When Sunset River Marketplace opened their doors in 2002, it had been a longtime dream for owner Ginny Lassiter and her husband Joe. They envisioned a warm, creative space filled with all kinds of art and artists and that’s what Sunset River has become – a truly eclectic gallery offering activities for children and adults, professionals and amateurs, locals and visitors. The Ocean Isle Beach resident has always been a creative soul. She’s a potter, she paints, she sketches, she designs fabrics. She graduated from East Carolina with a major in art and an emphasis in Interior Design. Whenever she gets the chance, Ginny loves working as a style consultant, helping her friends and clients solve design challenges and create the home of their dreams. Currently Ginny works most often in acrylic, creating landscapes and abstracts. “I’ve taken a few workshops with Sterling Edwards,” she says, “and they’ve really opened my eyes to shapes and textures. I love the whole process of painting abstracts!” She also works hard for the local community, hosting countless charity events at Sunset River. She has sat on the board for Brunswick Arts Council and is currently a board member for the Ocean Isle Museum Foundation. When she has the time, she tries to attend her Calabash Merchants Association meetings, too. Ginny has been profiled in Sasee magazine and was also featured on the ATMC cable TV program. She often leads the gallery’s Creative After Hours events, where locals and visitors (who aren’t necessarily artists) have a chance to create their own pieces of art in a casual and fun atmosphere.