Group showing of abstract artists at Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash March 4 – 28

Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in coastal Calabash, N.C. will present Abstract expressions, a group exhibition of abstract works in a range of media including oil, acrylic, clay, glass, mixed media, collage and metal.

Participating artists are Ann McCray (oil), Liz Roberts (acrylic), Sterling Edwards (acrylic), Joe DiGiulio (acrylic), Ginny Lassiter (acrylic), Scott Summerfield (hand-blown class), Ann Cunningham (metal), Greta Swaim (acrylic), Sandra Petit (acrylic), Jill Hope (mixed media), Marty Allran (clay) and Brian Evans (clay). The show opens March 4 and runs through March 28. There is no charge to the public.

According to artist and gallery owner Ginny Lassiter, “I’m thrilled to be part of this innovative group of artists. The abstract genre is a great love of mine and I can’t wait to share it with our visitors.”

All works within the exhibition fall under the abstract genre, but each has a style uniquely its own, from McCray’s bold palette and highly textured surfaces to Summerfield’s sculptural abstraction of nature in hand-blown glass.

Since opening in 2002, Sunset River Marketplace has become an active supporter of performing, literary and visual arts in the area. The 10,000 square-foot gallery features work by over 200 North and South Carolina artists. Its on-site pottery studio has two kilns and three wheels for use by students. Ongoing oil, pastel and watercolor classes are also provided, in addition to workshops by nationally known artists. The gallery’s complimentary Coffee With the Authors programs feature presentations by local and regional authors. A Paint & Party series provides a fun after-work experience for those with no previous art background. The gallery’s framing department offers full-service, on-site custom frame design for artwork, family heirlooms and other memorabilia.

Sunset River Marketplace is located at 10283 Beach Drive (Hwy. 179) in the historic fishing village of Calabash, N.C. just north of the S.C. state line. Winter hours (January through March) are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information about the exhibition, art classes, onsite framing or any other gallery events, call 910-575-5999 or visit the website: www.sunsetrivermarketplace.com. The gallery’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/sunsetrivermarketplace) also lists special events, new artists and other happenings