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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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14803111_10157642106175274_739473822_oAnd of course we simply must mention the work of  Clearwater resident artist and RCCC instructor, Walter Stanford who was a hit with even the youngest art lovers at the show.

 

 

 

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!!!”

13710430_151621125262969_6416272622029065894_oPhoto Courtesy of Photography by Duane Duvall

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.

Kannapolis Arts and Downtown Kannapolis Inc. join forces to expand cultural arts in Kannapolis

 

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Downtown Kannapolis Inc. and Kannapolis Arts are joining forces to bring more arts and entertainment events to downtown Kannapolis.

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