Kitty Hawk Pier by Gretchen Dibler. Acrylic painting 2 1/4″ x 3 1/4″; frame: 5″ x 6 “. Image, Seaside Gallery

We have two great art shows happening this month on the Outer Banks, shows with great art and years of tradition behind them.

25th International Miniature Art Show is happening all month at Seaside Art Gallery on the Beach Road in Nags Head. 

These are fascinating works of art. Framed, these painting are at the most 6” across, and the canvas itself is usually only 21/2” or 3”, yet the detail is absolutely astonishing.

There are hundreds of miniatures on display—really worth a look.

The show is running until May 30 with a reception May 28 from 7-9p.m. with many of the artists on hand.

The other show that’s recommended is the 19th Annual Mollie Fearing Art Show at the Dare County Arts Council Gallery in Manteo—that’s the old Dare County Courthouse.

This is a wonderful show with an extraordinary range of art on display—photography, paintings, some sculpture, multi-media’; the DCAC staff mentioned they had 84 entries this year, the most the show has had in some time. Quantity is not always quality, but in this case the quality was truly excellent.

The opening reception was this past Sunday, May 1, and it was the best attended Mollie Fearing Show any one could remember.

The show will run until May 31.