2015 Spring Art Show at the Franklin Square Gallery
Find out what’s fresh and new in local art this spring as the Franklin Square Gallery opens for the season with its annual Spring Art Show. “This is a very exciting kick-off,” explains award-winning Southport artist Susan Dade. “We have a major artist judging and giving a workshop, and we look forward to this every year.”
Guest artists from throughout the region join the Associated Artists of Southport as they unveil their latest paintings and pottery. The show opens on March 2 and runs three weeks until March 21. Over $1500 in prizes and awards will be presented at the evening reception, part of Downtown Southport’s First Friday Gallery Walk, on March 6.
Many artists participating are long-time area professionals introducing the latest additions to their body of work. Others are new artists just arriving in the area and showing here for the first time. Talented students from the gallery’s painting, watercolor, and figure drawing classes often test the waters with this as their first major exhibition. Professional painter Susan Mauney notes, “This show is a good one for people in the community because its open to all and it gives talented beginning artists a chance to hang their work.”
Mauney herself is a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society, and this is the first local showing of her painting “Shell Game,” a soft, abstracted piece with layers of granulating watercolors that bring a lot of texture to the surface. This is also the first competitive show for member Susan Dade’s “Old Yacht Basin,” part of a series depicting the changing light of this marina at morning, noon, and evening. Award-winning acrylic painter from Holden Beach, Greta Swaim, will bring two of her newest linear expressionist abstract paintings
One artist new to this area and entering this show for the first time is Arbor Creek resident Joy Rademacher. She had been exhibiting in New York State for years, so while searching for a house, she told her realtor she was also looking for a gallery with classes. “I really like Franklin Square Gallery. I’ve met a lot of great people and I want to participate when I can.” She joined the figure drawing class where she works mostly in pastels and graphite and has two figure studies in the Spring Show.
This diverse group of painters and ceramic artists bring a wide range of techniques, style, and creative vision to this exhibition. Many painters focus on local scenery, others on still lifes, different cultures, and scenes from their travels. Ceramic artists bring large decorative pieces, hand-built clay creations that stretch the imagination, as well as functional bowls, platters and vases.
The show will be judged by Skip Lawrence for two-dimensional work, and Brian Evans for three dimensional. Lawrence is a well-known and versatile artist and instructor from Maryland who is known for his painting workshops from Springmaid in Myrtle Beach to locations in Maine. Award-winning potter Brian Evans, owner of Evans Pottery in Wilmington, has taught at Cape Fear Community College and is a founding member and past officer of the Coastal Carolina Clay Guild.
In addition to the work presented in the Spring Show, the Associated Artists also offer an additional selection of paintings and pottery for everyday use, reproductions, matted originals, notecards, and ceramic gift items. The gallery welcomes the public from Monday through Saturday from 10 to 5 starting on opening day March 2. Admission is always free. The public is also invited to meet the artists and judges at the evening reception on March 6, part of Downtown Southport’s First Friday Gallery Walk.
For additional information on the gallery programs and classes, visit the website at www.franklinsquare gallery.com.