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Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival Zombie Walk

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Saturday, August 20th 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Join us in Downtown Kannapolis as we celebrate the first Zombie Walk/Festival of the Arts in 2016.

The Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival Series brings singers, musicians, belly dancers, poets, painters, pottery makers, arts, crafts, jugglers, clowns and other forms of arts and culture to the downtown Kannapolis streets.

The Festival series is family friendly – Zombies will behave appropriately (no chasing, or being too aggressive, etc…)

Interested in becoming a vendor?  Register:   http://kannapolisarts.com/vendor-form/

Interested in becoming a volunteer? Register: kannapolisarts@gmail.com

Questions? Contact us at:  kannapolisarts@gmail.com

Sweet Insanity by Jamie Beinkampen

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With her side business, Sweet Insanity, Jamie Beinkampen of Salisbury sells handmade jewelry and accessories, 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. 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 https://www.etsy.com/shop/SweetInsanityJewelry?ref=si_shop

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, www.theminkyboutique.com, 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.

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; 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.”

The Lady Comes First performs at May 30 fest

The Kannapolis based band The Lady Comes First will perform at 12 p.m. Saturday, May 30 at the West Avenue and West 1st Street intersection in Kannapolis as part of the May 30 Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival series.

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Kannapolis Arts welcomes Courtney Gover and Landon Locklear to April 25 fest

Kannapolis Arts wants to welcome artist Courtney Gover and Landon Locklear to the April 25 Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival in downtown Kannapolis on West Avenue. The festival runs from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 25.

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Sabrina White with Moya Art Studio joins April 25 fest

Kannapolis Arts wants to welcome artist Sabrina White with the Moya Art Studio to the April 25 Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival in downtown Kannapolis on West Avenue. The festival runs from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 25.

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Kannapolis Arts welcomes Artsy Starky to April 25 festival

Kannapolis Arts wants to welcome artist Jessica Stark, with Artsy Starky, to the April 25 Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival in downtown Kannapolis on West Avenue. The festival runs from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 25.

If you are an artist or performer interested in setting up for FREE at the festival e-mail mknox@modernfilmzine.com for more information.

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Kannapolis Arts welcomes eArtesan.com to April 25 festival

Kannapolis Arts wants to welcome artists Michael and Marcela Galloway, with eArtesan.com, to the April 25 Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival in downtown Kannapolis on West Avenue. The festival runs from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 25.

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