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"Marshlands: From Back Roads to Coast" featured at Sunset River Marketplace

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash is featuring works by 16 artists in "Marshlands: From Back Roads to Coast."

The group show opened April 26 and runs through May 29. Participating artists include Ruth Cox, oil; Nancy Hughes Miller, oil, Freeman Beard, watercolor; Linda Simmons, stained glass; Jim Comer, carved wood; Celia McGuire, oil; Ramona Batsford Bendin, oil; Scott Summerfield, hand blown glass; Nancy Guiry, pastel; Jenny McKinnon Wright, oil; and Sam McLaughlin, pastel.

Gallery owner Ginny Lassiter said this area's beautiful coastal marshlands provided inspiration to highlight artists who share her love for salt marshes and tidal pools in this latest show.

The exhibition consists of 22 pieces depicting the area’s local waterfronts, fishing shacks, waterway marshes, back-road tidal marshes and marshland inhabitants, including herons and egrets, among others. Paintings are both studio works and plein air pieces created right at the water’s edge.

"Shrimp Boat at Dock," by Myrtle Beach artist Ruth Cox, depicts a much-loved local scene, one whose future is sadly uncertain. Jim Comer’s exquisitely carved herons offer a close-up view of local icons.

Sunset River Marketplace art gallery, at 10283 Beach Drive SW (N.C. 179), showcases work by more than 200 artists from North and South Carolina with a wide range of artistic styles. It also has a classroom for weekly art classes and workshops, a pottery studio and mat and frame shop.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

For more information, call the gallery at (910) 575-5999 or visit the website at www.sunsetrivermarketplace.com.