Celebrating Our 10th Anniversary All Month Long, June 1 - 30, 2012

Sunset River Marketplace will host a month-long celebration that includes free drawings for gift certificates, original paintings, prints, pottery, hand-blown glass, jewelry and other items; artist demonstrations, live music and more – June 1 to 30.

On June 1 Sunset River Marketplace art gallery will mark ten years of operation at the same location in the historic fishing village of Calabash, N.C. The 10,000 square-foot gallery is well known for its eclectic mix of fine art and crafts from the Carolinas.

From day one, Sunset River Marketplace has defied the stereotype of a “stuffy art gallery,” offering visitors a rich combination of whimsical and serious art in a wide range of styles and media. Wandering through the roomy space, one finds breathtaking seascapes, sleek turned wood vessels, and high-style blown glass. They share wall space comfortably with humor-driven ceramics, outsider art, metal works and more.

Gallery owner Ginny Lassiter said, “We’ll be celebrating all month long with special events giveaways and a very special art show. It’s our way of saying thank you to our artists, our surrounding communities and the thousands of visitors we’ve welcomed since opening our doors in 2002. We hope our friends and neighbors will come and help us celebrate.”

Several of the gallery’s artists have exhibited with Sunset River since 2002 and their works will be featured throughout the month in a special Tenth Anniversary Exhibition. The featured artists will be Jill Hope, Elaine Bigelow, Ramona B. Bendin, Brian Evans, Sue Marion, Ardie Praetorius, Sue Coley, Susan Dade, Ortrud Tyler, Scott Summerfield, Two Visions Pottery, Judy O’Brien, Mark Hilliard, Betty Bee and the late Victor Gerloven.

Other events include a series of free artist demonstrations onsite at the Calabash gallery. Lassiter herself will kick off the celebration with an acrylics demo from 2 to 4 p.m. on June 1. Calabash potter Joe Jeffcoat will demonstrate throwing on the pottery wheel on Wednesday, June 6 from noon to 3 p.m. Pat Smelkoff will share the art of Zhostovo (Russian stroke painting) on Thursday, June 14 from noon until 3 p.m. On Wednesday, June 20 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., glass blower Jim Downey will demonstrate the exciting art of flame work. Additional presentations are posted on the gallery’s website (www.sunsetrivermarketplace).

A free performance by singer/songwriter Calabash Flash is scheduled for Saturday, June 9 from 2 to 3 p.m. A Creative After Hours class with jewelry designer Beth Wicker will take place on Wednesday, June 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. ($35 fee). From Monday, June 25 to Friday, June 29, the gallery is hosting a five-day Abstract Acrylics Workshop with nationally known artist Sterling Edwards (Class is full. Call for waiting list and fee.)

Celebrations also include free daily drawings for an assortment of gift certificates, original art, limited edition prints, pottery, hand-blown glass, artisan-crafted jewelry, custom-designed pillows and more. The public is encouraged to enter multiple times, but no more than once each day. Entry forms are at the gallery. In a related Facebook promotion, the gallery will award a free gift certificate to someone selected at random on the Sunset River Marketplace Art Gallery Facebook page. Participants simply “like” the page to be included.

Sunset River Marketplace is located at 10283 Beach Drive SW (Hwy. 179), Calabash, N.C. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For information, call 910.575.5999.

Event Schedule (Click here for updated schedule)

Friday, June 1
2 - 4 p.m. Artist Demo – Ginny Lassiter, Acrylics

Tuesday, June 5
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Artist Demo – Jane Staszak, Pastel

Wednesday, June 6
12 noon - 3 p.m. Artist Demo – Joe Jeffcoat, Pottery Wheel

Thursday, June 7
11 a.m - 2 p.m. Artist Demo – Janette Montgomery, Jewelry

Saturday, June 9
12 noon - 2 p.m. Artist Demo – Babs Ludwick, Collage
2 - 3 p.m. Performance – Calabash Flash. Join us for live music, refreshments, and our Saturday prize drawing.

Tuesday, June 12
12 noon - 3 p.m. Artist Demo – Marie Kasper, Acrylics

Wednesday, June 13
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Artist Demo – Ardie Praetorius, Carving & Hand-Building Pottery

Wednesday, June 13
6 - 8 p.m. Creative After Hours – Beth Wicker Jewelry Making (Ring). Call for info and fee.

Thursday, June 14
12 noon - 3 p.m. Artist Demo – Pat Smelkoff, Zhostovo (Russian Stroke Painting)

Friday, June 15
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Artist Demo - Jamie Futero, Pottery

Tuesday, June 19
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Artist Demo – Melanie Walter, Clay & Pine Needle Basket
1-4 p.m. Artist Demo – Janette Montgomery, Block Print

Wednesday, June 20
11 a.m. - 2 p.m Artist Demo - Jim Downey, Flamework (Glass blowing)

Thursday, June 21
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Artist Demo – Liz Roberts, Acrylics

Friday, June 22
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Artist Demo - Susan Dade, Watercolor

Saturday, June 23
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Artist Demo - Betsy Parker, Hand-Building Clay Animal Figurines

Monday, June 25 - Friday, June 29, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily
Sterling Edwards Abstract Acrylics Workshop
Class is full. Call 910.575.5999 for waiting list and fee.

Wednesday, June 27
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Artist Demo - Jane Staszak, Pastel

Donating Artists
(Note: Includes original art, limited editions and prints)
Lou Aliotta - Photography
Carole Barth - Acrylics
Ramona B. Bendin - Oil
Shandi Berls - Pottery
Debbie Bissette - Pottery
Barbara Brewer – Watercolor
Tony Craig -Glass
Susan Dade – Watercolor/Acrylics
Sharon Dodge - Pottery
Jane Druyer McCabe – Mixed Media
Jamie Futero - Pottery
Jill Hope - Jewelry
Marie Kasper – Watercolor/Acrylics
Lantern Hill Pottery - Pottery
Ginny Lassiter - Acrylics
Babs Ludwick – Acrylics/Mixed Media
Sue Marion - Watercolor
Ann McCray – Oil
Betsy Parker – Pottery
Beth Pethtal – Custom Design Pillows
Liz Roberts – Acrylics
Betsy Russell – Ceramic Jewelry
Marci Reid Smith – Mixed Media
Jane Staszak - Pastel
Scott Summerfield – Hand-blown Glass
Roger Tatum – Watercolor
Melanie Walter – Pottery/Basketry