SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) — More than 50 artists will be heading to Brunswick County to take part in the Southport Plein Air Festival this weekend.
Hosted by Up Your Arts and the City of Southport, the 2-day event is an outdoor painting festival.
“Artists come into town and literally paint the town including the landmarks and other things on canvas,” said Up Your Arts Organizer Ken Schnedetz.
The public will be able to walk around town and talk with artists while they’re painting.
The event kicks off Friday, June 18, at 3 p.m. featuring live music, art displays, painting demonstrations and food.
There will be a benefit concert by the The Back Porch Rockers at Franklin Square Park from 6 – 8 p.m.
On Saturday, the main attraction will be the artists painting around the town. “Kids Plein Air” will take place between 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Keziah Park. Children will be able to paint their own creation and a paint a square on the “Tree of Life” mural.
Storyteller Anita Singleton-Prather, who is known as “The First Lady of Gullah,” will explain the Gullah history hourly between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. There will also be a tent providing more information about the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Trail project.
The public will also be able to vote on their favorite artwork.