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Professional ArtsRoanoke Island Campus

College of The Albemarle’s (COA) Professional Arts Gallery and Professional Crafts: Jewelry program are located at the Roanoke Island Campus in Manteo. The gallery has hosted a variety of events featuring the talents of local artists and students.

Past Shows

Students of College of The Albemarle’s (COA) Professional Crafts Jewelry program were the featured artists at the Dare County Arts Council Vault Gallery in Manteo for the month of February. The exhibition showcased jewelry and metalwork by COA students created from silver, copper, brass and enamel.
College of The Albemarle’s (COA) Professional Crafts Jewelry students were the featured artists for the month of October at the Pullen Art Center Gallery in Raleigh.

The exhibition showcases jewelry and metalwork by COA students created from silver, copper, brass and bronze. These talented students create work in a variety of different styles using techniques including fabrication, forming, forging, casting, and raising, and often incorporate gemstones or enamels for color.

Students featured in the exhibit are Kitty Dough, Michael Johnson, Natalia Titenkova, Tara Britton Wilkins, Britney Anderson, DeeDee Weatherly Wilkins, Dorothy Ansell, Kathy O’Neal-Ringer, Bettie Lowe, Lisa LeMair, Mandy Bartell, Qin Coa and Sishi Wang.

Tara Wilkins' Turning The Tide

Photo: “Turning The Tide” created by Tara Britton Wilkins

Tara Wilkins and Lisa LeMair, students in COA’s Professional Crafts: Jewelry program, were among the featured artists in the “Exhibition in Motion” runway show held at the Renaissance Hotel Grand Ballroom in Asheville in conjunction with the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) conference.

The exhibition featured sculptural works of wearable art jewelry created by artists from across the country.

Tara Wilkins

Pictured: a model from the exhibition wearing a piece of Wilkins’ design entitled “Papaver Orientale.”

COA’s Professional Crafts: Jewelry program sponsored an activities table at the 2015 Dare County Arts Council’s “Artrageous Art Extravaganza.” Artrageous is an annual community-wide arts celebration featuring creative hands-on art activities for children, live music and live art demos. COA’s Professional Crafts: Jewelry students helped participants create their own personalized hand-stamped pendants. Proceeds from Artrageous benefit arts education and cultural arts programs in our community.
The DASH (Design + Art + Science + Humanities) Symposium was established in 2013 by the University of North Carolina Coastal Studies Institute. The 2015 Boats and Boards, Ripples and Waves program examined the art and science of waves and the vehicles humans use to navigate them. The 2015 keynote speaker was the incomparable Reuben Margolin, an artist known for his mechanically-driven kinetic sculptures of waveforms. His work has garnered international acclaim and speaks directly to the interchange between the art and science of waves.

The Dare County Arts Council was pleased to bring the Surfalorus Surf Film Festival, presented by the Cucalorus Film Festival, to the area for all three days of the series. The Cucalorus Film Festival has been named one of the “Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” for 2014 by MovieMaker Magazine, the second year in a row that it’s received this honor.

Other events included academic lectures on North Carolina boat design and research, the debut of new works by local surf photographer Mickey McCarthy, a variety of live music performances, a historic surfboard exhibit, wave demonstrations and exhibits, unique surf programs and a surf swap.

DASH Symposium 2015

Video Credits:
Benny and Candice Baldwin
Baldwin Video Productions
115 W. Meadowlark St.
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948

The 2014 Chroma: Jewelry in Color was a national invitational exhibition of contemporary jewelry featuring work with color as its primary focus. Curated by Kathryn Osgood (assistant professor, Professional Crafts: Jewelry), the exhibition celebrated the diversity of contemporary jewelry created using a variety of traditional and experimental materials and techniques.

Chroma: Jewelry in Color exhibition catalog

This exhibition featured work by COA faculty members:

  • Gale Flax, a Norfolk, Virginia printmaker and book artist.
  • Patricia Sterritt, a painter currently working with encaustic, collage and mixed media hand-pulled prints from the etching press.
  • Kathryn Osgood, a studio jeweler, metalsmith and enamellist.
COA’s Art of Enamel exhibit featured 80 works of art by 27 artists representing the finest in American enameling. COA was honored to host such a strong variety of contemporary work, exposing students to multiple enamelwork styles and techniques.

The Art of Enamel Exhibition catalog