Water Street Studio houses a small contemporary gallery in their first floor exhibiting area. We specialize in showcasing work that is eclectic, skillfully handcrafted, and out of the ordinary. We are not a beachy gallery, but we love where we live and offer a different kind way of looking at our environment through our artwork.Listed below are artists currently exhibiting their work in the gallery. We also host pop up exhibitions and can provide space for specific shows or classes. Please contact the gallery if you are interested in showing your work with us.
As a native of the barrier islands on the coast of North Carolina, Fay Davis Edwards centers her work primarily on environmental concerns and climate change. Specifically, she works with coastal residents to collect narratives and share stories of sea level rise. Citing influence from artists such as Mel Chin, Laurie Anderson, and Sonya Clark, Fay works across disciplines employing painting, photography, installation, projection, and community engagement projects to chronicle these personal narratives. She exhibits her work regionally, and regularly teaches workshops and classes. Fay earned her BFA from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, and her MFA from Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine. She lives on Roanoke Island, where she shares her home with her husband and a variety of critters, including a lively flock of chickens and four very opinionated cats. Fay is also the owner and resident artist of Water Street Studio in Manteo.
I grew up spending a lot of time in the woods and on the water. So, when it was time for higher education, I naturally pursued my degree in Biology with focus in botany, horticulture, and ornithology. That degree led me to my job with the NC Aquarium system until I left to raise our children. It was then that I became interested in working in clay. I’ve studied at Pocosin Arts, College of the Albemarle, and Penland School of Crafts, and I love the fact that one can always learn, experiment and grow in this medium. It’s a process that takes a lot of time and persistence, but it’s one that is extremely rewarding. Every firing, whether its electric kiln, wood, gas, or Raku yields new and interesting results; the fire and ash, the clay, the glazes, and even the atmospheric conditions all play a part in each individual piece. For me, crafting handmade pottery is a learning experience for life.
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A proud native of south London, Pauline was born in 1937 to an Irish mother and English father. She and her family survived the London Blitz during World War II, and Pauline later graduated from the Kensington College of Commerce and Art. In 1959 Pauline immigrated to the United States, settling in Long Island. She worked in Manhattan until 1966 when she moved to the Outer Banks. Pauline works in fiber and glass. For nearly sixty years, she has created work with weaving, knitting and sewing, and has brought to life beautiful Tiffany style lamps, panels, windows, and decorative hangings. About her work Pauline says, "Much of my love of stained glass refers back to my youth spent in London, seeing all the exquisite windows in various churches and cathedrals, or simply down at the local pub. My more contemporary influences include Dale Chihuly and Dave Brubeck." Pauline currently lives in Manteo, NC.
Scott is a wood designer living in Nags Head, North Carolina. He creates artful birdhouses from reclaimed wood and humanely sourced antlers and bone. Each house is unique and is built so that they can be easily maintained. Scott features houses for bluebirds, owls, bats, and wrens.
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Jacqueline Patrick is a polymer clay, mixed media and jewelry artist. She was born in Dayton, Ohio. She has lived in Las Vegas, Nevada; Orange County, California; Eastern North Carolina; and now lives in the mountains of North-East Tennessee. She works in a cabin on six acres in the Cherokee National Forest where she lives with her husband and two Akitas. She is a self-taught artist. Her first exhibit was at Union Street Gallery in Erwin, Tennessee. Her art has been displayed at the Madison County North Carolina Welcome Center as part of a local artists' collection. She has participated in several local art festivals. Her art dolls are on display at Blind Insect Gallery in Portland OR and Tanasi Art Gallery in Unicoi Tn. She has had two articles written about her work; mixed media wall sculptures in International Doll Artists magazine, and art dolls and ghost necklaces in Autumn Brilliance magazine. Jacqueline is a member of the Professional Doll Makers Art Guild.
Christine is owner of Meridian Designs 432, specializing in handcrafted jewelry. They use only the finest quality leathers from Italy, Spain, Greece, France and cork from Portugal. Recently added is a silver Salmon leather from Iceland. Each bracelet is handcrafted of the highest quality. Meridian Designs accepts custom orders.