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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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Easter is On It’s Way!

With Easter right around the corner, I thought I would share one of my favorite traditions.  Dyeing Easter eggs!  I know, I know, you buy the dye from the store along with the little cardboard drying rack and Voila!  But that’s not how we at Just Bailey Designs like to do things.  Why go out and buy all that dye when you can make your own?  Today I am going to show you how to take regular white eggs and decorate them using all natural materials.

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To get started, you will need Yellow Onion Skins, Beets and Red Cabbage.  You could also use Frozen Blueberries, Turmeric or Coffee to name just a few.  For the purposes of today, I am going to go one step further and add some designs to my eggs using flowers and leaves from around my yard!  If you want to do this, you will need to clip a few flowers or interesting leaves and you will need an old pair of panty hose or very thin socks.



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12873390_10156675778010274_1857605447_oThe first thing we are going to do is cut our panty hose into small
segments around 4 inches in length,  this could vary based on the size of your eggs.

Always go big if you are unsure and then you can cut off the additional fabric once you have tied it securely.

Next we will press our clipping onto our eggs very gently and then secure with the panty hose.
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At this point we can move on to making our dyes.  For this project I have 9 eggs and will be dying them 3 at a time.

12874190_10156675778670274_2873711_oWe place 3 of our eggs into a small 1-qt. pot and cover with water.  Next I am going to add the skins of 3 yellow onions.  Bring this mixture to a boil and then cover and simmer on low for 15 minutes.  Turn off your burner and add a teaspoon of vinegar to your dye.  Allow the eggs to sit for a minimum of 3-5 hours to allow the dye to stick.  I like to leave them overnight!

**The longer you allow your eggs to sit in the dye, the more saturated the colors will be.**

 

12517147_10156675901950274_758073907_oRepeat this process with all of your dyes.  The onion skins will create a rich caramel color.  To get a sandy brown, you will use 1 large beet that has been roughly sliced.  And to get a blue color, you will use half a red cabbage that has been roughly sliced.

 

 

 

Once we are  ready to remove the eggs from the dye and have allowed them to cool, it is time to cut away the panty hose and remove our flowers.  Use a paper towel or your fingers to clean away any debris.

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To give your eggs a glossy look, apply a small dab of any regular cooking oil, like Canola oil and use it to shine your eggs.  Use a paper towel to remove any excess.

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Local Artists Give Back

Local Artists spanning 4 area counties have joined together to create special works of art for the Holly Haven Family Care Home in Winston-Salem as a part of the Healing Hearts with Healing Art initiative.  The Holly Haven residence, which is a part of Aids Care Services,  “provides professional, courteous care for persons living with advanced HIV disease and support for their families and loved ones. [They] offer round-the-clock “family-style” residential services, including meals, activities, medication administration, housekeeping, and personal care.”

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In an effort to bring joy and healing to the residents, area artists are creating vibrant pieces specifically for Holly Haven.  The artwork will be on display during the signature Dining with Friends Fundraiser on April 30th, 2016.  “After the individual parties, guests and their hosts will come together to enjoy an exclusive community-wide celebration, free of charge, that concludes Dining with Friends with complimentary desserts, live music, and dancing […]” (aidscareservices.org).  More information regarding the Dewy’s Dessert Finale can be found HERE.

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Several of the artists participating, along with organizers Jennifer Alford and Bailey Wingler will be attending the event.  For more information, please visit the Healing Hearts with Healing Art Facebook event page hosted by Just Bailey Designs.

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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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 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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Kannapolis Arts welcomes artist Robert Webb to April 25 festival

Kannapolis Arts wants to welcome Lincolnton artist Robert Webb 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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Artist Tricia Brown will be a guest at Kannapolis Arts fest

Davidson based artist Tricia Brown will be a guest at the Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27 in downtown Kannapolis.

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