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Ordinary to Extraordinary

Fine Arts Students from Rowan Cabarrus Community College will be featured in a 3-month exhibition at the Salisbury Business Center located in Downtown Salisbury.  The exhibition, aptly titled Ordinary to Extraordinary, will feature a variety of works in different mediums from paintings to photography to oversized sculptures.  Artwork will be available for viewing Monday through Friday from 8-5pm from December 1st- February 28th.

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(Left to Right, Bailey Wingler, April Bryant and Michael Owens)

AFA Students Bailey Wingler and April Bryant have organized and curated this exhibition with the help of the Salisbury Business Center and Comics at Fault.  An opening Reception will be held on Thursday, December 8th from 6:00-8:00pm.  The reception will include a meet and greet with the artists and refreshments will be provided by Winks BBQ of Salisbury and the new Mike & Paula’s Eatery.  Please save the date and don’t miss out in this amazing event!

We would like to send out a very special THANK YOU to our amazing sponsors!  We are very blessed to have so many small businesses willing to step up and support the Arts Community and the Students in Rowan/Cabarrus Counties.  Please follow the links below for more information!

Comics at Fault

Wink’s BBQ

Mike & Paula’s Eatery

Ordinary to Extraordinary flyer

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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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!