Author of ‘HOA Wars’ to speak at gallery May 7

Robert Stern, author of “HOA Wars: What Happens in Vegas Can Happen Anywhere,” is scheduled to speak at Sunset River Marketplace on Thursday, May 7 as part of the gallery’s ongoing Coffee With the Authors series. The event will take place from 10 to 11 a.m. and is free to the public. Seating is limited, however, so reservations are requested. Call the gallery at 910.575.5999.

Stern is a successful financial executive and CPA. With homes in Henderson, Nev. And Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., he is one of more than 63 million Americans living under the jurisdiction of homeowner associations, even serving on his Henderson HOA board of directors, which, he says, did not protect him from lawsuits.

The mandatory homeowner association is one of the fastest growing forms of residential housing in the country. In his book, Stern relates his own experiences of HOA boards gone astray, fighting for homeowner rights, recovering $1.2 million for his fellow homeowners, and navigating a range of issues that arise.

About Sunset River Marketplace
Since opening in 2002, Sunset River Marketplace has been an active supporter of performing, literary and visual arts in the area. The 10,000 square-foot gallery features work by over 200 North and South Carolina artists. Its on-site pottery studio has two kilns and three wheels for use by students. Ongoing oil, pastel and watercolor classes are also provided, in addition to workshops by nationally known artists. The gallery’s complimentary Coffee With the Authors programs feature presentations by local and regional authors. A Paint & Party series provides a fun after-work experience for those with no previous art background. The gallery’s framing department offers full-service, on-site custom frame design for artwork, family heirlooms and other memorabilia.

Sunset River Marketplace is located at 10283 Beach Drive (Hwy. 179) in the historic fishing village of Calabash, N.C. just north of the S.C. state line. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information about exhibitions, art classes, onsite framing or any other gallery events, call 910-575-5999 or visit the website: The gallery’s Facebook page ( also lists special events, new artists and other happenings.