1ST FRIDAY, NATIONAL LIGHTHOUSE WEEKEND AND MARITIME CLASSIC RUN FOR THE LIGHT

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Image: Painting by Ann Thompson

The days keep zipping by and it’s time again for the 1st Friday Gallery Walk – for the month of August. From 5 PM until 7 PM you can stroll from gallery to gallery to enjoy the artwork as well as some munchies and drinks. Each gallery will include special features in their presentations. Lantana’s Gallery & Fine Gifts will feature whimsical witch paintings by Ann Thompson done in her Original American Art style. Franklin Square Gallery will feature a painter as well as a clay artist. The paintings of Robin Sboto will be part of the special display accompanied by the creative clay art of Linda Drye. At Ricky Evans Gallery, new products featuring local charts and signal flags will hold pride of place.

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Image: Linda Drye at work in a pottery studio

On Saturday and Sunday, Bald Head Island, NC will celebrate National Lighthouse Weekend with fun and interesting events. On Sunday evening, winding up this auspicious weekend, the island will hold its annual Maritime Classic Run for the Light with a one mile fun run, a 5K and a 10K.

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Image: Painting by Robin Sboto

ART, MUSIC & MOVIES

Brunswick County, NC is well supplied with artists and they seem to migrate to the Southport, NC area. The beauty of the area is a draw I am sure, as well as the proliferation of scenes to be painted or incorporate into other art forms. Southport, NC also has some wonderful galleries where the work of artists is supported and sold. The first Friday of every month (from 5 PM – 7 PM) offers you an opportunity to tour these galleries and enjoy the art along with refreshments and camaraderie. You may even find that very special piece of art you just cannot live without, be it a painting, a piece of pottery, a sculpture, jewelry or something else. Included in the gallery walk is Franklin Square Gallery which is featuring their Regional Show this month. This show provides the opportunity for you to view the work of artists from around the region along with that of local artists. Lantana’s Gallery & Fine Gifts and ART@211Ricky Evans Gallery also participate in the art walk, each of them featuring a fine artist.

You can find music in the air nearly every evening during the season in Brunswick County, NC – and movies, too. Individual towns and the Brunswick County Parks and Recreation Department bring these opportunities to you along with support from the Brunswick County Arts Council. On Fridays, head to Oak Island NC or to Ocean isle Beach, NC; on Tuesdays, check out the Garrison House in Southport, NC and Calabash, NC; on Sundays, try Holden Beach, NC; on Thursdays – Shallotte, NC or Leland, NC. Music and movies alternate, so be sure to check out the schedule.

ANTIQUES, ART & HEALTH

Antiques, art and health – an odd combination? Not necessarily. There are events involving each of these coming up in Southport, NC. And you can find places offering all of them in Brunswick County, NC. In Southport, NC there are antiques shops on E. Moore Street: Northrup Antiques Mall has two stories of antiques vendors where you can find Civil War Artifacts, silver items, glassware, antique furniture and toys. Among its treasures, Southport Antiques carries quilts, rugs, porcelain, folk art and linens. On N. Howe Street is Magnolia Gifts & Antiques where you will find a large selection of gifts, decorative accessories and jewelry on the first floor and antiques on the second floor. You can stroll to Waterfront Gifts & Antiques on S. Howe Street where you can browse gifts, jewelry, greeting cards and accessories as well as antiques. This Sunday, February 28, you can take your own antiques to the PEO Annual Antique Appraisal Fair.

The arts are an important part of the Southport, NC area and there are many artists living here as well. On Howe Street you will find locally owned galleries including: Lantana’s Gallery & Fine Gifts, ART @ 211/The Ricky Evans Gallery, The Galleria and ArtShak Studio, Gallery and Sculpture Garden. On E. West Street, just behind Franklin Square Park is Franklin Square Gallery which is run by a non-profit association of artists. All of these galleries feature the work of local artists and the quality of the art is amazing. Don’t miss the Associated Artists of Southport Spring Art Show at Franklin Square Gallery beginning on Tuesday, March 1 or the Awards Reception on Friday March 4.

In Southport, NC there are many services, facilities, people and businesses that support health and wellness. You can stop at Live Oak Nutrition for healthy foodstuffs and vitamins. You can take classes or work out at one of the fitness centers. You can even visit an acupuncturist while you are here. And on Saturday, February 27, you can check out the Health Expo at the high school.

 

DECORATING YOUR BEACH HOUSE

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Decorating your new (or new to you) home can be so much fun, especially in Brunswick County, NC where locally owned shops with unique items abound. Yes, we have chain stores and furniture stores that also offer all kinds of household decorations for every room in the home as well as outdoors. But, if you are looking for something unique, I suggest shopping at the local stores. Even better – shop at the local galleries. The area is known for its abundance of artists in any number of genres. Excellent paintings and pottery are a given and you can find art made from driftwood, seashells, tin, wood, glass, bottles, aluminum, silver, used clothing, old flatware – just about any medium you can think of – and even some that you can’t! You can decorate your walls with beautiful paintings, your tables with interesting sculptures,  your windows with lovely stained glass, your deck with tinkling wind chimes, and enhance the fragrance of your bathrooms with sweet smelling handmade soaps. The ideas are endless as are the possibilities. Take your time – enjoy the process – and be open to the variety of art you will find.

For gorgeous handmade stained glass, stop at Anastasio’s Stained Glass Studio: (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/shop/gallery/anastasios-stained-glass-studio/profile/)

For beautiful paintings and well turned pottery, visit Franklin Square Gallery (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/shop/gallery/franklin-square-gallery/profile/)

For a variety of beautifully unusual items as well as jewelry, don’t miss Howe Outrageous Art Gallery & Marketplace (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/shop/gallery/howe-outrageous-art-gallery-and-marketplace/profile/)