Washed Ashore is the perfect name for Cathy Hamill’s gallery. The Phoenix Shops venue is filled with a flotsam jetsam mix of art and gifts. From still life, figurative and landscape paintings and photography to rocks with which to channel energy, the Manteo madam is the queen of eclectic.

The sea sets the tone with sea glass earrings, shell pendants and photos of local coastal scenes. Bold and colorful abstract and realistic paintings surround the gallery and fabulous handcrafted purses – felted, woven, and crocheted- take center stage.

Handmade soap is a favorite as well as the crocheted, cotton dish cloths and plastic pot scrubbers.

Find quirky as well as quaint such as the wild and wonderful fireworks birthday candle and Lost Colony sea-tumbled rocks rubbed to promote gratitude.

Hamill recently created an El Salvadorian-styled mural in Manteo’s La Cabana Restaurant. She is diverse in her painting style and subject matter. Ask about her painting lessons. Her prices are more than reasonable and include supplies. Washed Ashore will bring out the muse in you with its creativity, warm wooden floors, wide windows and sunny proprietor. 


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