October 24, 2017

Tiny Art Show Features More Than 200 Little Works of Art


Beautiful things truly come in small packages – that’s the underlying message that folks will uncover when they pay a visit to Tiny Art Show at the Indiantown Gallery this Thursday.

The annual event, which is now in its fourth year, is a showcase of artistic talents from all across the region and the country, who show off their skills on a miniature 5” x 5” canvas.

Each of the miniature canvases are for sale for $20 each, and the number of entries so far for 2017 is hovering around 200, and is expected to rise.

“Right now we have about 200 canvases,” says gallery owner and event orchestrator April Trueblood. “But in the last couple of days before the show, that number tends to go up. Last year, I thought we would have a little over 200, but we ended up having 249.”

The event stemmed from April’s own experience with miniature works of art in Greenville NC, while she attended art school at East Carolina University. 

“I went to the coffee shop that was downtown at the time, and someone was trying to make extra money by selling these tiny canvases on the wall,” she says. “I thought it was so neat, and the idea never left me. And somehow, the idea eventually formed into the first Tiny Art Show event in 2013.”

The sheer variety of artists who contribute to the show is staggering, as evident by the hundreds of works on display.

Professional and amateur artists from Hatteras Island, Ocracoke, the northern Outer Banks and beyond have all submitted works for 2017’s show, and there are even some pieces from places that are miles away from the beach.

“Different people contacted us on Facebook and asked to be involved,” says April, “and so far, the farthest away is from Bend, Oregon.”

In addition to the pros, local and regional students have also submitted works – either through their art classes, or by their own volition – and visitors have also been known to pop by the gallery, pick up a canvas, and paint a contribution while they are on vacation.

The end result is a colorful collection of individual creations that take up just a smidgeon of wall space.

And the event has certainly gotten attention, with art fans eager to have first pick.

“We don’t open the doors until 5 o’ clock to make it fair, and last year we had a line of people waiting out the door and around the corner - which was the most people I’d even seen at Indiantown Gallery,” says April.

The event is a fundraiser, with all profits going to fund the endowment for the Wayne Fulcher Scholarship for the Arts, which will benefit CHSS students.

Wayne Fulcher was a well-known artist on Hatteras Island, who was a fixture at Indiantown Gallery, where he regularly painted.

“Wayne was a big part of the gallery for many years, and the idea to do something education-related in honor of Wayne was Anne [Bower’s] idea, because the biggest fans of Wayne were always children,” says April. “When Anne sold the business to me, we started working on the endowment.”

Hors d'oeuvres will be available at the evening show, and live music will also be a cornerstone of the evening, courtesy of Barefoot Wade from Ocracoke Island.

“He’s kind of a one-man jam band,” says April. “He finds a way into turning himself into multiple people and instruments, and he’s really fun to watch.”

As for specific names of who will be contributing to the art show, art lovers may just have to wait and see.

“The first year, we put all the pieces with names on Facebook, and people went straight to the professional artists’ work,” says April. “They researched it and grabbed those first, but that wasn’t what we were trying to do, and that’s why there aren’t any artist names [available yet] - It puts everyone on a level playing field.”

As for the event itself, it’s a great opportunity for art fans to discover new talents, meet and mingle with community members, and take home a little treasure for their own home’s décor – all for just $20 bucks a pop.

“There are a lot of people who live in this community who, after living here for 16 years, I still don’t know,” says April. “I’ve met a lot of people from the community doing this, and a lot of people are brought together that might not ordinarily have something in common through this show.”

“I remember when I first started trying to be an artist, how good it made me feel to have a piece in an art show, and I love to share that feeling,” she says. “It seems to just be enjoyed on all sides – [artists and visitors] – and it gives me a lot of joy to see it.”

For more information on the event, including photos of roughly 150 of the submissions, visit https://www.facebook.com/indiantowngallery/.

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