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Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival and Food Truck Rally – Candy Crawl

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Saturday, Oct 29th 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Join us in Downtown Kannapolis as we celebrate the last 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 and best of all FREE!!

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

Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival and Food Truck Rally

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Saturday, June 25th 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Join us in Downtown Kannapolis as we celebrate the third 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 and best of all FREE!!

Interested in becoming a vendor?  Artists set up FREE – register:   http://kannapolisarts.com/vendor-form/

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

Questions? Contact us at:  kannapolisarts@gmail.com

Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival and Food Truck Rally

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Saturday, May 21st 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Join us in Downtown Kannapolis as we celebrate the second 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 and best of all FREE!!

Interested in becoming a vendor?  Artists set up FREE – register:   http://kannapolisarts.com/vendor-form/

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

Questions? Contact us at:  kannapolisarts@gmail.com

Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival and Food Truck Rally

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Saturday, April 30th 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Join us in Downtown Kannapolis as we celebrate the first 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 and best of all FREE!!

Interested in becoming a vendor?  Artists set up FREE – 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

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.

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; 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.”

Who Are the Kannapolis Arts Minions?

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Kannapolis Arts Minions. Who are they? Where did they come from? Well I am here to tell you what it means to be a Kannapolis Arts Minion.

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