So Much Art

by Apr 27, 2022Events, South Brunswick

Check out the current and upcoming exhibits and activities at Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash.

Sunset River Marketplace is currently showing a group exhibition called “Renewal,” a celebration of the rains that bring spring fever, new growth and outdoor activities. The exhibition includes oil paintings, acrylics, watercolors and photography. Subject matter ranges from Paris in the rain and children in yellow rain slickers to local wildlife, bicycling, garden bouquets and more. Umbrellas abound!

Featured artists are Lee Mims (oils), Donn McCrary (acrylics), Brenda Riggins (watercolor and acrylics), Vicki Neilon (acrylics), Judi Moore (acrylics), Louis Aliotta (photography), Linda Karaskevicus (watercolor), Roseann Bellinger (acrylics), Gary Baird (photography), Janet Sessoms (oil), Ortrud Tyler (acrylics), Roberta Rotunda (acrylics), Marcus McClanahan (acrylics) and Hank Pulkowski (watercolor).

The show is hanging now and will remain through Saturday, May 14. There is no charge to the public. Gallery hours are Monday to Saturday, 11 am to 5 pm.

Upcoming Events at Sunset River Marketplace

20th Anniversary
Jan. 1 — Dec. 31, 2022
Since opening its doors in 2002, Sunset River Marketplace has evolved into Coastal Carolina’s go-to place for the hottest new contemporary art, exquisite artisan-designed jewelry, innovative pottery and more. Showcasing only artists from the two Carolinas, this eclectic spot boasts an amazing offering of a broad range of fine art and crafts. The welcoming gallery has become a destination for locals and visitors alike. To celebrate its 20 years in business, Sunset River Marketplace is planning a full year of special events.

Exhibition: Renewal
Group Show
April 7 – May 14, 2022
We’re celebrating spring rains, spring florals and spring fever in this exhibition of oils, acrylics, watercolors and photography.

Louis Aliotta Beach Cycles

Jazz Night (third Thursday of each month)
April 21, 2022
5 – 7 pm
Join us for an evening of fine tunes and good company in the artistic atmosphere you can only experience here at Sunset River Marketplace. After Hours is a local band of seasoned musicians you may have seen performing at local restaurants here in Brunswick County. The popular ensemble brings their musical stylings to the gallery on the third Thursday of each month for two hours of standards and audience favorites. The group often features a nationally known guest performer. Find updates on the gallery’s Facebook and Instagram pages.

Exhibition: Waterway Art Association Show
April 25 – 30, 2022
Reception Thursday, April 28, 4 – 6 p.m.
For details about this show, visit waterwayart.org.

Coffee With the Authors
Thursday, April 28, 2022, 11 am – noon
Holly Merker
Holly has a background in art therapy, but today employs birds and nature toward the same goals of wellbeing in her work as an environmental educator and birding guide. Learn why getting your daily dose of ornitherapy is just what the doctor ordered as Holly discusses her book Ornitherapy For Your Mind, Body, Soul (co-written with Richard Crossley and Sophie Crossley). Free, but seating is limited, so call the gallery to reserve your spot.

Coffee With the Authors
Thursday, May 12, 2022, 11 a.m. – 12 noon
Dobie McArthur
The author is a prior-enlisted Marine who later attended the Naval Academy and was commissioned in the Marine Corps. He attended Oxford University on a Marshall Scholarship, obtaining a master’s degree in Middle Eastern studies. After his active duty, he served on the staff of two senators and as a political appointee at the Pentagon in the George W. Bush administration. He will be discussing his two Civil War novels, Full Circle and Questionable Intent. Free, but call to hold your spot.

Appetizers with Philip Laura
Simple Staging & Creation
Thursday, May 12, 2022, 2 – 3 p.m.
Join us as local pastry chef Philip Laura whips up some simple appetizers and demonstrates how to stage and serve them beautifully and efficiently. Attendees will receive recipes presented. Free, but please call ahead. Seating is limited.

Paint & Party – Bird House
Wednesday, May 18, 2022
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Details to come.

Jazz Night (third Thursday of each month)
May 19, 2022
5 – 7 pm
Join us for an evening of fine tunes and good company in the artistic atmosphere you can only experience here at Sunset River Marketplace. After Hours is a local band of seasoned musicians you may have seen performing at local restaurants here in Brunswick County. The popular ensemble brings their musical stylings to the gallery on the third Thursday of each month for two hours of standards and audience favorites. The group often features a nationally known guest performer. Updates on the gallery’s Facebook and Instagram pages.

Birthday Wishes Ministry
Tuesday, May 20 – Friday, June 3
Charity Event
Artists are coming together to support purchasing gifts for 300+ children in the Backpack Food Program whose families don’t have enough for birthday presents. Gallery visitors will have the opportunity to bid for fine art in a silent auction. Final bidding will take place at a closing reception on Friday, June 3. Proceeds go to the Ministry.

Sketching Workshop with Mike Rooney
Saturday, May 21, 2022, 10 am – 3 pm
One of North Carolina’s best known plein air painters, Mike will be here to share some of his quick sketch and composition techniques with us in this hands-on one-day session. Call to register. $95.
Collage Workshop with Ginny Lassiter Monday, June 6, 2022, 10 am – 1 pm
Create your own collage from paint, twine, specialty papers, swatches, old & new photos, magazine pages, sheet music and more. Bring your own or choose from ours. We will supply paint and canvases. No experience necessary. Call to register. $45

Coffee With the Authors
Thursday, June 9, 2022, 11 a.m. – 12 noon
Vanessa Gardner
A Killing On Hardee Street
No charge but seating is limited so call the gallery to hold your spot.

Roberta Rotunda Remembering Acrylic

One-Day Batik Workshops
June 11 – 13 with Instructor Pat Smelkoff, 10 am– 4 pm
Call to register. Descriptions on gallery website. $95.
Bird Watcher (cat), Saturday, June 11, 2022
Poppies, Sunday, June 12, 2022, Class is full
The Gathering (pelicans), June 13, 2022, Class is full

Creativity Unleashed
Wednesday, June 15, 11 am – 5 pm
A fun day of art demonstrations i.e., pottery, painting, fabric dying and more. Details to post shortly!

Coffee With the Authors
Thursday, July 14, 2022, 11 a.m. – 12 noon
Teri M. Brown
Sunflowers Beneath the Snow
No charge but seating is limited so call the gallery to hold your spot.

Paint & Party
Wednesday, July 23, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Details to come

Want to go?
For information, call (910) 575.5999 or visit sunsetrivermarketplace.com.
Sunset River Marketplace is at 10283 Beach Drive SW (N.C. Highway 179) in the historic coastal fishing town of Calabash.

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