Myrtle Beach, S.C. historian, photographer and beloved local icon Jack Thompson, will make a presentation at Sunset River Marketplace April 11 at 10 a.m., as part of the Calabash, N.C. art gallery’s Coffee With the Author series. His book, which is titled Memories of Myrtle Beach: a Pictorial History of the Grand Strand Through the Eyes of Jack Thompson, features over 175 Grand Strand images that take the viewer on a journey through the author’s life at the beach.
Originally from Greenville, S.C., Jack Thompson has been photographing Myrtle Beach happenings since he stepped off a bus and accepted a job at the Myrtle Beach Pavilion back in 1951. That was Jack behind the camera snapping “mug shots” at the Myrtle Beach Jail. He was there during the heyday of the Ocean Forest Hotel and he was there to witness its implosion. Last year the state of South Carolina recognized Jack as the Official Chronicler of South Carolina’s Grand Strand and celebrated his birthday, Sept. 21, 2012 as Jack Thompson Remembering Myrtle Beach Day in Myrtle Beach.
Jack admits to his love at first sight with Myrtle Beach. “ …She has an alluring charm about her … If you give in to her promise … she will cast a spell over you and fill your shoes with sand that will sweep into your blood and melt your heart. That’s Myrtle, she’s a lady and she has my number … and continues to call!”
During the Coffee With the Authors event, Jack will discuss some of his famous images including the now defunct local Ocean Drive dance joint, The Pad; the implosion series of the Ocean Forest; and chronicling the city’s Sun Fun Festival through its 60-year run.
Sunset River Marketplace showcases work by approximately 200 North and South Carolina artists, and houses some 10,000 square feet of artwork in virtually every genre. Custom framing, painting and pottery classes and art workshops are also offered through the gallery. Since opening its doors in 2002, Sunset River Marketplace has supported not only the visual arts, but literary and performing arts, as well. It has become a popular community center and art hub for both N.C.’s Brunswick County and nearby Horry County, S.C.
Sunset River Marketplace is located at 10283 Beach Drive SW, Calabash, N.C. Regular hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information call 910-575-5999 or visit the website: http://www. sunsetrivermarketplace.com.