Feature Articles

July 2013

Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash, NC, Features Works by Reid Stowe

Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash, NC, is presenting Flight Into Abstraction, featuring works by artist/mariner Reid Stowe, on view from July 1 - 31, 2013. A reception will be held on July 6, from 2-5pm. In conjunction with the exhibition, Stowe will give a lecture/presentation titled “Reflections of an Artist at Sea” on July 10, from 2-3pm. This is part of the gallery’s ongoing Creative Exchange series. There is no charge, but space is limited, so reservations are required.

The exhibition features approximately 20 paintings in mixed media.

Stowe garnered attentionfor his 1,000 days at sea odyssey and grabbed the hearts of the sailing community, media and armchair sailors all over the globe.

Stowe’s voyage aboard his hand-built, 70-foot gaff-rigged schooner “Anne” prompted interviews and articles in publications such as New York magazine, The New Yorker, Cruising World magazine, Newsday and many Internet media outlets. The main goal of Stowe’s adventure was to remain at sea without resupplying or pulling into harbor for at least 1,000 days. On April 21, 2007, Stowe’s journey began when he departed the 12th Street Pier in Hoboken, New Jersey. During the days and months that followed, Stowe endured a collision with a freighter in the Atlantic, a stormy passage of Cape Horn, knockdown by a 60-foot rogue wave, and a broken desalinator. After 1,152 days, on June 17, 2010, the triumphant sailor returned to New York City’s Pier 81 with tales of ingenuity, good fortune, adventure and … art.

While at sea, Stowe worked on elements of the Sunset River Marketplace show and also completed two performance art concepts called “GPS art,” one in the Pacific Ocean, a 4,500-nautical mile whale and the other, a heart-shaped path 2,600 miles in circumference, in the Atlantic.

According to Stowe, his artistic and sailing endeavors have been intertwined from the start. Growing up on an Air Force base in Washington, he spent summers in North Carolina at his family’s beach house. Here he became inspired by sea life and learned to sail. He constructed his first sailboat in his front yard. He sculpted protective figureheads in the tradition of ancient seafaring cultures and began painting in the abstract. Stowe says, “My art has always been spiritual and ocean-inspired and my sailing has always been art-inspired. Each one feeds the other back and forth and exists simultaneously.”

Stowe has shown his work at galleries in New York, NY; Washington, DC, Toledo, OH; Palm Beach, FL; Miami, FL; Boulder, CO; Brussels, Belgium; and La Rochelle, France.

Ginny Lassiter, owner of Sunset River Marketplace, says, “I’m intrigued by Reid. His work is thought-provoking and I know his presentation will be an inspiration for all of us.”

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 gallery’s 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. Special classes for children are offered throughout the summer. A framing department offers full-service, on-site custom frame design.

For further information check our NC Commercial Gallery listings, visit (www.sunsetrivermarketplace.com), call the gallery at 910/575-5999 or or “like” the gallery’s Facebook page, which is updated daily.

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