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NORTH CAROLINA AZALEA FESTIVAL, AN EPIC CELEBRATION OF SPRING

There’s no place like Wilmington, North Carolina and its island beaches during the spring when millions of azaleas are bursting with colorful blooms. The lush flowering landscape provides an idyllic backdrop for an epic Southern-style celebration known as the North Carolina Azalea Festival, a Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event. The 67th Annual North Carolina Azalea Festival will be held April 9-13, 2014 in Wilmington, North Carolina.

As the stage is set in early April, Wilmingtonians invite friends, family and visitors to help celebrate the season with Southern hospitality, style and fanfare. An annual tradition since 1948, the North Carolina Azalea Festival pays tribute to the rich history, arts, culture and natural beauty of Wilmington, North Carolina’s historic river district and the island beaches of Carolina BeachKure Beach, and Wrightsville Beach.  Perennial festival highlights include the Cape Fear Garden Club’s Azalea Belles who dress in hoop skirts to greet visitors and honor an era past. There’s also an elaborate 3-hour parade on Saturday morning, complete with azalea-laden floats, marching bands, clowns, show animals, local pageant winners and celebrity guests, including Queen Azalea (TBA). This year’s parade includes a Best Entry contest. There are also juried arts and craft shows, a traveling circus, fireworks (Saturday night), and a street fair (Sat./Sun.) with exhibits, vendors, live entertainment and kids’ activities.

Signature associated events include the Cape Fear Garden Club’s Azalea Garden TourApril 11-13, one of the South’s longest-running and most popular garden tours. The 61st annual Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Garden Tour theme is “For the Love of Gardening.” This year’s tour showcases 13 private and public gardens that include a mix of established and new lovingly tended landscapes. Garden tour price includes free admission to Airlie Gardens on Saturday and Sunday. For details and tickets:www.capefeargardenclub.org/azalea-garden-tour. Another time-honored sanctioned event is the Azalea Home Tour, April 12 and 13, showcasing nine private homes and a church of historical and architectural interest. Homes are chosen to represent the wide variety of architectural styles found in Wilmington. For home tour tickets: www.historicwilmington.org.

New this year is a N.C. Azalea Festival App that makes it easier than ever for attendees to keep up with event information by providing breaking entertainment news, behind-the-scenes buzz, and insider tips (App details at www.ncazaleafestival.org).

Live music is a big part of every N.C. Azalea Festival. This year’s headline acts include the quintessential jam band Widespread Panic and country artist Justin Moore’s “Off The Beaten Path” tour with fellow musicians Randy Houser and Josh Thompson.WidespreadPanic_013

Widespread Panic is an Athens, Georgia rock band that’s risen to elite status among American jam bands since its formation in 1986. The current lineup includes John Bell, John “JoJo” Hermann, Jimmy Herring, Todd Nance, Domingo S. Ortiz, and Dave Schools. Renowned for packed live performances, Widespread Panic is often compared to jam band legends such as the Grateful Dead and Phish. Widespread Panic will perform two concerts during the N.C. Azalea Festival on Friday, April 11th and on Saturday, April 12th. Both Widespread Panic concerts begin at 8:00 p.m. and gates open at 6:00 p.m.

Justin Moore, a two-time American Country Award nominee, released his third album “Off The Beaten Path” last fall. His number one hits include “Small Town USA” and “Til My Last Day.” On Thursday, April 10th, fans can enjoy Moore’s trademark rowdy, sentimental performance with opening acts by up-and-coming country artists Randy Houser (“How Country Feels”) and Josh Thompson (“Way Out Here”). The Off The Beaten Path concert begins at 8:00 p.m.; gates open at 6:00 p.m.

All headline concerts are outdoors on the Miller Lite Main Stage at the Cape Fear Community College Campus in Downtown Wilmington (411 N. Front Street). Concerts are rain or shine, standing room only. Tickets for all concerts are available online atwww.ncazaleafestival.org and at the N.C. Azalea Festival Office (5724 Oleander Drive, Ste. B7; Mon.-Fri., 9am-5pm). Chairs, backpacks, umbrellas, coolers are not permitted inside the venue. Chairs, food and beverage will be available for cash purchase.

Fireworks in Myrtle Beach!

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Thursday, April 3, Following the Pelicans Game – TicketReturn.com Field

Saturday, April 5, Following the Pelicans Game – TicketReturn.com Field

Saturday, April 19, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Saturday, April 19, Following the Pelicans Game – TicketReturn.com Field

Saturday, May 3, Following the Pelicans Game – TicketReturn.com Field

Sunday, May 4, Following the Pelicans Game – TicketReturn.com Field

Sunday, May 18, Following the Pelicans Game – TicketReturn.com Field

Tuesday, May 27, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Thursday, May 29, Following the Pelicans Game – TicketReturn.com Field

Sunday, June 1, Following the Pelicans Game – TicketReturn.com Field

Thursday, June 19, Following the Pelicans Game – TicketReturn.com Field

Thursday, June 26, Following the Pelicans Game – TicketReturn.com Field

Tuesday, June 3, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Tuesday, June 10, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Tuesday, June 17, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Friday, June 20, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Tuesday, June 24, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Friday, June 27, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Tuesday, July 1, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Wednesday, July 2, Following the Pelicans Game – TicketReturn.com Field

Thursday, July 3, Following the Pelicans Game – TicketReturn.com Field

Friday, July 4, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Tuesday, July 8, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Friday, July 11, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Sunday, July 13, Following the Pelicans Game – TicketReturn.com Field

Tuesday, July 15, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Friday, July 18, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Sunday, July 20, Following the Pelicans Game – TicketReturn.com Field

Tuesday, July 22, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Thursday, July 24, Following the Pelicans Game – TicketReturn.com Field

Friday, July 25, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Tuesday, July 29, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Friday, August 1, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Sunday, August 3, Following the Pelicans Game – TicketReturn.com Field

Tuesday, August 5, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Friday, August 8, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Tuesday, August 12, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Thursday, August 14, Following the Pelicans Game – TicketReturn.com Field

Friday, August 15, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Tuesday, August 19, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Tuesday, August 26, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Saturday, August 30, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Sunday, August 31, Following the Pelicans Game – TicketReturn.com Field

Saturday, October 25, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Friday, October 31, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Saturday, November 22, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Wednesday, December 31, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

 

 

Cars and Trucks Showing in Myrtle Beach

26th Anniversary Pee Dee Street Rodders’ “Run to the Sun” Car and Truck Show

Thursday through Saturday, March 20 – 22

The former Myrtle Square Mall Site, Kings Highway

www.peedeestreetrodders.com

The Pee Dee Street Rodders and City of Myrtle Beach present the 26th Anniversary “Run to the Sun” Car and Truck Show, Thursday through Saturday, March 20 – 22, at the former Myrtle Square Mall site. The annual “Run to the Sun” has been described as the “largest independent car and truck show on the East Coast,” with 3,000-plus cars and trucks from all over the United States. This is the show’s fifth year at this location. More information will be posted as it becomes available, or visit http://www.peedeestreetrodders.com.

 

Hilton Head Island Seafood Fest Scheduled

The 2014 Hilton Head Island Seafood Fest is extended to a week full of seafood inspired events and unique dining experiences

The 7th Annual Hilton Head Island Seafood Fest, hosted by the David M. Carmines Memorial Foundation and presented by FORK&FUN.com and Hilton Head Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, is pleased to announce this year’s  events Sunday, March 30 through Saturday, April 5, 2014.

“This year’s Seafood Fest is a prototype for what the festival is to become. A full week of celebrating our seafood heritage, the island’s culinary revival, and the bounty of our local waters,” said Andrew Carmines, general manager for Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks, who also serves as chairman of the Board for the David M. Carmines Foundation.

The event serves as the foundation’s annual fundraiser with proceeds – from admissions, beverage sales, restaurant purveyor fees and auction funds – benefiting MD Anderson Cancer Research Center, the Island Recreation Scholarship Fund and the American Cancer Society.

Those looking to broaden their seafood horizon will be rewarded with plenty of options starting with a Kick-off Crawfish Boil at Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks Sunday, March 30 from 3:00 – 7:00 PM. All You Can Eat Boiled Live Louisiana Crawfish and River Dog Brewing Co. Tap Takeover. We will have po’ boys and perhaps the first soft shell crabs of the season. River Dog Brewing Co. has exceptional craft beer brewed in Bluffton, South Carolina. Brewmaster Dan Baker and Josh Luman, proprietor, will be at the restaurant with gifts, prizes and and most importantly the finest beers in the area. Beers include IPA, Red IPA, Kolsch, Chocolate Rye Porter and a surprise specialty brew all at discounted prices. Dan Baker, now head brewmaster at River Dog Brewing Co., has worked at legendary breweries including Deschutes Brewery in Oregon and Sweetwater Brewing Company in Atlanta.

The festival will feature additional new events including a 7 Course Chef Collaboration Dinner with Clayton Rollison of Lucky Rooster Kitchen + Bar and Patrick Ward of Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks, a Lowcountry Seafood Experience on the Water and a Sunset “Omakase” 10 Course Sushi Dinner Cruise Aboard the Tammy Jane.

Monday, March 31, 2014, 6:30 PM – Cocktail and Appetizer Reception | 7:00 PM – Dinner
Chef Collaboration Dinner with Clayton Rollison of Lucky Rooster Kitchen + Bar

Foodies mark your calendars and reserve your spot for this exclusive 7 course dinner with wine pairings. Enjoy local seafood with two of Hilton Head Island’s most innovative chef’s. Clayton and Patrick will impress with a fun, exciting menu, featuring the freshest local seafood available. Clayton and Patrick both enjoy pushing the culinary envelope, and this guarantees to be a memorable event. The menu will be spontaneous based on temperatures, tides, etc. All wines have been donated by Jean Pierre Chambas, cancer survivor and proprietor of Aleph Wines.

Tuesday, April 1 and Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 3:00 PM
Lowcountry Seafood Experience on the Water

Two of the Lowcountry’s foremost watermen, Christopher and Matthew Shoemaker, will take a few lucky islanders on a 2 hour excursion. The trip will include instruction on shrimping, oystering, clamming, and crabbing. Christopher and Matthew will demonstrate the skills required to “put food on the table”. After the work is done, guests will have their catch prepared at Hudson’s and will enjoy the fruits of their labor. Time might vary based on tide conditions.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 6:30 PM
Sunset “Omakase” 10 Course Sushi Dinner Cruise Aboard the Tammy Jane

Probably the most unique event of the week, sushi master Di Wang will prepare sushi aboard the Tammy Jane, while Captain John navigates the picturesque waters surrounding Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge. Di trained in California under Nobu Matsuhisa and is truly a wizard with sushi. Di will prepare an “Omakase” or “chef’s choice” menu, utilizing the finest local and imported fresh seafood. Local oysters, fish along with favorites like sea urchin, lobster and more, will be served as the sun melts into the Intracoastal Waterway. Wine and sake will be provided by Ben Arnold Beverage. In case of inclement weather, the cruise will take place on Thursday, April 3. This event is extremely limited on space, so please reserve now.

Please visit davidmcarmines.org for a full schedule of events, locations, pricing and contact information.

The 2014 line-up also includes the return of the Friday and Saturday events at Shelter Cove Community Park. Admission is $6, free for kids younger than 10. Attendees can purchase food/drink tickets at the entrance and redeem them at the various booths. For ticket prices and more information, contact the Island Recreation Center at (843) 681-7273, or visit davidmcarmines.org.

Friday, April 4, 2014, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
The evening will have several restaurants serving up their seafood specialties and other tasty cuisine, live entertainment by Deas-Guyz and a Kids Zone. Stop by after work with the whole family and enjoy the outdoors with beer, wine, great food and dancing.

Deas-Guyz features an entertaining mix of Old Motown, Rhythm and Blues, Pop, Rock, Reggae and Dance beats. The range of musical selections includes Motown sounds of the Temptations, The Drifters, Smokey Robinson and Marvin Gaye; Bob Marley classics; the Lover’s Rock style of Gregory Isaacs and Dennis Brown; to the Hip-Hop sounds of Lauren Hill and R. Kelly.

Saturday, April 5, 2014, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Held at Shelter Cove Community Park, the family friendly event features area restaurants/chefs serving up seafood specialties and other tasty cuisine, live entertainment by The Headliners, a Kids Zone, a silent auction, famous crab races, and more. Participating restaurants include Alexander’s, American Culinary Federation, Black Marlin, Bluffton Oyster Co., The Chart House, Cool Breeze, The Crazy Crab, Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks, Island Kettle Corn, The Old Oyster Factory, Pinot Gelato, Red Fish, Skull Creek Boathouse and Street Meet.

St. Patrick’s Day in Myrtle Beach!

Ocean Boulevard’s 2014 St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

12:00 – 11:00 p.m., Saturday, March 15

Ocean Boulevard, Downtown Myrtle Beach

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Downtown Myrtle Beach, SC, is the place to be Saturday, March 15, for Ocean Boulevard’s 2014 St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, featuring music, fun and authentic Irish food and beverage!  

Activities include live performances, kids’ zone, games and more, from noon until 11:00 p.m.  Ocean Boulevard will be closed to vehicles from Mr. Joe White Avenue to Ninth Avenue North.  For more information, contact Sherri Loomis at 843-421-9848.  Here’s the schedule of musical acts!

Music and Entertainment

  • Myrtle Beach Regional Pipe and Drum Band (to play between performances)
  • Lee Travis and the Bounty Hunters
  • Dino Capone’s School of Rock, featuring Collision Course
  • Mike O’Donnell
  • Paul Grimshaw Band
  • Gravy, featuring The Asheville Horns
  • Bullfrog
  • Ben Fagan and the Holy City Hooligans
  • Elise Testone (from American Idol and a CCU alum!)

 

CAPE FEAR WILDLIFE EXPO Scheduled for Wilmington, NC

Outdoor enthusiasts and families have another reason to visit Wilmington, North Carolina. On March 14-16, the 6th Annual Cape Fear Wildlife Expo returns to Wilmington to showcase the state’s natural resources, wildlife, conservation, and outdoor recreation. The family-friendly event features more than 100 exhibitors with interactive displays, intriguing workshops and educational activities at the riverfront Wilmington Convention Center. Celebrity guest Mike Stroff from The Sportsman Channel’s television show “Outdoor Savage” and the hosts of Big E TV’s “Both Sides of the Fence” (FOX SportSouth) will greet fans and sign autographs.

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The Cape Fear Wildlife Expoa Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event—is committed to encourage youth to enjoy the outdoors through hunting, fishing, and other outdoor-related sports and events. Interactive stations will provide youth with hands-on experience in archery, saltwater fly fishing, outdoor survival, geocaching, duck calls, water pollution, the aquatic web, and forestry practices. Attendees will also have the opportunity to experience the NC Wildlife Resources Commission safari trailer and mobile aquarium.

There’s plenty for adults to enjoy, too, with three days of hunting and fishing exhibitors, wildlife art, decoys, boats and accessories, truck and ATV displays, fly fishing demos, camping, guides, outfitters, sport-fishing simulator, contests, archery demos and fun for the entire family.

New this year is a series of hands-on seminars on flounder fishing, pier and surf fishing, speckled trout fishing, knot tying, cast net instruction, striper and bass fishing, intro to deer hunting, bow hunting instruction, general safety, duck and goose calls, turkey hunting, wildlife photography and more. For a complete seminar schedule, visit www.capefearwildlifeexpo.com/Resources.htm. On Saturday, the Cape Fear Wildlife Foundation’s Annual Low Country Seafood and BBQ Banquet will serve up wild game, fish and barbeque dishes. The banquet will be held at the Coastline Conference & Event Center (additional cost for banquet; tickets: 910-795-0292).

The Cape Fear Wildlife Expo is an annual event coordinated by the North Carolina State Chapter of the Quality Deer Management Association (www.qdma.com) in association with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission (www.ncwildlife.org).

Wilmington, North Carolina’s historic river district and the coastal towns of Carolina BeachKure Beach, and Wrightsville Beach are ideal for fishing, boating, camping and outdoor recreation. Want to go? The Cape Fear Wildlife Expo will be held March 14-16 in Wilmington’s historic river district at the Wilmington Convention Center (515 Nutt Street).  Expo hours on Friday & Saturday are from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.; Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Admission charge is $10.  Senior citizen (age 65+) and Active Military admission is $7. Children 10 years old and younger get in free when accompanied by an adult. Three-day passes are available for $20. Additional cost for the banquet (tickets: 910-795-0292). Pay parking is available at nearby garages. For more details, visit www.capefearwildlifeexpo.com or call 910-795-0292.

The coast is close. Wilmington, NC’s historic river district and the island beaches of Carolina BeachKure Beach, and Wrightsville Beach is a convenient drive along I-40, US 74, US 17 and NC 421.

Myrtle Beach Art Museum Offers Exhibit, Events Highlighting Novelist Mickey Spillane

For fans of mystery novels and films, the name Mickey Spillane has been a familiar one for nearly seven decades; more than 200 million copies of his books have sold internationally, including seven of the top 15 all-time best-selling fiction titles in the U.S. As a longtime resident of Murrells Inlet who died in 2006 (at the age of 88), Spillane’s cachet is even greater along the Grand Strand.

Those fans will have a not-to-be-missed opportunity to relive their memories of Spillane’s work and life when the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum presents I, the Writer: A Collection of Mickey Spillane Memorabilia, from March 12 – April 20. The exhibition is accompanied by a series of public events featuring the books and films created during Spillane’s long career and highlighting the legacy of his work.

The exhibit will be available for viewing from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 1 – 4 p.m. Sundays. Admission to the museum, and the exhibition, is free.

Presented in conjunction with Coastal Carolina University’s OLLI division and The Athenaeum Press, this wonderful collection of memorabilia borrowed from the Spillane residence in Murrells Inlet offers a glimpse into the fascinating life of one of the best-selling pulp fiction writers of our time.

Items in the exhibit include original hardback, paperback and comic book covers and posters promoting Spillane novels; photo stills from Spillane’s Miller beer commercials; photographs and illustrations; and even a vintage manual typewriter used by the author.

Longtime fans will want to attend a lecture and book signing by Jane Spillane, the author’s widow and author of My Life with Mickey, at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12; a lecture and discussion led by Dr. Daniel Turner of Coastal Carolina University on Spillane’s novel Kiss Me, Deadly, held at 2 p.m. March 19; followed by a screening and discussion of the film version of the same novel at 1 p.m. on March 26, led by Chautauqua Institution lecturer David Zinman; and at 1 p.m. on April 2, a discussion of My Life with Mickey with Athenaeum Press director Patricia O’Connor and CCU student collaborator Andrew Lesh.

Admission to all events is free but seating is limited; call the museum, 843-238-2510, for reservations.

The Art Museum is located at 3100 S. Ocean Blvd. For further information, visit www.MyrtleBeachArtMuseum.org, or call 843.238.2510.

Events Set for La Belle Amie Vineyard

signRemember When Oldies Fest
Saturday, March 8, 2014
Noon – 5 pm
Little River, SC
Remember the good old days. Well, for an afternoon they’re back. Enjoy live music from two bands, wine tastings, tasty outdoor cooking, a beautiful venue, and a whole bunch of new friends to make. A guided vineyard tour will be given at 2:30.

MUSIC (12:00 – 5:00pm) BY: The Holiday Band, and by Johnny Cobb

ADMISSION : $8/person. Bring two canned/dry good items for the area food bank for $3 off admission.

NO FOOD, BEVERAGES OR PETS ALLOWED

Food Available From: Smokin’ Pitt BBQ, and from Hunt’s Lexington Style Cooking

BEVERAGES (Water, Soda, Beer, & Wine) Available From: La Belle Amie Vineyard

SPONSORED BY: Anderson Bros. Bank, and EASY Radio 105.9FM

VINEYARD LOCATION: Hwy 90 & St. Joseph Road (just west of the NMB Middle School.)
GPS ADDRESS: 1120 St. Joseph Road, Little River, SC 29566
843-399-WINE (9463) ………………….. www.LaBelleAmie.com

REGULAR SHOP HOURS : Mon – Sat 10am – 5pm. Closed Sundays.
Note: During Daylight Saving Time the shop closes at 6pm.

Next Bonfire Event: March 15 – St.Pat’s Bonfire

Brushwork Society to Exhibit at Sunset River Marketplace

Sunset River Marketplace, the eclectic art gallery in Calabash, N.C., will host The Brushwork Society: A Low Country Show from Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, through Tuesday, March 11, 2014, gallery owner Ginny Lassiter announced.

The Brushwork Society is a diverse group of award-winning artists who come together to paint and share creative insights. Their group show will include works in oil, acrylic, watercolor, graphite, pastel and mixed media by Roger Tatum, Susan Mauney, Linda Pasulka , Richard Staat, Phyllis Riley, Sue Ernest, Nancy Hester, Jo Ann Staat, Jan Boland, and Joyce Grazetti. Work from the late Miriam Pinkerton, who was a member of the group until her death in 2013, will also be included.

Artist Roger Tatum, The Lonely Boatyard, watercolor

Artist Roger Tatum, The Lonely Boatyard, watercolor

N.C. watercolor artist Roger Tatum was raised on a tobacco farm in coastal Columbus County. He paints the scenes he grew up with – docks, farmlands, covered bridges, fishing boats and waterways.

“The fluidity of watercolors allow me to express nature’s landscape with crisp vivid colors, whether painting or in my studio,” says Tatum, who is a signature member of the Watercolor Society of North Carolina (WSNC) and an associate member of the American Watercolor Society.

Oil painter Phyllis Riley was an educator until she retired with her husband to Oak Island in 1989. After taking numerous workshops with nationally known artists and further studies at Scottsdale Art School in Arizona, she began entering exhibitions and found representation in galleries throughout North Carolina. Her subjects range from figures in coastal settings to landscapes and still life paintings.

Jo Ann Staat works primarily in watercolor, often creating coastal scenes inspired by her surroundings on Oak Island, N.C. where she lives with her husband, artist Richard Staat. She is a signature member of WSNC and has also served on the board of Brunswick Arts Council from 2006 to 2013. Her work earned her a WSNC Timberlake award, Sallie Griffin award and was featured in the WSNC calendar for 2009.

Although born in the South, pastel artist Jan Boland began her art career as an art instructor in the Massachusetts public school system. While living there, she received a grant from the state lottery to develop a series of old house and barn drawings. This evolved into her one-woman pen & ink show titled Houses With Connections. Retiring to Southport, N.C., she began studying with local artist Victor Gerloven. It was here that she discovered pastels, which she considers the most exciting medium she has found. Boland’s recent honors include a Merit Award from the 2013 Associated Artists of Southport regional show last summer and a First Place in the pastel/drawing category at Oak Island Art Guild’s 2013 Arts By the Shore show in November.

After retiring from a professional career designing furniture, textiles, and interiors, award-winning artist Linda Migacz Pasulka now spends her time drawing in her home studio in Southport. Although she occasionally uses colored pencils, or other paint mediums, she prefers to create her imagery in the pared-down elemental attitude that black graphite on white paper allows. By eliminating the confusion of color, her drawings emphasize light and shadow, form, texture, and mood.

Richard Staat, The Deck Hand, watercolor

Richard Staat, The Deck Hand, watercolor

Richard Staat graduated from Ohio State University with a BFA degree. For 35 years he worked as a commercial artist before moving to Oak Island where he paints in his studio nearly every day. Staat instructs a monthly figure-drawing workshop at Sunset River. He also conducts classes and workshops for local art groups. He is a signature member of the Watercolor Society of North Carolina and also belongs to the Central Ohio Watercolor Society, Associated Artists of Southport and Oak Island Art Guild, of which he is a past president. He has earned national, state and local awards for his work.

 artist Susan Mauney, Flounder Fisherman, watercolor


artist Susan Mauney, Flounder Fisherman, watercolor

Formerly a psychotherapist in Raleigh, N.C., watercolorist Susan Mauney now expresses her continuing interest in psychology by capturing mood and feeling with paint and paper. Studying over the years with notable artists Don Andrews, Louise Cadillac, Miles Batt, Skip Lawrence, Polly Hammett, Alex Powers, and John Salminen, Mauney has become one of Brunswick County’s most prominent painters. Her honors include a 2008 Best In Show, Associated Artists of Southport Spring Show; 2009 First Place, Associated Artists of Southport Regional Show; 2012 First Place, Brunswick County Fall Show; and 2013 First Place, Waterway Art Association.

Sue Ernest, originally from Charlotte, N.C., is best known for her wildlife watercolors. She says she most enjoys painting sea turtles, cranes and other creatures found in the local marshes on Oak Island, where she resides. A signature member of WSNC, Ernest has garnered numerous awards including a 2012 Award of Excellence, Waterway Art Association and 2009 Lucas Wagenseil Memorial Award, Brunswick Arts Council.

Nancy Hester also works in watercolor, which, she says allows her to paint the intense colors and textures she finds and loves in floral subjects. “I graduated from Radford College with a French major and Biology minor, and my art opportunities were limited. However, I enjoyed taking art-oriented subjects whenever possible. It wasn’t until after I retired from teaching that I began studying with several talented local artists and my passion for flowers and florals of all kinds has evolved.”

Another artist whose artistic leanings didn’t fully surface until retirement is multi-media Oak Island, N.C. artist Joyce Grazetti. She works in watercolor, mixed media and pottery. Most of her artwork reflects her love of nature with birds, lizards, turtles, and plants showing up in many of her pieces. Grazetti is often honored by her peers. Her 2013 awards include Associated Artists of Southport Spring Show, Memorial Award; Associated Artists Summer Regional Show, First Place, 3D; Oak Island Art Guild Arts By the Shore, Second Place in pottery and Second Place in acrylic.

Miriam Pinkerton, who passed away on Sept. 24, 2013, was born in Raleigh and lived there until she and her husband retired to Oak Island. She exhibited her work at Sunset River Marketplace and was an active member of Associated Artists of Southport. A signature member of the Southern Watercolor Society as well as WSNC, she was well known for her striking watercolors, pastels and mixed media pieces.

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. 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. Regular hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. From January through March the gallery is closed on Mondays. 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.

 

Bonfire at the Vineyard

La Belle Amie Bonfire Saturday Mar. 1, 2014
Noon – 5 pm
Little River, SC
Weather permitting, enjoy a bonfire, some music, sip some wine, and make a whole bunch of new friends.

MUSIC (12:30 – 4:30 pm) BY: Nancy OliveDSC_0008ADMISSION : FREE

WINE TASTINGS: $3/person inside the wine shop. Add $2 to keep the logo wine glass.

SORRY, NO BEVERAGES OR PETS ALLOWED

Food Available From: The Vineyard Grille – (chili, hot dogs, cheese & fruit trays, and assorted fruits & snacks)

BEVERAGES (Water, Soda, Beer, & Wine) Available From: La Belle Amie Vineyard

SPONSORED BY: Anderson Bros. Bank, and EASY Radio 105.9FM

VINEYARD LOCATION: Hwy 90 & St. Joseph Road (just west of the NMB Middle School.)
GPS ADDRESS: 1120 St. Joseph Road, Little River, SC 29566
843-399-WINE (9463) ………………….. www.LaBelleAmie.com
REGULAR SHOP HOURS : Mon – Sat 10am – 5pm. Closed Sundays.