Kannapolis Arts is looking for videographers/filmmakers to create web videos

Kannapolis Arts would like to start producing a short video series that present 1 to 2 minute videos that profile an artist or band. We are looking for individuals who could come out to the Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival and film some of our artists talking about their work and some video of the work to edit into a short 1 to 2 minute profile. We would also like video “overviews” of the festival that capture what it’s like to attend Kaleidoscope.

We would also like crews to go out and produce videos in the community, interviewing artists and performers on location as well as covering other area events. The goal is to promote all arts and culture in Kannapolis and surrounding communities.

If anyone is interested contact mknox@modernfilmzine.com for more information.

Easter is On It’s Way!

With Easter right around the corner, I thought I would share one of my favorite traditions.  Dyeing Easter eggs!  I know, I know, you buy the dye from the store along with the little cardboard drying rack and Voila!  But that’s not how we at Just Bailey Designs like to do things.  Why go out and buy all that dye when you can make your own?  Today I am going to show you how to take regular white eggs and decorate them using all natural materials.

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To get started, you will need Yellow Onion Skins, Beets and Red Cabbage.  You could also use Frozen Blueberries, Turmeric or Coffee to name just a few.  For the purposes of today, I am going to go one step further and add some designs to my eggs using flowers and leaves from around my yard!  If you want to do this, you will need to clip a few flowers or interesting leaves and you will need an old pair of panty hose or very thin socks.



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12873390_10156675778010274_1857605447_oThe first thing we are going to do is cut our panty hose into small
segments around 4 inches in length,  this could vary based on the size of your eggs.

Always go big if you are unsure and then you can cut off the additional fabric once you have tied it securely.

Next we will press our clipping onto our eggs very gently and then secure with the panty hose.
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At this point we can move on to making our dyes.  For this project I have 9 eggs and will be dying them 3 at a time.

12874190_10156675778670274_2873711_oWe place 3 of our eggs into a small 1-qt. pot and cover with water.  Next I am going to add the skins of 3 yellow onions.  Bring this mixture to a boil and then cover and simmer on low for 15 minutes.  Turn off your burner and add a teaspoon of vinegar to your dye.  Allow the eggs to sit for a minimum of 3-5 hours to allow the dye to stick.  I like to leave them overnight!

**The longer you allow your eggs to sit in the dye, the more saturated the colors will be.**

 

12517147_10156675901950274_758073907_oRepeat this process with all of your dyes.  The onion skins will create a rich caramel color.  To get a sandy brown, you will use 1 large beet that has been roughly sliced.  And to get a blue color, you will use half a red cabbage that has been roughly sliced.

 

 

 

Once we are  ready to remove the eggs from the dye and have allowed them to cool, it is time to cut away the panty hose and remove our flowers.  Use a paper towel or your fingers to clean away any debris.

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To give your eggs a glossy look, apply a small dab of any regular cooking oil, like Canola oil and use it to shine your eggs.  Use a paper towel to remove any excess.

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Local Artists Give Back

Local Artists spanning 4 area counties have joined together to create special works of art for the Holly Haven Family Care Home in Winston-Salem as a part of the Healing Hearts with Healing Art initiative.  The Holly Haven residence, which is a part of Aids Care Services,  “provides professional, courteous care for persons living with advanced HIV disease and support for their families and loved ones. [They] offer round-the-clock “family-style” residential services, including meals, activities, medication administration, housekeeping, and personal care.”

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In an effort to bring joy and healing to the residents, area artists are creating vibrant pieces specifically for Holly Haven.  The artwork will be on display during the signature Dining with Friends Fundraiser on April 30th, 2016.  “After the individual parties, guests and their hosts will come together to enjoy an exclusive community-wide celebration, free of charge, that concludes Dining with Friends with complimentary desserts, live music, and dancing […]” (aidscareservices.org).  More information regarding the Dewy’s Dessert Finale can be found HERE.

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Several of the artists participating, along with organizers Jennifer Alford and Bailey Wingler will be attending the event.  For more information, please visit the Healing Hearts with Healing Art Facebook event page hosted by Just Bailey Designs.

Healing Hearts through Healing Art

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Bailey Wingler, Salisbury artist and sole proprietor of Just Bailey Designs, has always had a passion for using art to make the world a better place.  So, when her long time client, Ms. Jennifer Alford of Winston-Salem, commissioned her to create a painting for the Holly Haven family care home Bailey immediately sprung into action.

Holly Haven, located in Forsyth County, is a residence that  “provides professional, courteous care for persons living with advanced HIV disease and support for their families and loved ones. (They) offer round-the-clock “family-style” residential services, including meals, activities, medication administration, housekeeping, and personal care.” (aidscareservice.org)

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Alford, an art lover and volunteer with Aids Care Services, felt compelled to purchase artwork after volunteering at Holly Haven and noticing that many of the walls were bare.  She believes that art can have a healing effect and that purchasing a piece of art was just a small way she could bring some joy into the lives of the Holly Haven residents.  After discussing this with Bailey, the two decided to embark on a project to fill the halls of Holly Haven with as many colorful artworks as possible.  Bailey, who is very active within her local arts community started an event on Facebook inviting area artists to paint canvases that Alford would supply.  The two were immediately contacted by interested artists spanning through four counties.

The group of artists include Darcey Quates Wilson of Darceyjoy Design, Same Kearns aka The Wandering Pygmy, Ali Carter, Marietta Foster Smith, Michael Owens, Shane Manier of the Guerilla Poets, Gloria Rodriguez, Artist/Musician Sue McHugh and Just Bailey Designs.

Artists will be working on their pieces over the next month and hope to unveil all of the artwork at the end of April.  More information regarding the unveiling of the artworks will be provided soon.  In the meantime,  if you are interested in participating in this event, please email Bailey Wingler at justbaileydesigns@gmail.com.