Sunset River Presents Victor Gerloven Retrospective

Sunset River Marketplace, the eclectic art gallery in Calabash, N.C., will feature a retrospective of works by the late Victor Gerloven in an exhibition titled Retrospective: the Gerloven Legacy. The show is being held in conjunction with the thirtieth anniversary of the Brunswick Arts Council, for which Gerloven served as president from 1987 until his death in June 2005.

Gerloven, who studied with abstract artist Mark Rothko in N.Y. provided enthusiastic leadership for the Arts Council. For many years he taught a figure-drawing class in multiple mediums. He championed art programs in schools. He was the force behind the Council’s series of Art Symposiums where he prodded the public to ponder questions such as “What is art?”. With the help of wife Jeanne, who passed away in March 2007, he organized bus trips to museums featuring national exhibitions. His efforts did not go unnoticed. In 2001, Gerloven was the recipient of the N.C. Governor’s Award For Outstanding Volunteerism in Brunswick County.

Gerloven received his Bachelor of Arts and his Master of Fine Arts from Brooklyn College in N.Y. Before retiring to Brunswick County in North Carolina, Gerloven taught art in N.Y. for more than 55 years. Throughout his career, the artist explored many different art styles and mediums. He said, “I work at art because I keep searching for what I don’t really know.”

Although he often taught realistic drawing techniques, he was best known for his abstracts. On his website, he said, “I paint emotion. I paint movement. I paint feelings. I use color as color. I paint color to make me feel angry or loving. I use pastels today, tomorrow oils and the next day watercolor. Whatever suits my feelings for the picture I am creating.

“Rarely do I know what the picture will be when I start. As life changes inside and out so does my art work. Painting to me is a way of life, if not life itself.”

Jeanette Serens, current president of Brunswick Arts Council says, “Because of Victor’s and Jeanne’s dedication and perseverance, the arts have been advanced and made available to all art related organizations, communities and schools. They made a difference.”

Ginny Lassiter, owner of Sunset River Marketplace concurs. “I wanted to help Brunswick Arts Council celebrate their 30 year anniversary, and what better way to do that than by recognizing the talent, efforts and generosity of Victor Gerloven? He made Brunswick Arts Council a force in this county.”

Retrospective: the Gerloven Legacy will feature a range of watercolors, acrylics, monotypes and other works by the late artist. Opening reception is from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 28. The public is invited and admission is free. Wine, light hors d’oeuvres and other refreshments will be served. The show runs through July 4. According to Howard Love, Gerloven’s son, a portion of proceeds from the exhibition will be donated to Brunswick Arts Council.

Sunset River Marketplace is open Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lassiter invites the public to visit the featured show and enjoy complementary gourmet coffee and tea as you stroll through the 10,000 square-foot space. Over 200 local and regional artists are represented in virtually all art media.

The gallery is located at 10283 Beach Drive SW (Hwy. 179) in Calabash, N.C. For information, call 910-575-5999 or visit the website at Sunset River Marketplace also has a Facebook page.

This and other works by the late Arts Council president are being presented in Retrospective: the Gerloven Legacy. Opening reception is May 28.