Cassie Howe Algeo Gallery

Artwork by Chrissy Suralik, similar to the piece shown here, is on display at the Cassie Howe Algeo Gallery at Carteret Health Care until Tuesday, Oct. 8. (Contributed photo)

Through Tuesday, Oct. 8, the Cassie Howe Algeo Gallery will feature the oil painting and prints of Morehead City resident Chrissy Suralik.

This exhibit will be in the gallery located in the hallway connecting the lobbies of Carteret Health Care at 3500 Arendell St. in Morehead City.

These shows are free and open to the public at all times. These works of art are for sale, and purchase can be arranged through the CHC Foundation office.

Some people always know they are going to be an artist. Ms. Suralik knew before she even started school.

According to a release, her earliest memories were using the walls of her bedroom as giant canvases, transforming the bland space into magical places of nascent imagination. The walls became a night sky, a tropical rainforest and the ocean’s underwater world.

Chasing the dream of “a little better every day,” Ms. Suralik honed her skills, recently adding oil painting to her daily practice and has been exploring abstract art.

Her artistic drive comes from an inner need to create and connect with others.

In 2010, she opened Inkspiration Studio, which is located in downtown Morehead City.

Her mission is to melt the lines between the fine art community and body art. Her drive to change much of society’s disdain toward body art comes from the belief that “art is art. Art conveys emotion, whether in the form of a landscape painting capturing nature’s beauty, a meta, thought-provoking abstract piece or memorial tattoo for a grieving mother.”

According to the release, when a customer walks into her studio for the first time for a tattoo, they often experience confusion. The front of the studio is a gallery displaying paintings, carvings, scrimshaw, jewelry and other creations from local artists.

Ms. Suralik is working with Morehead City to continue to grow the art scene and help other inspiring artists toward success like the recent project “Circles on 6th” in downtown Morehead City.

She is a member of the Carteret County Arts Council, a Downtown Morehead City Inc. board member and 2019 Main Street Champion.

Lately, her main focus has been large scale murals that can be seen all around Carteret and Craven counties.

She can be reached at inkspirationstudio.com.

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