Juried 3D show to open May 3

Metamorphose, fiber art by Kathleen Stuart

Form: Sculptural & Functional opens at Sunset River Gallery in Calabash, NC on Friday, May 3 and runs through Saturday, June 8. Featuring artists from North and South Carolina, the juried 3D show includes works in clay, fiber, steatite, bronze, art glass, and more. An opening reception to meet the artists is scheduled for May 3 from 5 -7 p.m. Best in Show will be named at that time. A People’s Choice honor will be awarded at show’s end.

The 38 pieces in the exhibition include clay vessels by NC potter Betsy Sellers, raku by Wilmington, NC artist Betsy Parker, saggar fired vases from Mark Golitz of BluSail Golitz Studios, and sgraffito by Raine Middleton. Other clay artists include Marilyn Kearney, Mandy Todd, Genie Bryce, Jan Igoe,  and Beverly Dorland. There is fused glass by Kathryn Turnauer and metal art by Colleen Dougherty Bronstein. Multimedia works by John Rood and Marc Chicoune are also among the juried show pieces. Fiber art offerings include work by Kathleen Stuart and Megan Laquerela. Multimedia wall hangings are by Kathryn Holliday and Roseann Bellinger. Debanjana Bhattacharjee’s entry is a bronze wall panel.

According to gallery director Samantha Spalti, “We wanted a mix of both form and function for this show. Creativity, artistry, and skill were all key factors. I’m excited for everyone to see the show and meet the artists at our opening reception!”

Sunset River Gallery is located at 10283 Beach Drive SW in Calabash, NC. Regular hours are Monday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Call 910.575.5999 or visit the website (sunsetrivergallery.com) for more information. Daily updates are posted on Facebook and Instagram.

About Sunset River Gallery

Dancing Cats, Raku by Betsy Parker

Located in coastal Brunswick County, NC, 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 works by over 100 fine regional artists including Betty Anglin Smith, Marcus McClanahan, Janet Sessoms, and Richard Staat, among others, the gallery is well known in the area for its selection of oil paintings; watermedia; pastels; photography; hand-blown, stained, and fused glass; pottery and clay sculpture; 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. The gallery also offers ongoing oil/acrylic and watercolor classes as well as workshops by nationally and regionally known instructors.

The gallery’s carefully curated selection of investment-grade 20th century fine art is the largest in the Carolinas. Current inventory can be found in the gallery website’s 20th Century Artists section. It includes works by Wolf Kahn (1927-2020), Ed Mell (1942), Raimonds Staprans (1926), Angell Botello (1913-1986), Vladimir Cora (1951), Hunt Slonam (1951), Ginny Crouch Stanford (1950), sculptor Edward Francis McCartan (1879-1947), and two bronze sculptures by Milton Hebald (1930 – 2010).

In 2023, Sunset River Gallery, Inc. acquired Cordier Auctions in Harrisburg, PA, a premier auctioneer of fine and decorative art, coins and jewelry, estates and real estate, and collectibles.


Metamorphose, fiber art, (27”W x 29H x 11”D) by Kathleen Stuart.

Dancing Cats, raku (approx. 12.5”W x 10.5”H) by Betsy Parker

4th St. Neighborhood, clay (9”W x 19.5”H x 9” D) by Raine Middleton