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Silver Coast to feature paintings

Silver Coast Winery and Art Gallery will feature “Paintings From the Vineyard,” original watercolors by North Carolina native Amy Hautman, from Sept. 17-Nov. 15.

The opening reception will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17. Come and meet the artist and see the brushwork on Hautman’s colorful paintings depicting, grapevines, flowers and landscapes.

Coming from a family of nationally known artists, Hautman has been a professional artist for more than 30 years. Her paintings are included in hundreds of public and private collections and appear on home and garden products worldwide.

Proceeds from the show will benefit the nonprofit educational organization Carolina Health & Humor Association, also known as Carolina HaHa, which has been dedicated to helping patients, families and healthcare professionals benefit from positive, uplifting humor for over two decades.

Boston butt sale Oct. 1

The Brunswick County Home Builders Association is selling tickets for Boston butts to benefit local food pantries in Brunswick County. 

Pickup is from 2-6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1, at Guy C. Lee, 315 Bricklanding Road (N.C. 179) in Shallotte.

Pre-sold tickets are $25 each. 

For more information, call 579-5544.

Art raffle to benefit BFA

The Blue Heron Gallery will raffle two pieces of artwork now on display at the gallery to benefit Brunswick Family Assistance.

All proceeds collected will be donated directly to BFA. Raffle dates are Aug. 25 through Sept. 25. 

Tickets may be purchased at the Blue Heron Gallery at The Village at Sunset Beach.

Brunswick Family Assistance is a local organization that donates food, clothing and other services to families in need in Brunswick County.

‘Orphans’ set for September debut

Cape Fear Repertory Theatre will present “Orphans” by Lyle Kessler at Playhouse 211 Theater, 4320-100 Southport-Supply Road, on the weekends of Sept. 10 and Sept. 17.

Past productions of “Orphans” have featured Al Pacino (2009) and Gary Sinese (1985). Local favorite Pete McLintock and Wilmington actors Denver Carlstrom and Michael Vaughn star in the drama directed by Ron Lee and Rick Zawadski.

Due to graphic language and theme, this show is intended for mature audiences only.

For information, synopsis about the play, show times and tickets, visit www.capefearrep.com. For tickets, call 200-7785. Seating is limited.

Medical Society to meet Sept. 14

The Brunswick County Medical Society will host its 2010 annual meeting and fall social from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14, at the Realtor Building on N.C. 211.

The social will feature hors d’oeuvres, wine, CME lecture, guest speakers, vendors, prizes and much more.

RSVP to Elizabeth at 457-0070 or 457-0062.

This event is co-sponsored by J. Arthur Dosher Memorial Hospital and The Women’s and Children’s Hospital—New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Pastel workshop set for Sept. 10

Oak Island Art Guild and Brunswick Arts Council will sponsor a free, open-to-the public, pastel workshop after its regular meeting at 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 10, at the Oak Island Recreation Center.

The workshop will be led by Jan Boland, a retired art teacher, who will discuss different types of pastels, use of paper or other surfaces and give a brief demonstration. Attendees are asked to bring pastels and paper to work on a still life of fruit and vegetables.

For more information, call Linda Drye at 512-4162.

Watercolor workshop set

Margaret Hall Hoybach, an award-winning painter specializing in watercolor, will present a workshop at Franklin Square Gallery in Southport from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Oct. 4, 5 and 6 with a one-hour lunch break. Cost is $175.

A five time merit-award winner of the South Carolina Watercolor Society annual exhibition, Hoybach is the co-author of “Colors of France: A Painting Pilgrimage,” published by First Light Books in 2002. The book depicts the story of her journey to Monet’s garden in Giverny outside Paris.

A landscape painter, she combines details and impressionism in her work. A native of Washington, D.C, she now lives near Charleston, S.C., and has traveled to Europe and Asia to paint. 

Her degree is in fine arts is from University of Maryland and she also did advanced studies at University of California at Davis.

In addition, Hoybach has a TV series, “The Artistry of Margaret Hoybach,” which is produced and shown in the Washington, D.C. area.

A deposit of $85 will reserve a place in the workshop. The balance is due by Sept. 3. Make checks payable to Associated Artists of Southport. 

For registration information, contact Jan Boland at 253-3101 or e-mail jboland1@ec.rr.com.

Local author to release book

Calabash resident Dr. Orlo Christopher Strunk Jr.’s fifth suspense novel is to be released by PublishAmerica.com on Sept. 20.

“The Forerun Winter,” it tells the story of a 39 year-old single woman who has inherited a log home on a thousand acres of wilderness land in northeast Maine. Deciding what to do with her inheritance is complicated by a series of violent and mysterious incidents that appear designed to keep her from remaining in her cabin for the winter in order to write the biography of her benefactor. She discovers a great deal about love, greed, grief and especially about a person’s need for a place one can call home.

Strunk, a Boston University Emeritus Professor, and currently an Adjunct Professor at Webster University in Myrtle Beach, S.C., has had four previous novels published since he and his wife established their retirement home in Calabash. 

His other suspense novels include: “Three-Two Count” (2005), “An Ever-Fixed Mark” (2007), “Satan’s Angels” (2009) and “The Geriatric Murders” (2010).

Bradburn earns MBA degree

Joel Bradburn of Winnabow was among 270 students who graduated during 2010 summer commencement exercises at Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, receiving a MBA in business administration.