Southport, Open Your Doors!

19 Historic Doors. 14 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

Unveiling the Doors

You're Invited...

Southport, Open Your Doors!

An Artist Reception to unveil a new community art project
Monday, Oct 25, 4-7pm, at the Southport Community Building

Southport residents and visitors are invited to a reception on Monday, October 25, to meet the artists participating in the “Southport, Open Your Doors” project sponsored by Up Your Arts. The doors they have spent the last five months transforming into works of art will be unveiled at the Southport Community Building from 4-7pm.

A gift from Ginger Harper to the Southport Historical Society, the doors symbolize Southport’s emergence from the worst of the pandemic last year and its continuing resilience in the face of new developments. They are a direct link to Southport’s past, having served and survived many generations who lived in the historic Harper home on Bay Street.

Up Your Arts and the Southport Historical Society invited local artists in April to envision a post-pandemic world that draws strength from Southport’s people and its history.

The Artists

A juried selection process chose ten solo artists and two collaborating teams to decorate one of 11 doors using whatever mediums they preferred.

The artists working alone are Alora Boerner, Harry Burrell, Lori Guidi, Ginger Hedblom, Mary Beth Livers, Donna Parisi, Austin Sapp, Rosemary Wagner, and Chris Wallace. The two teams include a duo, Nancy Cray and Lynn Gillis; and a trio, Dan DeGroat, Gia Holmes, and Colleen Phillips.

The Unveiling

The results will be on stunning display during the October reception, as a prelude to sending the doors on parade throughout the city for the next couple of months before they are auctioned off at a gala event in March 2022.

The October reception will showcase the artists and their completed artwork during an early evening of live jazz with J & B Bluzz, hors d’oeuvres, wine, and beer. The $20 cost at the door includes food and one drink ticket (add'l tickets will be available for sale). The event is limited to the first 200 people to RSVP.

You Make the Choice

Attendees will have an opportunity to choose their favorite doors by purchasing tickets to vote for as many as they like, as often as they like. The top People’s Choice Award winners will be live auctioned at the upcoming March gala, along with all the other doors in a silent auction.

Proceeds will be used to support Up Your Arts’ efforts to turn the Old Brunswick County Courthouse into a community-based center for creative and performing arts.

Artist Invitation

This past year of pandemic shock has taught all the members of our 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,

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.

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.

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.

If you are one of our 12 selected artists, you will receive a $250material stipend when you pick up your door in mid-June. You will have the next four months to work on it: paint, sculpt, etch, bead, mosaic, enamel—whatever medium you choose. You can go it alone or with a friend. Or with a group of friends.

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 the May 31st deadline.

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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