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29th Annual Art From The Heart
Open through March 14, 2019

The Arts Council of Carteret County (ACCC) is presenting its 29th annual exhibition,  Art From The Heart, beginning Friday, February 22 and closing on March 14 in Morehead City, NC.

Art From The Heart 2019 (AFTH) is an eighteen day show and sale of original, two- and three-dimensional artwork, including photography, that typically draws over 2,000 gallery visitors during the event, making it one of the largest regional shows in eastern NC. In 2018, the ACCC awarded $6,500 to artists who won recognition for their work with the show producing over $9,000 in artwork sales.

AFTH is open to artists 18 years of age or older at all levels of expertise. Artists are NOT required to be a member of the Arts Council of Carteret County to enter only if they live in Craven, Carteret, Onslow or Pamlico counties. Any non-member artist from outside these counties will need to join ACCC in order to participate in AFTH and may join at registration time. Current members of the ACCC may enter regardless of their county or state of residence. Memberships begin at $25/year.

2019 Art From The Heart Winners

On Friday, February 22, 2019, the Arts Council of Carteret County (ACCC) awarded Awards of Excellence and Honorable Mention in both photography and non-photography art at the Artist's Reception and Awards Event. Judge Eric McRay had made his decisions earlier in the week from 424 pieces of original artwork submitted by 177 artists to the show.

The AFTH gallery is open seven days a week and admission is free. Gallery hours can be found at the Arts Council’s website:

This year ACCC awarded $6,800 to artists recognized for excellence by Art From The Heart judge, professional artist, art educator and studio owner Eric McRay from Raleigh, NC. Judge McRay filmed a blog entry and posted online. Click here to view the video or visit his Facebook link.

Show Concludes
Thursday, March 14 • 5:00 PM

Artwork Pick Up by Artists and Purchasers
Thursday, March 14 • 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Friday, March 15 • 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Saturday, March 16 • 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Note: No early pick-ups will be allowed.

The winners are:


Show Dates and Hours
Friday, February 22 thru Thursday, March 14

Monday – Wednesday • 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Thursday – Saturday • 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday • 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM


2019 AFTH Judge Eric McRay

McRay received a BFA degree at the Maryland Institute, College of Art, where he earned a four-year scholarship for his artistic talent. A native of Washington,DC, McRay moved to North Carolina and has been exhibiting since 1987. In November 1998, he was juried into Raleigh’s prestigious Artspace.

Since opening his Artspace studio in downtown Raleigh, McRay has served in the offices of Vice-President and President of the Artspace Artists Association, as well as served on Artspace’s board of directors and Executive Committee.

Visit his website to learn more about Mr. McKay and see samples of his work.


Download 2018 Show Program and Winner's List

The Arts Council of Carteret County (ACCC) hosted it’s 28th annual show and sale of original artwork, Art From the Heart from,February 16 to March 8, 2018. Our Judge
The judge for Art From the Heart 2018 was professional artist and art teacher Bob Rankin from Raleigh, NC. To view his full resume and numerous selections of his work please go to his website at Mr. Rankin conducted a critique and commentary session at the Art From The Heart gallery.