Gallery Adds New Jewelry, Items for Summer

Sunset River Marketplace is known throughout the Grand Strand for its eclectic offerings, coveted by locals and visitors alike.

“I’m so excited about our new jewelry,” said owner and style consultant, Ginny Lassiter in a telephone interview.

“Claire Sallinger Martin, who is one of our watermedia artists, also creates these wonderful trinket necklaces made with trade beads, vintage bug pins, Cracker Jack charms, antique glass and other. People are loving them!”

From artist Tony Carr comes a line of unusual glass bottles that can be used to root cuttings or as bud vases. “I love antique bottles,” the artist says, “and I go all around and actually dig them up. I have old cobalt bottles, medicine bottles, pop bottles and more ... in all different sizes. I use copper to combine two or three together and sometimes add an antique marble, too.”

Other new art pieces include the distinctive red and black raku pottery by Charles Chrisco; a line of lariat necklaces from Annamarie Gildea; a series of charming fabric wallets by Betty Burginsky, which are lightweight enough for the beach, the golf course and the boardwalk.

Since opening its doors in 2002, Sunset River Marketplace has become a community hub and a destination for both area residents and vacationers. The 10,000 square-foot gallery is located at 10283 Beach Drive (Hwy. 179) in Calabash, N.C. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 910-575-5999, visit the website (www. or visit the gallery’s Facebook page.

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Tony Carr uses antique bottles and copper to create these unusual rooters and bud vases.

Claire Sallinger Martin’s one-of-a-kind trinket necklaces feature an assortment of antique beads, pins, charms and more.