Miniature Masterpieces For Arts Council Fundraiser
On Display at Sunset River Marketplace

Press Release

November 5, 2005 - Calabash, North Carolina (NC) - Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash, North Carolina has over 150 new pieces ofBurnised Clay Vase by Cindy Weaver original art on display today. These are the miniature works for Brunswick Arts Council's 2nd Annual Evening of Miniature Masterpieces gala, which is being held at Sunset River on Saturday, November 19th. Tickets are on sale now at the gallery.

These wonderful originals will be given to ticket holders the evening of the Arts Council fundraiser. Local and regional artists have donated their work for the sake of helping the Council raise money for its many art programs for children and adults. Some Arts Council programs have included sending artists into Brunswick County classrooms, bus trips for seniors and other citizens, art symposiums, free to the public, painting and drawing classes. The Council also provides grants to individual artists as well as other nonprofit groups. Last year, Providence Home Teen Shelter, Oak Island Senior Center, Brunswick County Department of Parks & Recreation, Leland Friends of the Library and Greater Holden Beach Merchants Association all received grants from Brunswick Arts Council.

Dariel Bendin, Arts Council president and chair for the fundraiser said, "Last year's event was our first time and it was a big success. We raised money and increased our membership, which means that this year we've been able to increase the number and quality of art programs we offer and support."

The Evening of Miniature Masterpieces is the Arts Council major fundraiser and offers the public a way to support its many programs while at the same time enjoy a festive evening of art and entertainment. Tickets cost $99 (plus $1 more brings a guest) and include a generous buffet of heavy hors d'oeuvres, wine and microbrew from Zachary's, dancing to the music of Shamalama AND one of the original "miniature masterpieces."

Jon Evans, anchorman for WWAY-TV3 in Wilmington, North Carolina will be emcee for the evening and acting as auctioneer for the live auctions. One special item to be auctioned is a miniature abstract original by Victor Gerloven, who until his death last year, was Arts Council president. Other donating artists include Red Saunders, who works in wood; acrylic artist Susan Dade; Nancy Marshall, director of Walls Gallery in Wilmington, North Carolina; nationally known watercolor artist Sterling Edwards; award-winning potters Brian Evans and Cindy Weaver; watercolorists Barbara Fleri, Joan Sanders and Marilyn Pounds; Lynn Stanzlaus known for mixed media and pottery; Ortrud Tyler, known for working in many media; and oil painter Marcus McClanahan, whose workshops are sought after by artists all over the country.

Sponsors for the event include Carolyn Felton/Banc of America Investment Services, Inc, Star-News, Coastal Printing & Graphics, Inc., Sunset River Marketplace, The Brunswick Beacon, Clarice Holden/Island Breeze, Pyramid Engineering, Brunswick County Department of Parks & Recreation, Security Savings Bank, Waccamaw Bank and Icon Marketing.

Ginny Lassiter, who owns Sunset River Marketplace and sits on the Arts Council board of directors, said, "People really enjoyed the concept of the miniatures last year. Everyone drew numbers to find out which one they'd be taking home with them. There was a lot of trading back and forth." This year, we're adding a live auction, and with Jon Evans as auctioneer, it should be even more fun.

Brunswick Arts Council invites the public to visit Sunset River Marketplace and view the display of miniatures, which will hang through the night of the event. For ticket information, call 910-575-5999 or stop by Sunset River Marketplace at 10283 Beach Drive SW (NC179) in Calabash.

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