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Retired firefighter discusses struggle with depression in new book

Greg Faggart, the author of “Naked No More…A Firefighter’s Journey and Triumph Over the Darkness of Depression” will be a guest from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 31 at the Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival in downtown Kannapolis, N.C.

The festival is FREE the public.

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Romance author L.E. Maguire to attend Kannapolis arts fest

Romance author L.E. Maguire will be a guest at the May 31 Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival in downtown Kannapolis, N.C. She will be at the festival from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and the festival is FREE to the public. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/452050001596194/ for more information about the festival. Continue reading Romance author L.E. Maguire to attend Kannapolis arts fest

Raleigh electronica musician joins May 31 Kaleidoscope

Andrew Robbins-Pollack will perform his electronic drum set from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 31 at Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival in downtown Kannapolis, N.C. He will be performing outside of Sunshine’s Asian Cuisine, 215 W A St, Kannapolis. Continue reading Raleigh electronica musician joins May 31 Kaleidoscope

MELABETH THE VAMPIRE author: How my brother’s dream lives through me

Author E.B. Hood will be at the May 31 Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Fest from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Kannapolis.

E.B. Hood is the author of the “Melabeth the Vampire” series which can be found on Amazon.com or at the Literary Book store or Dead Ed’s, both in Salisbury. Visit www.facebook.com/MelabethTheVampire for more information. Continue reading MELABETH THE VAMPIRE author: How my brother’s dream lives through me

Kannapolis musician blends Gordon Lightfoot, Leonard Cohen and James Taylor sound

A quondam Conga Player, Marty DeJarnette is a Kannapolis based musician who performs solo acts and works with the local Fuzzbucket Music Company, which performed for the Cabarrus Arts Council at the Davis Theatre in Concord in December. He will be one of the performers at the April 26 Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Fest which will be held from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Kannapolis. Visit www.KannapolisArts.com for more information or find their Kannapolis Arts page on Facebook. Marty pic

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Sam Kearns and her Nightmare Before Christmas shoes

Sam Kearns is a Landis, N.C. based artist who will be at the April 26 Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival in Downtown Kannapolis. She will be set up from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. April 26. Here’s what the artist had to say about her work: Continue reading Sam Kearns and her Nightmare Before Christmas shoes

Fantasy fiction author Heather Schuldt to attend April festival

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Heather Marie Schuldt is a fantasy fiction author who will be attending the April 26 Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Downtown Kannapolis.
Schuldt is a fiction author of short stories and novellas. She has published three collections of short stories. Her  first anthology, Giant Tales Beyond the Mystic Doors, was published on Valentine’s Day in 2013 it has 61 tales from 16 authors. Her second anthology has 65 tales from the swamp written by 20 authors, Giant Tales From the Misty Swamp. The third anthology has recently launched in January 2014, Giant Tales: World of Pirates, which has 53 tales from 40 authors. Schuldt also has a new release, a novella that was launched in December of 2013, Gryffon Master, a fantasy action adventure where two adventurers are stuck in a dangerous enchanted jungle, similar to an Indiana Jones style of adventure with the enchantments from The Hobbit. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and three children. Schuldt has a degree in Theater from California State University Fullerton, a minor in Literature, and a minor in Marketing.
Schuldt has been providing a free monthly short story challenge since April 2012. Schuldt offers a place where creative writers can exercise the craft of writing fiction while making good connections in the group, Writers750.com. Each month serious fiction writers are welcome to write a short story in the thriller, fantasy, science fiction, mystery, horror and/or contemporary fiction genres and to make it available for others in the group to read. Her philosophy is to write what you know and to use your own natural writer’s voice. Schuldt encourages writers to read each other’s stories and provide helpful feedback. Short stories are usually due on the 25th of each month. Voting is available during the last five or six days of the month. Winners are announced on the 1st day of the month. Details can be found at: www.writers750.com

Irish dancer among performers at April festival

Check out some video of Hannah Redlich who will be one of the performers at the April 26 Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival in downtown Kannapolis. Redlich will also be filming footage of the artists and performers at the festival to promote future festivals.

Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival takes place this year from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on April 26, May 31, Sept. 27 and Oct. 25 in downtown Kannapolis.

Check out our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/KannapolisArts

and join our event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/217368755117173/

 

 

Kaleidoscope sponsor the Independent Tribune to start a series of artist/musician profiles

Cabarrus County artists and musicians please e-mail me at mknox@modernfilmzine.com about the Independent Tribune letting me start up a series of “mini” profiles. Get in touch with me so I can send you a list of questions for you to fill out with some images of your work. We plan to start running these with our Entertainment Calendar which will be launching soon. This is focused on Cabarrus County artists and musicians for right now, just to give a heads up. It’s also open to anyone living in the Rowan County portion of Kannapolis. Take care and thanks! Mike

Kannapolis artist finds his muse

Eric Wattinne will be set up at the April 26 Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown KannapolisEric Wattinne

By Michael Knox mknox@independenttribune.com

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. —Attend a live music venue in the area, and you just might spot an artist in the crowd, busily painting away as he’s inspired by the music.

In fact, it’s hard to miss Eric Wattinne. The Kannapolis artist can be seen wearing a suit and tie — with sandals and a captain’s sailor hat.

“I like comfortable, and I like to be very flamboyant,” Wattinne said. “I love to have people walk in, look over the crowd and stop when they see me. And it’s not just because I’m working on my painting, it’s because they’re like, ‘Who’s that guy with the yellow dress corduroys with gigantic boots on? And is he wearing a shirt? No. That’s a vest. He’s wearing a vest and no shirt and he’s got a captain’s hat on.’”

Wattinne strives to be flamboyant.

“I like to be a walking advertisement for the psychological community, the people that like to explore their consciousness,” he said. “Exploring consciousness obviously leads to your outer appearance changing. So, you’re exploring your inner self, and it’s going to change [how] you want yourself to look.”

That exploration of consciousness is something Wattinne dives into every time he paints at a music event. He attends concerts and festivals as a guest, performing a “live painting” session in which he creates art while musicians play.

One piece that shows how Wattinne’s art style works is his painting “Cosmic Rave.”

“I wanted it be the image of an astronaut who has his face mask break in space and he’s having a death trip,” Wattinne said.

After developing the initial idea for the painting, he was able to work with a band to help the concept flourish.

“Right when I started it I was talking to my friend’s band, The Wormholes, and they wanted me to give them an idea of what I was painting so that they could kind of play along with it and give me inspiration while they played,” he said. “And they already do cosmic sort of sounds.”

Wattinne not only paints to the sounds of live music, but he has also lent his artistic talents to bands, providing their album artwork. He’s worked with Andrew Stamper, as well as the Asian Teacher Factory and The Collectives.

The piece he recently did for Andrew Stamper is a burst of purple and yellow, with strange faces erupting from the explosion of color.

“Some people have been saying it looks like the Big Bang to them,” he said. “You’ve got some sort of demigod deities, looking on to the Big Bang.”

His work often has strange faces in the background, which are also influenced by Wattinne’s emotions.

“When I draw faces, you see inside the work — extreme happiness, extreme interest, this person is very astonished, aghast. And the expressions show what I feel sometimes,” he said. “If I’m working on a piece and something confuses me, the next face I draw might look confused.”

With music, Wattinne has also been influenced by the work of Ralph Steadman, cartoons, the band the Gorillaz as well as images he’s pulled from his dreams.

The different media have influenced a style that he’s spent years developing, dating back to when he was a student at Winecoff Elementary School.

“I was always doodling,” he said with a laugh. “I’d get in trouble in class because I’d draw instead of listening. I would no pay attention to my work. Eventually, I was like, ‘You know what? I’m getting into trouble for it, but later on this is going to be what I do for a living.’”

Wattinne studied art at UNC Charlotte, and he now works at Dragonfly Studios, where he does carpentry work and fabrication designs.

It was at UNC Charlotte, though, that Wattinne first started painting to music. At first he’d just listen to CDs, but by December 2011 he was invited to “perform” with the band The Mantras at the Visulite Theatre in Charlotte. “The energy and the go-for-broke kind of act that they do and just the amount of love they emanate made me just love painting to them,” he said.

Now, Wattinne paints to live music on a regular basis.

“If there’s no music playing, I actually find it hard to work,” he said. “I like to dance while painting, too. Sometimes it’s just as enjoyable for me to be up on stage dancing out and just grooving as it is to paint.”

Contact Michael Knox at 704-789-9133.