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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.

Abstract expressionist artist Sterling Edwards featured at Sunset River Marketplace

Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash, NC is featuring works by Hendersonville, NC artist Sterling Edwards from June 29 – July 30 in a show titled Sterling Edwards: Intuitive Experience. Edwards, who works in both watercolor and acrylic, is primarily self-taught and has developed a unique style of painting that has earned him international recognition and the respect of his peers, students and collectors. He is often commissioned to jury national and international art competitions.edwards_Cruisin

 

Edwards has been featured in Watercolor Magic magazine’s “Ones to Watch” and in Watercolor Artist magazine. He was awarded membership in the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolor as well as the Transparent Watercolor Society of America. He was selected as a featured artist in the book “Best of America Watermedia Artists,” and is the author of the best selling North Light book, “Creating Luminous Watercolor Landscapes, a Four Step Process. He is also featured in “Masters of Watercolor,” written by Russian artist and author Konstantin Sterkhov.

 

He employs stylized shapes, bold lights and darks, and dramatic color rhythms to build his sought after abstract expressionist paintings. Edwards’ expressive calligraphy and splattering are signature techniques.

 

When asked about his recent works, the artist offers, “My non-representational paintings combine shape, line, color and texture to create a personal visual statement that allow me to say much more with a brush than I could every say with words.

 

“I often refer to my abstracted paintings as an intuitive and spontaneous artistic statement. They’re a vision on display composed of energetic and expressive brushwork in some areas that are complemented with subtleties in other areas. What I demand from one of my abstracted paintings is that it truly is a spontaneous and intuitive artistic statement.”

 

Sterling Edwards: Intuitive Experience at Sunset River Marketplace includes over a dozen new works as well as a few from his personal collection.

 

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 watercolor 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.

The Art of the Brick® Debuts at Myrtle Beach Art Museum

The Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum will host The Art of the Brick®, an exhibition featuring large-scale sculptures created out of iconic LEGO® bricks by New York-­based artist Nathan Sawaya. The event begins Saturday, June 11, 2016,
The Art of the Brick is one of the largest and most popular art exhibits touring the globe. CNN hailed The Art of the Brick as one of the top twelve “must-­see exhibitions in the world.”
“This year alone, we’ve visited Australia, South Africa and Taiwan,” said Sawaya. “We are thrilled to be bringing this collection to Myrtle Beach, SC.”
Like most young kids, Sawaya started playing with LEGO at a young age. But unlike most kids, Sawaya never stopped building, creating and exploring his own imagination. The result has solidified his place in pop culture history and he is making an indelible mark on the art world as well. The award-­winning artist has catapulted the iconic LEGO brick into an art medium all its own, transforming this construction toy into awe-inspiring and thought provoking sculptures.
The centerpiece of Sawaya’s collection of sculptures, as well as arguably his most famous piece of artwork, is entitled Yellow, a LEGO torso of a man ripping open his chest while yellow plastic bricks cascade out of the open chest cavity. Sawaya has made a name for himself by creating out of LEGO exacting replicas of the human form in various states of emotion, including anger, love, depression and joy. Concurrently on display at the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum and for the run of the exhibition will be Sawaya’s unique multi-­media collaboration with award-­winning Australian photographer Dean West, entitled In Pieces. The two artists spent years traveling and working together to blend their crafts resulting in the In Pieces collection of visually stunning hyper-realistic images that are exhibited with corresponding and complimentary three-dimensional LEGO sculptures.
“I use LEGO bricks as my medium because I enjoy seeing people’s reactions to artwork created from something with which they are familiar. Everyone can relate to it since it is a toy that many children have at home. I want to elevate this simple plaything to a place that it has never been before. I want to elevate this simple plaything to a place it has never been before. I also appreciate the cleanliness of the medium. The right angles.  The distinct lines. As so often in life, it is a matter of perspective. Up close, the shape of the brick is distinctive. But from a distance, those right angles and distinct lines change to curves,” Sawaya said.
The Art of the Brick will be on view at the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, 3100 S. Ocean Boulevard, Myrtle Beach, SC from Saturday, June 11 through Saturday, September 10, 2016.  The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 – 4 p.m. Admission is free; however donations are suggested.  Please check the website MyrtleBeachArtMuseum.org for extended summer hours.

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

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

About Nathan Sawaya
Nathan Sawaya is an acclaimed New York-based artist who creates awe-inspiring artwork out of a toy. His art focuses on large-scale sculptures using only LEGO® bricks. Sawaya was the first artist to ever take LEGO® into the art world and his touring exhibition – The Art Of The Brick® – has entertained and inspired millions of art lovers and enthusiasts from Australia, Taiwan, Singapore, China and around the world. CNN heralded, “The Art Of The Brick® is one of the top 12 must-see exhibits in the world!” Originally from Oregon, Sawaya’s childhood dreams were always fun and creative. He drew cartoons, wrote stories, perfected magic tricks and of course also played with LEGO®. His days were filled with imagination. When it came time for college, Sawaya moved to New York City, attended NYU and became a lawyer. But after years of million dollar mergers and corporate acquisitions on Park Avenue, Sawaya realized he would rather be sitting on the floor creating art than sitting in a board room negotiating contracts. He walked away from the law and took an artistic risk on LEGO®. Now Sawaya is an author, speaker and one of the most popular, award-winning contemporary artists of our time. For more information about Nathan Sawaya and his artwork, visit www.brickartist.com.
Untitled by artist Nathan Sawaya. Photo courtesy of brickartist.com

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

About Dean West
Dean West is an acclaimed and award winning photographer who specializes in highly conceptual and thought provoking contemporary portraiture.  His body of work has been featured in top photography magazines and art galleries around the world. Born in Australia and currently living in Toronto, Dean has also been named “one of the world’s best emerging photographers” by After Capture Magazine and included in Saatchi & Saatchi’s collection of the world’s top 100 emerging photographers. See more of his work at www.deanwest.com.

Brookgreen Gardens Hosts Two-Day Art Festival

Brookgreen Gardens will host a two-day Art Festival On June 4 & 5, from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm. It includes a juried show of over 65 local, regional, and national artists.  Held within the backdrop of the beautiful sculpture garden, guests will have a rare opportunity to meet the artists whose works are sold in Keepsakes and other fine galleries across the country. There will be demonstrations of much of the work on display.

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Whimsical items, new art for the gardens, hand-loomed fabrics, commissioned works of art, and exotic woodcrafts with nautical theme are just a few of the items available for sale. The festival is free with garden admission. For a list of artists who will be in the festival visit www.brookgreen.org.

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Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark and non-profit organization, is located on U.S. 17 between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island, SC, and is open to the public daily. For more information, consult our web site at www.brookgreen.org or call 843-235-6000.

Art & Book Fair to Raise the Roof

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Art & Book Fair to Raise the Roof on Saturday, June 4,2016, 2 to 5 p.m.

Art Works hosts this benefit to help Laura Herriott re-roof her bed & breakfast on Sandy Island. Goodwill donation will go toward the $20,000 needed to Raise the Roof! More than $4,000 has been escrowed through fundraisers organized by Lee Brockington and Linda Ketron. Thirty local artists, artisans and authors will fill the atrium of the Litchfield Exchange (14363 Ocean Highway) with great summer reads, original artwork and cheerful crafts. Enjoy wine and cheese, punch and cookies, coffee and chocolates while you chat with Laura about her life on Sandy Island and the challenges of transporting labor and materials by boat. Great music by Pawleys Island Jazz Quartet. Free to look, listen, nosh and chat! For more information, call 843-235-9600 or visit ClassAtPawleys.com.

John Ross Palmer to Unveil Ocean Isle Memories at Museum of Coastal Carolina

Houston Artist John Ross Palmer has vacationed at Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina every summer for more than a decade with his extended family. The Founder of Escapism is honored to unveil an art series at the Museum of Coastal Carolina that features this picturesque family beach.

Red Wagon by John Ross Palmer

Red Wagon by John Ross Palmer

Internationally acclaimed artist John Ross Palmer will unveil a dynamic art series, Ocean Isle Memories, at the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, Friday, April 29.

Palmer, a native of Houston, Texas, has been traveling to Ocean Isle every summer for the last ten years to vacation with his husband’s extended family.  The series is inspired by their gatherings, fun time on the beach and iconic imagery from this beautiful family beach destination.

In the summer of 2013, Palmer, the Founder of the Art Movement of Escapism, visited the Museum of Coastal Carolina and was enthusiastic to learn about the museum’s mission and operations.  He presented the staff with a painting, More than a Museum, that now hangs in the museum’s entry.  Although the primary purpose of the museum is education related to maritime life on the coast of North Carolina plus astronomy through its planetarium, Palmer, in typical entrepreneur fashion, lobbied for an unveiling of his original artwork.

Ocean Isle Memories will feature twenty original Palmer paintings created with acrylic on canvas.  The smaller paintings show the time-honored pier, playing in a tide pool, a storm rolling in from the Intracoastal Waterway, walking to the beach with supplies in a wagon and many more classic Ocean Isle visuals.

“Ocean Isle is one of my favorite places on earth.  I work constantly, and, it is my only ‘true’ vacation each year.  It’s a tremendous honor and pleasure to honor Ocean Isle with my artwork.”

See John Ross Palmer’s Ocean Isle Memories art series and meet the artist in person at a wine and cheese reception at the Museum of Coastal Carolina on April 29 at 6:00 pm. The Museum of Coastal Carolina is located at 21 East Second Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469. Admission is free for museum members. Non-member admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors (62+), $7 for children (3-12), and free for age 2 and under.

 

Artists Vie for Honors in Myrtle Beach Arts & Crafts Guild Competition

Over forty artists from around the region will vie for top honors and over $2000 in cash prizes in the 19th Annual Waccamaw Arts & Crafts Guild Juried Exhibition, opening Thursday, April 28, at the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Michael Craig Smith, Watermelon Waterfall, 2014, oil, 40" x 30," Rebecca R. Bryan Best in Show Award, WACG 18th Annual Juried Art Exhibition.

Michael Craig Smith, Watermelon Waterfall, 2014, oil, 40″ x 30,” Rebecca R. Bryan Best in Show Award, WACG 18th Annual Juried Art Exhibition.

A reception (free and open to the public) will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., with the awards presentation beginning at 6:15. The exhibit continues through May 26, with gallery hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. (Shortened hours may apply during some weekends in May. Call the museum to verify open hours.)

 

Seventy-five two-dimensional and three-dimensional works were selected for jurying. Works selected for display include oil, watercolor and mixed media paintings; photographs; and an array of craft items, such as batiks and other fiber arts. With creations from artists throughout the Carolinas, the show is a perennially popular event with locals and visitors. A large percentage of the works on display will also be available for purchase.

 

Judge and juror for this year’s competition is Jim Arendt, professional artist and assistant professor and gallery director at Coastal Carolina University.  Arendt’s work has been exhibited internationally and was recently featured in the museum’s 2015 exhibition Indigo: Works in Denim by Jim Arendt. He is regionally renowned for winning the $50,000 top prize at the first Art Fields (Lake City, SC) juried art competition in 2013.

 

At the opening reception for this exhibition, Arendt will provide insight on how the works were selected for inclusion in the exhibit and will participate in the awards ceremony.
Cash awards to be given include the $800 Rebecca R. Bryan Best in Show Award, as well as first, second and third place awards of $500, $275 and $100, respectively. An additional 10 works will also be selected for honorable mentions.

 

Admission to the museum is free, but donations are welcome. For further information, call 843-238-2510 or visit www.myrtlebeachartmuseum.org.

Gallery’s Creativity Unleashed exhibition runs until April 2, 2016

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Pottery instructor Andrea Carroll will demonstrate pottery throwing during the Creativity Unleashed event at Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash on March 19.

Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash, N.C. is holding its popular Creativity Unleashed event on Saturday, March 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Gallery owner Ginny Lassiter said, “Last year, our one-day Creativity Unleashed event was very successful. The community came out and really enjoyed watching the artists work, meeting them and enjoying live music. So this time we wanted to push the envelope even further.”

New this year, the eclectic gallery is expanding the event to feature a month-long exhibition of works that celebrate outside-the-box thinking and creativity. The show opens on March 1 and runs through April 2. Artists include Marty Allran (clay), Ginny Lassiter (acrylic), Mona Bendin (fabric), Ann McCray (oil), Linda Young (pastel), Anne Cunningham (metal), Celia Wester (oil), and Jim Comer (wood).

A clay sculpture titled Arizona from innovative potter Marty Allran is featured in Creativity Unleashed at Sunset River Marketplace from March 1 - April 2.

A clay sculpture titled Arizona from innovative potter Marty Allran is featured in Creativity Unleashed at Sunset River Marketplace from March 1 – April 2.

The event on the 19th will showcase a range of live art including pottery wheel and hand building (Andrea Carroll, Kami Kinnison); marbling (Ginny Lassiter); pillow making and fabric dying (Mona Bendin); oil (Celia Wester), watercolor (Hank Pulkowski), and acrylic painting (Ginny Lassiter); pastel (Linda Young); wood carving (Jim Comer) and more.

Fabric artist Mona Bendin and acrylic artist Ginny Lassiter have collaborated on a series of hand-sewn, hand-painted decor pillows, which are offered for sale during the Creativity Unleashed exhibition.

Fabric artist Mona Bendin and acrylic artist Ginny Lassiter have collaborated on a series of hand-sewn, hand-painted decor pillows, which are offered for sale during the Creativity Unleashed exhibition.

Performing live music will be Lesa Hudson and Rick Strickland from the SC-based Rick Strickland Band. Both musicians have earned numerous music industry honors including several Carolina Beach Music Awards. This will be a CD release event to showcase the brand new offering from Strickland, his CD titled New Beginning.

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 almost 200 North and South Carolina artists. Its on-site pottery studio has two kilns and three wheels. 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 (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, the Creativity Unleashed event, art classes, onsite framing or any other gallery events, call 910-575-5999 or visit the website: www.sunsetrivermarketplace.com.

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.

Calabash NC Gallery to hold Designs By Janette Jewelry Trunk Show Jan. 30

Sunset River Marketplace, the eclectic art gallery in Calabash, N.C. ,will present a jewelry trunk sale showcasing new works by designer Janette Franich on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Included in the show will be over 200 different items including necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings.

 

Franich, who markets her jewelry under the name, Designs By Janette, grew up in the state of Michigan, where she was drawn to art very early in life. She began painting and drawing as a child. As an adult, she was an art educator in North Carolina for five years.

Jewelry designer Janette Franich incorporates precious and semi-precious metals with natural and faceted gemstones in her forged and wire-wrapped creations.

Jewelry designer Janette Franich incorporates precious and semi-precious metals with natural and faceted gemstones in her forged and wire-wrapped creations.

During this time, she realized her true passion was to create her own artwork, so she traded her grade books for an easel. After receiving a number of instructional books on jewelry making, she was inspired to shape recycled materials, metals and natural stones into wearable art.

Sterling necklace with hammered Bird In Tree design by Janette Franich

Sterling necklace with hammered Bird In Tree design by Janette Franich

Today, as a jewelry designer, Franich incorporates precious and semi-precious metals with natural and faceted gemstones in her forged and wire-wrapped creations. According to the artist, she uses both hot and cold forging to obtain the different looks she want. A rolling mill adds textured imprints to the metal. Franich designs delicate feminine jewelry with a decidedly organic feel. Her Boyfriend Collection bracelets add suede and leather for contrast. Her metals include 14K gold fill, sterling, fine silver, and copper.

Sterling moon sliver necklace by Janette Franich

Sterling moon sliver necklace by Janette Franich

Her most popular pieces have been Tree of Life design and her Bird’s Nest necklaces and earrings. She uses freshwater pearls or aquamarine for the eggs.

Copper earrings with sterling wire by Janette Franich

Copper earrings with sterling wire by Janette Franich

The trunk show is open to the public with no admission charge. Complimentary wine and other refreshments will be available along with the gallery’s gourmet coffee, tea and treats.

 

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. The gallery regularly presents local and regional writers in its Coffee With the Author series as well as its popular after-hours Paint & Party classes. The 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. A 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. 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.