Southport, Open Your Doors!

19 Historic Doors. 12 Local Artists. Two Great Causes. One Inspiration.

Southport Open Your Doors

"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with
some passion, some compassion, some humour and some style."

- Maya Angelou

This past year of pandemic shock has taught all the members of our small town how valuable our history is and how intrinsically linked it is to our future. As an act of celebration for our collective well-being and community health, Up Your Arts and the Southport Historical Society are co-sponsoring an artistic extravaganza.

19 Historic Doors

The Southport Historical Society is the recent beneficiary of 19 wood and glass interior doors from the historic Harper home on Bay Street. These doors know a little something about surviving disasters and are now available to help us visualize what happens on the other side, when we emerge from our protective chambers. We want to symbolize this realization with a plan that requires creative minds to carry out.

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Door #1

White/White
5 Panel
29.5w x77h

Door #1
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Door #2

Brown/Green
5 Panel H
29.75w x76.5h

Door #2
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Door #3

Green/Green
5 Panel
31.5w x79h

Door #3
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Door #4

White/White
5 Panel H
32w x79.5h

Door #4
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Door #5

White/Brown
Half Glass
36w x93.5h

Door #5
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Door #6

White/Brown
Half Glass
37w x 89h

Door #6
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Door #7

Brown/Brown
Half Glass
36w x 83.5h

Door #7
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Door #8

Blue/Blue
5 Panel
36w x 89h

Door #8
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Door #9

Brown/Blue
15 Panes
31.75w x 78h

Door #9
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Door #10

Green/Green
5 Panel
29.5w x 76.75h

Door #10
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Door #11

Blue/Brown
12 Panes
33.25w x 80h

Door #11
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Door #12

Brown/Blue
15 Panes
35.75w x 83.25h

Door #12
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Door #13

Blue/White
5 Panel H
21w x 72h

Door #13
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Door #14

Blue/Blue
12 Panes
36w x 81.5h

Door #14
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Door #15

Brown/Blue
15 Panes
33.5w x 79.5h

Door #15
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Door #16

Blue/Blue
12 Panes
36w x 81h

Door #16
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Door #17

Brown/Brown
5 Panel H
29w x 76h

Door #17
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Door #18

Brown/Brown
5 Panel
31.5w x 78h

Door #18
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Door #19

White/White
6 Panes
41.5w x 77h

Door #19

12 Local Artists

We call upon the artists in our midst to adorn these doors with their imaginations. What is your idea about survival? How do you envision the connection between past and future? What does the future look like? Let Maya Angelou's quote above be your guide and help the rest of us see your vision.

You will have four months to paint, sculpt, etch, bead, enamel—whatever medium you choose to transform your door. You can go it alone or with a friend. You will receive a $250 material stipend.

2 Great Causes

Your door will be displayed in public places all over Southport for the next four months. Selected will artists be the guests of honor at our benefit gala in the spring, where your door will be auctioned off to a lucky new owner. Door proceeds will benefit the Southport Historical Society’s stewardship of the Old Brunswick County Jail and Up Your Arts' “Save the Hall, Y’all” campaign to bring an arts center to downtown Southport, NC.

1 Call for Artists

Can you do this? Yes! We need you, plain and simple. View the 19 available doors here, pick one, send us a sketch of your idea, along with your submission, by May 31st.

A juried selection process will choose our 12 finalists. Be among them! We eagerly await your submission with this call to action:
Southport, Open Your Doors!

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