Creativity Unleashed      March 19, 10-5pm

Sunset River Marketplace

10283 Beach Dr. SW Calabash, NC

For the second year in a row, Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash, N.C. is holding its hugely 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), Ann Cunningham (metal), Celia Wester (oil), and Jim Comer (wood).

The event on the 19th will showcase a range of live art including pottery wheel and hand building; marbling; pillow making and fabric dying; oil, watercolor, and acrylic painting; wood carving and more.

Performing live music will be Lesa Hudson and Rick Strickland from the SC-based Rick Strickland Band.  Both have earned numerous music industry honors including several Carolina Beach Music Awards.

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.