Rich Flanegan named Spotlight Artist July 15 – August 15

Oil painter Rich Flanegan is the Spotlight Artist at Sunset River Gallery from July 15 – August 15. Best known for his detailed beachscapes and coastal oil paintings, Rich says, “I try to capture the mood of the scene and moment in time that made an impression on me. Somethings it’s the force of the surge, the cloud formation, the wind, the light playing on the water or the sand. I focus on the light on and shadow, the color and values, and the small details of the scene that impressed me.”

Rich has painted all his life and earned his bachelor’s degree in art. He has earned many awards including the 2017, 2019, and 2023 Lee Barrett People’s Choice and First Place awards (2019 and 2020) at the Arts Council of Moore County Fine Arts Festival. Rich and his wife, stained glass artist Diane Flanegan, live in Moore County, NC. Years ago, they lived at the Jersey Shore when they owned an art gallery and provided art services to the Cape May community.

Header image: detail of Beach In Winter by Rich Flanegan, oil, 30×40.

About Sunset River Gallery

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 Debanjana Bhattacharjee, 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 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), Raimonds Staprans (1926), Angell Botello (1913-1986), Vladimir Cora (1951), Ginny Crouch Stanford (1950), and two bronze sculptures by Milton Hebald (1930 – 2010).

Upcoming Events

Abstract Workshop

Instructor Ginny Lassiter

Saturday, July 13

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

$95 (Sorry, Full)

Third Thursday Jazz

Thursday, July 18

5 – 7 p.m.

Summer Art Market

A new summer version of the popular Holiday Art Market. Artists on site, live demos, refreshments, gift certificate drawings

July 20 & 21

11 a.m.- 5 p.m

Opening Reception

Southern Comfort: Collages by Eric McRay

Friday, July 26

5 – 7 p.m.

Southern Comfort: Collages by Eric McRay

Friday, July 26 – Saturday, August 31

11 a.m. – 5 p.m.  (regular hours)

Texture Workshop

Instructor Cristiana Rioli

Saturday, Aug. 3 – Sunday, Aug. 4

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

$125 plus $10 materials fee

Coffee With the Authors

Henry Hack (“The Pipes Are Calling”)

Thursday, Aug. 8

11 a.m. – 12 noon

Third Thursday Jazz

Thursday, Aug. 15

5 – 7 p.m.

Opening Reception

The Shape of Light: Works by Chantal Tomiello

Friday, Sept. 6

5 – 7 p.m.

Coffee With the Authors

Denny Hamann (“Cottonville Road 2”)

Thursday, Sept. 12

11 a.m. – 12 noon

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