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Seaside Art Gallery Participates in Gallery Row's 3rd Annual Roll & Stroll Event

Seaside Art Gallery Participates in Gallery Row's 3rd Annual Roll & Stroll Event

Celebrated Artist Suzanne Morris Paints ‘Plein Air’ Style at Seaside Art Gallery

Nags Head, NC  – Seaside Art Gallery is participating in the Gallery Row Arts District’s Third Annual Roll & Stroll on July 9th, 2015 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm.  Seaside Art Gallery is located in the Gallery Row Arts District, which is a unique area in the heart of Nags Head, NC. This district boasts a vibrant community of fine art galleries, original design jewelry shops, elegant & whimsical gift shops, family & fine dining restaurants, and other cultural points of interest. Each year, the Roll & Stroll creates a fun-filled evening of artist demonstrations, art shows, poetry readings, live music and outdoor activities, with food and fun for the whole family. 

Seaside Art Gallery features renowned artist Suzanne Morris during this evening of special activities. Visitors can meet and watch Ms. Morris as she paints on site at the gallery ‘Plein Air’ style, which is a French expression for ‘open air’ and painting outdoors. This practice started in the late 1800’s. 

In natural outdoor light Morris says, “Mother nature creates color harmonies that would be impossible to make up in the studio. A plein air painting is truly a painter’s impression of the subject.” 

Ms. Morris’ fascinating painting style with play of light and shadow transforms the ordinary into an extraordinary scene with the use of vivid, descriptive color, and bold expressive brushwork. She is predominantly self-taught, and has achieved studying with some of the best Plein Air painters in the nation including James Kerr, Charles Sovek, Scott Christensen, and Kevin Macpherson.  Ms. Morris’ art is influenced by the work of John Singer Sergent, Joaquin Sorolla, Emile Gruppe and the California Impressionists.

Melanie Smith, owner of Seaside Art Gallery says, “This is a wonderful event. It gives people a chance in a relaxed friendly atmosphere, to meet our artists and see different kinds of original art that they may never have gotten a chance to see otherwise. I don’t want people to feel like they have to know about art to come here. It’s a wonderful evening to come here to look around and enjoy art, whether it is for the first time or the hundredth time of being exposed to art. So to me it’s an experience that everybody can have.”  

Suzanne Morris has been featured in American Art Collector Magazine. Her award-winning art is currently on display coast to coast. She belongs to and exhibits with many national painting groups including The American Society of Marine Artists (signature member), Oil Painters of America, The American Impressionist Society, Womens Artists of the West, Women Painters of the Southeast, The California Art Club, and the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association.  Ms. Morris’ work is held in private and corporate collections including Burt’s Bees, Verizon Corporate Headquarters, and Duke University Hospital.

The Third Annual Row Roll & Stroll is a free event. A great way to embark on the Roll & Stroll art adventure is to go to Seaside Art Gallery, enjoy Suzanne Morris’ Plein Air art demonstration, and pick up your Gallery Row Map with a listing of locations, offerings, and events.  Park the family car, and bike or walk to tour the offerings of this one-of-a-kind Gallery Row Arts District in the heart of Nags Head and steps away from the beach.  

About Seaside Art Gallery: The gallery is family owned and operated, and is located in Nags Head, NC, a coastal community surrounded by the natural beauty of the Outer Banks’ Cape Hatteras National Seashore. It is the Outer Banks’ first art gallery and was established by the Smith family in 1961. Seaside Art Gallery is one of the largest privately owned galleries in the Southeast. It is known for its expansive 12-roomfuls of original fine art spanning the 19th – 21st century masters, famed animation studio art, current day artists from every locale, antiques, sculptures, estate jewelry, and collector items. Seaside Art Gallery specializes in original works of art, not reproductions, and the authenticity of the art is fully guaranteed.

Contact Information:  Seaside Art Gallery contact is Melanie Smith, Owner at (252) 441-5418 or (800) 828-2444 or email, or visit the website at for viewing times and hours of operation and more information. Seaside Art Gallery is located at 2716 Virginia Dare Trail, in Nags Head, NC.