Gallery to hold Designs By Janette Jewelry Trunk Show Jan. 30

Sunset River Marketplace, the eclectic art gallery in Calabash, N.C. will present a jewelry trunk sale showcasing new works by designer Janette Franich on Saturday, Jan. 30 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Included in the show will be over 200 different items including necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings.

Franich, who markets her jewelry under the name, Designs By Janette, grew up in the state of Michigan, where she was drawn to art very early in life. She began painting and drawing as a child. As an adult, she was an art educator in North Carolina for five years. During this time, she realized her true passion was to create her own artwork, so she traded her grade books for an easel.

After receiving a number of instructional books on jewelry making, she was inspired to shape recycled materials, metals and natural stones into wearable art.

Today, as a jewelry designer, Franich incorporates precious and semi-precious metals with natural and faceted gemstones in her forged and wire-wrapped creations. According to the artist, she uses both hot and cold forging to obtain the different looks she want. A rolling mill adds textured imprints to the metal. Franich designs delicate feminine jewelry with a decidedly organic feel. Her Boyfriend Collection bracelets add suede and leather for contrast. Her metals include 14K gold fill, sterling, fine silver, and copper

Her most popular pieces have been Tree of Life design and her Bird’s Nest necklaces and earrings. She uses freshwater pearls or aquamarine for the eggs.

The trunk show is open to the public with no admission charge. Complimentary wine and other refreshments will be available along with the gallery’s gourmet coffee, tea and treats.

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. The gallery regularly presents local and regional writers in its Coffee With the Author series as well as its popular after-hours Paint & Party classes. The 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. A framing department offers full-service, on-site custom frame design.

Sunset River Marketplace is located at 10283 Beach Drive SW (Hwy 179), Calabash, N.C. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit the website ( or “like” the gallery’s Facebook page, which is updated daily. Reach the gallery by telephone at 910.575.5999.