Calabash Gallery Features Mirrors & Glass Show Through March 31
02/29/12


(Stained glass & mirror, jellyfish motif by Tony Carr. Photo by Louis Aliotta)

Calabash, N.C. art gallery Sunset River Marketplace is featuring a group show entitled Reflections, owner Ginny Lassiter has announced. Running through March 31, the show includes mirrored and glass pieces by artists Tony Carr, Courtney Tomchik, Mary Reid-Smith, Shandi Berls, Jeff Achterberg, Vivian Levit, Scott Summerfield, Richard Bunting and Fred Schwartz.

Tony Carr creates glass mosaics, often incorporating copper, pottery and stone into his pieces. His inspiration comes from the nature and a love of different textures. Wilmington, N.C. clay artist Shandi Berls is well known for her matte blue-green glazes, which are reminiscent of the early twentieth century Arts & Crafts movement, although with a decidedly modern twist. For this show, she uses clay tiles to frame mirrors in a range of sizes. For Courtney Tomchik, her raku-framed mirrors reflect the beautiful colors and textures that are part of life in the Appalachian Mountains where she was raised. Vivian Levit creates scenes of coastal living in stained glass.

Glass artist Richard Bunting, known for his colorful stylized glass conch shells, says “Dancing with molten glass is like dancing with a great partner.” Scott Summerfield creates a variety of blown glass works ranging from functional home décor to abstract sculptures. His process involves hand blown parts, which are later cut, ground, polished and assembled.

Additional pieces include Jeff Achterberg’s striking architectural glass dome with stained glass accents; a series of charming coat rack mirrors with stained glass figures by Vivian Levit; Mary Reid-Smith’s oversize glass mosaic mirror and Fred Schwartz’s floral motif stained glass mirror.

In addition to the featured show, Sunset River Marketplaces houses exceptional artwork by almost 200 artists – all from either North or South Carolina – in 10,000 square feet of exhibition space. The gallery offers on-site custom framing, art and pottery classes, and a pottery studio with two kilns. A number of popular community programs are also on the calendar. Creative Exchange is an interactive presentation on a range of topics held on Wednesdays of select months and includes lunch. On Thursday mornings of select months, a Coffee With the Authors event features a presentation by a range of novelists, self help writers, and other authors. Creative After Hours is an evening adventure in art for both individuals and groups, no experience necessary.

Winter hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunset River Marketplace is located at 10283 Beach Drive SW (Hwy. 179) in Calabash, N.C. For information, call 910-575-5999 or visit the website at www.sunsetrivermarketplace.com. Visit and “like” the gallery on Facebook for daily updates and special promotions.