New photography by island photographer Melinda Fodrie Sutton will be on view in Down Creek Gallery in October. The final ‘Expose Yourself to Art’ reception this season for Sutton is open to all from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18.

New work by island photographer Melinda Fodrie Sutton will highlight the final Expose Yourself to Art series of artists’ receptions from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, in Down Creek Gallery.

All are welcome to attend.  Music by Raygun Ruby will complement the light hors d’ oeuvres and adult beverages.

Sutton will show her latest photographic series of structures and beautiful island scenery while exploring various photographic media and printing processes.

She and her husband Alan Sutton, own Tradewinds Tackle here, and Sutton began exploring her passion for photography several years ago.

Her work has been featured in Down Creek Gallery, several Ocracoke business and restaurants, and in Charleston, S.C, and Chicago, Ill.

For the last four years, Sutton’s camera has focused on the ever-changing island landscape.

“I love walking and taking pictures,” she said. “I see the world differently.” 

So began her therapeutic “walk-about” period–10,000 steps a day with her iPhone camera in her pocket.  Photo sharing on Facebook led to enthusiastic feedback from friends liking this new direction. 

Encouraged to pursue photography more seriously, she enrolled in a four-week class in landscape photography at the University of South Carolina, Charleston.

“There are many things I want to do creatively, and I want to travel and see other countries and cultures,” she said.

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