Every Quarter Counts
The Face Mug Challenge at Franklin Square Gallery puts the fun in fundraising.
The need for novel ways to celebrate Halloween that still comply with all the coronavirus restrictions has resulted in some very creative ideas. Like the Associated Artists of Southport’s Face Mug Challenge at Franklin Square Gallery.
The organization’s 3D display co-chairs, Kimberly Caroon and Becky Cleary, rounded up several of the potters in Associated Artists of Southport (AAS) and challenged them to make outrageous, funny, scary, silly or frightening one-of-a-kind mugs. The potters did, and the mugs are now all artfully displayed against black book ends in the small room on the right of the gallery. Next to the display there is a sign that reads “Face Mug Challenge.
Please vote for your favorite faces by putting a quarter in each one. Vote as many times as you like.” And if you run out of quarters, the attendants at the sales counter will gladly exchange your dollar bill for four more quarters.
The 30 mugs will be on view for the entire month of October and will then be available for purchase. The price range is $20 to $30, with all the proceeds going to benefit the gallery. As with most organizations and businesses, the gallery lost sales during the time they were required to close, so this fundraiser is a way to help them recoup some of that much-needed revenue to maintain the building.
Of course, while you are there, you will also be able to enjoy Ann Thompson’s Halloween paintings, which have become a Southport tradition over the years.
Want to go?
Franklin Square Gallery
130 E. West Street in Southport
Hours are 10 am to 4 pm Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 4 pm on Sunday.