Gallery to hold Grand Re-Opening & Ribbon Cutting Jan. 12

Sunset River Gallery to hold Grand Re-Opening Jan 12

Sunset River Gallery will hold a Grand Re-Opening and Ribbon Cutting on Thursday, January 12, 2023 from 12 noon – 5 p.m. The ribbon cutting with the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce will take place during the first hour. Refreshments will be served throughout the afternoon. There will also be free gift certificate drawings and gallery tours. The public is invited and there is no charge to attend.

Larry Johnson, who purchased the gallery from previous owners Ginny and Joseph Lassiter, will be on hand to meet visitors and discuss his collection of 20th century art, which is now on display and available for sale at the gallery along with works by many North and South Carolina artists.

Since the change in ownership in June 2022, there have been considerable cosmetic upgrades to the gallery which include new flooring, new paint, and changes to the entryway. The recently installed road-front digital sign features multiple message boards and measures 153 inches tall.

According to the Samantha Spalti, artistic director for Sunset River Gallery, “We’re excited to celebrate our new ‘look,’ and our continued presence as a vibrant local and regional art gallery. We hope to see many of our local community members, artists, and town leaders at the gallery’s Grand Re-Opening!”

 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 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.

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.

A few of the gallery’s 20th century offerings: L-R, Ed Mell, Shadowed Walls,1983, oil on canvas, 40″x80″; Ida Kohlmeyer, Cluster No. 25, 1973, mixed media, 43″x69″; Hunt Slonem, Dendrobiums and Delphiniums, est. 2000, oil on canvas, 48-1/8″ x 48-1/8″; Angel Botello, Untitled (Seated Child), oil on panel, 24″x30″ in original frame constructed by the artist.

A recent 20th Century Art installation features rare and valuable fine and modern art, primarily impressionist and abstract. Artists represented include Wolf Kahn, Emile Gruppè, Angel Botello, Raimonds Staprans, Ed Mell,  Vladimir Cora, Bernarde Sòjournè, Moses Soyer, Raphael Soyer, Tadashi Asoma, Hunt Slonem, Ida Kohlmeyer, Rolph Scarlett, Jean Xceron,  folk artist Mose Tolliver, and sculptor Glenna Goodacre.

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 framer Louis Aliotta directly at 910.368.7351.


Upcoming Events

Call 910.575.5999 for details.


Friday, Jan. 6, 2023

Opening Reception

New Voices, Different Directions

5 – 7 p.m.

Meet the artists, light hors d’oeuvres. Show runs through Saturday, Feb. 11


Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023

Grand Re-Opening

12 noon – 5 p.m.

Ribbon-cutting with Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, new signage, gallery tours, refreshments, gift certificate drawings


Wednesday, Jan. 18

Paint & Party

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Gullah Gal w/shrimp


Thursday, Jan. 19

Coffee With the Authors

11 a.m. – 12 noon

Teri M. Brown (An Enemy Like Me)


Thursday, Jan. 19

Jazz Night

5 – 7 p.m.

AfterHours band


Thursday, Feb. 9

Coffee With the Authors

11 a.m. – 12 noon

Thomas Kelso (Stability Island)


Wednesday, Feb. 15

Paint & Party

5:30 – 7:30

Coffee Cup on Wood Block


Thursday, Mar. 9

Coffee With the Authors

11 a.m. – 12 noon

Carole O’Neill (The Silent Victims)


Saturday, Mar. 11

Abstract Collage Workshop

10 a.m. – 4 p m.

Instructor Christiana Rioli


Thursday, Mar. 17

Jazz Night

5 – 7 p.m.

AfterHours Band


Thursday, Apr. 13

Coffee With the Authors

11 a.m. – 12 noon

Johnny McWilliams (Intersection)



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