Alligator River/Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge
P. O. Box 1969
Manteo, North Carolina 27954

Contact: Bonnie Strawser - 252-473-1131

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News Release

April 24, 2013

National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center Hosts Wildlife and Wildlands of Eastern North Carolina Art Expos

Beginning in May, the new National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center on Roanoke Island will be hosting a series of four Wildlife and Wildlands of Eastern North Carolina Art Expos that will run back-to-back for the next twelve months. Refuge Manager Mike Bryant says he's proud to see the US Fish and Wildlife Service "stepping out of the box." Bryant explained, "These Art Expos are a great example of partnership between a federal agency and the local community. Everyone benefits. The Refuge's main goal is to attract a new set of people to our facility, so we can show them who we are and what we do. And, we're excited to be able to provide a means to economically benefit some of our local artists." The first Expo will open with an evening reception on May 10 from 5pm until 8pm. The reception, Art Expos, and admission to the Visitor Center are free and open to the public. Artwork with be exhibited in the 100-seat auditorium of the new Visitor Center.

The May/June Wildlife and Wildlands of Eastern North Carolina Art Expo will feature six local artists: wildlife photographers Michael Halmiski, Jeff Lewis, and Eve Turek and painters Julie Dillon, Hubby Bliven, and Susan Van Gieson. Exhibited artwork will be available for immediate purchase.

The other Expos are scheduled for July/August, September/October, and November through April (2014). Four to six artists will be featured in each show. Opening Receptions will be held May 10, July 12, September 13, and November 8. All artwork must be habitat- or wildlife themed, two-dimensional in nature, and ready-to-hang.

The Wildlife and Wildlands of Eastern North Carolina Art Expos are sponsored by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Coastal Wildlife Refuge Society, and the Dare County Arts Council.

Artists interested in participating in one of these shows should send five images of their work or a link to their a website that displays examples of their work, along with the artist's biography to susan_kowlok@fws.gov or call Susie Kowlok at 252-473-1132 X 226 for more information.