Black & White With a Pop Art Exhibit Underway

Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash, NC is presenting Black & White, With a Pop, a group show, which opened Jan. 6 and runs through Feb. 6. The exhibition features 20-plus pieces, all of which are predominantly or completely black and white. “Many, such as Sterling Edwards’ acrylic work, Foundry, also have a pop of color,” gallery owner Ginny Lassiter explains. “Others are black and white, and we have provided the pop of color in the form of a piece of art glass, fabric or other artwork.” Lassiter’s acrylic art is also included in the show.
Sterling Edwards, Foundry, acrylic on canvas, 24" x 36"

Sterling Edwards, Foundry, acrylic on canvas, 24" x 36"

In addition to Edwards and Lassiter, other featured artists include potter Raine Middleton, known for her stunning carved pieces; abstract acrylic artist Jill Hope; unique raku master Charles Chrisco; low country photographer Mark Hilliard; photographer Louis Aliotta, best known for his East coast landscapes; glass artist Scott Summerfield, recognized nationally for his brightly colored hand blown glass; wildlife wood carver Jim Comer; Brenda Butka, who works in a range of media, including for this exhibition, block printing; Karen Edgar, best known for her large, striking hand rubbed black charcoal and pastel portraits; Doug Kazantzis, black and white landscape photographer; Beth Hill, whose brightly colored farm painting provides the pop for Kami Kinnison’s black and white acrylic painting; clay artist Shandi Berls McConnell; well-known Oak Island, NC acrylic artist Ortrud Tyler; folk artist Janna Stidham; Cathy Johnson, working in charcoal; and fabric artist Mona Bendin.
Raine Middleton, carved clay platter, 18 inches

Raine Middleton, carved clay platter, 18 inches

The exhibition is a series of delightful art vignettes and surprises. “I love black and white,” says Lassiter, “especially when it’s paired with a pop of color. I know our visitors are going to enjoy this show.”   About Sunset River Marketplace Since opening in 2002, Sunset River Marketplace has been 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 complimentary Coffee With the Authors programs feature presentations by local and regional authors. 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 for artwork, family heirlooms and other memorabilia.   Sunset River Marketplace is located at 10283 Beach Drive (Hwy. 179) in the historic fishing village of Calabash, NC just north of the SC state line. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information about the exhibition, art classes, onsite framing or any other gallery events, call 910-575-5999 or visit the website: www.sunsetrivermarketplace.com. The gallery’s Facebook page, which is updated daily (www.facebook.com/sunsetrivermarketplace), also lists special events, new artists and other happenings.

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