Category Archives: Art

Sunset River Marketplace to feature Raleigh artist Mary Storms

Northern Highlands by Mary Storms, mixed media, 40x30

Sunset River Marketplace, the eclectic gallery in Calabash, will feature acrylic and mixed media paintings by artist Mary Storms from March 1 through April 15. There will be a public reception on Saturday, March 18 from 1 to 4 p.m. Reservations are not required.

Artist Mary Storms at work

Gallery owner Ginny Lassiter says, “I was fortunate enough to see Mary’s one-woman Wilson Arts Council show last year, and knew right then I wanted to feature her at the gallery. I’m delighted that Mary was able to carve out this time for us, and I encourage artists and collectors both to visit the gallery during her show and artist’s reception on March 18.”   In her Raleigh, NC studio, Mary Storms creates unique abstract mixed-media landscapes. Using a range of color palettes, her mixed media canvases (and some acrylic-only canvases) are almost always textured. For mixed media, she layers torn or cut handmade paper and/or recycled magazine paper with acrylic paint, sculpting paste and an occasional found object. To add additional depth and texture, portions of some layers are literally scrubbed off with water before the paint,  glue or sculpting paste has completely set. For her acrylic-only canvases, she applies thick layers of paint with brushes, palette knives and her hands.   According to the artist, her intent is to provide a sense of the symbiotic relationship between the primeval elements – stone, soil, water and sky – and the life forms these elements nurture.   It was during a family cross-country move to California after her father’s sudden death that she first witnessed the overwhelming expanse, power and beauty of the natural environment. Now, as an adult, she continues her love affair with nature.   Storms has been the recipient of numerous honors and has studied with Stephen Quiller, Barbara Nechis, Bob Burridge, Jeanne Carbonetti and others.   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 framing department is available. There are realistic and abstract art classes as well as workshops by nationally and regionally known artists. For more information, call 910.575.5999 or visit the website at www.sunsetrivermarketplace.com. 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. For daily updates, “like” the gallery’s page on Facebook.

Marc Chagall and the Paris Opera Ceiling

In 1964, Marc Chagall, the genius of 20th century art, was commissioned by Andre Malraux, the Minister of Culture under Charles De Gaulle, President of France, to create a new monumental artwork for the ceiling of the Garnier Opera Palace in Paris.
Join us on Tuesday, January 24 at 10:30 am when author, lecturer and historian, Vivian R. Jacobson, will present a lecture with images to show how this artwork is loved by people around the world. A book signing of Sharing Chagall: A Memoir, by Jacobson, will follow. Books will be available for purchase ($15/each) by cash or check only. This lecture has limited seating - please call the Art Museum at 843.238.2510 to reserve your spot.

Brookgreen Gardens Opens New Indoor Gallery

The new Naomi and Stanley Bleifeld Gallery recently opened to the public at Brookgreen Gardens. Located adjacent to the Mary Alice and Bennett Brown Sculpture Court, the gallery is open daily and showcases the work of historic and contemporary sculptors whose subjects are taken from the natural world.  Most prominent in the gallery are works of art by Stanley Bleifeld. Other artist works include Anna Hyatt Huntington, Sandy Scott, Walter Matia, Dan Ostermiller, Grainger McCoy, and numerous other important sculptors, past and present. “The addition of the Bleifeld Gallery elevates Brookgreen’s status in the museum world and provides another indoor exhibit area to display some of our smaller and important pieces of art from our world class sculpture collection,” said Bob Jewell, President & CEO.  “Similar to the Offner Center, that opened several years ago, the Bleifeld Gallery was repurposed from an existing building that now has new life.” The artwork of Stanley Bleifeld, given to Brookgreen Gardens by his widow, Naomi (“Nicky”), will be installed in the gallery by the end of January 2017.  Nicky Bleifeld also gave the lead gift to construct the gallery in his memory.  Although Stanley Bleifeld was renowned for his sculptures depicting the human figure, he was also known for his sculptures in the round and bas-reliefs depicting landscapes and ocean waves.  Brookgreen’s  Marine Relief on the exterior wall of the Jennewein Gallery is a prime example of Stanley’s genius in this subject matter. Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark and non-profit organization, is located on U.S. 17 between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island, South Carolina, and open to the public daily. For more information, visit our web site at www.brookgreen.org or call 843-235-6000.

Calabash NC gallery to feature works by wood carver Jim Comer and clay artist Brian Evans

Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash, NC,  presents Elements of Nature from Saturday, Jan. 14 through Saturday, Feb. 25. The exhibition features the wildlife woodcarvings of Ocean Isle Beach artist Jim Comer along with clay vessels and art pottery by Wilmington artist Brian Evans. An opening reception is set for Saturday, Jan. 14 from 2 – 5 p.m. The public is invited.

Jim Comer, Green Heron, wood

Jim Comer began carving and painting birds and ducks as a hobby over 42 years ago, originally working in basswood on New York’s Long Island. These days, living in Ocean Isle Beach, NC, he prefers tupelo (black gum) wood because of its highly desirable working characteristics for stability and finely detailed surfaces.

Brian Evans, vessel, clay

As a young student, Wilmington, NC clay artist Brian Evans studied under Hiroshi Sueyoshi and Don Johns. He has since developed his own following, receiving many honors and awards, including a regional artist grant for New Hanover County. He says, “I make pottery because I find the tactile experience of artistic expression in clay exciting. The feeling of the clay in my hands and the rhythm of the potter’s wheel can be quite therapeutic… My pottery mainly consists of vessel forms, which I enjoy because they are an intimate part of the daily ritual in people’s lives.   Gallery owner Ginny Lassiter says, “This is a wonderful way to start the new year. Both Jim and Brian exemplify creativity and excellence. I’m excited to showcase their work in this special show.”   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 framing department is available. There are realistic and abstract art classes as well as workshops by nationally and regionally known artists. For more information, call 910.575.5999 or visit the website at www.sunsetrivermarketplace.com. 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. For daily updates, “like” the gallery’s page on Facebook

Art Museum to Present Companion Exhibits to Gee’s Bend Quilts

Created in the isolated African-American hamlet of Gee's Bend, Alabama, a unique style of handmade quilts was discovered by the art world in the 1960s.  These Gee's Bend quilts have been exhibited at galleries and museums around the country, among them the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach, SC. The museum currently displays  Gee's Bend:  From Quilts to Prints, until April 23, an exploration into the art of making prints based on traditional Gee's Bend quilt designs.
Gee's Bend quilts also inspired a 2008 children's book by Patricia McKissack, titled Stitchin' and Pullin' a Gee's Bend Quilt, illustrated by New York-based artist Cozbi Cabrera. Nearly two dozen of these illustrations are featured in a companion exhibit to the Gee's Bend quilts, titled Stitchin' and Pullin': Painted Illustrations by Cosbi Cabrera. Along with Cabrera's paintings are several handmade dolls and quilts created by the artist, and a miniature replica of a Gee's Bend dogtrot cabin by Georgetown artist Woody Gruber. To enhance the intimacy of the exhibit, the museum has designed a reading nook for children.  Stitchin' and Pullin' will be on display from Jan. 10 - April 16.

Cozbi Cabrera, An Understanding Will Come Later (detail), 2008, acrylic, private collection

McKissack's book and Cabrera's illustrations tell the story of the community of Gee's Bend quilters through the eyes of a young child, as the women work together, sharing stories, songs and their common history as they "stitch and pull" thread through cloth.
In addition to her work as a commissioned artist and children's book illustrator, Cabrera is currently an Artist in Residence at the Lincoln Center's Manny Cantor Center (New York City), where she conducts a collaborative quiltmaking workshop to a diverse community of Anglo, Hispanic, Hassidic, African and Cantonese speakers.
A third exhibition, The Fabric of Our Collection, will open Feb. 11 and will feature works from the Art Museum's permanent collection that reference fabric, either by medium, subject matter or style. These will include Burgess, the Legacy, a photo-collage quilt by Carolynne Miller; Carl Blair's oil-and-wax painting Appalachian Spring; Jonathan Green's oil painting African Memories, which depicts a woman in straw hat moving between line-hung quilts, and other fabric-related works. Fabric will remain on display through April 23.
Gallery hours for all three exhibits will be from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 - 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission to the museum is free at all times but donations are appreciated.

Quilts Translate to Fine-Art Prints in Art Museum Exhibit

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In the isolated African-American hamlet of Gee's Bend, AL, located along the Alabama River, women made quilts to keep themselves and their children warm in often unheated houses that lacked running water, telephones and electricity - from the post-Civil war era well into the 20th century. Along the way they developed a distinctive style, noted for its lively improvisations and geometric simplicity. These quilts, which came to the notice of the art world in the 1990s, are considered to be one of the most important African-American visual and cultural contributions to the history of art within the United States.
The 2010 The Quilts of Gee's Bend exhibition, presented by the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, remains one of the Museum's most popular and talked-about exhibitions, according to Museum director Patricia Goodwin.  A new exhibition, Gee's Bend:  From Quilts to Prints, examines the work of four well-known Gee's Bend quiltmakers and their recent exploration into the art of printmaking. The exhibit runs from December 8, 2016  through April 23, 2017; additional public programs to accompany the exhibit are planned for spring 2017.
"Having the occasion to bring the quilts back to the Art Museum while simultaneously opening up a new conversation about the translation of ideas between one artistic medium to another was an opportunity we didn't want to miss," said Goodwin.
The exhibit, which traces the artists' process of translating their ideas from fabric into print, includes 17 quilts, 15 etchings and six maquettes, small-scale quilt replicas used as templates for the layout and color selection for each print.
The maquettes would be pressed onto a copper plate coated with softground, a material made of a combination of wax and tar on which the design, fabric textures and even the quilters' stitches would create an impression, which would then be used for printing. Although created with the standard quiltmaking technique of piecing, the maquettes were made by the artists to be used as a tool for the printmaking process.
The scale of the finished prints, much smaller than the quilts on which they are based, is in line with other fine art works on paper. Displayed with a white matte and framed behind glass, these images convey the idea that they are works of art and not simply crafts, as many viewers perceive quilts to be.
Each print references the workmanship of the original quilt, as elements of color, line and texture in the fabric have been simplified and flattened to a two-dimensional form.  At the same time, the art form of the quiltmaker's design loses its cultural associations with textiles and its identification as something domestic, female and craft.
The translation from quilt to the fine art print medium also offered the makers the opportunity to create poetic or evocative titles for their works. Gee's Bend quilts were generally not titled beyond a descriptive word or phrase identifying the design.
The prints offered the additional benefit of continuing a tradition of art-making in the Gee's Bend community that, prior to the quilts' rise to fame, many feared was in danger of being lost, either from quilts' falling out of favor, or from a lack of interest in quiltmaking among the younger generation.
While Gee's Bend quilts have been exhibited in such prestigious institutions as the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art (NYC),translating the women's textile work into the print medium opened up new avenues for their creativity.
For example, as a result of the four quilters' collaboration with Paulson Bott Press to produce etchings of their quilt designs, quilter Louisiana P. Bendolph was commissioned by the San Francisco International Airport in 2013 to translate her print New Generation (2007) into a large-scale ceramic tile mosaic to be displayed in Terminal 3 East.
Also, through a commission from the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies (FAPE) and its Lee Kimche McGrath Original Print Collection, quilter Loretta Bennett's Yellow Jack (2006) was selected for the collection, which is stored in Washington, DC, and made available to US ambassadors when they are choosing art objects with which to decorate their embassies.
Gallery hours for Gee's Bend:  From Quilts to Prints will be from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 - 4 p.m. Sundays, except for the period Dec. 22 - 26 and  Dec 31 - Jan  2 when the Museum will be closed for the holidays.

Sunset River Marketplace to feature Raleigh artists, Joe and Sharon DiGiulio Sept. 8 – Oct. 1

Summer HeatI - Mixed Media Collage by Sharon DiGiulio

Summer HeatI - Mixed Media Collage by Sharon DiGiulio

Sunset River Marketplace, the eclectic art gallery in Calabash, NC, will feature works by Raleigh couple, Joseph “Joe” and Sharon DiGiulio from Sept. 8 through Oct. 1. Joe majored in Art Education at East Carolina University and also studied sculpture at the University’s School of Art. A cancer survivor, he has recent installations at the Raleigh Duke Hospital as well as the PNC Plaza Building in downtown Raleigh. He is known for his vibrant abstract expressionistic paintings that focus on the influences of the 3D medium of sculpture on painting and how those influences apply to painting. His latest pieces are large-scale abstract acrylic paintings that he feels take on the expressions of color and dynamics of his cancer recovery.
Wrightsviille 48361 - Acrylic Painting by Joseph DiGiulio.

Wrightsviille 48361 - Acrylic Painting by Joseph DiGiulio.

Sharon’s reputation is for her encaustic works and mixed media collage. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Fine and Applied Arts at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, MI. She says, “I was always messing around with something: fabric scraps from my mom’s projects, macramé, candles, plaster, mosaics. You name it, I wanted to try it.” The duo will be at the gallery from Sept. 16 – 18, as Joe conducts his popular Abstract Bootcamp: Developing Your Creativity workshop, a high-energy, three-day event that helps artists get over their fears of painting abstractly. Interested artists should contact the gallery as soon as possible in order to register.   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 150 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, NC. Regular hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit the website (www.sunsetrivermarketplace.com) or “like” the gallery’s Facebook page, which is updated daily. Reach the gallery by telephone at 910.575.5999.

Sunset River Marketplace features works by Sue Sneddon and Deb Hill through Sept. 5

A Summer Pairing Works by oil painter Sue Sneddon and jewelry designer Deb Hill August 3 – Sept. 5, 2016
Oil painting by Sneddon

Oil painting by Sneddon

Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash, NC is showcasing two new artists for the month of August. Sue Sneddon works in oil and pastel. Her paintings are fleeting moments of light in the sky, on the water or on wet sand. Sneddon says, “I had my first thought of being a painter was when I was 13 or 14. My mother and I were discussing whether the pink in a bank of oyster shells was a reflection of the pink sky or in the shells themselves. We were on the south end of Pawley’s Island, SC witnessing a glorious sunset. I said to myself, if I could paint the joy I feel in this moment, then I could be a painter.”A Durham critic has said:  “Her scenes, which are so similar but so different, are about the light and the shapes; the water and the land are just the means by which she finds their essence and abstracts them into something much more than a traditional landscape….(Sneddon’s) views change with the tides and with the moon.  She shows us the many infinite patterns the water makes as it moves to and from the shore.  She considers it from every angle, in every light, and in many different mediums.”   The same critic earlier observed:  “While dealing with familiar subjects—nature—in a realistically simple fashion, the artist leads us into new territory.  Things are not as they seem.  Nothing is easy.  The work takes more than a quick look.” From a show held in Hilton Head, SC a reviewer said:  “Characterized as a realist, even surrealist or photorealist, Sneddon favors an approach to the re-creation of her subjects that is uniquely hers.  Her special spin, her angle, her view and her interpretation amount to far more than the images in question…Sneddon offers equal doses of detail and of mystery.”   Deb Hill graduated from Coker College in Hartsville, SC with degrees in both Fine and Commercial Art. She has worked in commercial and fine art for many years, including six years as a graphic artist for the city of Charlotte, NC. She began studying jewelry-making in the 1990s and has been creating her own ever since.
Deb Hill, Hand crocheted necklace with fresh water pearls, mother of pearl, glass beads and gem stones.

Deb Hill, Hand crocheted necklace with fresh water pearls, mother of pearl, glass beads and gem stones.

Hill’s artisan jewelry features her signature hand crocheting which she incorporates with a variety of gemstones and natural objects. The multi-dimensional artist often paints porcelain with minerals mixed with flux that melts into a glazed disc during kiln firings to create a miniature piece of wearable art.   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 150 North and South Carolina artists. Its on-site pottery studio has two kilns and four wheels for use by students. Ongoing oil, pastel, and water media classes are also provided, in addition to workshops by nationally known artists. The gallery’s Coffee With the Authors program features 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, NC. Regular hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit the website (www.sunsetrivermarketplace.com) or “like” the gallery’s Facebook page, which is updated daily. Reach the gallery by telephone at 910.575.5999. image: Sue Sneddon, In the Outer, oil on canvas, 24 x 48 inches

Brookgreen Gardens Hosts National Sculpture Society Annual Awards Exhibition

After the Bath by Ben Hammond

After the Bath by Ben Hammond

The ever popular National Sculpture Society Annual Awards Exhibition will be on display in an exclusive showing at Brookgreen Gardens from August 6 through October 20, 2016.  The collection of sculptures features the work of 45 talented sculptors from across the United States. The exhibition is included in garden admission and the public is invited to vote for their favorite sculpture for the People’s Choice Award.
Unbroken by Mark Edward Adams

Unbroken by Mark Edward Adams

  The human figure dominates as the subject of the works, as does bronze as a medium of choice.  Included in the selections are carved works in stone by Bela Bacsi, Marciano Amaral, Carter Jones, Steve Flom, and Dominique St. Cyr, and in wood by Peregrine O’Gormley.  Sculptures in terra cotta, fired clay, and ceramic are by Mary Buckman, John Belardo, Pamela Mummy, Garrett Masterson, and Suzanne Storer. Whimsical works are alongside pieces depicting mythological themes, allegorical subjects, and moments of everyday life.  Portraiture is another popular subject, represented by 11 works.
The Messenger by Jeffrey Briggs

The Messenger by Jeffrey Briggs

  The Jury of Awards will meet at Brookgreen Gardens in September to determine the winners of the 14 awards given by the Society.  Serving on the Jury of Awards are Simon Kogan, FNSS; Roger Martin, NSS; and Burton Moore, Director of the Audubon Gallery inCharleston, SC.   There will be a closing celebration and reception for the 83rd Annual Exhibition onOctober 29 for Brookgreen members and the sculptors in the exhibition.  The National Sculpture Society Awards will be presented at that time.  Also, the Brookgreen Gardens’ People’s Choice Award winner will be announced along with the winner of an award given byFine Arts Connoisseur magazine.   National Sculpture Society was founded in New York City in 1893 by a group ofAmerica’s most prominent sculptors.  Its members have created much of this country’s public sculpture, coins, and medals since the late 1800s.  It is the oldest organization of professional sculptors in the United States, and has been hosting exhibitions for over a century.   Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark and non-profit organization, is located on U.S. 17 between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island, South Carolina, and is open to the public daily. For more information, visit our web site at www.brookgreen.org or call 843-235-6000.

Art Museum Offers Tours of LEGO-Sculpture Exhibition

Yellow by artist Nathan Sawaya. Photo courtesy of brickartist.com

Yellow by artist Nathan Sawaya. Photo courtesy of brickartist.com

The Art of the Brick®, a globally-touring exhibition of sculptures created entirely of LEGO® bricks, is now on display at the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach.  The exhibit fills the museum's entire two floors of gallery space, and one of the knowledgeable docents can point out the intricate - and often hidden - details in these incredible works of art.
Beginning Wednesday, August 3 and continuing through Wednesday, September 7, 2016, the museum will offer free, guided tours of the exhibit every Wednesday at 2 p.m. (Admission to the Museum is free; however, donations are encouraged.)
In The Art of the Brick, rated by CNN as one of the world's "Must See Exhibitions," New York-based artist Nathan Sawaya has crafted intriguing and thought-provoking contemporary sculptures using thousands and thousands of LEGO bricks. These range from everyday, recognizable objects - clouds, a tree, a dog, a pair of flip-flops - to complex human forms meant to inspire viewers to be unafraid of going against the grain to pursue their dreams.
Says Sawaya, "These works are very personal to me, since they reflect my growth as an artist as I strove to discover my creative identity. The Art of the Brick exhibition is accessible because it engages the child in all of us while simultaneously illuminating sophisticated and complex concepts.  Everyone can relate to the medium since it is a toy that many children have at home."
Like most young children, Sawaya started playing with LEGO at a young age. But unlike most, the artist never stopped building, creating and exploring his own imagination. The result has solidified his place in pop culture history as well as making an indelible mark on the art world.
The Art of the Brick has entertained and inspired millions of art enthusiasts from across the country and around the world. The exhibit will remain at the Art Museum through September 10.  The Art Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays.  Admission is free; however donations are encouraged.