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'Playful' art showcased in latest show at Franklin Square Gallery

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Creativity and imagination, often with a playful edge, distinguish the work of two artists featured this month at Franklin Square Gallery in Southport.

Claire Sallenger Martin of Supply has spent a lifetime in the arts, developing her own unique style. Rebecca Pierre of Oak Island, a published poet and professional writer, turned to pottery for yet another form of artistic expression.

Martin and Pierre will showcase their newest original creations from Aug. 23 to Sept. 25.

South Carolina native Martin has had a long and active career in jewelry design. After college she leaned toward graphic design.

Her studio is in her home on the Intracoastal Waterway in Supply, where she has turned her focus to water media, particularly acrylics. Her work continues in her intricate, imaginative and playful paintings. Her new series “Seaside Comics,” captures “intriguing antics” of visitors to the coast.

Hand-built work by Pierre, of Oak Island, is often substantial but whimsical, such as the playful “Sam, You Made The Pants Too Long.” Her serious work often reflects her interest in nature poetry, art, and music.

Much of her work in this show is influenced by techniques learned in classes with Don Johns at Orange Street Studio in Wilmington, made possible by a grant she received from Brunswick County Arts Council.

This is where she learned to make the hubcap bowl featured in the show, which actually uses a hubcap in the construction process.

The gallery is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and admission is free.

On Friday, Sept. 3, the gallery will be part of Southport’s First Friday Gallery Walk and will host a reception for these artists from 5-7 p.m. Artwork based on movie and television locations in the Southport area will also be featured.

Franklin Square Gallery is located at 130 E. West St. behind Franklin Square Park, two blocks from the waterfront. It is housed in downtown Southport’s historic former schoolhouse and town hall building.

For more information on programs and exhibitions, phone 457-5450 or visit the website www.franklinsquaregallery.com