Dare County Art Show Highlights Student Creativity

childs drawing of a cat with butterfly wings
Happy Cat with Fangs & Butterfly Wings. According to the artist the cat has butterfly wings because she likes butterflies.

One of the most remarkable facets of life on the Outer Banks is how strong the art community is and how much a part of everyday life artists, musicians and writers seem to be.

This past Sunday there was a great example of that at Glenn Eure’s Ghost Fleet Gallery in Nags Head where Glenn and his wife Pat hosted the annual Dare County Schools Art Show.

An art show of a very different type, the Gallery is given over to the art of Dare County students . . . all students . . . from first grade to seniors in high school. And every school is represented.

The reception was Sunday afternoon, although the show will remain on display through January 24. The reception is amazing as every child who has a picture hanging brings at least one parent, usually both as well as assorted aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters and friends. The kids are always excited, but there is every possibility that the parents are even more excited about what their child has accomplished.

The show is a remarkable display of the talents of the kids. Some of the work of the youngest artists is striking in the joy they depict in their paintings, giving way over time to a much more nuanced and sophisticated view of the world.

The Eure’s have been putting the show on for a number of years. Glenn wasn’t sure if it was 28 or 29 years, although he was certain it was less than 30. The number of years doesn’t really matter, though—what is important is the generosity of the couple and the spirit of creativity of the kids.