Celebrating its 35th year, The New World Festival of the Arts will be held on Wednesday, August 17th and Thursday, August 18th on the waterfront in downtown Manteo.
The show is free and open to the public. It will be open on Wednesday and Thursday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
The two-day festival is open to artists throughout the country. The juried show will exhibit original works from over 80 artists from throughout the United States. Over a dozen artists are new to the show this year and are extremely excited to be a part of such a unique and established Festival. Exhibitors include watercolors, oil & acrylic, drawings, photography, jewelry, sculpture, woodcraft and pottery. The Festival provides artists an opportunity to display and sell their creative work and compete for awards.
The New World Festival of the Arts is a family oriented outdoor show for spectators of all ages. The Festival provides awareness of the current trends in the visual arts while acquainting visitors with the historic town of Manteo. This once a year show coupled with so many other artistic and cultural events makes Roanoke Island a very special place in the hearts of its residents and the many visitors who come and visit the island every year.
The festival originated as an event sponsored by the Town of Manteo and funded by a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council. It was originally co-chaired by Edward Greene and the late Claire Grieves. Greene assumed full leadership until passing it on to the Dare County Arts Council three years ago.
The above image is an original screen print by artist Joseph Craig English, participant in New World Festival of the Arts and winner of Best in 2D booth.