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November 30, 2021

In Search of the Dragon

  • Organization: ArtWorks Oriental
  • Submission Deadline: November 30, 2021
  • Event Dates: December 26, 2021 - February 15, 2022
  • Entry Fee: Free
  • Type: Exhibition
  • Eligibility: International
  • Categories: Craft/Traditional Arts, Photography, Drawing, Mixed-Media/Multi-Discipline, Painting, Sculpture

Oriental is a unique little village located on the Inner Coastal Waterway in NC. One of the last remaining fishing villages in the US, it is also known as The Sailing Capital of North Carolina. Oriental is also home for many creatives including artists and artisans, musicians, authors, and thespians.

Each year on New Year’s Eve, two “dragons” (mysteriously sporting human legs and feet from below) parade through the town. The villagers and as many as a thousand visitors dance around and behind the creatures, banging pots and spoons to ward away evil spirits in the coming year. Others try and touch the dragon for good luck.

Later, in February, coordinating with Chinese New Year, the Pamlico County Arts Council host their annual membership drive, known as The Burning of the Dragon. A literal torching of a 30 ft high rendition of the creature, set aflame to ensure nothing but creative and positive things happen in the coming year.

Both of these events have become regional Coastal Carolina treasured events!

Clearly, Oriental loves dragons! And we want to see yours! All artists in all mediums are invited to apply. Please see for complete details and entry forms.

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