‘Let’s Face It’ group show featured Oct. 5 – 31

Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash, NC will feature a group show of face-themed works titled Let’s Face It, including works in acrylic, clay, charcoal, and photography. The show opens Wednesday, Oct. 5 and runs through Monday, Oct. 31.

Gallery owner Ginny Lassiter said, “We have a number of artists who are drawn to the intimacy of ‘the Marty Allran, Serenity, clayface,’ and I find the concept fascinating, so this is a collection I’ve been working on for a while. Some pieces, like Phil Duwel’s beautiful black and white photography and Karen Edgar’s elegant hand-rubbed charcoal, really delve into the subject’s personality and life situation. Others, such as Betsy Parker’s raku masks are more primitive. And Marty Allran’s sculptural clay pieces invoke a warm feminine presence that cannot be denied. Each artist has such a strong individual personality, I think our gallery visitors will really enjoy exploring this exhibit.”

Other participating artists are Victoria James, clay; Roseann Bellinger, acrylic; Celia Wester, acrylic; Kim Dawn Clayton, acrylic; Greta Swaim, acrylic; and Audrey McBride, clay.

Parker and James have both included clay moon faces in the show, adding another dimension to the collection. Parker said, “Our tendency to see faces where nature put none is visible in [my] big moon and stars. Faces for walls, faces emerging from vessels, faces built onto the clay, faces pushed from the back of the clay all speak to the power of the face in our imagery and the joy I find creating them in my work.”

Sunset River Marketplace showcases work by approximately 150 North and South Carolina artists, and houses some 10,000 square feet of art work in virtually every genre. Custom framing, painting and pottery classes and art workshops are also offered through the gallery. Since opening its doors in 2002, Sunset River Marketplace has supported not only the visual arts, but literary and performing arts, as well. It has become a popular community center and art hub for both Brunswick County in North Carolina and nearby Horry County, SC

Sunset River Marketplace is located at 10283 Beach Drive SW, Calabash, N.C. Regular hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information call the gallery or visit the website. For daily updates, “like” the gallery’s Facebook page.