A special exhibit titled Birth of a Book showing how books by author Suzanne Tate and illustrator James Melvin come to life will open at Dare County Arts Council in April. 


The Birth of a Book exhibit will walk viewers through Tate and Melvin’s process of creating Timmy T. Frog, A Tale of a Tree Climber with original sketches, page mock-ups and author notes.


Bringing Tate and Melvin’s dedication to their craft to life, the exhibit will also feature aspects of their newest collaboration called Merri-Lee Monarch, A Tale of a Big Trip, which is the 39th book in Tate’s Nature Series.


2018 marks Tate and Melvin’s 30th year working together on the Nature Series, which has sold more three million books.

Birth Of A Book Exhibit

Opening Reception + Artist Info

Join us for an opening reception on Friday, April 6, from 6pm - 8pm. There will be light hors d'oeuvres and libations, and live music by Martin Terry, and are part of Roanoke Island’s April First Friday celebrations.

Reception guests will have the opportunity to meet local author Suzanne Tate and local illustrator James Melvin, and can purchase books from Tate’s Nature Series and have Tate and Melvin sign them.

The show will be on display April 6-30, 2018.


Click here for more information about the artists. 


(252) 473-5558

300 Queen Elizabeth Ave. Manteo, NC 27954

©2016 by Dare County Arts Council. Proudly created with Wix.com

Summer Gallery Hours:

May - September

Monday - Friday: 10am - 6pm

Saturday: 10am -  4pm

Closed Sunday

Winter Gallery Hours:

October 1, 2019 - April 30, 2020

Tuesday - Friday: 10am - 5pm

Saturday: 12pm - 4pm

Closed Sunday & Monday

© 2020 Dare County Arts Council. All Rights Reserved.