Gallery to present Holiday Art Market Nov. 13 – 15

Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash, NC will hold its annual Holiday Art Market from Friday, Nov. 13 – Sunday, Nov. 15. Always a popular seasonal event, this year the Market will take place over three days in order to help reduce crowds and better maintain social distancing. According to owner Ginny Lassiter, she expects that this will ease congestion. “We have a large gallery,” she says, “10,000 square feet of space, so people should be able to social distance pretty easily. We’re also offering a reserved shopping hour with limited availability from 10 – 11 a.m. each day. Anyone wishing to take advantage of this should call the gallery to make a reservation. We expect this to fill up quickly.”

Approximately 15 artists are being featured to include Holiday pottery, jewelry, oil paintings, acrylics, watercolors, home decor items, photography, metal art, carved and turned wood, wearable art, fiber art, kokedama plants, hand made furniture and more. A ten-foot Christmas tree will be filled with artisan-made ornaments, so customers can choose their favorite directly from the tree. There will also be gift certificate drawings, holiday treats, wine and hot mulled cider. Lassiter says, “With the pandemic, we’ve had to make some changes, but once again, this will be a fun Holiday Art Market!”

Featured artists over the weekend, include: Donna Michaux (pottery), Betsy Parker (pottery), Gary Baird (wildlife photography), Ardie Praetorius (pottery),Vicki Neilon (watercolor and acrylics), Pat White (watercolors), Mary Cross (pottery), Jewel Simmons (jewelry), Mona Bendin (pillows), Wes Wagner (wood furniture), Kakie Honig (fused glass), and Sherry Godfrey (pottery and kokedamas). Three authors will be on hand, as well, including Pete Hoyer (Friday), Carol O’Neill (Saturday) and Tom Kelso (Sunday).

Special Hours
Holiday Art Market hours are 11 – 6 on all three days. The gallery is also offering one hour of reserved shopping each day from 10 – 11 a.m. This will be extremely limited, so you must reserve your spot ahead of time by calling 910.575.5999.

Sunset River Marketplace is located at 10283 Beach Drive SW (NC179) in Calabash, NC. Reach us by phone at 910.575.5999. Daily updates will be posted on Facebook and Instagram.

/>Located in coastal Brunswick County, Sunset River Marketplace caters to both tourists and a growing local community of full time residents seeking fine art for their homes and businesses. Featuring work by approximately 150 North and South Carolina artists, the eclectic gallery is well known in the area for its collection of oil paintings, watermedia, pastels, photography, hand-blown glass, fused glass, pottery and clay sculptures, 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. Art classes are currently being offered on a limited basis. Call the gallery for details.

Special Covid 19 Notice
To meet North Carolina State mandates, Sunset River Marketplace requires that patrons wear face coverings and requires the use of hand sanitizer plus six-foot social distancing between gallery visitors and at the cash register. The gallery staff conducts thorough cleaning of surfaces upon opening and closing and during the day and has placed complimentary hand sanitizer throughout the gallery for visitor use.
The gallery address is: 10283 Beach Drive SW, Calabash, NC 28467. Hours are Monday – Saturday, 11 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.

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Sunset River Marketplace features work by North and South Carolina artists with many of them living in Brunswick and New Hanover Counties. Mona Bendin, who hand-sews her pillow coverings and Maureen Mallam, who creates the cork bags are both from the Calabash area. Potters Betsy J. Parker and Shandi McConnell live in Wilmington.