The Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville, which opened in 1988, is the third branch of the N.C. Museum of History. The opening assures that all citizens are no further than 100 miles from a state-affiliated museum.
Denver artist Tom Owen, who studied art at East Carolina University, strives for realism in his paintings. Some of his creations are so realistic that it is difficult to distinguish them from photographs.
Winston-Salem artist Bob Dance is nationally famous for his watercolors and acrylic landscapes and seascapes. One of his paintings, \"Hatteras Standing,\" was featured on a 25-cent U.S. Postal Service stamp.
Charlotte artist Werner Willis' oil or watercolor paintings include commercial projects and fine art. A recent series of four paintings portrays Charlotte landmarks, like Dilworth Pavilion, during the 1890s.
Moderate climate and a diverse landscape have given the state a variety of plant life. Many state gardens contain examples. They include the Elizabethan Gardens in Manteo, Airlie Gardens near Wilmington, and those in Old Salem.
Greenville, the county seat of Pitt County, is an important center for business, education, and medicine. Other features and activities visitors will find include parks, an art museum, year-round concerts, plays, and sporting events.
When Paul and Mildred Whitener founded the Hickory Museum of Art in 1944, they focused on American art, a not-too-popular form. Today the museum is one of the finest of its size in the Southeast, with works by over 75 National Academy of Design artists.