2021 AAS Board Members
President - Carol Kidd
Vice-President - Rich O’Donnell
Secretary - Robin Van Vliet
Treasurer - Marybeth Johnson
3D Liaison - Jackie Greiner
2D Liaison - Georgia Dalzell & JoArden Michael
City Liaison - Rich O'Donnell
Media - Allie Lull
Bylaws/Procedures - Robin Van Vliet
Membership - Nan Becker
Publicity - Paula Thommen
Digital Communications - Ann McMath & Ami Brown
Communications (Photography) - Allie Lull
Communications (Email) - Peggy Calenda
130 E. West Street
About the Gallery
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.
WE’RE LOCAL. The member artists come from throughout southeastern North Carolina, from Wilmington to Pinehurst, and even to Myrtle Beach, bringing with them many different styles and techniques. The Associated Artists of Southport started the gallery in the seventies with only twelve members, in the former Southport school house and town hall. Over the years talented artists from the area discovered the site and made it their home.
WE’RE A SHOWCASE FOR TALENT. Artists with diverse backgrounds and a wide range of styles have their work on display. There are paintings in oil, acrylic, and watercolor depicting local scenes or European villages. The 2-D art is also available in prints, notecards, and miniatures. 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, from March until right before Christmas.