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.

NEW BEGINNINGS

A new year brings us much to think about. We need to decide to let go of those things that have not served us well in the past; to consider with what things to continue to move forward and improve; and what new things we might enjoy learning to do that will also expand our lives in some way. This is what new year resolutions are really about. Letting go is usually the most difficult decision and yet it needs to be the first step because trying to move forward with heavy baggage dragging us down is next to impossible. However, sometimes it is easier to first think about what we really want to do, which will in turn give us the impetus we need for letting go. There are numerous opportunities in Brunswick County, NC for learning new things – for turning our lives around – for learning who we are and how we can be an integral part of other lives.

A good place to start is at Brunswick Community College (http://leland.insiderinfo.us/college-university/schools/brunswick-community-college/profile/). At the college you can learn just about anything from learning to paint, to playing the guitar, to earning a GED or an associates degree, to estate planning and much more.

If you have an interest in local history, you might consider becoming a docent at the Old Brunswick Jail in Southport, NC (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/attractions/southport/old-brunswick-jail/profile/). The jail is administered under the auspices of the historical society and is a good starting place to more information.

If you have always wanted to learn to surf or to sail a boat, check out The Sail Shop on Bald Head Island, NC (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/boating-water-sports/surf-kayak/island-passage-the-sail-shop/profile/).

 

The Arts…..Part 2

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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:

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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:

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Marti Fann:

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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)
Scissors
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.