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It’s Here, It’s There, It’s EVERYWHERE!

Fall 2016 has been an amazing time for our local Arts community!  As it turns out, if you can’t find some great art you just aren’t looking hard enough.  Between the Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival, the Harrisburg Art Walk and various artists setting up at our favorite local businesses such as the Cabarrus Brewery, there is art almost everywhere we look!  So, what could be better than an abundance of great art??  A growing number of talented local artists THAT’S WHAT!

We were surprised to find out that Rowan Cabarrus Community College has a  fantastic Visual Arts program that is growing at steady speed.  The Visual Arts program is headed up by Fine Art Chair Jenn Selby (who has been described as a rock star in the world of art) and her amazing team of professors.  The professors at RCCC, all of which have earned MFAs at prestigious universities across the country, include a wide range of graphic artists, painters, sculptures and various mixed media and video artists.  We recently visited Clearwater Artists Studios in Concord to check out some of their work during the Opening Reception of the Inaugural RCCC Faculty Exhibit.  The show, which will remain up until October 31st features numerous artworks that you really MUST SEE to believe.

14799980_10157642106430274_982893075_oOne of our favorites was this Sound Synthesizer created by Professor Christian Ryan.  We were thrilled to watch him demonstrate it before our very eyes!  Ryan took the piece right off of the mannequin and demonstrated the unique sounds that it creates while also explaining how he creates many of his works from trees that he has harvested right in his own back yard!

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So naturally, after visiting this exhibit we got to thinking…  how do these very contemporary young artists incorporate their techniques into their teaching practice?  What kinds of art are the students creating?  And most importantly, HOW do we find it??

Well, this was a much easier task than we originally thought!  RCCC has art classes on both the North and South campuses and it isn’t entirely uncommon to see a group of students outside working on their next masterpiece.  RCCC offers classes in painting, still life drawing and figure drawing with live models, sculpture, ceramics, photography and the list goes on and on!

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In these studio style classes, student artists work together to build 14795932_10157642106285274_566737038_o
and create works which are then critiqued by
themselves and their peers.  They are then encouraged to enter their pieces into 2 student exhibitions hosted by RCCC throughout the year.

If you love good art like we do, you will be thrilled to know that the next exhibition is coming up this Friday, October 28th!  This show, which is a juried exhibition will feature some of the finest artworks that RCCC has to offer.  All pieces have been created by students who are pursuing their Associate in Fine Arts degree and who are dedicated to perfecting their craft.  The show will be in a new venue this year in the beautiful Downtown Salisbury.  The works will be available for viewing from October 28th-November 5th between 10am and 5pm on the 3rd floor of the historic Meroney Theater located at 213 South Main Street in Salisbury.  The opening reception will be October 28th from 5-8pm.  Many of the artists will be present along with their instructors and refreshments will be served.  Please come out and show your support for our arts community by checking out what the youngest among us are creating!  We’ll see you there!

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Kannapolis’ NEW Photog Scene!

When Michael Knox came to Kannapolis from Asheville, North Carolina, he discovered an arts community that was going unrecognized.  It was a vibrant group of multi-talented artists, musicians, photographers and crafters that were traveling up and down I-85 to show off their creations.   Knox was determined to foster an environment that would benefit the artists, the area business owners and the City of Kannapolis in a truly amazing way.  From this desire, Kannapolis Arts emerged.  As many of you know, Kannapolis Arts created the Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival in Downtown Kannapolis.  But what you may not know is that they didn’t stop there.  In an effort to further connect the arts community Kannapolis Arts has been experimenting with various Facebook groups geared towards individual specializations.  While some proved to be less successful, one thing is for sure, Kannapolis is home to a wide variety of extremely talented photographers who are eager to grow their craft and their community.  David Roman, professional photographer and co-founder of the Kannapolis Arts’ Photographers, created the group “as a place where you would be able to post questions, get ideas, answers, advice, etc. from other local photographers.”

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Photo Courtesy of Kevin R. Daniels

Roman is the owner of Romanda Photography and Chasing the Sun Photography and has been a regular vendor and volunteer at the Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festivals.  While explaining his desire to start the group Roman stated,

“a lot of photographers are very territorial and to me have seemed very stand-offish. Making it hard to ask real questions. Things like ‘what settings should I used for this setup?’ or ‘where do you go to shoot a great sunset?’ We have a lot of amazing people willing to help in any way.”

To propel the group even further, Roman organized the first Photographer’s Meet-up just last week in Downtown Kannapolis.  Photographers from the group were given a specific topic and were invited to bring their knowledge and equipment and work hands on with the group.  So far they have shared their own unique lighting and flash techniques, tips for the best places to find a great sunset in the Kannapolis area, and helped one another to troubleshoot their way through various editing programs and camera difficulties.

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12322937_10157169134270223_2548519965981593948_oAfter the first Meetup the group was more enthusiastic than ever.  Duane Duvall of Photography by Duane Duvall immediately posted up his photos to the Facebook group saying, “for those who missed out tonight in the group, you gotta try to make the next one. We had a lot of fun tonight or at least I did anyway. It’s nice to get together and talk shop and learn new stuff. This was an off camera flash meet up and David showed me how to do a “Back Button” focus trick. Just talking shop together helps us learn so much more. Best photog group ever!!!”

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If there was ever a place to grow as a photographer,  Kannapolis, North Carolina is it!  With so many amazing photographers willing to share and explore it seems natural that this group will continue to grow.  If you are in the Kannapolis, North Carolina area and you are interested in joining the Kannapolis Arts Photographer’s Groups please click HERE.

All photos shown are from the Meet-Up and feature professional photographers including Duane Duvall of Photography by Duane Duvall, David Roman of Romanda Photography and Chasing the Sun Photography,  Kevin R Daniels of Xiiith Photo Video Designs, Stevi Rosenthal of Stevie Rosenthal Photography and Kannapolis resident Topper Hightower.

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, 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 https://www.facebook.com/oldtownsoapco/ and their website at https://www.oldtownsoapco.com/, 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.

EXTRA EXTRA READ ALL ABOUT IT!!!

In case you didn’t already know, Kannapolis Arts, a division of Downtown Kannapolis Incorporated, has organized an Art exhibit featuring local artists at the new Salisbury Business Center located in Downtown Salisbury.  This exhibit is very colorful and contemporary and features a unique variety of works including oil paintings, digitally enhanced photography, still life photography, bright acrylics works, captivating pastels and even pieces using food coloring and mediums you have to see in person to truly appreciate.  More information regarding featured artists can be found HERE.

This is such an awesome opportunity to spotlight some of our local artists and to create a fun and energetic vibe that we hope will carry over into the future of the Downtown Kannapolis area.

Thanks to the dedication and generosity of the Salisbury Business Center and the Rowan Arts Council, a reception will be held this Wednesday, February 24th from 6-8pm which will include light hors d’oeuvres, refreshments and performances.  This reception, which is FREE to the public, will also include an artist meet and greet.  Visitors will have the opportunity to meet the artists, ask questions and purchase some spectacular pieces.  Additionally, Kannapolis Arts volunteers will be on hand to answer questions regarding their role in Downtown Kannapolis and their impact on the local Arts community! See you there!

Kannapolis Arts to Honor Local Artists!

Kannapolis Arts has been invited to host an Art Showcase at the Salisbury Business Center in Downtown Salisbury!

The mission of the Salisbury Business Center is to empower professionals by providing outstanding business-oriented services utilizing their convenient downtown location, extensive resources, knowledgeable staff, and state-of-the-art facilities.  Hundreds of people from across the U.S. visit the Salisbury Business Center a year for training, seminars, meetings, community events, or client visits.

Showcasing artists from the area is mutually beneficial to the artists and the Salisbury Business Center.  Current artists being showcased can be viewed on their website:

Salisbury Business Center Artists

In addition to the showcase, the Salisbury Business Center creates brochures marketing the current artworks displayed. These brochures are made available to visitors and persons interested in purchasing artwork. Press releases are sent to area media outlets, and social media is utilized for publicity of current artworks as well.

Because of their dedication to small businesses, local artists and community enrichment, Kannapolis Arts is THRILLED to be pairing up with the Salisbury Business Center to create an art display that will showcase our resident artists, as well as, artists who have been involved in the Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts festival that we hold 5 times each year in Downtown Kannapolis, NC.

Area artists are invited to represent Kannapolis Arts by submitting their 2-Dimensional artworks for a special 3 month art installation inside of the Salisbury Business Center.  For more information regarding this showcase and how you can be involved, please email Kannapolis Arts Project Leader Bailey Wingler (of Just Bailey Designs) at justbaileydesigns@gmail.com or by filling out the contact form below.

 

Huzzah to the good tipper!


Every year in North Carolina, just as the leaves begin to turn, Charlotteans and those in the surrounding areas look forward to this amazing event!  You might be imagining revving engines and left turns, but if you head a little further East, your ears will fill with the sounds of laughter, bongo drums and trumpets.  These delightful sounds signal none other that the Carolina Renaissance Festival!

Continue reading Huzzah to the good tipper!

NC Music Hall of Fame

Had a great time being able to walk around and photograph the NC Music Hall of Fame yesterday.  The staff was so great, lots of very cool outfits, instruments, and lots and lots more.

If you have not been, please plan a trip ASAP!

Enjoy some photos here:

 

Curb Museum for Music and Motorsports

As part of the “North Carolina Music Hall of Fame tour with Kannapolis Arts” event today, I was able to walk around  the Curb Museum for Music and Motorsports” and get some shots of the cars (will have some shots of the Music Hall of Fame when I get them edited).

The staff was so nice, everyone was just so accommodating, they let me move the ropes to get some great shot.

Had a great time walking around, checking out some really amazing cars.

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Kannapolis Cruise-In

April 2015 Kannapolis Cruise-In

Every 2nd Saturday from March to November (except may) in downtown Kannapolis something magical happens.
Amazing looking cars from all over the area show up and show off!

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Some of these cars are still works in progress:

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Some of the car’s owner’s enjoy adding a little “extra” to their display:

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Some of these cars are just amazing looking (click for full size image):

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Even the insides are awesome:

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Was a great day, 70’s and beautiful.  Don’t forget there are more of these June-Nov!  Don’t Miss out!

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I will be at the April 25th Art show, with lots of prints and a few select canvasses for sale.

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