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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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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ART, DIAMONDS & MARDI GRAS

Two stellar events will be happening in Southport, NC on Friday, March 3. From 5 PM until 7 PM, you can enjoy all kinds of two dimensional (paintings) and three dimensional (pottery) art in Southport’s own Franklin Square Gallery. This Spring Art Show reception will be presented by the Associated Artists of Southport. In addition to interesting art, there will be food and wine and an awards presentation for the winning artists.

Abstract, Colorful, Background, Tile, Diamond Shape

From 6 PM until 10 PM, folks will enjoy dining and dancing at the Diamonds and Denim Ball to be held at the St. James Community Center. This annual ball is an event of the Brunswick Sheriff’s Charitable Foundation and proceeds help local charities each year. It’s likely too late for you to purchase tickets (though, if you are interested, you could certainly check that out) as they go on sale starting in January. Make a note for next year.

As you probably know, this past Tuesday was Fat Tuesday. What you may not know is that you can attend Oak Island’s own Mardi Gras Parade & Party by the Sea on Saturday, March 4. Sponsored by the Town of Oak Island Parks and Recreation Department, this celebration will be loaded with events, including a parade, from 1 PM until 4 PM. Come on out and enjoy the day!

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.

ARTS

Today, Brunswick County, NC artists will be lining up at the Oak Island Recreation Center in the Town of Oak Island, NC. Why? Today is the day they will deliver their multifarious works of art to be entered in the annual Arts by the Shore show. These works include paintings, pottery, jewelry, quilts, stained glass, wood working and so much more. Brunswick County, NC is blessed with so many skilled artists and Arts by the Shore is a great venue for you to see their work displayed. The show is open to the public on Friday, Saturday and at a reception on Sunday afternoon. Don’t miss it!

Speaking of art – you may not yet have heard about the opening of the Leland Cultural Arts Center in Leland, NC. At this center you can take classes in just about any artistic discipline you can think of. You will find classes in dancing, acting, poetry, writing, painting in several mediums, pottery and so much more. There is even a shop where some of the creative pieces made by Brunswick County, NC artists are sold. The center is well worth a stop to investigate. You may well be surprised by what you find there.

When people in Brunswick County, NC think of the word art, their thoughts invariably go to the Sunset River Marketplace in Sunset Beach, NC. This huge gallery is full of beautiful art pieces and includes things for your home decor, like furniture and pillows – all individually created by artists. You will marvel at the creative energy exuded by the wonderful works you will find here, and if it inspires your creative juices – all the better. You can take classes here as well.

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.