Gallery To Feature Coastal Paintings by Nancy Hughes Miller
08/12/11

Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash, N.C. will feature works by Cary, N.C. artist Nancy Hughes Miller from Sept. 12 through Oct. 22. A reception for the artist will be held Saturday, Sept. 17 from 2 to 5 p.m., gallery owner Ginny Lassiter has announced.

Miller is a prolific, award-winning artist who is inspired daily by beauty in her surroundings. “I seek to capture a bold but quiet impression of everyday nature – as the colors of sky, earth and water converge on the horizon,” the oil painter explains.

Raised in Tabor City, N.C. about 25 minutes from the coast, her subjects reflect the coastal and rural landscapes of southeastern North Carolina. She finds herself repeatedly drawn to the region’s many open lakes, open fields, marshlands and, of course, the ocean. The exhibition, titled Coastal Colors, includes several of her signature local scenes of Sunset Beach, where she and husband Bryan spend much of the year at a second beach home.

In May, Miller had three works featured in the N.C. Museum of Art auction to benefit the Museum. Her work was a second place winner in 2010 at The Road Show in Raleigh, N.C. She also showed work at Saving the Places You Love, the Invitational Exhibition Benefiting the Conservation Trust of N.C., also in Raleigh, N.C., in 2009. Several one-woman shows include a previous exhibition at Sunset River Marketplace in 2009.

Acccording to Lassiter, “Nancy’s work is deceptively simple. She uses many layers of paint to evoke an emotional response to nature and the outdoors. Her work is stunning.”

Sunset River Marketplace showcases work by approximately 200 North and South Carolina artists, and houses some 10,000 square feet of art work in virtually every genre. Custom framing, painting and pottery classes and art workshops are also offered through the gallery. Since opening its doors in 2002, Sunset River Marketplace has supported not only the visual arts, but literary and performing arts, as well. The gallery has become a popular community center and art hub for both N.C.’s Brunswick County and nearby Horry County, S.C. Community programs include the interactive Creative Exchange series on second Wednesdays during selected months and Coffee With the Authors on first Thursdays Sept. through May.

Sunset River Marketplace is located at 10283 Beach Drive SW, Calabash, N.C. Regular 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. For daily updates, “like” the gallery’s Facebook page.

Image shown: Daybreak Surf by Nancy Hughes Miller. 36x36 oil on linen canvas.