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Southport artist Pat Pittenger's
"David's Shoes" won best in show
honors in the Brunswick County Art
Show and is among the entries on
view throughout November at Frank
lin Square Gallery in Southport.
Ken Buckner, artist and owner of
Doe Creek Gallery in Supply,
judged the show. An exhibition of
his work is also on display.
In the painting division, Raymond
Del Pesso took first and second
places respectively with "Racoon
Reefers" and "Flamingo Road".
Third place went to Jane Flynn for
"Farmer's Market Flowers."
In 3-D, first place went to Ellen
Jones for "Neptune," second to Sus
an Karpenski, "Treasure Box I," and
third to Caroll Aweeky, "Maia I."
Merit Awards went to Doris Red
wine. "Rose,"; Cherki Skaggs,
"South of the Border," and Row Sel
man, "Bouquet of Colors."
Redwine also received honorable
mentions for two portraits, "Erin,"
Other honorable mentions went to
Loretta Zderad, "Under the Leaves,"
Tollie Davis, "Golden Rod" and
"Street Scene Southport," Row Sel
man, "Flower Study," Joyce Martz,
"Once Upon a Time," Nell Moretz,
"King of the Covey," Dolly Wil
kens, "Elegant Irises," and Phyllis
Riley, "Getting Ready."
Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5
p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For
more information call the gallery at
UNION ELEMENTARY SCHOOL third-graders Jennifer Haley, Brandon Todd and Teniesha Knight
use their imaginations last week to decorate boxes for the Brunswick County Literacy Council's Holi
day Book Share campaign. The effort w as a class community sen-ice project.
Third Grade Class Readies
'Holiday Book Share' Boxes
Third grade students in Dayna
Ramsey-Sanders' class at Union
Elementary School kicked off the
Brunswick County Literacy Coun
cil's Holiday Book Share campaign
As a classroom community ser
vice project, the students spent sev
eral days, with the help of Mrs.
Ramsey-Sanders and teacher assis
tant Carol Carlisle, decorating book
collection boxes to be placed around
The council is collecting new and
almost new books to add to Christ
mas baskets that will be distributed
by the Brunswick County Volunteer
and Information Center.
Book Share is intended to provide
reading materials for and increase
literacy awareness in the 600 house
holds that will receive holiday bas
kets, said VISTA volunteer Alicia
New and almost new books can
be placed in boxes at these locations
through Dec. 9: Calabash Town
Hall. Calabash; Seaside United
Methodist Church, Sunset Beach;
Union Elementary School, St. James
Episcopal Church, Shallotte; Bruns
wick County Literacy Council office
and Brunswick Community College
Student Center, Supply; Sacred
Heart Catholic Church. Southport:
Long Beach Town Hall, Long
Beach; Yaupon Beach Town Hall,
Yaupon Beach; Boiling Spring
l^akes Town Hall, Boiling Spring
Lakes; and Leland Town Hall,
More information is available
from the council office, 754-7323.
The Brunswick County Literacy
Council provides free, confidential
one-on-one tutoring for Brunswick
County adults and teen-agers who
wish to improve their reading skills.
Wildlife Watercolorist Fleming's
Work Is Subject Of Retrospective
The Smith Island Art League will
celebrate the 80th birthday of wild
life watercolorist and Bald Head Is
land resident Malcolm J. Fleming
with a retrospective Nov. 25-27.
The show will be held at the Bald
Head Island Club and was scheduled
to coincide with two annual gather
ings there. Thanksgiving and the
membership meeting of the Bald
Head Conservancy, in which Flem
ing is involved.
Fleming was born in 1913 in
Amityville, N.Y. He attended Pratt
Institute in New York and began his
professional life at age 20 as office
boy at New Yorker. Among the mag
azine's celebrated writers and artists
at the time was James Thurber.
"Thurber did not have an office at
the New Yorker, so 1 would let him
use my desk when he came in,"
Fleming remembers. "He was losing
his sight and had developed the
technique of peering through a great
thick prism and using a large chalk
stick to make his wonderful fuzzy
"He was a fine gentleman and
gave me much encouragement at a
time that was most important to me.
I can't estimate how many drawings
I did for New Yorker and other mag
azines in those days, but I probably
submitted 16 for every one I sold?
for S5 each."
By 1964, his following had grown
such that Fleming was commis
sioned to do 40 paintings for a
Boston fundraiser dinner for Ducks
"I was seated next to the president
of Abercrombie & Fitch at the din
ner, and he turned to me and said he
would buy all the pictures that were
not sold at the show," Fleming said.
"This was a real breakthrough and
gave me national recognition for my
fish and wildlife watercolors."
The artist's knowledge of water
fowl led to an interest in decoys,
which he regarded at works of art
rather than tools of the hunter. In
1939 he discovered a pair of circa
1832 masterpieces under an Amity
The following year, the newly
married Fleming went to an estate
auction to buy furniture and returned
home with 5(X) decoys. He soon had
one of the country's leading collec
tions and was appointed one of the
first judges of the National Decoy
Show. Later, he founded the Caro
lina Decoy Collectors and Carvers
Fleming discovered North Caro
lina in 1943 when he visited on the
hunting lodges on l-ake Matta
muskeet in Hyde County. In 1976,
he and his wife Marion moved to
Middle Sound north of Wrightsville
Beach. She died two years later, and
in 1983 he married Carolyn Light
hourne. After spending six months
in the Bahamas aboard their trawler
Keewatin, they moved to Bald Head
Since the move, Fleming has
painted many watercolors of logger
head turtles, birds and endangered
species of interest to the Bald Head
Conservancy. His most popular wa
tercolor is "The Hatchlings," and his
duck watercolors have been repro
duced on plates and tiles and sold
Admission to the retrospective is
free; public access to Bald Head
Island is available via private toll
ferry from Southport.
The Fleming Retrospective is the
First public event for the newly
formed Smith Island Art League.
The organization is open to anyone
over 18 who is interested in enhanc
ing artistic endeavors on Bald Head
Rabon Is Historical Society Speaker
Dr. James R. Rabon, a Brunswick
County native and retired superin
tendent of Columbus County
schools, was guest speaker Nov. 8
when the Brunswick County Histo
rical Society met in Southport.
Rabon displayed many old docu
ments pertaining to the early
schools, according to society
spokesman Johnsie M. Holden of
Holden Beach. Of particular interest
were a blueprint for one-room
school houses, a long list of the
names of the small schools that
served before consolidation, and a
hand-written record of the organiza
tion of Brunswick County Board of
Education in 1872 and its payments
to teachers for that year. The annual
vouchers ranged from $75 to $160.
New officers of the group for
1994-97 are Lottie Ludlum, presi
dent; David Bennett, secretary-trea
surer; Frank Galloway, vice presi
dent; and Helen Taylor and Gwen
The Bruns.. County Historical
Society was organized in 1954 to col
lect, preserve, study, evaluate and
publicize Brunswick County history.
Meetings are held on the second
Monday of Feb., May, Aug. and Nov.
Prior to each meeting, a newslet
ter is published containing informa
tion about the society's activities, re
search papers and article that pertain
to the organization's purpose.
Optimist Seeks Essays
Local high school sophomores,
The Brunswick County Parks and
Recreation Department is planning
an after-school arts program with a
Children ages 6 to 13 will make
holiday crafts from 4 p.m. until 4:45
p.m. All materials will be provided.
Dates and locations are as fol
lows: Tuesday, Nov. 30, West
Brunswick Branch Library, Shal
lotte; Wednesday, Dec. 1, Southport
Library; Thursday, Dec. 2, Leland
On Sunday, Dec. 5, Santa's help
ers will assist children ages 12 and
under who want to make holiday
crafts to give as gifts. Santa will be
there, and refreshments will be
For more information on either
program, call Emma T. McGraw at
the county parks and recreation of
fice, 253-4357 or 1-800-222-4790.
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A. HAULING CO, SSJS
juniors and seniors are eligible to
compete in an essay contest being
sponsored by the South Brunswick
Islands Optimist Club of Shallotte.
The essay contest is titled "The
Boundaries of Freedom," said
Chairperson Teresa Reinitz. Stu
dents have until Dec. 1 to submit
original essays to the club. The club
will select First, second and third
place winners in its contest. The first
place entry will be automatically
forwarded to the district competi
First-place district winner will re
ceive an expense-paid, four-day trip
to the Freedom Foundaion in Valley
Forge. Pa , in July 1994 for the
Freedom and Leadership Confe
International winners receive
scholarships of $5,000. $3,000 and
Optimist International is one of
the largest and most active service
organizations, conducting projects
which reach 5 million young people
For more information about the
essay contest, contact Reinitz at
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