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Kate Leal Exhibit

Whispers of the Outer Banks: Coastal Impressions by Kate Leal

In March, our Vault Gallery will feature Whispers of the Outer Banks, a collection of paintings created by local artist Kate Leal.


The month-long exhibit will manifest the essence of the Outer Banks through Kate's nuanced acrylic pastel compositions. The imagery is gathered from surrounding locations including Roanoke island, Bodie Island, Hatteras Island and Manns Harbor. Kate's style of painting embodies texture to create forms, and a soft color palette that embraces a familiar feeling of life here on the Outer Banks. Kate's artistic passion is expressed in her acrylic pastel paintings, where she delicately navigates the interplay of soft contrasts, ambient light, and subtle shadows within the coastal landscapes of coastal North Carolina.

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Show Dates + Artist Info

Whispers of the Outer Banks will be on display in the Vault Gallery March 1-30, 2024.

There will be an opening reception on Friday, March 1 from 6pm to 8pm, where visitors can meet Kate and view her work. The opening reception is during downtown Manteo's First Friday festivities, and is free and open to the public.

Possessing a Bachelor's in Fine Arts from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and further refining her craft through a studio intensive painting program at Goldsmiths University of London, Kate exemplifies a distinctive approach to her artistry. Kate is now situated on Roanoke Island and draws inspiration from the natural impressiveness of the Outer Banks, while raising her family there.

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