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Tamra Harrison Kirschnick Exhibit

Perfectly Imperfect

From December to January, our Vault Gallery will feature ocean paintings and shell portraits by Tamra Harrison Kirschnick. 


This exhibition was inspired by the ocean, shore, storms, wind, birds, and shells. In her work, Tamra studies the details of shells thrown on the shore revealing lovely planes and geographic shapes. Tamra gravitates toward the broken remnants with the unexpected holes and sharp edges and builds in the color with many layers of oil paint. The use of complementary colors increases boldness and intensity of the palette, and the exaggerated scale of the imagery creates an ambiguity of what is real. The juxtaposing of dimensional shells and shore remnants with a flat color plane pushes the object out of its expected environment. It is this process that reveals unexpected shore paintings.

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Show Dates + Artist Info

Perfectly Imperfect will be on display December 2, 2022 through Saturday, January 21, 2023 in our Vault Gallery.


There will be an opening reception on Friday, December 2 from 6pm to 8pm, where visitors can meet Tamra and view her work. The opening reception is during downtown Manteo's holiday festivities. 


Tamra Harrison Kirschnick is a native of Virginia and has always gravitated to painting. Although she graduated college with a degree in marketing, she extended her studies a fifth year to achieve a concentration in art. Upon graduation, she began a career as a graphic designer. After the birth of her first child, the graphic design was put aside. It was in 2010 that she joyfully began to paint full-time.

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