After more than two decades in Seaside, Cara Roy and her artwork are moving on.
Roy emphasizes, however, that she is not retiring or moving away from the area, rather it is a business transition.
Roy opened her gallery in Seaside in February 1991 in a tent resting on straw in Seaside's Quincy Circle. She knew she wanted to be part of the Ruskin Place artist colony in the back, but had to wait for the building she wanted to be completed. That building located at the south corner of the entrance to the park is where she has sold her artwork ever since.
Visitors to the iconic town where "The Truman Show" was filmed have come to look forward to visiting Roy's gallery, and usually take home one of her watercolor prints as a souvenir of their stay.
Working mostly in watercolors, her prints of beach scenes, fish, mermaids, etc., have been synonymous with Seaside.
The location also brought Roy her own little brush with the stars in the mid-1990s when "The Truman Show" was being filmed in the town. She looked just enough like the movie's star, Laura Linney, that she served as her double on set.
"It was a lot of fun being on set and going to makeup and all, but also a lot of hard work," said Roy. "Jim Carrey would come back from break first and stand behind the production people and make faces at us to make us laugh. It was fun going to all the parties and riding in the limo to the United Artist Theater in Fort Walton for the movie's premier. It was the longest line of limos to date that this area has seen."
Roy found all the stars to be very sweet and down-to-earth people.
Roy said with the closing of her gallery in Seaside, she will miss all the acquaintances and friends she has made, but it is time to move on and she is ready to do something different -- and to paint something different.
"I am just getting out of the retail end of my business and will switch to working with wholesalers and vendors who will market my prints," she said.
Locally, Fusion Art Glass in Seaside will still sell her Seaside prints, and she will work with galleries in the Southwest and Northwest to market her new works, which will be original acrylics on canvas. She will continue to accept commissions.
"After more than 20 years here I just feel the calling to do something else. I have met a really nice man who likes to travel and it's time to do something else. I have been tied to this gallery for 20-plus years and running it limits my creativity. There are still things I want to do and I am really excited to be able to do them," she said.
The last day of her retail business will be Jan. 16, 2013. Her prints may be purchased online at www.cararoyartworks.com.
For those in Seaside between now and Jan. 6, she says please stop in and say hello. She will have extended hours until 8 p.m. on Dec. 28 and Jan. 4.