Gallery hosts NC Watercolor Society Traveling Show; reception June 21

Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash, NC has been selected to host the 2019 Watercolor Society of North Carolina Traveling Exhibition. The show will run from June 14 through August 14 with a public reception on Friday evening, June 21 from 5 to 7 p.m.

The exhibition consists of 30 paintings, which were chosen from the Watercolor Society of North Carolina annual show. There will also be three additional works recently selected from the organization’s permanent collection. The exhibition began its travels in Elizabeth City, NC; continuing to Williamston, NC; and New Bern, NC before arriving at Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash.

Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be offered at the reception on June 21. Music will be provided by Celtic duo Gaelstorm. The local husband –and-wife act has been entertaining the Carolinas for over 20 years.

About Sunset River Marketplace

Sunset River Marketplace showcases work by approximately 150 North and South Carolina artists, and houses some 10,000 square feet of oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, mixed media, art glass, fabric art, pottery, sculpture, turned and carved wood and artisan-created jewelry.

There are two onsite kilns and four wheels used by students in the ongoing pottery classes offered by the gallery. There are realistic and abstract art classes as well as workshops by nationally and regionally known artists. During select months, the gallery hosts Coffee With the Authors, a series of presentations by local and regional authors. This Summer, the gallery will also be hosting a number of  “demo days,” during which artists will demonstrate how they work and answer questions. They will be posted on the Events tab on the gallery website.

The gallery address is: 10283 Beach Drive SW, Calabash, NC 28467.  Hours are Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information, call 910.575.5999 or visit the website at Daily updates are available on the gallery’s Facebook and Instagram pages.

About Watercolor Society of North Carolina

Formed in 1972,  Watercolor Society of North Carolina, Inc. (WSNC) is a professional nonprofit art organization. The purpose of WSNC is to strengthen and promote watercolor throughout the state. The group strives to do this by: elevating the standards of excellence in this medium, educating artists by hosting workshops by nationally recognized artists, sponsoring juried exhibitions, and involving the people of North Carolina in the arts. Website:

About Gaelstorm

Comprised of Tom and Liz Roberts, Gaelstorm is a foot-tapping fusion of Celtic and old time grass roots music. This talented duo has been entertaining the Carolinas for over 20 years. From beautiful vintage airs to high-energy reels, Gaelstorm creates an authentic vibe for every occasion. Instruments include guitar, mandolin, bass, violin, bouzouki, vocals, Irish whistle, hand drums and percussion. This enjoyable acoustic experience takes you on a journey from old Ireland to the Blue Ridge Mountains and many heartfelt places in between.

Upcoming Events

Exhibition: Red Hot Summer

Now through August 14

Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Red is the color of passion, adventure, heat and sunsets. Often an artist will use it for a spontaneous pop of color and sometimes a painting simply radiates red. This group show features work in acrylic, oil, pastel, and other media. Exhibition is free to the public.

Coffee With the Authors

June 13, 10 – 11 a.m.

Linda Garshwiler Scribner

I Can’t See With My Gloves On

The author will talk about her collection of stories about living with blindness. The book offers an insightful and sometimes humorous look at life as a blind person. Free but limited seating. Reservations needed.

2019 NC Watercolor Society Traveling Show

June 14 – August 14

Reception June 21, 5 – 7 p.m.

Show features 33 works in watercolor chosen to travel throughout the state. Reception is free and open to the public. Reservations not necessary.

Coffee With the Authors

July 11, 10 – 11 a.m.

Charles Oldham

The Senator’s Son

In this historical who-done-it, Oldham not only explores a searing unsolved crime – or tragic accident – that caused a national sensation and devastated a coastal NC community, but also provides a fascinating window into the region’s past and the murky politics and family alliances that defined it. Free but limited seating. Reservations needed.

Coffee With the Authors

August 8, 10 – 11 a.m.

Otis L. Lee, Jr.

The Last Train From Djibouti

Lee will speak about his book, which is inspired by the true story of his wife’s travel to Africa as a young woman in search of fulfillment. What she found was not at all what she expected. Free but limited seating. Reservations needed.

Coffee With the Authors

Sept. 12, 10 – 11 a.m.

Steve McMillen

Terror Grips the Beach

The author of Murder On the Front Nine, Cougars At the Beach, and Death On Mt. Pleasant will discuss his latest Mickke D Grand Strand murder mystery. Free but limited seating. Reservations needed.

Nuno Felt Scarf Workshop

Sept. 21, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Instructor Vasanto

Students will create their own felted wool and silk scarves by the end of the one-day class. Info on website. $95 per student. Sign up on the website or call the gallery.

Coffee With the Authors

Oct. 10, 10 – 11 a.m.

Dana Ridenour

Below the Radar

The author, a retired FBI agent and author of Beyond the Cabin and Behind the Mask, has recently completed her third book in the Lexie Montgomery series. Free but limited seating. Reservations needed.