The 23rd Annual Fall Exhibition & Sale

September 18 to 30, 2023

Brunswick Arts Council Annual Visual Arts Show

This annual event began in 2000 and each year we rotate the show to a different venue. Join us for our 23rd year this September 2023 at Free Spirit Conservatory for the Arts at 8840 Old Georgetown Road, just outside of Calabash, NC.  This year’s Judge is Rick Conn, Department Chair of Visual Arts for Cape Fear Community College. View his work at

Many small community arts groups (photographers, painters, pottery, etc.) around the county come together to help make this annual juried arts show happen. There are different categories and award levels. 

New to the area or been here forever? Share what inspires you to create with your fellow Brunswick artists & residents – we encourage you to enter your work!


Hours & Reception

The show is open to the public with free admission from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday keeping the hours of Free Spirit Conservatory.


The show is juried and an awards reception will be held on Wednesday, September 27 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Free Spirit Conservatory for the Arts at 8840 Old Georgetown Road. This was rescheduled due to weather from 9/22/23

There will be over $3000 awarded for a variety of categories. The public is invited to attend the show anytime during the week and to attend the reception on Friday.


2023 Winners


BAC Best of Show $750

Claire Sallenger Martin

“Ancient Words Matter”

Mixed Media

First Place 2 Dimension $450

Rachel Sunnnell



First Place 3 Dimension $450

Marie Kasper

“Tran’s Dress- A Little on the Trashy Side”

Mixed Media

First Place Traditional Photography -$450

Elizabeth Woodby


First Place Digital Art 2D- $300

Wanda Kowal

“Big City-Raleigh”

First Place Abstract 2 Dimension $300

Kathy Smith

“On The Greener Side”

Mixed Media

First Place Abstract 3 Dimension $300

Daniel P Wils

“War Helmet”

Found object

First Place Mixed Media 2D $250

Claire Sallenger Martin

“Heard It On The Grapevine “

First Place Artisan Craft Functional 3D $250

Lorrie Ingersoll

“A Walk in the Woods”

Fiber Basket

First Place Artisan Craft Decorative 3D $250

Bradley Eklund

“Barred Owls”

Wood Intarsia

First Place Teen 2 D $200

James McMahon

“2050 Hyper Car Concept”

Mixed Markers & Pencils

First Place Teen 3 D $200

Liam Agostini

“Chainsaw Man”

Foam/ Cardboard/paint

Art League Of Leland Award $100

Don Bashore

“Summer Sky”


Associated Artists of Southport Award $100

Brenda Riggins

“ Bored”


Oak Island Art Guild Award $100

Nancy Lang Miller

“Sisters Swimming in the Sixties”


Waterway Arts Association Award $100

Cathy Johnson

“ Tuscany Landscape”

Pastel pencils

Merit Awards $50 each:

Gwen Renee Pikul   “ Blooms Around”

Marti DeCoste “Blue Lotus”

Janet B. Sessoms “Second Wave”

Vicki Neilon “Happy Life”

Kathy Peck  “Calm Under the Cloud”

Carol McConnell “Ghost Trees”

Bonnie McIver. “ Feeling Groovy”

Susan Barnard  “ First in Flight”



Schedule of Events

Event Schedule: 

Pre-Registration Deadline: Saturday, September 8, 2023

Receiving Works: Saturday, September 16, 2023 | 10am-1pm

Exhibition Dates: Monday, September 18 thru Saturday, September 30, 2023

Gallery Hours: Monday – Saturday  | 11am-5pm

Awards Ceremony: Friday, September, 29 2023 | 6-8pm at Free Spirit Conservancy 8840 Old Georgetown Rd.

Removal of Work: Saturday, September 30, 2023 | 1-4pm

About the Judge

This information will be posted in April 2023

Free Spirit Conservancy

Located at 8408 Old Georgetown Road, Sunset Beach,NC