Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash, NC, offers its first Creative Exchange event of 2011 on Jan. 12, 2011, from 11am until 12:30pm, when master framer Lou Aliotta presents The Art of Preserving Your Memories With Shadow Boxes. Personal memories take many different forms – from a cherished photograph to a piece of jewelry, newspaper articles, antique toys, travel souvenirs, baby shoes and more.
Aliotta, who has more than 30 years in the framing business, will take the group through the steps of preserving these mementos, choosing the right moulding, determining the proper background and selecting the appropriate glass for the piece. He will offer tips and suggestions for creating the shadow box or working with a framer on the project.
Before relocating to Southport, NC, and joining Sunset River Marketplace Aliotta had his own gallery and framing business in NY’s Hudson Valley. He has also spent many years working as a professional photographer.
“My years as a photographer have exposed me to a world of color, design, lighting, composition and even engineering that ultimately unfold into custom framing for a great variety of art categories,” says Aliotta.
Creative Exchange is a monthly series of interactive presentations on a range of topics that includes home décor, travel, fashion, framing and more. The series takes place on the second Wednesday of selected months from 11am until 12:30pm at the gallery. Lunch is included and there is a nominal fee of $7 per event. Due to limited seating, reservations are required for all events unless noted.
Call the gallery at 910/575-5999 to hold your spot. To join the mailing list for the 2011 Creative Exchange series, call the same number or send an e-mail with “Creative Exchange Mailing List” in the subject line to (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Sunset River Marketplace showcases work by approximately 200 North and South Carolina artists, and houses some 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 on site kilns used by students in the ongoing pottery classes offered by the gallery. A custom framing department is available. There are also classes in oil painting, watercolor, pastel and figure drawing.
Sunset River Marketplace is located at 10283 Beach Drive SW (Hwy. 179), Calabash, NC. Winter hours (Jan. through Mar.) are Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm.
For more information, visit the website at (www.sunsetrivermarketplace.com).
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