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Sunset River Marketplace, an art gallery in Calabash, will present an opportunity for collectors and art lovers to acquire art pieces by Wilmington artist Ann McCray.
Ann McCray’s Studio Cleanout will take place at the gallery from Monday, Oct. 22, through Saturday, Nov. 17, and will include a large selection of recent and earlier works by the artist.
“Anyone who has ever painted large in a small studio space understands the concept and necessity of clearing out the studio from time to time,” said gallery owner Ginny Lassiter. “That’s what’s going on here and we are thrilled to offer this incredible selection of Ann’s naturescape abstractions for sale at Sunset River Marketplace.”
McCray’s highly textured oil paintings on gallery-wrap canvas range in size and subject matter inspired by the area’s natural beauty and landscape. Many pieces express the essence of sky, sea and a dense lushness of trees. A bold palette with generous paint produces an energetic textured feel. These renditions are interpretations of moments in time in particular locations. Many of her over-sized paintings are suited to large airy spaces where light and distance combine to emphasize a sense of freedom in the work.
Marrying beauty with function to harmonize space is a personal goal for McCray. She believes one’s visual experience is psychologically and emotionally significant to a positive life experience. She notices art inspires and comforts, heals and rejuvenates; that the human heart rests in beauty. Convinced art is meant to work as well as please, her pieces are placed in healing spaces in Texas, Ohio, North Carolina and Montana.
An intuitive painter, McCray explains her process: “I begin a piece without defined intention. I wait for a composition to emerge. I listen to music, work quickly, and choose colors and utensils by feel. Beginning with a brush, I often incorporate spatula or wooden brush handles. I turn the canvas, so a finished piece has been worked from a number of directions. I study each piece in a full-wall mirror, in its reversed reflection, for hints of additions or revisions. This technique helps me merge further with the painting.”
McCray studied art at Amarillo College in Amarillo, Texas. She began a professional art career 25 years ago, creating large hand-built nonfunctional pieces in high-fire stoneware pottery. As a potter, one of her favorite aspects was glazing—applying abstract designs to clay. Eventually, she turned full attention to painting on canvas. She works in acrylic and oils.
“Ann McCray is a hugely talented artist and her studio clean-out offers a special opportunity to obtain one of her pieces. I urge everyone to come and see for themselves,” Lassiter said.
Other October events at Sunset River Marketplace include: Anything Goes, a multi-artist show featuring works by the gallery’s Art Matters studio group, through Nov. 3, with a reception from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13; and the Brunswick Arts Council fall show and sale through
Oct. 13, with a reception and awards ceremony from
5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11.
Sunset River Marketplace showcases work by approximately 200 North and South Carolina artists, and houses almost 10,000 square feet of oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, mixed media, art glass, pottery, sculpture, turned and carved wood and artisan-created jewelry. There are two onsite kilns used by students in the ongoing pottery classes offered by the gallery. A custom framing department is also available. There are also classes in oil painting, watercolor, pastel and figure drawing.
For more information, visit its website at www.sunsetrivermarketplace.com.
Visit Sunset River Marketplace at 10283 Beach Drive SW (N.C. 179) in Calabash. Regular hours are
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For daily updates, “like” the gallery’s page on Facebook.