Fine Arts Festival 2016

The Arts Council of Moore County (ACMC) created the Fine Arts Festival (FAF) in 1980 to provide incentive for local artists to improve their technique and a place to showcase and sell their artwork. The festival has since grown into a major art exhibit featuring artwork by artists from all over the country. The artwork is also judged and cash prizes and ribbons are awarded.

2016 Fine Arts Festival is generously sponsored by:

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Congratulations to the following winners of the 36th annual FINE ARTS FESTIVAL 2016


FAF BIS 2016 - Ray LaMantia small

“Watching and Waiting”
Category:  Painting
By Ray LaMantia of Siler City, NC


2016 People's Choice Winner small

“Dog Daze”
Category:  Painting
By Eleanor Gallagher of Southern Pines, NC


1st place: “Watching and Waiting” – Raymond LaMontia (Siler City)
2nd place:  “Clothes on Line Along Huler’s Laswon Trek” – Jim Hellenbeck (Raleigh)
3rd place:  “Mystery” – Yvonne Sovereign (Sanford)
Honorable Mention:
“Majestic” – R.T. Morgan (West Jefferson)
“Dog Daze” – Eleanor Gallagher (Southern Pines)
“Koi Pond II” – Kim Sobat (Southern Pines)


1st place:  “Uncle Jessie” – Robert Gray Cooper (Chapel Hill)
2nd place:  “Water Melons II” – Steve Opet (Fayetteville)
3rd place:  “Tobacco Man” – Louise Price (Whispering Pines)
Honorable Mention:
“Nick…High Octane” – B.H. Chandler (Southern Pines)
“Racing” – Meridith Martens (Southern Pines)


1st place:  “Galloping Horse” – Meridith Martens (Southern Pines)
2nd place:  “Family Matters – The H Connection” – Sandy Stratil (Whispering Pines)
3rd place:  “Go Therefore” – Belinda Furby (Southern Pines)
Honorable Mention:
“Code Switching – Pt. 1” – Eliana Rodriguez (Winston-Salem)
“Morning Has Broken” – Kathy Leuck (Pinehurst)


1st place:  “After the Fire” – Brady Beck (Pinehurst)
2nd place:  “A Grandmother’s Love” – Pat Anderson (Pinehurst)
3rd place:  “Last Flight” – Lynn McGugan (Southern Pines)
Honorable Mention:
“Autumn Cypress Swamp” – Michael Stratil (Whispering Pines)
“Thank You for Smoking” – Sam Kruyer (Southern Pines)


1st place:  “A Night at the Opera” – Sandra Hastings (Pinehurst)
2nd place:  “Balance” – R.T. Morgan (West Jefferson)
3rd place:  “Garden Totem” – Dian Moore (Pinehurst)
Honorable Mention:
“Salomé” – Nicholas Schneider (Blowing Rock)

2016 Judge:   Sharon DiGiulio, Artist, Raleigh, NC


A Purchase Award is the opportunity for businesses and individuals to support the festival artists by pledging to purchase artwork prior to the festival. In addition to selling their artwork, the artist also receive a ribbon.

Hannah Cole Buie (Rockingham), “Terrace with Blue Umbrella” (Painting)
Laurie Rich of Laurie Rich Catering

Hannah Cole Buie (Rockingham), “Seats for Two” (Painting)
Dr. Bill Terry, Women’s Care Clinic of Pinehurst Surgical

Pamela DiCenso (Fayetteville), “Beauty is in the Eye…” (Painting)
Denis McCullough of Denis McCullough Interior Design

Harry Neely (Southern Pines), “Oranges” (Painting)
Dr. Bill Terry, Women’s Care Clinic of Pinehurst Surgical

Megan Bankos (Southern Pines), “Paradise” (Photograph)
Dr. Tommy McDonell, artist

Dian Moore (Pinehurst), “Over the Bounding Main” (Mixed Media)
Virginia & Keith Thomasson of Southern Pines

Mary Ellen Warren (Pinehurst), “Sunshine in My Garden” (Painting)
Ginny Thomasson of Holden, Thomasson & Longfellow

Camille Morgan (West Jefferson), “Little Cutie” (3-D)
Pinky Doyle of Re/Max of the Pines

Marilyn Vendemia (Pinehurst), “A Rare Light” (Painting)
Wendy Beaver of Parsec Financial Wealth Management

Beverly McAnulty (Elon), “Top of the Pond” (Painting)
Stuart Fulghum of KSF Design

Meridith Martens (Southern Pines), “Galloping Horse” (Mixed Media)
Jay-Kar Contracting

Past Fine Arts Festival winners: 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010