Annual Fine Arts Festival Opens Aug. 3

Each year, the Arts Council of Moore County sends out a “Call to Artists” to enter its annual Fine Arts Festival in August.

“Each year we are amazed by the creativity and the number of artists who participate,” says Chris Dunn, executive director. “This year is no different. Mark your calendars for a visit to the Campbell House Galleries to see all the interesting and amazing works that are a part of the 38th annual Fine Arts Festival.”

The Fine Arts Festival opening reception and awards ceremony is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Campbell House. The awards ceremony begins at 7 p.m., and the entire community is invited to attend.

The Fine Arts Festival began in 1980 with the goals to provide incentive for local artists to improve their techniques and a place to showcase their artwork. Since then, the festival has grown into a major art exhibit featuring works by professional and amateur artists from all over the country.

In addition, the festival includes an art competition where the entries are judged and $2,000 in cash prizes and ribbons are awarded. Visitors are also invited to vote for the Lee Barrett “People’s Choice” Award, which will be announced after Aug. 18.

The Arts Council of Moore County presents the festival, which is sponsored by Betsy’s Crepes, Central Security Systems Inc., ParsecFinancial Wealth Management, Pinky Doyle, of Re/Max of the Pines, Robbins, May & Rich LLP, and Johnsye White Interior Design Inc. All artwork was judged by Janette K. Hopper, a multi-media visual artist from Wilmington.

Most of the artwork in the Fine Arts Festival is for sale and will be on display at Campbell House Galleries through Aug. 30 and may be seen on weekdays (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and on Saturday, Aug. 18 (2 to 4 p.m.). The galleries are located at 482 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines.

For additional information, call the Arts Council at (910) 692-2787 or visit