Gallery to feature Nostalgic Highway, Richard Staat Oct. 1 – 31

Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash, NC will host a nostalgic auto-themed exhibition of works by watercolor artist Richard Staat. The show, titled “Nostalgia Highway: Take a Ride With Richard Staat, opens Oct. 1 and runs through Oct. 31.

Award-winning artist Richard “Dick” Staat has been exhibiting his work at Sunset River Marketplace for almost 20 years. He graduated from Ohio State University with a BFA degree. He worked for years as a commercial artist before moving to Oak Island, NC where he paints in his studio almost every day.

Staat is a signature member of the Watercolor Society of North Carolina. He also belongs to the Central Ohio Watercolor Society, the Associated Artists or Southport and the Oak Island Art Guide. Staat has won national, statewide and local exhibition awards for his watercolors.

Gallery owner Ginny Lassiter said, “Dick Staat is a storyteller with his paintbrush. His pieces are much loved and sought after. These paintings featuring vintage and antique cars are sure to appeal to local car clubs and aficionados. We hope to see you all at the gallery.”

According to the artist, “I have been interested in old cars and trucks since my high school days. The fun of driving a car with a manual transmission and stick shift while you’re listening to 50s tunes on the radio … you can’t beat it.”

He goes on to say, “Man of my friends had old cars, which they restored and repainted. I paint old cars with watercolor because I enjoy the happy memories they gave me. I like to compose a painting as if I’m telling a story with the car as the main actor.”

Located in coastal Brunswick County, Sunset River Marketplace caters to both tourists and a growing local community of full time residents seeking fine art for their homes and businesses. Featuring work by approximately 150 North and South Carolina artists, the eclectic 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.

There are two onsite kilns and five wheels used by the gallery’s pottery students. Art classes are currently being offered on a limited basis. Call the gallery for details.
Special Covid 19 Notice: To meet North Carolina State mandates, Sunset River Marketplace requires that patrons wear face coverings and requires the use of hand sanitizer plus six-foot social distancing between gallery visitors and at the cash register. The gallery staff conducts thorough cleaning of surfaces upon opening and closing and during the day and has placed complimentary hand sanitizer throughout the gallery for visitor use.
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.

Upcoming events
Coffee With the Authors
Special Halloween Presentation

Randall Lane
Friday, Oct. 23, 2020 • 11a.m. 1 12 noon

Hot off the presses, Randall Lane will be here to tell us about his newest collection of eerie, spooky and spectacular short stories. Randall was here last month to tell us about his novel, The Reaping, and when he told us his book of short stories was to be published in October, we jumped at the chance to have him back for a reading! Free, but seating is limited. Call 910.575.5999 to hold your spot.

Brunswick Arts Council Annual Show
Oct. 12 – 17, 2020 • 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
This has always been a popular event with our friends and customers, so we’re thrilled to have this show back at the gallery again. It features both 2D and 3D art. Be sure to stop by and support our local art community.

Coffee With the Authors
Pete Hoyer

Teed Off, a Golf Course Mystery
Nov. 12, 2020 • 11 a.m. – 12 noon

J. Peter “Pete” Hoyer is a Reviewers Choice Award winner for his first nonfiction, “Characters On the Green.” This sequel, “Teed Off, a Golf Course Mystery” follows these characters to a thrilling whodunnit drive that keeps the reader guessing to the very end. Free, but seating is limited. Call 910.575.5999 to hold your spot.

Holiday Art Market
Nov. 13, 14 & 15, 2020 • 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Always a popular seasonal event, this year the Market will take place over three days in order to reduce foot traffic for a single day. Approximately 20 artists are being featured. A schedule will be issued at a later date. The event will include the Christmas tree with artisan-made ornaments, gift certificate drawings, holiday treats, wine and hot mulled cider