The 21st Annual Fall Exhibition & Sale

October 18 to 30, 2021


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 21st year this October, 2021 at Franklin Square Gallery, Southport NC.  This year’s Judge is Tony Vivaldi.

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!

Schedule of Events

Event Schedule: 

Pre-Registration Deadline: Saturday, October 3, 2021

Receiving Works: Saturday, October 16, 2021 | 10am-1pm

Exhibition Dates: Monday, October 18 thru Saturday, October 30, 2021

Gallery Hours: Monday – Saturday  | 10am-5pm

Awards Ceremony: Thursday, October 21, 2021 | 5-7pm

Removal of Work: Saturday, October 30, 2021 | 10am-2pm

About the Judge


Tony loves his community and all its surroundings. Nothing more than the people who occupy it.

Tony Vivaldi is a retired banker and military veteran with a passion for watercolor painting. When Tony Vivaldi retired his life changed dramatically. Tony began painting over thirty years ago but gave it up for lack of time as he focused primarily on work and family. The passion of painting, which never left, resurfaced again some thirty years later. Now, living in Hampstead, N.C., he wants to share the incredible beauty of what he sees every time he hits the waterways or beach. Each artist has unique style and A.M. Vivaldi Watercolors specializes in "capturing memories" whether it is his own inspiration, Wilmington landmarks, intracoastal and ocean scenery, or waterscapes. Additionally, Vivaldi recently won second place for his work in the Bellamy Mansion Emerging Art Show. He has found a way to blend his life experiences and desire to help and share the power of art creativity.

Save A Vet Now

A M Vivaldi Watercolors

Franklin Square 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.