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May 2013

Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash, NC, Features Works by Erin Nolan

Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash, NC, will present an exhibit of sculpture by Erin Nolan a senior and a BFA Sculpture candidate at East Carolina University, on view from May 3 - 11, 2013. A reception will be held on May 9, from 5-7pm.

The sculptural exhibition, which is titled Motion of the Ocean, includes 12 pieces in a range of media including cast iron, steel, cast aluminum, and wood. The artist, who lives in Calabash, said, “Calabash and the coastal environment have proven to be big sources of inspiration for me and continue to influence my work.

“As an artist, I strive for a greater understanding of our world and the relationships formed between living organisms and their surroundings. Inspiration for my work is drawn from natural life forms, scientific processes and by exploring many of the different environments of the world and the bonds formed within.”

Nolan creates her artwork by welding, casting, and carving several types of material. She chooses the medium for each piece carefully in order to best suit the form and overall feel of the artwork.

Nolan is originally from Bayshore, NY. She moved to coastal North Carolina in 1995 with her parents and a sister. Her brother was born in 1998. Nolan attended Union Elementary School and West Brunswick High School. She says, “I have always had a strong interest in art. Throughout middle and high school, I was involved in as many art classes as I was allowed to take, and ultimately decided to pursue a Bachelor’s of Fine Art in Sculpture after my first semester at East Carolina University.”

“Erin and I have a bond,” adds Lassiter, “because I also studied art at East Carolina. Lassiter graduated with a major in Art and an emphasis in Interior Design.

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. The 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.

Also on view at Sunset River Marketplace through June 15, 2013, is the exhibit, From Dior’s Paris to Calabash: Whimsical Creations & Vintage Fashion Drawings, featuring works by George Gerald Davis.

For further information check our NC Commercial Gallery listings, call the gallery at 910/575-5999 or visit (www.sunsetrivermarketplace.com).

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