Sunset River Marketplace features exhibition of small and miniature artworks

Mighty Miniatures opens at Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash, N.C. on Wednesday, Oct. 8 and runs through Saturday, Nov. 21. The collection features pieces measuring from two-inch square to eight by ten inches in a range of media, including glass and clay among the oil and acrylic works. According to gallery owner Ginny Lassiter, “In a gallery this large, small pieces can sometimes be overlooked, so I really wanted to showcase them. Miniature paintings can be exquisite. And I was able to include some pottery and glass pieces that may surprise people.”

Participating artists include Nancy Hughes Miller (oil), Joyce Volmer (oil), Marie Kasper (acrylic), Ed Fitzgerald (oil), Ginny Lassiter (acrylic), Sue Coley (acrylic), Ortrud Tyler (acrylic), J.J. Brown (fused glass), Courtney Tomchik (clay), Denise Riddle (clay), Jamie Futera (clay), Cathy Johnson (oil), Ruth Cox (oil) and Elaine Bigelow (oil). An oil painting by the late Ramona Bendin will also be included in the show.

Other Oct. events

Also in October, Sunset River Marketplace is hosting Brunswick Arts Council’s 14th annual Fall Show and Sale. Over 140 pieces of art will be displayed including oil, pastel, watercolor, collage, photography and three-dimensional clay sculpture. The show runs from Oct. 6 – 13. A reception will be held Thursday, Oct. 9 from 5 – 7 p.m. The public is invited.

On Saturday, Oct. 25, from 1 – 4 p.m., Sunset River Marketplace will present Creativity Unleashed, an afternoon of live music, readings and artists at work. Acoustic duo Obscurity will perform Celtic music. Rick Strickland and Lesa Hudson from the Rick Strickland Band will also be entertaining. Artists at work will include potter Brian Evans; painters Ginny Lassiter and Ortrud Tyler; and jewelers Sherry Banner and Kathie Wolk. Actor/author Stan Atamanchuk will be on hand to entertain with pirate tales; and cookbook author Pat Gambarelli will bring samples of one of her favorite recipes.

About Sunset River Marketplace
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 Coffee With the Authors programs feature presentations by local and regional offers. 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.

Sunset River Marketplace is located at 10283 Beach Drive SW (Hwy 179), Calabash, N.C. Regular hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. From January through March the gallery closes on Mondays. 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.