Stallings retrospective ends, Fine Arts show begins

Published 6:25 pm Wednesday, October 24, 2018

A retrospective of Washington artist Alice Stallings’ work will be up for one last day before making way for Arts of the Pamlico’s 54th-annual Fine Arts Show.

Friday, Stallings’ exhibit of artwork spanning six decades and many different mediums will come to a close. Known as an artist’s artist, Stallings has been referred to as one of the most important artists to come out of Beaufort County, an artist unencumbered by a certain style or medium.

Another longstanding art tradition — the Fine Arts Show — will replace Stallings’ lifelong body of work on the Turnage Theatre’s walls. Artists’ submission will be accepted from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, in anticipation of the show’s opening reception Nov. 1, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Categories included watercolors, oils, acrylics, pastels, graphics, 3-D art and open medium, the last of which was added to offer opportunities for artists’ work that doesn’t necessarily fit in more traditional categories.

“It’s kind of like almost anything. It can be found objects, objects in nature, textiles, woven items — it’s something that’s not necessarily a 3-D sculpture, but it’s presented as a 2-D piece,” said Thad Aley, AOP’s events and exhibits coordinator. “We don’t limit you to the traditional paints and pencils.”

There are few criteria that Arts of the Pamlico requires for submissions, however.

“What we’re asking is that the artist present something that was made in the last two years; that it’s never been in a previous fine arts show,” Aley said. “We ask that it be an original piece not a copy or a classwork piece, and we ask that it be for sale.”

For the submission fee of $20, artists can submit up to two works. All submitted paintings must be already wired for hanging, as opposed to single-nail hanging, and works must weigh less than 100 pounds.

“If (a piece) needs special accommodations, please call us, and we’ll try to make it work,” Aley said.

For more information about the Fine Arts Show, call AOP at 252-946-2504 or visit Stallings’ retrospective will be on display through today.

Arts of the Pamlico is located at 150 W. Main St., Washington.