Get to Know Us
The Franklin Square Gallery is in the heart of the art scene in historic Southport, North Carolina, a rewarding and wonderful place to visit. With over one hundred artists displaying their paintings and pottery, you are sure to find the art you are searching for and enjoy meeting our artists!
WE’RE LOCAL. The member artists come from throughout southeastern North and South Carolina, from Wilmington to Pinehurst, and south to Myrtle Beach, bringing with them many different styles and techniques.
WE’RE A SHOWCASE FOR TALENT. Artists with diverse backgrounds and a wide range of styles have their work on display. We have paintings in all mediums, i.e. oil, acrylic, watercolor, graphite and mixed media. There are also original art prints, cards and notecards available. Our miniature paintings section is not to be missed. The potters come from many local studios, bringing functional pieces like bowls, platters, and vases, and also purely decorative and unique ceramic art. Gift items include jewelry, small dishes, napkin rings, and one-of-a-kind mugs.
WE’RE A COOPERATIVE. All the artists work together to run the gallery. The man who greets you at the door probably has his paintings on display in the next room. The woman at the cash register may have just finished setting up the most recent pottery show. We maintain this historic building, manage the finances, and join committees to landscape, run special shows, and write ads, because we are privileged to operate this unique venue.
WE’RE NON-PROFIT. At its inception the organization was charged with fostering art in the community in cooperation with the town of Southport. The Associated Artists host shows for community organizations, like the local quilters, garden clubs, and photographers, and the High School Show is an annual crowd pleaser. The gallery has a figure-drawing class and watercolor class at nominal fees. The First Friday Gallery Walks often feature community events like the Wooden Boat Show.
VISIT US TODAY. You will find us in a charming, historic building nestled under the live oak trees behind Franklin Square Park three blocks from Southport’s waterfront.
Our address is 130 E. West Street, off Howe Street.
We are open from 10 to 5, Monday through Saturday!
IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK . . .
Meet Our Executive Board
Mary Beth Johnson