Gallery to present  ‘Skies of Coastal Carolina’ Sept. 5 – Oct. 6

Sunset River Marketplace, the eclectic art gallery in Calabash, NC, will present works by Rachel Rourke Sunnell in a show titled Skies of Coastal Carolina, which is set to run from Sept. 5 through Oct. 6. Viewers will have an opportunity to meet the artist at the gallery’s Saturday Open House on Sept. 8 from 2 – 5 p.m.

Sunnell is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Landscape Architecture. She furthered her painting studies with Maine artist Mary Brooking and attended painting retreats on Monhegan Island and at other Maine locations. After moving to Ocean Isle Beach, she joined Studio 12, a painting group that meets weekly at Sunset River Marketplace.

She says, “As an acrylic painter, I use loose brush strokes and color that evoke the idea of subjective realism. This refers to the reality inside your mind, perhaps a memory or a feeling. I strive to capture something that just feels good, past or present. My goal is to share my observations of nature with visual clues of light, movements and color.”

Sunnell’s work recently earned her a First Place award at the 2018 Waterway Art Association Annual Show.

Rachel Rourke Sunnell is a member of Brunswick Arts Council, Waterway Art Association and Associated Artists of Southport. She is also a licensed landscape architect in North Carolina and Maine.

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. A custom on-site framing department is available. 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.  The gallery address is: 10283 Beach Drive SW, Calabash, NC 28467. For more information, call 910.575.5999 or visit the website at Daily updates are available on the gallery’s Facebook page.

Upcoming Events

  • Ruth Cox Student Art Show

Sept. 1 – 22, 2018

Meet the Artists Open House, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 3-5 p.m.


  • Coffee With the Authors: Jeff Siebold

The Crisp Poleward Sky, a Zeke Trainer Mystery

Sept. 13, 10 – 11 a.m.

Free, RSVP

  • Coffee With the Authors: Brent Hensley

Nebulous Deception • Initial Deception

Oct. 11, 10-11 a.m.

Free, RSVP

  • Brunswick Arts Council Fall Show

Oct. 15 – Oct. 20, 2018

Reception & Awards Presentation

Oct. 18, 5 – 7 p.m.


  • Trees: a Different Dimension

Photography exhibition, works by Louis Aliotta

Oct. 10 – Nov. 10, 2018


  • Farm to Table

Group exhibition

Nov. 2 – Dec. 1, 2018

Opening Reception Nov. 2, 5 – 7 p.m.


  • Coffee With the Authors: Marsha Tennant

Margaret, Pirate Queen

Marsha will tell us all about our own local female pirates! Should be fun!

Nov. 8, 2018

10-11 a.m.

Free, RSVP