Motivational Author Will Speak at Sunset River Marketplace May 9

Dr. Muriel O’Tuel feels the best legacy we can leave is
how we treat others.

Motivational speaker, author and educator Dr. Muriel O’Tuel will present Heartprints: Creating Lasting Legacies at the next Creative Exchange event on Wednesday, May 9 at Calabash, N.C. gallery, Sunset River Marketplace, owner Ginny Lassiter has announced.

A successful career in education and private psychology practice behind her, Dr. O’Tuel now devotes her time to a professional speaking career that has taken her all around the world. She is a highly acclaimed keynote speaker and a member of the National Speakers Association. She is known for both wisdom and wit, and her stories often illustrate both.

After earning a degree in English from Saint Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, N.C., Dr. O’Tuel earned her masters in counseling from the University of Alabama and a Ph.D. in counselor education and psychology from the University of South Carolina.

She has taught at all levels, from elementary through university. In Columbia, S.C. Dr. O’Tuel serves as director of guidance for schools there and was director of psychological services and staff development in Summerville, S.C., where she was also a practicing psychologist. Most recently, she was assistant to the superintendent of schools in the Myrtle Beach area.

Dr. O’Tuel is the author of two books. “Footprints On the Heart” is her personal and professional growth book, recommended for anyone who needs a jumpstart for successful living in an ever-changing world. Her current “Heartprints Are Forever,” focuses on leaving legacies. In it, she tackles aging, retirement, generational differences, death and dying. She feels the greatest legacy we leave is the way we treat and influence others.

Dr. O’Tuel’s inspiring presentation will take place at the gallery from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. There is a $7 fee and lunch is included. Due to limited seating, reservations are required. Click here to reserve your spot via email. For more information, call 910-575-5999. If you’d like to be notified about upcoming Creative Exchange, Coffee With the Authors or other gallery events, send an email to Gallery news is also posted on the website: and on the gallery’s Facebook page.

Since opening in 2002, Sunset River Marketplace has been an active supporter of performing, literary and visual arts in the area. The gallery hosted Brunswick Arts Council’s Evening of Miniature Masterpieces fundraiser multiple times and has been an ongoing Silver Sponsor for the Friday evening Summer Concert Series at Ocean Isle Beach. Creative Exchange is the gallery’s interactive community event held on the second Wednesday of select months.

Sunset River Marketplace is located at 10283 Beach Drive SW (Hwy. 179) in Calabash, N.C. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.