted by public ballot for the People’s Choice award, which went to Manteo, N.C. artist Catherine Hamill for her oil piece titled Art Talk at the Gardens.

“It is always special when one gets the People’s Choice award because there is a consensus among the attendees that your work is the best when they consider the subject matter and the quality of work,” said artist Catherine Hamill. “In my case, the subject matter was familiar to quite a few people. I started painting the piece en plein air during the art show at the Elizabethan Gardens last year, then I took a photo and completed the painting in my studio. I feel very proud that so many people also considered the quality of my work awardable. Besides feeling proud, it also gave me great inspiration to continue painting, teaching, and enjoying the Arts.”

The show is held in memory of Mollie A. Fearing, one of the founders of Dare Arts.

The exhibition is open for viewing in Dare Arts’ Courtroom Gallery during normal gallery hours through Saturday, May 27.

Thank you to Mollie A. Fearing & Associates, Jane Webster, Ocean Atlantic Rentals, and Lucky 12 Tavern for sponsoring this event.

For more information about the show, please visit DareArts.org/molliefearingshow or call (252) 473-5558.

Dare Arts 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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