September 05, 2022
By Chelsea Reed
It’s easy to associate etchings with the novelty of a nautical atmosphere. Perhaps it’s because the art genre took off during a time when the Old World was just beginning to discover the New World. Or perhaps, it’s because we sometimes associate the look of etching with scrimshaw, which are engravings on ivory made by whalers long ago.
In any case, the free form that etching allows depicts just the right images of the waves, boats, and beaches of the Outer Banks. Let’s have some nautical fun with David Hunter’s etchings!
Come see David Hunter’s etching of the year! This one was created specially for the Labor Day Event. Its stunning detail is a tribute to the nautical history that can only be found in the Outer Banks. The Bodie Island Lighthouse you see today has been guarding ships from our treacherous coasts since 1872.
People have been harvesting from the Outer Banks ocean and sounds for hundreds of years. Most of that time, it was their only means to survive. And for many locals today, it’s their means to make a living. Look for the Outer Banks Catch emblem the next time you’re craving seafood. It’s a sure fire way to know that the fish you are eating is local!
This beautiful watercolor etching highlights the suspense these boats must be going through. Will they get into the water today? Do they yearn to haul in today’s catch? Or perhaps they are resting on the beach after an adventure in the water. It all depends on the viewer’s perspective.
Mending the fishing nets was an essential part of coastal living back then. Many commercial fishermen mend their nets with special equipment today, but some still do it by hand. No matter how it’s done, it’s still an important task. After all, holes in your net meant losing dinner!
Whether it was the Civil War, moving from the perilous waves, or keeping watch over a hurricane, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse has persevered through much adversity. It is also the nautical backdrop of countless happy memories. No wonder it’s known as America’s lighthouse!
Can you hear the call of the sea? It’s telling you to check out Seaside Art Gallery’s Labor Day Event! Artist David Hunter is debuting his etching “Deep Marsh at Bodie” for the first time. All of his etchings have free shipping, too. Get them now before they’re all gone!
Chelsea Reed is a copywriter who writes winning content, articles, blogs, and websites from her base in North Carolina. She might not be building sandcastles or swashbuckling with pirates these days, but the Outer Banks beaches continue to keep her young at heart.
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