You’re invited to our 20th anniversary bash; DiGiulio show opens

The year 2022 marks 20 years of business for Sunset River Marketplace, the eclectic art gallery located in Calabash, NC. According to owner Ginny Lassiter, the gallery has been celebrating throughout the year with special exhibits, events, and charity benefits. On June 3, from 5 – 7 p.m., Sunset River Marketplace will host its official anniversary reception. “We hope our artists, friends, community partners and visitors will all come by to share in a very special evening for us,” said Lassiter.

The anniversary reception will mark the opening of Dynamic DiGiulios, showcasing works by Raleigh, NC artists Joe and Sharon DiGiulio. Joe DiGiulio is a well-known abstract artist and instructor. A cancer survivor, his work reflects a passion for color and energy exhibited in the many layers of each piece. Originally a sculptor, his love for texture and shape is a consistent theme in his art.

Sharon DiGiulio is a graphic designer by trade and works joyfully in acrylic, collage, oil and resin. She often creates her own stamps, papers and fabrics for her projects. Dynamic DiGiulios opens June 3 and runs through July 4. Both artists will be at the reception on June 3.

Since May 20, Sunset River Marketplace has also been hosting a silent auction and exhibition for Birthday Wishes Ministry, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to present underprivileged children with school backpacks and birthday gifts. The fine art and crafts auction includes work by Jill Leach, Roger Tatum and several other acclaimed artists. Bidding will end during the anniversary reception.

The Afterhours band, a jazz group that performs at the gallery every third Thursday for Jazz Night will provide entertainment during the reception. For this event, they will be joined by Wil Johnson on percussion, Doug Trammel on stand-up bass and Bryan Hughes on vocals.There will also be light hors d’oeuvres, refreshments, and drawings for free gift certificates.



Shown: detail of Weathering the Storm, acrylic by Joe DiGiulio, 48×60 and Preparing VII, collage by Sharon DiGiulio, 20 x 16.

Upcoming Events


Please note: the Sidewalk Sale originally scheduled for June 4 has been cancelled.


Collage Workshop w/Ginny Lassiter Monday, June 6, 2022, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Create your own collage from paint, twine, specialty papers, swatches, old & new photos, magazine pages, sheet music and more. Bring your own or choose from ours. We will supply paint and canvases. No experience necessary. Call to register. $45


Coffee With the Authors

Thursday, June 9, 2022, 11 a.m. – 12 noon

Vanessa (V.S.) Gardner

A Killing On Hardee Street

No charge but seating is limited so call the gallery to hold your spot.


One-Day Batik Workshops June 11 – 13 w/Instructor Pat Smelkoff, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Call to register. Descriptions on gallery website. $95.

Bird Watcher (cat), Saturday, June 11, 2022

Poppies, Sunday, June 12, 2022, Class is full

The Gathering (pelicans), June 13, 2022, Class is full


Creativity Unleashed Wednesday, June 15, 11 a.m.  – 5 p.m.

A fun day of art demonstrations i.e., pottery, painting, fabric dying and more.


Jazz Night w/Afterhours Band

Thursday, June 16, 5 – 7 p.m.

Chill out to jazz standards presented by this accomplished group of players.


Coffee With the Authors

Thursday, July 14, 2022, 11 a.m. – 12 noon

Teri M. Brown

Sunflowers Beneath the Snow

No charge but seating is limited so call the gallery to hold your spot.


Paint & Party

Wednesday, July 23, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Details to come.