Mini Art in Nags Head

Elephant_Melinda_FabianFrom April 30 through May 30, two of my miniature paper sculptures, Peanuts Please! and Springtime Delights, will be at the 25th International Miniature Art Show at the Seaside Art Gallery in Nags Head, N.C.

This will be the third year my artwork has been on display, and Seaside Art Gallery has become one of my favorite miniature shows. Partly that’s because of the history of the art gallery itself.

Opened in 1961 by the Smith family, the same year Nags Head was founded, the Seaside Art Gallery has become a favorite of the beach town. It started as a one-room gallery and over the years expanded to the 12-room art mecca it is today. It continues to be a family-operated business that specializes in original artwork of all kinds. Seaside Art Gallery is now run by second-generation owner and accredited fine arts appraiser with the International Society of Appraisers, Melanie Smith.

With few recognized official miniature shows around the country, Seaside Art Gallery runs one of the largest. On how it got started, Smith says, “My father Chester Smith and his wife Arnette were in Florida visiting with our artist, David Hunter. They enjoyed the miniature art show in Florida so much that he decided to do one here.” The first annual miniature show opened in 1991.

Featuring hundreds of pieces in a variety of mediums from across the country and around the world, there is sure to be something for everyone. The artwork, which must be 1/6 the scale of the original subject, offers the finest detail in a package you can’t resist.

The best part of running a miniature show? For Smith it’s getting in the artwork. “I love having all of the little boxes coming in from all over the USA and the world, opening them up and seeing all of the surprising treasures.”

Visit Seaside Art Gallery April 30–May 30, and preview all the artwork in the miniature show here. And don’t forget to explore the rest of Seaside Art Gallery while you’re at it!

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