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Kannapolis Arts Painting Class – Dr. Who Starry Night


30 per person. (Limit 10.)
This Class is open to all ages.
Arrive 15-20 min early to get in your seat!
Our studio is for our painters only. Everyone needs a paid seat to stay on premises during all classes.

We are BYOB so please bring any alcohol with you.
You are invited to bring your own finger foods in case you get hungry during the break.

FINDING US: We are located in the Gem Annex, which is located next to the Gem Theatre, at 111 W. 1st St. in Kannapolis.

Payment online or via phone is required to guarantee your reservation. Bottom Left of Home Page

REFUND/CANCELLATION POLICY: We require more than 48 hrs notice to provide you a refund. If less than 48 hrs notice you will be provided a non-expiring gift certificate. Less than 2 hours notice, no refund or credit.


Kannapolis Arts reserves the right to cancel classes for unforeseen circumstances. Registrants will be notified at least 24 hrs prior to class time and refunded.


Sweet Insanity by Jamie Beinkampen

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With her side business, Sweet Insanity, Jamie Beinkampen of Salisbury sells handmade jewelry and accessories with the best seller being their Anxiety Rings and as well as wine bottle lights that her parents make.

A 2012 graduate of Pfeiffer University, Beinkampen works in the mental health field with elementary age children who are behaviorally and emotionally disturbed. Beinkampen found the best solution for these kids in In addition to alluding to her work in the mental health field, she said the name Sweet Insanity stems from the fact that her art and her business help her maintain her own personal mental health.

“I’ve participated at Kaleidoscope several times,” Beinkampen said. “I love the wide range of art featured and the overall feel of the event.”

While Sweet Insanity is just a hobby for now, she would love for her business to grow large enough so that she could make her jewelry and accessories for a living.

“Right now, time is the biggest hurdle for me,” she said. “Life has been hectic lately!”

In addition to visiting Beinkampen at the Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival, you can see her handcrafted items on Etsy at

Carol Hamlett’s Winding Lizard Basket Co.

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Artist Carol Hamlett brings a unique talent to the Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival. Through The Winding Lizard Basket Co., she sells items handcrafted from used lariats – rope traditionally used for lassos or tethering horses, cattle or other livestock.

Her baskets and wall hangings come in different colors and sizes, and she also sells shopping bags, which she makes when her hands need a break from working with the lariats.

Hamlett learned the craft while living in Arizona, where the old used ropes were plentiful, and brought the talent with her when she moved to North Carolina from in 2013 to be near her daughter and her family. The challenge here was to find lariats, but she has since learned of an outlet in Texas where she can purchase them at a reasonable price.

Hamlett enjoys exposing people to this type of art and looks to the Kaleidoscope festival as a great venue to do so.

“I have set up in Kannapolis for the past two years and enjoy it very much,” she said. “I have met some very interesting people, and some have become return customers.”

“It’s a unique craft skill,” she said of the rope lariat items. “I haven’t seen anyone else here making them.”

Denise Cline – Minky fabrics and custom blankets


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As a single mother of three, Denise Cline started a website six years ago so that she could be home with her children,  selling Minky fabrics and custom blankets. The venture eventually grew into a larger business called The Minky Boutique and its line of baby products called “Homespun Elegance.”

Cline will sell her products at Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival in Kannapolis for the first time on April 30, offering great discounts on discontinued items and a sneak peek at her newest line.

Visitors can browse her handcrafted Minky baby blankets, security blankets, adult blankets, bibs, booties and more.

At her home workshop, Cline and her staff – with over 100 years of sewing experience combined – create high quality products that are sold regularly in Zulily events, in a booth at Blacklion in Huntersville, on the website,, and now, at the Kaleidoscope festival.

The Minky Boutique also was featured recently on the “Made in North Carolina” series.

Cline’s biggest challenge is keeping her product quality as high as possible. “The only way I’ve found to do that is to have my own shop and create all the items in-house,” she said. “I tested a manufacturer several years ago, but the quality just wasn’t there. I want to keep every item we sell hand-crafted and of superior quality.”

Cline is grateful that her lifelong hobby, started at the age of 9, has turned into a business.

“I’m blessed to get to make a living doing what I would be doing for fun,” she said.

Beth Engelhardt, Old Town Soap Co.

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What began as a hobby making bath and body products as Christmas gifts turned into a business for Beth Engelhardt of the Old Town Soap Co. She sells handmade soaps, lotions, candles, body sprays, lip products, beard oils, best double-edge razor blades, bath bombs, lotion rollups and wax melts at her shop in China Grove and at various festivals such as Kaleidoscope in Kannapolis.

Old Town Soap Co. was a presence at every Kaleidoscope event last year. “It’s just an awesome event for everyone who makes handcrafted items to sell for people to enjoy,” Engelhardt said. “It’s always a fun, upbeat atmosphere, with music, food and fun!”

To create her line of handmade items, Engelhardt does extensive research to learn about the best butters, essential oils and other ingredients to use in each product. She’s formulated moisturizing soaps, a bar for teens and others with acne-prone skin, and even “You Dirty Dog,” a shampoo bar for dogs.

I love making things and being creative,” Engelhardt said. “I can get lost in Hobby Lobby for hours. When I tell my husband that’s where I’m headed, he always threatens to take my credit card.”

Check out Old Town Soap Co. on Facebook at and their website at, or drop by their shop at 113 S. Main St. in China Grove.

The Wandering Pygmy, Sam Kearns

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Artist Sam Kearns puts Kaleidoscope at the top of the list of festivals where she has sold her work. “It is my favorite festival because it is so art driven,” said Kearns, who sells her handcrafted dream catchers and original paintings under the name The Wandering Pygmy. “All of the vendors are real artists, and it’s nice to have a festival that promotes raw art like Kaleidoscope does.”

Although she holds two jobs and goes to school full-time, Kearns is serious about her art business. After painting for six years, she decided four years ago to add dream catchers to her lineup. “I wanted to do something more tactile,” she said. “Since then, I have become very passionate about dream catchers and see them as just as much of a creative outlet as painting.”

Whether painting or crafting a dream catcher, Kearns said finding the time to create can be a challenge. Wrapping the outside of the hoop and fashioning the weave in the center are both time-consuming tasks even for the smallest dream catcher.

As if work, school and art didn’t take up enough time, a busy Kearns also has a passion for nature and travel, and is planning a five-month trip to Alaska. She also loves camping, rock climbing and lounging in her hammock. “I am so fond of my hammock that I have a tattoo of it on my leg!” she noted.

Visit Kearns in person at the April 30 Kaleidoscope festival, or check out her work on Facebook and Etsy under The Wandering Pygmy.

Kaleidoscope Profile: Reflections of Kenya by Susannah Kelty

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After working as a Christian missionary in Kenya for 28 years, Susannah Kelty decided to resurrect the creative outlet she had used years earlier as a small fundraiser overseas.

Having retired back to the United States in 2011 to care for her elderly mother, Kelty revisited Reflections of Kenya, which had been born more than a decade earlier as an outlet for the photo note cards she and her photographer husband produced as a fundraiser to help the pastors in their area of northern Kenya. This time, she decided to pursue Reflections as a hobby to provide exposure for the work of Kenyan people who create handcrafted items to support themselves.

The products she now sells through Reflections of Kenya come from various sources and include: handmade jewelry inspired by designed on; decorative home items such as placemats and cushion covers sewn from traditional Kenyan fabrics; blank note cards featuring images of people and scenery in Kenya; hand-decorated special occasion cards created from hand-crafted paper; and framed photos of Kenyan flowers, birds and wildlife.

The welcoming atmosphere of the Kannapolis Kaleidoscope festival has been perfect for Kelty as a hobbyist. “Reflections of Kenya is so small that it is definitely classified as a ‘side hobby,’” she said. “I enjoy the Kaleidoscope festival because it is intimate, friendly and varied.”

Kannapolis Arts welcomes cartoon artist Maylynne Rodriguez


Kannapolis Arts  would like to welcome Maylynne Rodriguez to the April 25 Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 25 in downtown Kannapolis on West Avenue.

Kannapolis Arts would like to thank the sponsors of the Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival series: The North Carolina Research Campus, the City of Kannapolis, the Downtown Kannapolis Inc., the Independent Tribune, Omega Graphics and the Cabarrus Arts Council