“Hallelujah Welcome Table” by Mary Beth Livers

Hallelujah Welcome Table

Southport, Open Your Doors! offered local artists a unique opportunity to bring to life an artistic representation of thriving in the face of adversity.

Fourteen artists sought to show their own interpretations of what that looks like to them, and how they feel Southport has excelled beyond mere survival.

Here’s Mary Beth Livers' artistic re-imagining of what that means to her:

“Hallelujah Welcome Table” by Mary Beth Livers


“When you have more than you need, build a longer table.” This is the quote that Mary Beth Livers’ creative endeavor channeled with this project. Truly transforming the vintage door, this piece was displayed at the “Southport, Open Your Doors!” Artist Reception as an actual table, laid out flat and topped with plates, flatware, and baking dishes. She calls it an, “artistic representation of plants, recipes, and meals served on an impromptu dining table created to hold additional guests across time.”

Named the Hallelujah Welcome Table after the cookbook of the same name by Maya Angelou, the door (#4) was perhaps the most ‘transformed’ of all the artists in the group, turning from door to table.

The papers decoupaged to the door are all variety of stylized recipes from various parts of Southport’s history: Waccamaw-Siouan, Gullah, Colonial, Mid-20th Century, and present day. This amalgamation of cultures spanning across time shows a softer side of the resilience this project sought to shine a light on–that something as commonplace as a meal shared between friends and loved ones could, on its own, be an act of strength and triumph.



About the Open Doors Project

Up Your Arts and the Southport Historical Society invited local artists in April 2021 to envision a post-pandemic world that draws strength from Southport’s people and its history. A quote from Maya Angelou provided the overriding theme and a gift of doors from the historic
Harper home on Bay Street provided the canvas.

A juried selection process chose nine solo artists and two collaborating teams to decorate the doors using whatever mediums they preferred.

Thanks to the generous support of local business people, the results are on stunning display throughout downtown Southport at 11 retail locations during November and December 2021. After the holidays, the doors will travel to 11 non-profit organizations then be auctioned off at a gala event in March 2022. Proceeds will be used to support Southport Historical Society’s ongoing stewardship programs and Up Your Arts’ efforts to turn the Old Brunswick County Courthouse into a community center for the creative and performing arts.

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