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The Outer Banks Voice – Winners Selected at Frank Stick Art Show

Winners selected at the Frank Stick Art Show

By Outer Banks Voice on January 31, 2022

Taylor Williams, winner of the Eure Best In Show 2022 award, with her oil painting ‘Prevail’. (Photo courtesy of Dare County Arts Council.)

Dare County Arts Council

The 44th Annual Frank Stick Memorial Art Exhibit opened at the Dare County Arts Council Gallery in downtown Manteo on Saturday, January 29. This year, the Frank Stick exhibition features 105 entries from local and regional artists.

Artist James Melvin has carefully selected the following winners:

  • Eure Best In Show: Taylor Williams “Prevail” (petroleum)
  • Excellence Awards: Holly Nettles “Renewal” (Oil), Michael Halminski “Farm Truck(photography), Mike Rowe “My Octopus Friend” (recycled resin) and Fay Davis Edwards “A Day’s Work” (mixed encaustic technique).
  • Honorable mentions: Bob McCormick “Manteo” (photography), Jennings Mitchell “The Baiting” (photography) and John Bliven “Just Hold On” (photography)

“This show is a great body of work with such diversity,” said James Melvin. “I chose Taylor Williams’ painting as the Best In Show piece because it encompasses what you look for in a great painting – composition, color and movement. It’s super realistic – you can almost hear the waves crashing.

“I am extremely honored to have received Best In Show at the Frank Stick Show,” said Taylor Williams. “I know it must have been a tough decision with all the talented artists who submitted work. This piece was really special to me because I had put away the reference photo for a long time before painting it. When I finally decided to take on the challenge, I gave myself no time limit and included as many details as possible. I really appreciated the time I spent creating this piece and am very grateful for this recognition.

Due to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases, the opening reception has been postponed. In lieu of the Opening Reception, the Dare County Arts Council will host two evening viewings of the Frank Stick Memorial Art Show on Friday, February 18 and Thursday, February 24 from 5-7 p.m. where people can come and see the exhibition outside the normal opening hours of the gallery.

Judge James Melvin with the Holly Nettles Achievement Award oil painting ‘Renewal’. (Photo courtesy of Dare County Arts Council)

People who visit the exhibition can vote by ballot for the public prize, which will be counted at the end of the exhibition. The winner of the People’s Choice award will be announced on the Dare County Arts Council website and social media.

The exhibition will remain on display at the DCAC gallery until Friday, February 25. The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Frank Stick Memorial Art Show is the oldest visual arts exhibit in Dare County, and it is held in memory of Outer Banks curator and artist Frank Stick.

Special thanks to Jane Webster, Beverly Perdue, Muse Originals OBX, Michael Halminski Photography and KDH Cooperative Gallery & Studios for sponsoring the 44th Annual Frank Stick Memorial Art Exhibition.

For more information about this show or upcoming Dare County Arts Council events and exhibits, please call (252) 473-5558 or visit

Dare County Arts Council | 300 Queen Elizabeth Manteo Avenue