Featured Artist

Robin York

Dare County Arts Council is pleased to host the work of artist Robin York in a special exhibit for the month of July. The show will feature a collection of her paintings and batiks and will open to the public on July 4th. Join us for the opening reception on July 15th from 6pm – 8pm, as part of the Tuesdays in Manteo festivities in downtown Manteo. The reception will feature live music, light fare, and libations, plus visitors will have the opportunity to meet the artist. 

Robin York received her degrees in art from East Carolina University, and she is the art teacher at Manteo High School. Her playful style of painting reflects her love of nature, often featuring an oyster or conch shell as a focal point, surrounded by a mixture of color and line. Text can be discovered within the paintings, often revealing hidden meaning in the work. Her batiks have a similar style, and also incorporate additional stitching into the fabric, accentuating line and form. Robin’s exhibit will be a visual delight, and one not to miss.

Here are Robin's comments about her works: "For those of you that don’t know me, you need to know that this next school year will be my 30th year of teaching art at Manteo High School. Being an art teacher for a public school system makes one become a jack of all trades.  I have taught painting, drawing, wax relief, basketry, pottery, stained glass, mosaics, printing making, weaving, batik, embroidery and the list can go on. By exposing both myself and my students to a variety of media, I have provided “us” with unlimited means of styles and techniques to work through and display passions that we might not have known existed. I have a BFA in painting and drawing, a Masters degree in Art Education and I am National Board certified. My favorite media to create with are acrylic paint, pastels, batik and embroidery.  I enjoy creating detailed studies of natural objects. The last two years my primary concentration has been that of sea shells and ocean finds. It is my desire to foster the visual gift of awareness and creativity so that others might be more perceptive to the constant beauty around them."

Gallery hours are 10am – 6pm, Monday through Friday, and noon – 4pm on Saturdays. The Gallery is closed on Sundays. Robin York’s work will be on display through July 30th. Dare County Arts Council is located at 300 Queen Elizabeth Avenue in downtown Manteo. For information about this show or Dare Count Art Council, please call (252) 473-5558.