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27th annual North Carolina Oyster Festival Artwork Unveiled

By Erin Burneyko – Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce

Lauzon and Festival Chair Deb Boyce Unveiling PrintsShallotte, NC October 1, 2007- The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce unveiled the 27th Annual North Carolina Oyster Festival artwork on September 27, 2007 at Sunset River Studio during Business After Hours.  Local artist V. Ryan (Bunny) Lauzon created two pieces of artwork to represent the past and present Oyster Festivals. 

The 2007 Oyster Festival Print, “Thanks For The Memories” is a signed and numbered limited edition print from the original oil painting.  The print is reminiscent of the early 1980s, harvesting local oysters and roasting them at the Ocean Isle Beach Airport hanger.  The new bridge was added to the painting to denote a sense of place. Other memories from early Oyster Festival days include eating fish and oysters served under the National Guard tents, enjoying great food and fellowship and foot-tapping music.  Many thanks to the “models” in the painting, (left to right) Rex Gore, Robby Robinson, Butch Redwine and one mystery person, for permission to use this old newspaper clipping.  Thanks to the oysterman model, Max Lauzon.  The smaller 8” X 10” giclee print is a whimsical portrait of oysters that was used for the official Oyster Festival T-shirts.

Both pieces are printed using giclee, a process that involves squirting microscopic dots of ink onto fine quality archival paper or canvas.  The ink is actually absorbed into the paper, giving the piece a look very close to the original.  The archival giclee print has a brilliant color scheme and the pigments will stay vibrant for years.

V. Ryan (Bunny) Lauzon has been producing award winning oil paintings for several years.  Signed, V  Ryan Lauzon accepting certificate of appreciationlimited edition prints of her works have been available since 1982 and can currently be found at Collector’s Corner in Shallotte, Callahan’s Gifts in Calabash, Riverbend Art Gallery in Shallotte, The Sea Fine Art Gallery in Calabash and A Frame or Two in Ocean Isle Beach.  She was born in Menominee, Michigan and studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, Columbus School of Art and the University of Kansas.  She also enjoyed two years of private portrait with Jean Pilk, (Art Student's League of N.Y.) Cape Elizabeth, Maine.  As a military wife, she traveled and painted extensively throughout the United States, Japan, Europe, and Korea, hosting a one-person exhibit in Pusan, Korea sponsored by the United States Information Service.

Both prints may be viewed on our website at www.brunswickcountychamber.org.  The limited edition, signed and numbered V. Ryan (Bunny) Lauzon prints are NOW available for purchase at the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce at 4948 Main Street in Shallotte or by calling 910.754.6644.  The prints are available only while supplies last.  Prints will also be sold at the Oyster Festival on October 20 - 21.  The large prints are $45 and the smaller (8” X 10”), whimsical print is $15.  The Official Oyster Festival T-shirts are available for purchase at the Brunswick County Chamber as well.

For more information about the festival or the V. Ryan (Bunny) Lauzon print, contact the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce at 910.754.6644 or visit www.brunswickcountychamber.org.

The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce is a membership driven organization, striving to enhance the quality of Brunswick County by providing leadership through strengthening and promoting business, industry and tourism.  The Chamber has been dedicated to creating a premier place to live, work and play for over 30 years.  For more information, call 910.754.6644 or visit www.brunswickcountychamber.org.


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