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Wooden Boat Show prelude at Franklin Square First Friday Sept. 6

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Wouldn’t you want to win a wooden boat? Here’s your chance.

Friday, Sept. 6, at its First Friday event, Franklin Square Gallery at 130 E. West St. in Southport will have a First Friday reception as a prelude to the 10-anniversary Southport Wooden Boat Show on Nov. 2.

Each year the event has grown bigger with more wooden boats in the water and on the streets, more educational sessions, more exhibitors and more people attending.  

The public is invited to attend the reception at the gallery to meet Tony Alderman, the artist who created this year’s poster contest. Tony will be at the gallery from 5 to 7 p.m. to meet people and to sign copies of his poster of “Ramona,” a traditional round-stern wooden fishing boat built in Lockwood Folly by Dean Dosher.

In addition to fine art on canvas, Alderman has also logged many hours putting his artistic hand to wall art in the form of murals and faux finishes. 

While at the gallery, visitors can enjoy refreshments and are encouraged to look at works of art by more than 100 local artists. These artists are part of the co-op that makes up Franklin Square Gallery. Pottery and paintings are also for sale. 

If you can’t attend this event or the show in November, copies of Tony’s one-of-a-kind poster are available at the Ricky Evans Gallery at 211 N. Howe St. in Southport. 

The boat to be raffled off at the Wooden Boat Show is a wooden skiff built by the Cape Fear Community College at last year’s show and finished by Duke Energy volunteers. It’s currently on display at the North Carolina Maritime Museum at 204 E. Moore St. in Southport. Raffle tickets will be sold at the Southport Wooden Boat Show in November, when the skiff will  be on display. 

Franklin Square Gallery is open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information on gallery programs, exhibitions and classes, call 457-5450 or to go franklinsquaregallery.com.

For more information on the Wooden Boat Show, go to southportwoodenboatshow.com.