Ride the Tide

Oak Island, NC is an awesome place for kayaking whether on your own, with friends or in competition. The Oak Island Parks & Recreation Department has joined with The Adventure Kayak Company (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/boating-water-sports/kayak-canoe/) again this year for their annual Ride the Tide event. The event takes place on Saturday, March 29, on the Davis Canal, beginning at 9 AM at the recreation center which is located at 3003 E. Oak Island Drive. The Davis Canal takes you through one of the loveliest areas of salt marsh on the island where you can see wildlife and birds like the Great Blue Heron, egrets and Ibis. There will be a kayak float and a race on the outgoing tide from the recreation center to the Blue Water Point Marina (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/marina-boat-sales-service/). Awards will be given for specific age groups. There will also be a costume contest and a poker run. If you don’t have your own kayak, you can rent one for the event. The early entry fee is $20 and the first 75 paddlers to register will receive a free t-shirt. If you are interested in helping with the event you are welcome to volunteer. To register or to volunteer just call the recreation center at: 910-278-5518 or visit their website at: http://www.oakisland.com. 

The Arts…..Part 3

The Sea Notes Choral Society Spring Concert is here! This group is a nonprofit volunteer organization that had its origins in 1974 in Southport, NC. The group rehearses every Monday evening at 7 PM in St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Southport. Their concerts are free to the public and include a large variety of music. Some of the works they have performed include: the  Bach Magnificat, Mozart’s Mass in C, Faure’s Requiem, the Vivaldi Gloria, Dubois’ Seven Last Words of Christ, Britten’s Ceremony of Carols with Harp, and the complete Messiah with professional orchestra. In addition they perform  gospel, folk, pop and Broadway selections, Gilbert and Sullivan, and Christmas octavos as well as patriotic programs during the NC Fourth of July Festival in Southport. The Brunswick Concert Band sometimes performs with the choral society and the society has collaborated with Brunswick Little Theatre productions including Fiddler on the Roof.

The group is made up of 100 plus volunteer music lovers, has a new director every season and performs three primary concerts annually — in the spring, during the Fourth of July Festival and at Christmas. Their Spring Concert – “The Best of the Best” – will include Grammys, Tonys and Number 1 Hit songs and will feature guest violinist, Beverly Andrews. No reservations are required. Just take yourself to Hatch Auditorium in the NC Baptist Assembly in Caswell Beach, NC for one of the three performances: Thursday, March 27 or Friday, March 28 at 7:30 PM – or Sunday, March 30 at 3 PM. And please give a generous donation to help pay for the wonderful music they perform. 

The Arts…..Part 2


The mission of the Oak island Art guild is: “to further the cultural arts for the residents of Oak Island, NC and vicinity; to provide workshops and/or instruction for members of the community; to cooperate with other community organizations in furthering the cultural arts; and to organize and participate in visual arts shows.”

The group meets at 9 AM in the Oak island Recreation Center on the second Friday of each month from January through October. After every meeting is a workshop designed for all levels of students which is open and free to the public and is presented by a guest instructor. These workshops may include drawing, painting, collage, pottery and stained glass among others.

I attended a ‘Paint Along’ with Jim McIntosh in February. Using watercolors, Jim is a plein air painter, so his subjects are of the outdoors and the local area. As a matter of fact, Jim sneaked onto the set of ‘Safe Haven’ when it was filming in Southport and started painting. He sold dozens of his paintings on the spot, some of them to the cast and crew of the movie. Here is one from that time entitled ‘Ryan’s Port Market’ which was a building erected specifically for the movie and torn down after filming was completed:


Jim guides his students “to put on paper their feelings, intuition, and spirit of a subject.” Jim uses large and fast brush strokes, intense colors and teaches the use of value in painting. We all learned his process in painting a scene of the Southport, NC Yacht Basin which he drew and copied for us so that we could concentrate on learning his painting technique. I can’t say that my painting was wonderful but I had a lot of fun, learned new things and enjoyed spending time with my artist friends.

You may want to attend the next workshop which will be held on Friday, March 14. The subject is Collage and Mixed Media presented by Judy Harris and Marti Fann, both members of the Virginia Collage Society. Below are examples of their work:

Judy Harris:


Marti Fann:


You will learn geli printing, tissue stamping, photo transferring, texturing with stencils, making stamps and staining and decorating tissue paper. Just show up, be sure to wear old clothes, have fun and take home a finished collage.

The list of required supplies found on the Oak Island Art Guild Website is as follows:

Photocopies of photographs (must be actual photocopies; not copies from inkjet printer)
Craft paint or acrylic paint
Paper towels
White tissue paper
Brayer (if you have one, otherwise we have some to share)
Small canvas (3-5 in square)
Subsrate (something sturdy like canvas board or heavy weight watercolor paper)
Glue (Modge Podge or gel medium)
Scraps of decorative papers, old music sheets, maps, dictionary papers, etc.
Foam rollers from the dollar store
Brushes (old ones for gluing, others for painting)
Jar for water

The Arts…..Part 1

Brunswick County NC is filled with all kinds of artists, art associations, art galleries, studios, art guilds and groups and has its own vibrant arts council. Newcomers are often amazed at the amount of talent that abounds here and are pleased to take part in events offered by these groups. This is the first of a series of posts that will highlight the arts and art venues available to residents and visitors alike.

The Associated Artists of Southport is a nonprofit cooperative organization made up of local artists and housed in historic Franklin Square Gallery at 130 E. West St. in Southport. This group is dedicated to the cultural enrichment of the community through education and the promotion of original art and provides an increasingly rich environment for the growth and development of local visual artists. Drawing and painting classes are held Monday through Thursday in the upstairs studio. There are regularly scheduled workshops in various media by recognized artists as well as judged exhibitions and competitions, all of which are open to the public. Painting and pottery classes for children of the community are conducted yearly and are partially funded by grants from the Brunswick Arts Council. Kids’ Day is a community fun day, free to the public. Association members serve as instructors, speakers and judges for local schools and organizations. Local artists are encouraged to participate in the shows held in the spring and summer and to consider membership in the association.

Currently the 2014 Spring Show is on display in the gallery and a reception will be held on Friday, March 7, from 5 PM until 7 PM. The reception is open to the public and features food, wine and an awards ceremony.

First Friday Gallery Walks are held each month in downtown Southport from 5 PM until 7 PM. Each participating gallery features specific artists during these walks and some hold special events as well. This Friday’s Gallery Walk (March 7) includes the following:

Franklin Square Gallery at 130 E. West St. will feature their Spring Show.

Franklin Square Art Gallery

Silver Coast Winery Tasting Room at 105 S. Howe St. will hold an Open Mic Night featuring vocal artists.

The Ricky Evans Gallery at 211 N. Howe St. will continue their “Arti-Gras” Celebration which will include a mask contest and prize drawings.

Lantana’s Gallery & Fine Gifts at 113 S. Howe St. will feature Anna Perenna and welcome the Spring Goddess.

Lantana's Gallery & Fine Gifts

In the Water Tower District:

Darrell Edwards Art Gallery at 319 N. Howe St. will feature the pottery of Rosemary Weiss and the paintings of Jenny Harren.

Howe Outrageous at 307 N. Howe St. will feature paintings by BJ Cothran and pottery by Eileen Gordon.

Anastasio’s Stained Glass Studio at 420 N. Howe St. will feature Fused Glass Arts Jewelry by Melissa Blackburn.