‘Minis’ return to Seaside Art Gallery in Nags Head

By on April 23, 2014


Miniature art in contrast to a penny.

The “minis” have arrived for the annual International Miniature Art Show at Seaside Art Gallery in Nags Head.

Internationally recognized, the show opened May 3 for public viewing through May 31, and features more than 500 original works of art by artists from around the world.

Some of the world’s most renowned miniature artists participate.

Since the 16th Century, miniature artists have worked diligently to create these little jewels. Artists use specific techniques, diminished format and reduced scale to create remarkable results with fine detail and visual expression.

“We are so pleased to bring this extraordinary event to the public each year. We first created the show to showcase the diverse talents of local, national, and international artists through this unusual medium. And today, the show has achieved international notoriety and is one of the 21 recognized Miniature Art Shows in the nation,” says Melanie Smith, owner of the family owned and operated gallery.

The hallmark of the show offers excellence in miniature art, embracing a variety of intellectual, emotional, and imaginative themes. It is open and free to the public.


Dark Horse by Debra Keirce

Artist Debra Keirce kicked the show off with live demonstrations May 3.

“Part of my process for creating miniature fine art involves the use of magnifying lenses and close-range binoculars,” she said. “I enjoy demonstrating these techniques for art lovers.” Keirce is a signature member of the prestigious Miniature Artists of America (MAA).

Those attending the show are invited to vote for their favorite “mini” for the People’s Choice Award.


Debra Keirce demonstrates mini art with two visitors experimenting with her paints and brushes under a lighted magnifier.

The winning piece for the People’s Choice award will be announced along with the Judges’ awards at the Awards Reception at the gallery on Saturday May 24 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.. The Awards Reception is free to the public. Refreshments will be served and attendees can meet the artists in person.

Seaside Art Gallery is located at 2716 Virginia Dare Trail, Milepost 11, in Nags Head, NC. It is the Outer Banks’ first art gallery and was established by the Smith family in 1961.

The gallery is one of the largest privately owned galleries in the Southeast.

Interested parties can contact Melanie Smith at www.seasideart.com, (800) 828-2444 or (252) 441-5418 for viewing times and hours of operation.

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