Gallery presents day of art demos March 19; exhibition March 1 – April 2

For the second year in a row, Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash, N.C. is holding its popular Creativity Unleashed event on Saturday, March 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Gallery owner Ginny Lassiter said, “Last year, our one-day Creativity Unleashed event was very successful. The community came out and really enjoyed watching the artists work, meeting them and enjoying live music. So this time we wanted to push the envelope even further.”

allran_webNew this year, the eclectic gallery is expanding the event to feature a month-long exhibition of works that celebrate outside-the-box thinking and creativity. The show opens on March 1 and runs through April 2. Artists include Marty Allran (clay), Ginny Lassiter (acrylic), Mona Bendin (fabric), Ann McCray (oil), Linda Young (pastel), Anne Cunningham (metal), Celia Wester (oil), and Jim Comer (wood).

The event on the 19th will showcase a range of live art including pottery wheel and hand building (Andrea Carroll, Kami Kinnison); marbling (Ginny Lassiter); pillow making and fabric dying (Mona Bendin); oil (Celia Wester), watercolor (Hank Pulkowski), and acrylic painting (Ginny Lassiter); pastel (Linda Young); wood carving (Jim Comer) and more.

Performing live music will be Lesa Hudson and Rick Strickland from the SC-based Rick Strickland Band. Both musicians have earned numerous music industry honors including several Carolina Beach Music Awards. This will be a CD release event to showcase the brand new offering from Strickland, his CD titled New Beginning.

pllow_bendin_lassiter_pressSince 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 almost 200 North and South Carolina artists. Its on-site pottery studio has two kilns and three wheels. Ongoing oil, pastel and watercolor classes are also provided, in addition to workshops by nationally known artists. The gallery’s Coffee With the Authors programs feature presentations by local and regional offers. 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.

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