Art For Maui show – 100% sales to nonprofit

Sunset River Gallery in Calabash, NC will host Art For Maui, a two-week fundraiser to benefit residents of Maui who are suffering losses from the devastating fires early in August. Art For Maui opens Monday, Sept. 4 and runs through Saturday, Sept. 16. Many local North and South Carolina artists have donated original artwork for the event. According to gallery director Samantha Spalti, 100% of sales from the show will go to Hawai’I Community Foundation’s Maui Strong initiative.

At press time, more than 45 donated pieces included oil paintings, acrylic, watercolor, mixed media, pastel, photography, pottery, jewelry, glass, cards, and fiber art. Several local authors have also donated books for the event.

So far, participating artists include Linda Thomas, RL Thomas, Linda Myers, Teri M. Brown, Nancy McClure, Wil Goff, Cynthia Blake, Lorraine Selway, Gary Baird, Freeman Beard, Mona Bendin, Kristen Rahn, Samantha Spalti, Linda Young, Holly Clark-Dull, Elena Wright, Featherwood Earrings, Barbara Bryant, Roseann Bellinger, Karen Casciani, Barbara McCumber, Vicki Neilon, Rachel Sunnell, and Barbara Karkut.

Spalti said, “We invite our community to step up and help the people of Maui. This is a desperate situation, and we are happy to be part of the solution. The outpouring of offers and interest in Art For Maui have been heart-warming for all of us here at the gallery.”

Shown: detail, Island After Rain, acrylic by Ruth Cox

About Sunset River Gallery
Located in coastal Brunswick County, NC, Sunset River Gallery caters to both area visitors and a growing local community of full-time residents seeking fine art for their homes and businesses. Featuring works by over 100 fine regional artists including Betty Anglin Smith, Marcus McClanahan, Pat Puckett, and Angie Sinclair, among others, the gallery is well known in the area for its selection of oil paintings; watermedia; pastels; photography; hand-blown, stained, and fused glass; pottery and clay sculpture; turned and carved wood; unique home décor items; and artisan jewelry.

There are two onsite kilns and five wheels used by the gallery’s pottery students. The gallery also offers ongoing oil/acrylic and watercolor classes as well as workshops by nationally known instructors.

The gallery’s carefully curated selection of investment-grade 20th century fine art is the largest in the Carolinas. Current inventory can be found on Artsy and the gallery website’s 20th Century Artists section. It includes works by Wolf Kahn (1927-2020), Ed Mell (1942), Raimonds Staprans (1926), Angell Botello (1913-1986), Emile Gruppe (1896-1998), Rolph Scarlett (1889 – 1984), Vladimir Cora (1951), Hunt Slonam (1951), Ginny Crouch Stanford, a bronze sculpture by Glenna GoodAcre (1939 – 2020), two bronzes by Millton Hebald (1930 – 2010) and a life-size bronze by Edward McCartan (1879-1947).