The Frank Stick Memorial Art Show is the longest-running visual arts exhibit in Dare County and is held in memory of Outer Banks preservationist and artist Frank Stick.
Who is Frank Stick?
The Frank Stick Memorial Art Show’s namesake, Frank Stick, was a well-known illustrator who produced work and cover art for Field and Stream, Outdoor America, Colliers, Sports Afield, and The Saturday Evening Post.
He studied under Howard Pyle and was a contemporary of N.C. Wyeth. Stick moved to the Outer Banks in 1929 and put his artwork aside until his later years when he returned to painting.
He had a fascination with marine life and did a multitude of lush watercolors of fish, combining a scientific understanding with a lyrical watercolor style. His son David complied his fish paintings into a book, which was published shortly before Stick’s death in 1966. An Artist’s Catch is still available in print.
Stick’s passion for nature did not end with painting. He worked to preserve the Outer Banks coastlands and was instrumental in having miles of Cape Hatteras Seashore designated as the first National Seashore.
Stick’s passion for the land included creating and developing Southern Shores, a “Wind in the Willows” sound-to-sea community on the northern beaches.
His influence on the Outer Banks as a preservationist and artist made him a likely choice for the arts council’s first full-fledged, annual exhibition, which began in 1978 and remains the longest-running visual arts exhibit in Dare County.