FIRST FRIDAY, BEER TASTING & FOUNDERS’ DAY

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The First Friday Gallery Walk in Southport, NC has become an institution. The walk always offers interesting artistic treasures, featured artists, good food, wine and spirits to all who attend. But at the gallery walk this Friday (September 7, 2018) Franklin Square Gallery, a non-profit, cooperative gallery, will have something very special going on. It will focus on the upcoming (September 29) Wooden Boat Show. Earlier in the year, members of the gallery were busy painting images of wooden boats in the hopes that their painting might be chosen to be displayed on the Wooden Boat Show T-shirts. All entries were submitted and a winner was chosen. This year’s winner is Tony Alderman, for “She Stood the Test” – a painting of one of the iconic, and slowly disappearing, shrimp boats that we are privileged to see plying the waters in Southeastern NC. You will be able to see the original painting, meet the artist and enjoy a display of the other entries at this Friday’s gallery walk from 5 PM until 7 PM.

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The Silver Coast winery Tasting Room in Southport, NC is known, of course, for its wines. However, this Friday they will be offering something a little bit different. From 4 PM until 7 PM you will be able to enjoy their Victory Brewing Company of PA Beer Tasting. Mike Yeley will be providing live music from 6 PM until 8 PM as well.

This Saturday you can celebrate Leland’s Founders’ Day in Leland, NC from 3 PM until 9 PM. A veterans recognition will be held and the event will include live music, a carnival, arts & crafts, food trucks and fireworks. Parking will be located at North Brunswick High School and a shuttle will be provided.

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1ST FRIDAY, FISHING TOURNAMENT & CLASSIC CARS

PEACE ON EARTH   24 x 36   Oil on Linen
Peace on Earth by Karen Masterson

The weekend will kick off on Friday evening with the 1st Friday Gallery Walk where you can see the painting above ‘in person’ at Franklin Square Gallery in Southport, NC. The artist, Karen Masterson, is one of the featured artists this month. The other one is Denise Brucker, whose lovely pottery pieces will also be on display. The Ricky Evans Gallery will feature the work of Waking Bear Studios and at Lantana’s, the featured artist will be YOU! What an intriguing idea. I wonder how they will do that?

After the gallery walk you can head on over to Brunswick Little Theatre for their Open Mic Poetry Reading to read your original poetry, listen to others read theirs – or both. Sign-up will begin at 7 PM, with readings beginning at 7:30 PM. The reading will be held in room 1B, which is the building behind the main building. This is a free event but will include a donation box to defray the cost of cookies that will be available. For information, you can contact Ken Greenman at 914-456-0132 or greenman46@aol.com.

Also on Friday, in Shallotte, NC, you can attend the Relay for Life of Brunswick County  beginning at 6 PM

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On Saturday, in Southport, NC, you can take in the Annual Classic Car & Truck Show and get your shopping done at the same time. This show will be held in a shopping center parking lot.

Things will be getting fishy in Ocean Isle Beach, NC on Saturday as participants in The Far Out Shoot Out Fishing Tournament take to the water.  The tournament begins on Saturday, but participants will have their choice of eight days on which to do their fishing.

On Saturday morning in Oak Island, NC, from 9 AM until noon, you can purchase home grown herbs, flowers and vegetables from the Oak Island Beautification Club. The sale will be held at the base of the 56th Street water tower and will benefit community landscaping projects.

For those of you who missed it, the Southport Waterfront Market opened today and you can look forward to this ‘happening’ every Wednesday morning from now through October 31.

If you have some time on you hands and would like to give back to the community, there are several interesting volunteer opportunities available. If you play an instrument, why not check out the Brunswick Concert Band – they are looking for more members. Contact Tom Smicklas at 910-253-4573. The Brunswick County Intercultural Festival is also seeking volunteers. Opportunities include: vendor check-in and set-up, event support, entertainment and stage help, help in the international village. Contact interculturalfestivalhotmail.com. If you are an artist or a crafts person and would like to take part in the event, you can find a vendor application at: http://www.bcifestival.org/formsonline.  The town of Oak Island, NC is in need of volunteers to help educate the public in ways to protect coastal habitats. These volunteers will work at the OKI Nature Center and/or the Ocean Education Center. You can pick up a nature volunteer registration form at the Oak Island Recreation Center.

 

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ART, POETRY, OPERA

This week Friday will be the day. The day when you may have to choose between events to attend, or, maybe you will be able to squeeze in a couple of events. The first First Friday Gallery Walk of 2018 will begin at 5 PM and end at 7 PM in downtown Southport, NC. Three galleries will be involved in this walk: Ricky Evans Gallery, Franklin Square Gallery and Lantana’s Gallery & Fine Gifts. Local Jewelry artist, Beth Zink, will be featured at Lantana’s. At Ricky Evan’s, Miniature Art Masterpieces by gallery artists will take center stage. While at Franklin Square Gallery you will enjoy the paintings and three dimensional objects in the Associated Artists of Southport Spring Art Show. You will even be able to witness the presentation of awards to the show winners. Also included in the evening will be delicious munchies and wine.

With sign-up beginning at 7 PM, Brunswick Little Theatre will be hosting their second Open Mic Poetry reading. At this event you will be able to read your own poetry; read poetry you enjoy that was written by someone else; or just be in the audience enjoying the poetry and encouraging the readers and writers.

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If you like to dine and dance to live music while contributing to worthy local causes, you might want to attend the Diamonds and Denim Ball, also on Friday evening in Southport, NC.

Don’t miss Opera Sunday beginning at 2 PM on Sunday at the Southport Community Building. This event is presented by the Friends of the Library. The performers are from UNCW and these wonderful young students with amazing voices will be singing selections from Mozart’s Don Giovanni.

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TREE LIGHTINGS & PARADES

Tomorrow is December 1st, the Christmas season is upon us and it will be starting with a busy first weekend. The Oak Island Christmas Tree Lighting events will begin at 5:30 PM tomorrow at Middleton Park in the Town of Oak Island, NC. If your kids participate in the Gingerbread Beach House Contest (four divisions: ages 6-12, 1-17, 18 & up, and families) at the Oak Island Recreation Center, they will receive their prizes at the tree lighting and their gingerbread houses will be on display from 12/1 through 12/56.

The last 1st Friday Gallery Walk of the year will take place in Southport, NC on Friday as well Beginning at 5 PM you can stroll the streets enjoying the holiday decorations and stop in each gallery for food, drink and that special Christmas gift you have not been able to find anywhere else.

If you live in or near Calabash, NC, on Friday evening you can enjoy the Calabash Tree Lighting & Spirit of Calabash Parade all rolled into one.

On Saturday, December 2, you and your family can head out to Oak Island, NC to enjoy the Christmas by the Sea Parade beginning at 2 PM. You can head on out to the Boiling Spring Lakes Community Center at 5 PM to take part in their Christmas Festival until 8 PM. Don’t forget the Sea Notes Holiday Concert, Peace on Earth. Don’t worry if you can’t make the 3 PM Concert on Saturday, December 2 at the Odell Williamson Auditorium in Bolivia, NC – they will be doing it all again on Sunday December 3, same time, same place.

Also, on Sunday, December 3, the Oak Island Beautification Club will hold a holiday bake sale and craft bazaar at the Oak Island Recreation Center in Oak Island, NC, from noon until 4 PM.

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ART, ART & ART

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No, I’m not stuttering. This weekend seems dedicated to the arts in Southport, NC and Oak Island, NC, and good timing, too. All of a sudden it’s November and we all wonder where the year went. Many of us have not even thought about Christmas shopping yet, much less having started to find those special unique gifts for our loved ones. If unique is what you want; if handmade is what you want; if local is what you want, then the best place to find it is where you find art. After all, art is not just paintings. Check out Arts by the Shore in Oak Island, NC this weekend and you will see just what I mean. There will be a reception and awards ceremony on Sunday afternoon where you can meet the artists who created your favorite pieces. You can even vote for a People’s Choice award.

Tonight, Friday, is the first Friday of November. The First Friday Gallery Walk in Southport, NC gives you another chance to search for those special gifts, or, perhaps something for yourself or your home. The galleries involved in this event offer yummy munchies and drinks free of charge as well. So, take yourself down to Franklin Square Gallery for paintings and pottery; to Ricky Evans Art @ 211 for paintings, pottery, stained glass and more; and to Lantana’s Gallery & Fine Gifts for a whole range of interesting things.

Franklin Square Gallery will be featuring the opening of their Holiday Boutique. If you don’t find what you are looking for, come back again and again. Admission is free and the items in the boutique will be changing as local artists bring in more and more.

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LABOR DAY WEEKEND EVENTS

Summer is nearly gone, the kids have started back to school, and as much as we enjoy those lazy days, we can look forward to all the all events and fall fishing coming our way in Brunswick County, NC.  The first of those special events is starting tomorrow and lasts for a long weekend. You can start out your Labor Day celebrations by attending the First Friday Gallery Walk in Southport, NC (5 PM until 7 PM). If you decide to check it out, be sure not not miss Franklin Square Gallery where the featured exhibit will be paintings entered into the contest for the honor of appearing on the Southport Wooden Boat Show Poster and T-Shirts. Even more exciting , you can see the winning original painting, meet the artist, and have her sign your poster or T-shirt.

You can start Saturday off by attending the Labor Day Surf Off in Oak Island, NC beginning at 8 AM. Then mosey on over to the soccer field for the Oak Island Art Guild Labor Day Arts & Crafts Festival which will run from 9 AM until 4 PM. If you prefer, you can Go Jump in the Lake beginning at 8:30 AM in Boiling Spring Lakes, NC.

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On Monday, you can check out the Children’s Crab Derby at the old yacht basin in Southport, NC beginning at 8:30 AM. All this is available and you will still have time to enjoy family and friends at your own picnics as well as music at many of the local restaurants.

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MARKETS & MUSIC

I want to begin by apologizing to anyone who was inconvenienced by an error in last week’s post. It seems that I was given incorrect information about the date of the safety expo. So, if you headed to the US Coast Guard station last Saturday, you will have found no expo. However, on this Saturday, from 10 AM until 2 PM, you can take the whole family to the US Coast Guard Station-Oak Island-Annual Safety Expo in Caswell Beach, NC. Here you can learn about the ways the US Coast Guard is keeping us safe while, at the same time, enjoy exploring all the kinds of safety equipment used in their operations and the safety operations of the area.

For music, sea breezes and lots of goodies, nothing beats the Southport Waterfront Market in Southport, NC on Wednesday mornings. From 8 AM until 1 PM you can stroll from tent to tent beneath the sprawling Live Oak trees, enjoy a homemade snack, meet up with friends, fill your basket with flowers, vegetables and crafts and just bask in the beauty of the day. On Monday mornings, you can repeat the experience at the Oak Island Farmers Market in Oak Island, NC while listening to the roar of the ocean and breathing the sea air. If Saturday works better for you you can head on down to the Shallotte Farmers Market in Shallotte, NC, which runs from 9 AM until 1 PM.

This evening, Thursday, June 1, begins the Southport Summer Concerts – Thursdays in the Park. Tonight’s concert will feature Blues Music with the NC Blues Kings from 6 PM until 8 PM in Franklin Square Park in Southport, NC. Bring a blanket and a picnic, bring a chair, and enjoy.

Friday evening will feature the First Friday Gallery Walk in Southport, NC. Participants include Franklin Square Gallery, Ricky Evans Gallery and Lantana’s. Stop by between 5 PM and 7 PM to experience good art, good food, good friends and drink. While you are at it, pick up that special art piece that catches your eye and give it a home. Then head on over to Oak Island, NC at 6:30 PM to enjoy the concert there.

You can choose between two events beginning at 4 PM on Sunday. Boiling Spring Lakes, NC will offer the music of Parrot Party. This concert is part of the Spring Lake Park Music Series. In Southport, NC, the NC Maritime Museum will sponsor a lawn party on the Garrison Lawn at Fort Johnston until 7 PM. Music will be provided by the Back Porch Rockers. Raffles and a bake sale will be included in this event.

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A CRAFTY WEEKEND

Today is the first Friday in November. That means the First Friday Gallery Walk will be taking place this evening from 5PM until 7PM in Southport, NC.  Each gallery will be serving food and drinks and offering arty stuff for sale as well as a fun social experience. The walk includes: Art@211/The Ricky Evans Gallery, Lantana’s Gallery & Fine Gifts, and Franklin Square Gallery. Franklin Square Gallery will be featuring their annual Holiday Treasures Boutique where you can begin your local shopping for unique gifts and decorations. Can’t make the gallery walk? The boutique will be open Mondays through Saturdays, 10AM until  5PM through December 14.

The annual Holly Days Event will be held at the Southport Gym on Saturday.
Arts by the Shore will be held today, tomorrow and Sunday at the Recreation Center in the Town of Oak Island, NC – giving you three days from which to choose – or you can visit all three! Art in many genres will be entered into the show by local artists. The show will be judged and winning artists will be awarded ribbons at the reception on Sunday at 2PM.

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.