Southport, North Carolina.
Southport non-profit arts organization Up Your Arts has announced upcoming events for the conclusion of the “Southport, Open Your Doors!” project, a fundraising initiative made possible by the Southport Historical Society. The project called for artists to submit creative concepts to reimagine a set of vintage doors donated by Ginger Harper to the Southport Historical Society from the historic Harper home on Bay Street.
In early 2021, Up Your Arts called upon local artists to consider the concept of living to thrive, not to merely survive. Inspired by a quote by Maya Angelou, and on the heels of the pandemic, the arts group wanted to put on “an act of celebration for our collective well-being and community health.” Selected artists were given the opportunity to do just that by using the beautiful wood and glass interior doors to bring their artistic ideas to life.
“This has turned out to be such a wonderful project,” said Up Your Arts board member Bonnie Bray. “When the doors were donated last spring, we had just started emerging from the worst of the pandemic up to that point. Having survived generations of calamities at the center of Southport life, these doors remind us that our community’s future will thrive if we rely on the strengths and insight we developed by depending on each other to get through. I can’t wait to see them all assembled together at the reception.”
The transformed doors are to be celebrated and voted on at an artist reception this fall. The doors will then go on display throughout Southport at local businesses and charities between Winter 2021 and Spring 2022 and will be sold during a formal gala event in March of 2022.
The reception will be held October 25, 2021, at the Southport Community Building from 4 – 7pm and will feature live jazz by J&B Bluzz, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, wine, and beer. Seats are available by reservation only and are open to the first 200 registrants. A $20 cover fee will be collected from all registered guests at the door, which will cover their food and a drink ticket (additional beverages will be available for purchase). Voting tickets will be available for unlimited purchase, so guests may vote for their favorite doors.
The top five doors will be sold via live auction at a formal gala in March 2022, while the rest will be silent auctioned the same night. Proceeds will benefit Up Your Arts’ initiative, “Save the Hall, Y’all!” which is raising money to renovate Southport’s former city hall building, the Historic Brunswick County Courthouse.
ABOUT UP YOUR ARTS
Up Your Arts is a non-profit organization founded in 2017 to discover, promote, foster, and support creative and performing arts throughout the greater Southport, NC area. The arts thrive in the area, with live music, galleries and shops, festivals and community events, theater groups, a college campus dedicated to arts education, and the quaint, picturesque location of numerous film productions. The southeast coast of North Carolina continues to emerge as a regional destination focused on the arts. Up Your Arts hosts a variety of events throughout the year, from festivals and concerts to art exhibitions and artist opportunities. To learn more, visit upyourarts.org.