Gallery to feature works by Kami Kinnison; reception April 9

CALABASH, NC – Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash will present Awakening: Works In Acrylic and Clay by Kami Kinnison from April 6 – 30. A reception to meet the artist will take place Saturday, April 9 from 2 – 5 p.m. The public is invited and there is no charge.Kami in her studio

Kinnison is a native of Wheeling, WV and was raised in Bridgeport, OH. She received her Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from the Columbus college of Art & Design in 1993. Since then she has lived and painted in Taos, NM before moving to the port city of Wilmington. Especially inspired by the works of Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Georgia O’Keefe, Wassily Kandinsky and Joan Miro, Kinnison focuses on exploring color, shape and texture in her work.

The artist says, “To me, art is a dance . . . a profound relationship of movement, colors, lines, textures and shapes. I am completely intrigued by the exploration process. I love discovering what happens when you put one color next to the other, one shape next to another … the movement, the stillness, the tension, the release.”

For the Calabash show, she was influenced by nature unfolding around her, the ocean and waterways, the marshlands.  “In Ascending,” she says, “I see an angel flying upwards. This painting gives me chills. I love the texture. It was created with sand from Wrightsville Beach. It also has gold metallic paint in it that reflects when the light hits.”

srm_kinnison_clay 2_websiteGallery owner Ginny Lassiter says, “I’m in awe of Kami’s work. Her clay pieces – whether they’re hand built or thrown on the wheel – are so tactile, so organic. And her paintings are so full of emotion and excitement, it’s hard not to be moved.”

Since opening in 2002, Sunset River Marketplace has become an active supporter of performing, literary and visual arts in the area. The 10,000 square-foot gallery features work by over 150 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 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 SW (Hwy 179), Calabash, NC. Regular hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit the website ( or “like” the gallery’s Facebook page, which is updated daily. Reach the gallery by telephone at 910.575.5999.

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