Annual New World Festival of the Arts

Lisa Kovac with her pottery on display at New World Festival of the Arts.
Lisa Kovatch with her pottery on display at New World Festival of the Arts.

It was a kind of hot, the sun, especially on Wednesday was intense, but the 36th Annual New World Festival of the Arts on the waterfront in Manteo was as good as it has ever been.

With 78 artists on hand working in a wide variety of medians, this is an annual event worth checking out.

From the beginning, when Edward Greene of the Christmas Store came up with the idea, the Festival has been a celebration of art of all kinds with crafters coming from all over the East Coast.

Five years ago Edward asked the Dare County Arts Council to take over the event and they have done and great job of continuing the tradition.

There’s seems to be something for every taste at the Festival. There is some absolutely remarkable pottery—the Celtic Pottery in particular was stunning—local artist Lisa LeMair was on hand with her very differently styled jewelry and James Melvin, who is in some ways the dean of Outer Banks artists was also on hand.

There are always some first time exhibitors who warranted a second look. Bob Bohannon with his Seashore Carvings had some interesting pieces; also the sea glass work that local jeweler Pembroke Bryant created with did a great job of highlighting the beauty of the glass.


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