2012 N.C. Wildlife Artist Society Exhibition at Gallery Nov. 21 - Jan. 5 (2013)

 Yellowfin Pack by Jeff Christian.

Sunset River Marketplace to Host 2012 N.C. Wildlife Artist Society Exhibition
Sunset River Marketplace, the eclectic art gallery in Calabash, N.C. will host the 2012 N.C. Wildlife Art Society Exhibition from Nov. 21, 2012 through Jan. 5, 2013, gallery owner Ginny Lassiter has announced. The show, which is entitled Wild North Carolina Through the Artist’s Eyes, consists of approximately 40 pieces of art by members of the juried art association. This is the first time the N.C. group has exhibited at Sunset River Marketplace. Event coordinator, Sol Levine said, “The NCWAS is looking forward to exhibiting our artwork and the natural beauty of North Carolina in an area of our state where we have not exhibited before and in a prestigious gallery such as Sunset River Marketplace.”

NCWAS artists are well known for their depictions of wildlife, botanicals and the Carolina landscape. This exhibition includes a noteworthy combination of photographers, oil painters, watercolorists and acrylic artists.

Raney Rogers, who is already one of the exhibiting artists at Sunset River Marketplace, works in both watercolor and pastel. She has been living and painting professionally in the Blue Ridge Mountains for over 20 years. Rogers has earned awards all over the world, and has just produced an instructional DVD.

Formerly an animation artist and producer for companies such as Disney Studios, Hallmark and Warner Brothers Animation, Craig began pursuing fine art and photography in the late 1990s. . He is the author of “Country Stores in North Carolina,” a photographic collection of anachronistic shops off the beaten path. Today he exhibits his wildlife and nostalgia watercolors at Sunset River Marketplace.

Jeff Christian’s work has appeared in the state’s educational publication, Wildlife In North Carolina. His watercolors, oils and prints have helped to promote a list of conservation organizations such as the Coastal Conservation Association, Ducks Unlimited and Heroes on the Water.

Susan Mason grew up in Atlantic, N.C. She has recently returned home after 20-plus years teaching in Arctic Alaska. She works in both photography and watercolor, her pieces often reflecting her love for the natural works and down east Carteret County.

Ginny Lassiter, owner of Sunset River Marketplace, said, “I was delighted when Tony Craig approached me about hosting this exhibition. We try very hard to offer the community a broad range of events and exhibitions, so I’m excited to bring a wildlife show of this caliber and scale to the area.”

Sunset River Marketplace is located at 10283 Beach Drive SW (Hwy. 179) in Calabash, N.C. Regular gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 910.575.5999 or visit the website: www.sunsetrivermarketplace.com. Look for daily updates on the gallery’s Facebook page.

About N.C. Wildlife Artist Society (NCWAS)

The North Carolina Wildlife Artist Society was formed in 2009 with charter members invited by an organizing committee. The Society now consists of juried members from across the state including many award winning artists. The artists vary in style and medium, but the common denominator is that they love wildlife and the natural beauty of the state and illustrate this through their art. Media include watercolors, acrylics, oil, sculpting and photography.

The mission of the group is to bring the highest quality wildlife art available to the fore and offer a variety of services and opportunity for the wildlife enthusiast. Another mission is to become a strong, influential factor in education within the school systems; provide special funding for scholarships in wildlife research and preservation; and provide ongoing exhibitions to show the abundance of the state animal and plant species in their natural environment.

Much more information including events the Society is participating in or sponsoring in can be found on the website: www.ncwas.com. For artist bios and contact information, refer to the website.

About Sunset River Marketplace

Husband and wife team Joe and Ginny Lassiter opened Sunset River Marketplace in June 2012. Ginny is executive director of the eclectic Calabash, N.C. gallery, which features North and South Carolina artists only, and is known for its offering of fine art and crafts. The 10,000 square-foot space houses approximately 200 artists working in a range of style and media, including oil, watercolor, acrylics, pastel, photography, clay, fiber, turned wood, intarsia, hand-blown glass, leaded glass, metal and more.

Sunset River Marketplace is an avid supporter of the arts. It has hosted exhibitions for the local Brunswick County Arts Council and local art leagues in addition to the sixty-fourth annual Watercolor Society of N.C. Juried Exhibition in 2009 and the upcoming 2012 N.C. Wildlife Artist Society Exhibition.

Sunset River workshops have included classes with nationally known artists such as John Poon, James Sulkowski, Mary Alice Braukkman, Morgan Samuel Price, and Sterling Edwards. The gallery also features – in its on-site pottery studio – classes, demonstrations and workshops such as the 2013 class with renowned potter Liz Zlot Summerfield.

Regular community programs include the gallery’s Coffee With the Author series, lectures and readers by local and regional authors; a Creative Exchange series of interactive presentations by singer/songwriters, self-help experts, artists, travel experts, health gurus, designers and other creative speakers; and Creative After Hours, two-hour events that focus on fun for non-artists, such as quick acrylic painting classes, basketry, jewelry-making, folk art and more. Throughout the year, Sunset River Marketplace hosts events to benefit Hospice, Family Assistance, battered women’s shelters, at-risk children and other community causes.