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Splash! brings painters, other artists to EC

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The summer art Splash! event gets underway in downtown Elizabeth City on Monday. Splash! brings painters and artists to Elizabeth City for a week of meeting other artists and explaining their work to local residents. The event will conclude with what is being billed as a Second Friday ArtWalk on June 8.

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By Reggie Ponder
Staff Writer

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Elizabeth City art lovers have a lot to look forward to next week as the summer art Splash! event brings painters and other artists to town and provides opportunities to meet the artists and learn about their work.

The event, which will be hosted at the Virginia Dare Arcade in downtown Elizabeth City and at other nearby venues, will be held Monday through Friday and will conclude with what’s being billed as a Second Friday ArtWalk on June 8.

Local artist Rob Kelly-Goss said artists from out of town enjoy coming to Elizabeth City and many have formed strong friendships with artists in the region.

“They like coming to Elizabeth City to work,” he said.

The center of activity during Splash! will be the Virginia Dare Arcade. There will be other sites as well, and the artists — mostly painters — will be working throughout the week.

Although there will be designated times to meet artists, the public also is invited to stop in and visit with the artists informally, Kelly-Goss said.

Splash!, which was started by local artist Carolyn Peel, began a number of years ago as a show sponsored by the Pasquotank Arts Council and later became associated with Arts of the Albemarle. In 2014 it morphed into a week-long event.

AoA now holds a Splash! week in the fall.

One of the events associated with the Summer Splash! will be jewelry makers at Seilig’s, including Dottie Ansel. There will be jewelry demonstrations Tuesday through Friday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Potters and sculptors, including Alexis Joyner, Adam White and Mary Ann Mason, will be working at the Pure Oil Building. Meanwhile on Poindexter Street, across from AoA, Peggy West and other painters will be working in watercolor.

Plein Air painters will be scattered around town. Many of the plein air painters have been to Elizabeth City often enough now that they have found preferred spots around town to do their work.

Among the painters at the Virginia Dare Arcade will be Jane Filer from Chapel Hill, Sally Maye from Boston, Laura Berendsen from Durham, and Tunde Afolayan, who recently returned to Elizabeth City after some time away.

Berendsen is known for combining images of horses with abstract techniques.

The Second Friday Art Walk will be similar to the familiar First Friday Art Walk and be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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