Gallery raises over $12,000 for Lower Cape Fear LifeCare

On Friday, June 2, Sunset River Gallery in Calabash, NC held its inaugural Hearts + Arts fundraiser. The event’s beneficiary was Lower Cape Fear LifeCare, a nonprofit provider of hospice, palliative, and grief care covering Brunswick, New Hanover, Columbus, Pender, Onslow, Robeson, Bladen, and Duplin Counties in North Carolina; and Horry, Georgetown, and Marion Counties in South Carolina.

The evening included live entertainment by After Hours Jazz Band, heavy hors d’oeuvres by local chef Philip Laura, and a silent auction featuring works by Marcus McClanahan (oil), Janet B. Sessoms (oil), Ginny Lassiter (acrylic), Chantal Tomiello (acrylic) Ruth Cox (acrylic), Rich Flanegan (oil), Diane Flanegan (stained glass), Vann Fine Art Portraits (photography); and potters, Jeffcoat Pottery, Brian Evans, and Betsy Sellers.

Sponsoring the event were: Gold Sponsors Victoria’s Ragpatch and Calabash Creamery; Silver Sponsors Studio 8 art group, Mike & Deb Hutchinson, Ginny & Joe Lassiter, Roseann Cutrone & Larry Johnson; Bronze Sponsors Crissy & Trey Maynard, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage; and Family Sponsors The Yardbird Emporium, Thomas Seashore Drugs, the Bendin Family, and Samantha Spalti & Paul Fowler.

Gallery director Samantha Spalti has announced that proceeds from the evening totaled $12,011 and were presented to Anne Hewett of Lower Cape Fear LifeCare at the gallery on Monday, June 5. Spalti said, “Many thanks are owed to our wonderful sponsors and all the artists who donated their work, time, and funding to this. Not only did the art elevate the event, but everyone’s involvement showed our commitment to the wellbeing and care of others.”

About Sunset River Gallery

Located in coastal Brunswick County, 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 work by over 100 fine North and South Carolina artists, the gallery is well known in the area for its collection of oil paintings, watermedia, pastels, photography, hand-blown glass, fused glass, pottery, and clay sculptures, turned and carved wood, unique home décor items and artisan jewelry.

A selection of 20th century art features investment-grade fine and modern art, primarily impressionist and abstract. Artists represented include Wolf Kahn, Emile Gruppè, Angel Botello, Raimonds Staprans, Ed Mell, Vladimir Cora, Moses Soyer, Raphael Soyer, Tadashi Asoma, Hunt Slonem, Ida Kohlmeyer, Rolph Scarlett, Jean Xceron, folk artist Mose Tolliver, and sculptors Glenna Goodacre and Milton Hebald.

There are two onsite kilns and five wheels used by the gallery’s pottery students. Art classes and workshops are currently being offered on a limited basis. Current class listings are on the gallery website, with frequent updates on the gallery Facebook page.

The gallery address is: 10283 Beach Drive SW, Calabash, NC 28467.  Hours are Monday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information, call 910.575.5999 or visit the website at Daily updates are available on the gallery’s Facebook and Instagram pages.

The FrameCenter, located within the gallery, is open Wednesday through Friday, 12 noon – 5 p.m. and by appointment. Call master framer Louis Aliotta directly at 910.368.7351.

Photo: L-R, Sue Baird, Sunset River Gallery sales associate; Christiana Lehmann, digital content designer; Mona Bendin, office manager with Anne Hewett, senior fundraising executive at Lower Cape Fear LifeCare; and Samantha Spalti, gallery director at Sunset River Gallery. 

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