Featured Artist

Gina Owens


Dare County Arts Council is pleased to present a special exhibit for the month of April, featuring Manteo artist Gina Owens. Her exhibit of paintings will be on display April 3 – 28, 2015. Join us for the opening reception on April 3rd from 6pm – 8pm, featuring hors d’oeuvres, drinks, music, and a chance to meet this talented artist. 

Gina Owens’s distinctive style is both colorful and bold.

She uses both house paint and acrylics, her subjects are painted on old buoys or locally sourced planked wood. Her work is widely collected, and most recently, Gina’s work was awarded an honorable mention at the 17th Annual Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show. About her work, Gina says, "I was raised on Roanoke Island in Manteo, N.C. My family roots go back seven generations. My great passions are my love for God, my son, and gardening, and last but not least my art work. It is done with care, lively and vibrant colors that I hope excites, and brings peace along with a smile to the viewer.

My particular kind of art is called outsider art--a form of folk art done by self taught artists.  My art is a creation of unusual fish bodies and heads.  Also my creations consist of island people with unusual faces.  I also create colorful flowers.  I paint buoys that have washed ashore from storms on the Outer Banks putting my fish and flowers on them. 

My art work is on display in the gardens at Roanoke Island Inn on Roanoke Island in Historic Manteo, N.C. I use house paints, flat, gloss and acrylic on the actual picture.  My canvas is weathered old planked wood that has been cut from trees at the North end of our Island.  One can also find my work in some of the island’s finest homes inside and out.  Just take a look at front and back porches and also on picket gates and fences and you’ll see my art."


Gallery hours in April are 10am-5pm, Tuesday through Friday, and noon - 4pm on Saturday. The gallery is closed Sunday and Monday. 

For more information, please call (252) 473-5558. Dare County Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the arts in Dare County through advocacy, enrichment, and opportunity.