Current Show

Small Works

June 14 – July 20, 2024

Don’t miss this very special show of smaller paintings, photographs, and more – all 12 inches by 12 inches and smaller! Featuring work by some of your favorite artists, you’ll find oil paintings, acrylics, mixed media, and watercolor – most of which fit easily into a suitcase or shipping envelope. These little beauties are perfect for that small corner or as a memento of a fabulous trip to the beach!

The opening reception is Friday, June 14 from 5 – 7 p.m. Come by to meet the artists and enjoy refreshments with us. Show runs through July 20, leading into the gallery’s very first Summer Art Market!  We hope to see you here!

Upcoming Shows

Southern Comfort

July 26 – August 31, 2024
Reception July 26, 5 – 7

Raleigh, NC-based artist Eric McRay’s much awaited collage show, which is  titled  Southern Comfort, opens Friday, July 26, 2024 with a public reception from 5 – 7 p.m. The show runs through August 31. Please join us to meet Eric and hear his firsthand inspirations for this insightful exhibition of original collages. According to the artist he uses collage to expose visual storytelling while addressing the human figure as an entity of change in theatrical narratives. These chronicles are inspired by African-American, Biblical references, art history, and pop culture . . . yet, at the core, are McRay’s familial relationships. This continuum searches for personal and universal experiences.

McRay says, “Collage, one of the major innovations of modern art, is an artist inserting pieces of the real world into a constructed one.” He injects impromptu invention in the constructions of his collages, which include such materials as reproductions of his previous works, painted papers, photographic reproductions, snippets of photography, scraps of fabric, elements from magazines, and more. The different materials of everyday existence are edited, sliced, and reassembled into new images on paper, board, or canvas. These constructed worlds pull the viewer into a new reality. Collage empowers McRay to push the boundaries that allow the real world to infiltrate a painting, dissolve the conventions that separate art and life, high art and popular culture.

McRay’s artistic career has been featured on TV and radio programs, and in numerous newspapers, magazines and websites. The Raleigh News & Observer named him one of the “Artists to Watch”. Numerous times he has been listed among the “Best Local Artist” and “Favorite Local Artist”. McRay has received feature articles in Fortune Small Business, Art Business News, Our State Magazine and Southern Living Magazine.

A Selection of our Past Shows

Form: Sculptural & Functional

May 3 – June 8, 2024

Featuring artists from North and South Carolina, this juried 3D show includes works in clay, fiber, steatite, bronze, art glass, and more. An opening reception to meet the artists is scheduled for May 3 from 5 -7 p.m. Best in Show will be named at that time. A People’s Choice honor will be awarded at show’s end.

The 38 pieces in the exhibition include clay vessels by NC potter Betsy Sellers, raku by Wilmington, NC artist Betsy Parker, saggar fired vases from Mark Golitz of BluSail Golitz Studios, and sgraffito by Raine Middleton. Other clay artists include Marilyn Kearney, Mandy Todd, Genie Bryce, Jan Igoe,  and Beverly Dorland. There is fused glass by Kathryn Turnauer and metal art by Colleen Dougherty Bronstein. Multimedia works by John Rood and Marc Chicoune are also among the juried show pieces. Fiber art offerings include work by Kathleen Stuart and Megan Laquerela. Multimedia wall hangings are by Kathryn Holliday and Roseann Bellinger. Debanjana Bhattacharjee’s entry is a bronze wall panel.

According to gallery director Samantha Spalti, “We wanted a mix of both form and function for this show. Creativity, artistry, and skill were all key factors. I’m excited for everyone to see the show and meet the artists at our opening reception!”

Coastal Blues

March 22 – April 27, 2024

Sunset River Gallery in Calabash, NC will present Coastal Blues, a multi-media group show, from March 22 through April 27. The exhibit will feature oil, pastel, acrylic, and watercolor paintings along with a range of pottery, wood, glass, and other 3D art pieces.

Participating artists include Lee Mims (oil), Marcus McClanahan (acrylic), Nancy Hughes Miller (oil), Janet Sessoms (oil), Samantha Spalti (acrylic), Becky Steele (acrylic), William West (watercolor), Judi Moore (acrylic), Catherine Porter Brown (oil), Yuriy Petrov (acrylic), Donn McCrary (acrylic), Vicki Neilon (acrylic), Ardie Praetorious (clay), Joy Parks Coats (acrylic), Carol Iglesias (pastel), Ophelia Staton (acrylic), Roseann Bellinger (acrylic), Cathryn Jirlds (photography),  Karen Tillman (oil), Diane Flanegan (stained glass), Ginny Lassiter (acrylic), Bob Moffett (wood), Joe DiGiulio (acrylic), Wes Wagner (wood), Betsy Sellers (clay), and Brian Evans (clay).

Gallery director Samantha Spalti said, “This show is a great example of how traditional and contemporary art work together. And I love how these artists have used blue in their work – sometimes a major color block and others a well-placed accent. Blue can bring a sense of calm to the viewer, or it can be bold and energetic. It’s all in the hands of the artist. I’m excited for the community to come and enjoy our Coastal Blues show.”

Image: Janet Sessoms, Sound Waves, oil, 36″x36″

Frank Campion – Dichotomies

September 15 – October 21, 2023

Opening Friday, Sept. 15 and running through Saturday, Oct. 21 is Frank Campion – Dichotomies. The show includes works on both canvas and paper.

About this show, the artist says, “The dictionary defines “dichotomy” as “a division into two mutually exclusive, opposed, or contradictory groups – a dichotomy between thought and action.” It occurs to me that we tend to be naturally judgmental, making the world a binary proposition: good/bad, yes/no, on/off, right/wrong, hot/cold, rough/smooth, etc. So this new work is about dichotomies. One dichotomy involves the collision between the rational and the random. The rational is the simple geometric, intentional composition. The random is the occurrence of accidental painterly incidents. The other dichotomy has to do with the meeting of dominant colors that exist independently, but live adjacent to each other. This creates an emotional atmosphere or mood. as the work progresses.

The opening reception is set for Friday, Sept. 15 from 5 – 7 p.m. This is an ideal opportunity for artists, students and collectors to meet and speak with a leading voice in North Carolina arts.

Acausal Coincidences
Works by Lynn & Mark Golitz

July 10 – August 19, 2023
Reception July 14, 5 – 7

Husband and wife, Lynn and Mark Golitz share a studio in Morehead City, NC, but work in two separate mediums.

Lynn is a self-taught abstract acrylics artist who is a continual student of compositional theory, art history, color, and design. She says, “In passages that merge and flow like action in language, my brushwork conveys my sense of seeing concepts in abstracted form. Always aware of the ‘if you see everything, you see nothing’ conceptual approach, I use my canvas to present social conscripts meant to inspire as well as invite thought and conversation.”

Mark describes himself as a functional and contemporary pottery maker. The colors and designs of his work translate from a lifetime of outdoor experiences including a career as a forester and a love of inshore and deep-water fishing. A longtime potter and instructor, he says, “Exploring new forms, colors and firing techniques keep the creativity flowing. In addition to functional designs, I enjoy creating decorative saggar and raku fired vases that infuse the color and luster of interference mica.”

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Marsh Meadows, Rachel Sunnell, acrylic on canvas, 24"x36"
Floral Mania, Vicki Neilon, acrylic on canvas, 24"x18"
Hydrangeas and Sweet Grass, Judi Moore, acrylic on canvas, 30"x30"
Never Again R, Donn McCrary, acrylic on canvas, 40"x40"
Setting Sun, Linda Hester, acrylic on canvas, 15"x29"
Purple Reflections, Linda Karaskevicus, acrylic on canvas, 36"x36"
Pears With Character, Barbara Kohn, pastel, 24"x17"
Boredom, Brenda Riggins, watercolor,24"x20"
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Diversity by Studio 8

May 22 – July 1, 2023
Reception June 16, 5 – 7

Works by Linda Hester, Linda Karaskevicus, Barbara Kohn, Donn McCrary, Judi Moore, Vicki Neilon, Brenda Riggins, and Rachel Sunnell

This show  is a selection of new works in various styles and media. The work ranges from conceptual to traditional to contemporary. Individually speaking, the talents of this group are immense. Collectively, the artists pull from each other’s energy, humor, and love for diverse art styles. Says McCrary, the only brave gentleman in the show, “These girls don’t hold back!” They inspire each other; they reinforce each other; they encourage each other to take that leap. The result is a delightful combination of uniquely created pieces.

Setting the Mood

April 1 – May 13, 2023
Group Show

Sunset River Gallery has increasingly become the place that area visitors and local residents turn to when seeking fine art for their homes and businesses – especially large format pieces that “set the mood” in a space. Setting the Mood features large paintings that can act as a centerpiece over a sofa or dining table, anchor a gallery wall, or create the dramatic ambiance you want in an entry.

Featured in the show are works by fine regional oil painters Connie Winters, Pat Puckett, Ruth Cox, Rich Flanegan, Nancy McClure, Bayou Gray, Mary Welch Austin, Nancy Hughes Miller, and Carol Iglesias; and fine acrylic artists Cristiana Rioli, Ginny Lassiter, Roberta Rotunda, and Sterling Edwards.

This is an exciting show that demonstrates the artistic talent of the regional artists exhibiting at Sunset River Gallery in Calabash, NC.

Images: Thinking of Fishing – Connie Winters, Palmettos Along the Bank – Pat Puckett, Quiet Sea Light – Nancy Hughes Miller, Ascribed – Sterling Edwards, Hanging Out – Roberta Rotunda