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Kannapolis Arts Painting Class – Dr. Who Starry Night


30 per person. (Limit 10.)
This Class is open to all ages.
Arrive 15-20 min early to get in your seat!
Our studio is for our painters only. Everyone needs a paid seat to stay on premises during all classes.

We are BYOB so please bring any alcohol with you.
You are invited to bring your own finger foods in case you get hungry during the break.

FINDING US: We are located in the Gem Annex, which is located next to the Gem Theatre, at 111 W. 1st St. in Kannapolis.

Payment online or via phone is required to guarantee your reservation.

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REFUND/CANCELLATION POLICY: We require more than 48 hrs notice to provide you a refund. If less than 48 hrs notice you will be provided a non-expiring gift certificate. Less than 2 hours notice, no refund or credit.


Kannapolis Arts reserves the right to cancel classes for unforeseen circumstances. Registrants will be notified at least 24 hrs prior to class time and refunded.


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


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.

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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More than 4,000 invites for Kannapolis Arts fest

Wow! We have 250 “guests” for the September 27 Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival and more than 4,000 invitations sent out! Thanks for everyone’s support! And don’t forget to keep inviting your friends, via the event invite, share the status, tell your friends and try to bring out as many people as possible. We want to make sure have a great crowd so these artists keep wanting to come back again and again!

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Mellowed Arts paint parties join Kannapolis Arts fest

Tricia Garver, with the painting party company Mellowed Arts, will be a guest at Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27 in downtown Kannapolis.

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From dinosaurs to dogs Bailey Wingler paints in bright colors

Bailey Wingler is one of the artists whose work is on display for the June installation of the Downtown Kannapolis Store Window Art Gallery Crawl which are in the store windows on West Avenue, Kannapolis. Her pieces will be on display until the next art installation, which changes over on July 7.

Here are a few of her thoughts on her art form:

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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.