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The Associated Artists of Southport appreciate your interest in becoming an Exhibiting Member of our group and are currently taking applications however applicants will be placed on a wait list in order of receipt. 

In addition we are accepting only General Members and Patrons (those without exhibiting privileges).   

Carol Kidd, President of AAS

Click on this link for an application form or contact for more information.



Become a part of something very special in the heart of our community. 

We warmly invite you to join AAS as patron, general member, or exhibiting member. 


Associated Artists of Southport (AAS) is a not-for-profit organization formed in the 1970’s by a small group of local artists who were leased a city-owned building in Franklin Square Park to display their art & serve as the only art gallery in Southport, North Carolina. The organization has thrived since that time, ever increasing its membership with the many talented 2D (painting) and 3D (pottery) artists in Southport and the surrounding areas. We survive through our members, not all of which are artists, but all of which support the arts. 


Patron Members are extremely important to AAS. While Southport takes care of the exterior of the building, AAS is solely responsible for the upkeep of the interior - electrical, plumbing, painting, window and door replacement, and even the elevator we purchased and installed for the ease of our visitors. Quite a financial responsibility! Patron members have helped AAS tremendously to provide a gallery of affordable art and art classes in North Carolina. Please continue to give from your heart. 


General Members are the lifeline of our Gallery. General membership allows artists to participate in some Gallery activities if they choose and enter their art in our annual shows for a reduced fee and commission without the need to be more active in AAS. Many go on to become full Exhibiting Members of AAS by going through Media Review of their art and then a one to three month provisional orientation. 


Exhibiting Members are the heart and soul of our Gallery. These are full members who not only fill our Gallery with their wonderful art, but are also equal volunteer members in the day to day running of the Gallery. Every Exhibiting Member participates in at least two committees of their choice, attends at least two general meetings in the ten months we are open (March -mid-December), and works one half-day a month in the sales office at the Gallery seeing to the needs of the many who come to view our art. 


Whether you are interested in AAS patronage or membership, a link to the AAS form can be found here application form  If you would need more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us by emailing Membership at this link 


    About us

    The Franklin Square Gallery is located in the historic district of downtown Southport behind Franklin Square Park and is open Monday - Saturday 10 am - 4 pm


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    Franklin Square Gallery
    130 E. West Street
    Southport, NC 28461

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