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‘Into the Woods’ Opens Aug. 18

A new exhibition showcasing nature-inspired artworks will open Aug. 18 at The Galleries.

“We travel Into the Woods to reflect on the true beauty of our surroundings that is nature,” said Rebecca Collins, Cabarrus Arts Council Visual Arts Director and Curator for the show. “This exhibition invites visitors into the shadows of the forest and allows them to get lost in the woods.

“Historically, the natural world was the first subject matter in artistic expression. Whether a depiction of sprawling vista or woodland animal, a wood turned vessel or crafted adornment from the earth, man has utilized and expressed the glory of nature through artworks.

“Through paintings, sculpture, quilts, drawings, furniture, serigraphs, and jewelry we see how natural surroundings have inspired and informed contemporary art. We engage with properties of the earth and examine how artists have transformed such raw materials into natural treasures.”

Into the Woods includes works by 15 artists:

Elizabeth Bradford of Davidson is a native North Carolinian with deep roots in the rural landscape. During much of her career, she has sought to record the look of the traditional landscape before urbanization. Her acrylic paintings on canvas or wood panel, though representational, have a strong connection to the traditions of abstraction.

Buzz Coren of Burnsville is a woodcrafter who creates multilayered bowls and vessels. He works with many different species of hardwood veneer, and custom dye some of it to achieve both subtle and striking color combinations.

Jim Carpenter of Pfafftown considers himself a “bird carver” rather than a woodcarver because, while his birds are primarily wood, the habitats he places them in are often metal, epoxies or plastic. He paints the exquisitely detailed pieces with acrylics or oils.

Charles Farrar of Concord is a woodturner who creates a variety of turned pieces, from classical forms with fine finishes to those with hand carved, textured, and pigmented surfaces. He is happiest when working with found woods that feature irregular grain patterns, knots, burls or voids. His work is included in the White House Collection of American Crafts.

William Jameson of Saluda incorporates heavy applications of paint and strong, energetic brushstrokes in his introspective oil landscapes. His goal is to explore the subject matter in detail, and, in the process, go past the surface of the individual elements in the landscape to reveal the mystery and power of nature.

Jean LeCluyse of Chapel Hill honed observation and drawing skills during several years as a scientific illustrator. She creates richly detailed narrative drawings as well as mixed media pieces that may include acrylic, colored pencil, collaged elements and graphite over randomly textured surfaces.

Debbie Littledeer of Burnsville is a printmaker known for serigraphs of landscapes and whimsical animals. She creates pictures of the mountains that surround her and fantasies that dance through her head.

Jason Lydic of Hendersonville parlayed a birthday gift from his wife – a trip to a blacksmith shop to learn welding and forging skills — into a career as an artist. He is a former zookeeper who uses his knowledge of the natural world to make realistic animal sculptures.

Roger Martin of Albemarle has sculpted animals in one form or another for 35 years. The majority of his work is sculpted in clay then cast in bronze. His goal is to capture the essence or personality of the subject while at the same time creating an accurate anatomical replica of the species.

Dottie Moore of Rock Hill, SC, is a studio quilt artist whose work has been exhibited, collected and published throughout the world. She refers to her quilts as “visual conversations with fabric and thread to explore the mysteries of earth and sky.” She has participated in both the American Craft Council shows and in The Smithsonian Craft Show.

Luna Lee Ray of Chapel Hill creates mixed media artworks containing imagery that is informed by her experience of the natural world. She loves layering and texture and all the creative possibilities of combining painting, drawing, and collage.

Susannah Ravenswing of Germantown has crafted richly detailed one-of-a-kind jewelry for more than 30 years. Her pieces, many of which are inspired by her rambles through the woods, include rare gems, fossils, gold and silver.

Nathan Rose of Belmont is a furniture maker who is greatly influenced by fine pieces and techniques from the past, including mortise and tenon joinery, surface embellishments, fine finishes, and traditional design element.

Anatoly Tsiris of Charlotte is a craftsman and artist who creates large vessels for home décor, interior design and decorative art. His pieces, which are crafted exclusively of local woods, tend to have primarily organic shapes.

The Galleries are open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. There will be an opening reception for the exhibition Friday, Aug. 22, 6-9 p.m., during Art Walk. The Galleries will be closed Saturday, Aug. 30, and Monday, Sept. 1, for Labor Day. There are activities for children, including the “I Spy” scavenger hunt and “Art Boxes” in conjunction with the exhibition. Admission and activities are free. For more information, call 704-920-2787.

2014-15 Davis Theatre Tickets on Sale

The Davis Theatre’s 2014-15 music-filled season includes the Annie Moses Band, which has wowed audiences from Carnegie Hall to the Grand Ole Opry with its unique chamber pop, and Americana favorite The Steel Wheels.

The flagship On Stage at the Davis series will open Oct. 3 with jazz by the John Brown Quintet, an all-star line-up of North Carolina musicians that sold out the Davis previously, followed by the Annie Moses Band’s Rhapsody in Bluegrass on Nov. 6, The Steel Wheels’ high-energy Americana on Jan. 24, the Jeff Little Trio’s Appalachian blues on March 20 and blues legend Mac Arnold and Plate Full O’ Blues on May 1. For the first time, the Davis will be offering a season ticket discount of 7% to people who purchase tickets for all five On Stage at the Davis shows.

In addition to the On Stage at the Davis series, the season includes a variety of performers, from bluegrass to jazz to reggae rock, from the region.

Tickets for all shows are available 24 hours a day online and at the Davis Theatre Box Office Monday-Friday, 10 a.m-4 p.m., in person or by phone, 704-920-2753.
The Davis Theatre is located at 65 Union Street S in downtown Concord in Cabarrus County’s historic courthouse. The beautiful space features state-of-the-art sound and lights and just 227 seats, every one of them close to the stage. Audience members get to enjoy the artwork in The Galleries before and after the shows, and performers greet the audience, sign autographs and pose for photos afterward.
Each of this year’s performers is critically acclaimed and known for outstanding performances (Shows in the flagship On Stage at the Davis series are marked with *.):
Brand New Opry – Bluegrass, Thursdays, Sep. 25, 2014, and January 29 and
March 5, 2015, 7:30 p.m., $15
A thoroughly enjoyable evening of traditional bluegrass, featuring Jeff Whittington, John Culbreath, Pete Corum, Mike Wood and Jason Wood.
*John Brown Quintet – Jazz, Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, 8 p.m., $36
This all-star group of North Carolina musicians brought down the house when it played at the Davis in 2010 and garnered national attention when its first recording reached #8 on the Jazz Week Chart. Specializing in music from the time-honored Bebop and Hard Bop jazz eras, the quintet brings new life to classics from the Great American Songbook.
Red June – Roots, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, 7:30 p.m., $15
This Asheville acoustic band plays music with strong roots in the Appalachian tradition while constantly forging new ground in American music.
*Annie Moses Band – Chamber Pop, Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, 8 p.m., $44
Besides Carnegie Hall and the Grand Ole Opry, this band of seven siblings is a PBS staple. Their Rhapsody in Bluegrass: The Art of American Music is a panoramic exploration of America and her music. It features favorites by George Gershwin and Aaron Copeland and fuses Appalachian bluegrass, Irish fiddle, beloved classical themes and roots music to create a beautiful concert experience.
Shableek – Jazz, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, 7:30 p.m., $16
The Davis Theatre welcomes back Charlotte’s saxophone sensation, Shableek. He and his band play contemporary jazz, soul and rhythm and blues.
Time Sawyer – Folk Rock, Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, 7:30 p.m., $15
This Charlotte folk rock band blends elements of bluegrass with heart-felt lyrics into a high-energy, captivating show.
Paleface – Indie Folk, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, 7:30 p.m., $15
Avett Brothers collaborator and multi-instrumentalist Paleface has recorded 17 albums and is now touring the United States as a high-energy duo.
*The Steel Wheels – Americana, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, 8 p.m., $34
This dynamic four-piece string band from the Blue Ridge Mountains marries old-time musical style with their own innovation. They are renowned for their raw energy and chemistry on stage and memorable bell-clear four-part harmonies. They have won the Independent Music Award for Best Country Song and Americana Album of the Year.
Jim Avett – Folk, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, 7:30 p.m., $17
Singer/songwriter Avett plays beloved country songs and his original tunes as he tells stories about his life.
David Domingo and The Fuzzbucket Music Company – Variety, Thursday, Feb.
26, 2015, 7:30 p.m., $15
This contemporary take on the old-fashioned variety show includes ragtime, piano, country, gospel, folk, acoustic R&B ad alternative music as well as poetry and family-friendly humor.
*Jeff Little Trio – Appalachian Blues, Friday, March 20, 2015, 8 p.m., $25
Deemed the “Piano Man of the Blue Ridge,” Jeff Little makes piano his lead instrument, rare in Appalachian or Americana music. His distinctive two-handed style, much influenced by the mountain flat-picked guitar tradition, is breathtaking in its speed, precision and clarity. He is joined by Steve Lewis, a two-time National Banjo Champion and MerleFest Guitar Champion, and Josh Scott, a highly sought after bassist.
Sun-Dried Vibes – Reggae Rock, Thursday, April 16, 2015, 7:30 p.m., $15
South Carolina’s 2012 and 2013 Rock Band of the year, this trio brings a fresh new twist to the reggae/rock genre.
*Mac Arnold and Plate Full O’ Blues – Blues, Friday, May 1, 2015 8 p.m., $26
Mac Arnold’s first band had James Brown on piano. He followed that up by recording with Muddy Waters, Otis Spann and John Lee Hooker. He co-produced Soul Train, provided bass for the Sanford and Son television show and played with Otis Redding and B.B. King. Now, by popular demand, the blues legend and his band are coming back to the Davis Theatre.

For more information, call 704-920-2753 or visit the websites listed with the performers.

‘Comic Relief’ on Display at The Galleries June 9-July 31

Comic Relief, a group invitational exhibition of whimsical, fun and colorful artwork will be on display at The Galleries through July 31.

The Galleries, which are operated by the Cabarrus Arts Council, are located in the Historic Cabarrus Courthouse at 65 Union St. S, Concord. Four separate spaces are included: the Grant Gallery, the Dusch Gallery, the Lockovitch Gallery and the Jones Gallery.

“Humor has been a theme present in visual art from the beginning of time,” said Rebecca Collins, Cabarrus Arts Council Visual Arts Director and curator for the exhibition. “Interpretations of humor are vast and varied. From the fantastical and lighthearted, to the surreal and provocative, Comic Relief presents artworks that explore humor and aim to conjure up questions.

“This group invitational features works in a variety of styles and media that have been informed by comics, cartoons, characters and imagination. Ten Southeastern artists present their viewpoints that are in some cases humorous and whimsical while in others flippant, pensive and ironic.

“Storytelling is common throughout the exhibition. Themes are often playful, witty and satiric. Some works lead with comic related imagery but are full of social and historical precedence. Spectators are invited to tap into their imagination, escape reality and delve into the surreal with support from the artworks in the exhibition. Comic Relief challenges the misconception that fine art is usually uptight and serious.”

Comic Relief includes artists working in a variety of media:

• Ráed Al-Rawi, Charlotte, is an American-Iraqi who blends acrylic colors to a hazy luminosity to paint his cartoon-like, imaginative depictions of animals.
• Cindy Biles, Graham, creates ceramic sculptures of people and animals that tell stories and evoke memories and emotions.
• Tammy Leigh Brooks, Hickory, sculpts impeccably detailed roosters and chickens from a combination of wheel-thrown, coil-built and slab-worked clay.
• John K. Crum, Hilton Head Island, SC, uses boats as his metaphor to create paintings that that reflect emotions, events and life in a whimsical, gentle surrealism.
• Justine Dennis, New Haven, KY, takes disparate recycled materials and creates one-of-a-kind hats.
• Kathryn B. Phillips, Asheville, paints imaginative contraptions inspired by the intricacies and implications of machinery.
• Vincent Sansone, Orlando, FL, crafts fanciful ceramic sculptures incorporating such elements as armored cats, fish with wheels and walking pickles.
• Victoria Sexton, Greenville, NC, creates exotic clay sculptures by wrapping slabs of clay around fabric forms and finishing them with paint, colored pencils and colored waxes.
• Walter Stanford, Kannapolis, paints humorous pastels of fantasy creatures, animals and scenes from life.
• Izel Vargas, Boynton Beach, FL, creates thought-provoking mixed media artworks informed by comics and cartoons that draw from his upbringing along the United States-Mexican border.

The Galleries are open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. They will be closed July 4 and 5. There is no admission charge for any gallery activities, which include an “I Spy” artwork scavenger hunt and “Art Box” with hands on activities for children.

For more information, call 704-920-ARTS (2787) or click .

Art Walks and More This Weekend!

The next few days will be a great time to immerge yourself in the arts in Cabarrus County! There are Art Walks in Concord and Harrisburg, concerts in Kannapolis and Concord and a play featuring local children.

The Art Walks are in Concord on Friday, June 20, 6-9 p.m., and Harrisburg on Saturday, June 21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The Concord Art Walk will feature art displays and entertainment all over downtown Concord. There will be an opening reception at The Galleries in the historic Cabarrus County courthouse, 65 Union St., S., for the Comic Relief exhibition, which features whimsical, fun, imaginative and colorful artworks and techniques. Two artists from the exhibition, Raed Al-Rawi, acrylics, and Walter Stanford, pastels, will demonstrate some of their techniques. For the first time, there also will be artist displays on the front lawn of the historic courthouse. A free shuttle will take visitors from The Galleries to ClearWater Artist Studios on Kerr Street. For a complete list of artists, download the map.

The Harrisburg Art Walk is at Harrisburg Town Center, 1400 Main St. and Roberta Road. It includes booths by both artists and small businesses. Participants pay a small fee with proceeds going toward an art scholarship. For more information, click.

Variety is the word I would use to describe this weekend’s concerts. Saturday, June 21, will be tribute night at Village Park, 700 W. C St., Kannapolis. On the Border, which plays Eagles music, and Tuesday’s Gone, which performs Lynyrd Skynyd songs will play beginning at 7 p.m. Piedmont Choral Society, which features local singers, will present its annual patriotic concerts this weekend: Friday, June 20, 7 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 201 Vance St. Kannapolis, and Sunday, June 22, 3 p.m., First Baptist Church, 200 Branchview Drive SE, Concord. For more information, contact Kay Yates at 704.699.6053 or

The Old Courthouse Youth Theatre’s production of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe will open Friday, June 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the theatre at 49 Spring St. NW, Concord. There also are performances Saturday, June 21, at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, June 22, at 2:30 p.m. and the weekend of June 27-29. Directed by Annie Boger, this story of love, faith, courage and giving, with its triumph of good over evil, is a celebration of life. The production depicts the struggle between Aslan, the great lion, and the White Witch, as the four children travel through their wardrobe into the land of Narnia. For more information, click.

‘The Drummond Will’ to be Screened at the Davis Theatre June 20

There will be a free screening of a British dark comedy in the Davis Theatre on Friday, June 20, after the downtown Concord Art Walk.

The Drummond Will will be shown at 9 p.m. in the Davis Theatre at 65 Union St. S., Concord, in the Cabarrus County Historic Courthouse. Doors will open at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are not necessary, and seating is first come, first-served. The screening is part of Modern Film Fest at the Davis, a partnership between the Cabarrus Arts Council and Modern Film Fest.

The film follows estranged brothers Marcus and Danny Drummond as they try to unravel the mystery surrounding their late father’s unlikely wealth. When they check out his decrepit estate, they find one of their dad’s ancient friends hiding in a closet with a bag full of money. While they decide what to do, the old man is left to suffocate in the closet, leaving them with a much bigger problem to deal with. Do they tell the police, or leave the body in his own home and pretend nothing happened (keeping the money in the process)? This leads to a series of bizarre incidents resulting in a decrease in the village’s quirky population.

The independent black and white film was shot in just five weeks, mostly in the English countryside, and has been shown at numerous film festivals, including Modern Film Fest in Kannapolis. It won “Best Feature” at several film festivals: Hill Country Film Festival, Rainier Independent Film Festival, Ferndale Film Festival, Anchorage International Film Festival. It picked up “Best Comedy” at the Woods Hole Film Festival and S.N.O.B. Film Festival and “Best International Feature” at the Big Island Film Festival. Audiences awarded it with the “Audience Award – Best Feature” at the London International Film Festival and the “People’s Choice Award” at the River’s Edge Film Festival.

The Drummond Will has not been rated, but Modern Film Fest estimates it would receive an “R” for violence and strong adult language and situations. Caution is strongly advised. For more information, call 704-920-2787 or visit

Gallery Shop Expanded

The Gallery Shop in the Cabarrus County Historic Courthouse has been expanded to include a bigger selection of handcrafted American items.
There has always been a small Gallery Shop since the Cabarrus Arts Council opened The Galleries in 2007. Now, a portion of the Elizabeth Coltrane Jones Gallery next to the arts council offices has been converted to enlarge the shop.
“Collecting art doesn’t have to be expensive,” said Rebecca Collins, arts council Visual Arts Director. “Visit the newly expanded Gallery Shop in The Galleries of the Cabarrus Arts Council to find unique, handcrafted artworks, gifts, and treasures. The shop includes jewelry, wood turned bowls and vases, greeting cards, scarves, and local pottery including works from Seagrove. Prices start at just $6, so come in and find the perfect gift while supporting local artists and artisans!”
The shop features different artists just like The Galleries do. Items available now include:

• Clay works by artists who were included in last winter’s Shop Seagrove and North Carolina Pottery exhibition: Dirtworks, Kings Pottery and Crystal King Pottery of Seagrove and Jeff Pender of Mooresville
• Jewelry crafted of sterling silver and semi-precious stones by Evalyn Crawford of Davidson
• Fiber “Taj Mahal Necklaces” created by Blanche Evans of Cornelius
• Hand-turned vessels made of locally sourced wood by Jim Miles of Cornelius

The shop is open when The Galleries are, Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., except during exhibition transitions and when the arts council offices are closed. For more information, call 704-920-2787.

See John Wayne Movie at the Davis May 22

Modern Film Fest at the Davis will present a free screening of the John Wayne comedy western McLintock! on Thursday, May 22, at 7 p.m.

Doors to the theatre in the Cabarrus County Historic Courthouse at 65 Union St. S, Concord, will open at 6:30 p.m. Seating is first-come, first-served and tickets are not necessary. Modern Film Fest at the Davis is a partnership between the Cabarrus Arts Council and Modern Film Fest.
Call 704-920-2787 for more information.

Wayne, as George Washington McLintock, isn’t the only big name in the film, based loosely on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. Maureen O’Hara plays his wife and Stefanie Powers, his daughter. Patrick Wayne and Aissa Wayne, son and daughter of The Duke, are also featured.

In the film, McLintock, known as GW, is a cattle baron and the richest man in the territory. GW is highly respected by everyone around him including the farmers who are pouring into the territories with free grants of land and the Indians who are under threat of being relocated to another reservation. He is awaiting the return of his daughter, Becky, who has been away at school for two years. His wife, who left him some years before, returns with plans to take their daughter back to the state capital with her. Between his wife, his headstrong daughter, the crooked land agent and the thieving government Indian agent, GW tries to keep the peace and do what is best for everyone.

Originally released in 1963, McLintock! is a light-hearted movie with plenty of action and comedy, including mud fights and brawls. Some of it is going to feel dated to modern viewers. For example, a pivotal scene involves Wayne chasing O’Hara, who is wearing pantaloons, through the town. When he catches, her gives her a spanking, to the delight of onlookers.

The film is directed by Andrew V. McLaglen and also features actors Yvonne de Carlo, Jerry Van Dyke, Jack Kruschen, Chill Wills, Edward Faulkner, Bruce Cabot, Perry Lopez, Michael Pate, Strother Martin, Gordon Jones, Robert Lowery, Leo Gordon, Hank Wordon, Mari Blanchard, Chuck Roberson and Bob Steele.

Folk Music’s ‘Rustic Renaissance Man’ at the Davis Theatre May 2

• The Washington Post called John McCutcheon “folk music’s rustic Renaissance man.”
• Johnny Cash said he is “the most impressive instrumentalist I’ve ever heard.”
• “He is a master at the difficult craft of the ballad,” according to the Boston Globe.
• The Washington Post called his songs “Storytelling with the richness of fine literature.”
• The Dallas Morning News said “Calling John McCutcheon a ‘folksinger’ is like saying Deion Sanders is just a football player…”
• The late Pete Seeger said he is simply “one of our country’s best songwriters.”
• Folk Alley polled its listeners to determine the “100 Essential Folk Songs,” and McCutcheon’s Christmas in the Trenches came in at number 70.
Master of a dozen traditional instruments, he has recorded 36 albums, including six that were nominated for music’s highest honor, the Grammy Award.
McCutcheon will perform at the Davis Theatre Friday, May 2, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $27 and may be purchased 24 hours a day online and at the Davis Theatre Box Office Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., in person or by phone, 704-920-2753. The Davis Theatre is located at 65 Union St. S, Concord, in the Cabarrus County Historic Courthouse.
McCutcheon plays a mix of traditional songs and original music that appeals to people of all generations and backgrounds. He’s funny, heartwarming, witty and also very, very talented.
McCutcheon grew up in Wisconsin and studied at St. John’s University in Minnesota. While he was still in college, he headed to Kentucky to learn from legendary figures of Appalachian music. This experience filled him with not only a love of home-made music, but also a sense of community and rootedness. It also helped create a storytelling style that has been compared to Will Rogers and Garrison Keillor.
McCutcheon plays concert halls and theatres but also feels at home in school auditoriums and at farm rallies. He launched the first joint tour by an American and a Russian folksinger, has headlined festivals in Australia, toured Nicaragua on behalf of children’s literacy, traveled in Chile on behalf of a women’s health initiative, written children’s books and debuted his work with symphony orchestras.
Like most good songwriters, McCutcheon writes about things that matter to people. You would expect a folksinger like him to write politically and socially conscious songs, and he does. But he also has a whole album of songs about baseball because he loves baseball. He began writing children’s songs after his first child was born and he is now a grandfather. He has collaborated with some of his favorite authors, including North Carolinian Lee Smith, on literary songs. His stories introducing his songs are so good that he has appeared multiple times at the National Storytelling Festival.
Read more about him at

Malpass Brothers to Play Traditional Country Music April 10

The Malpass Brothers will present a traditional country music show on Thursday, April 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the Davis Theatre. The performance is sold out; if you would like to be placed on a waiting list for any returned tickets, call 704-920-2753.

Chris and Taylor Malpass are a couple of 20-something brothers from eastern North Carolina who grew up listening to their grandfather’s records and now tour as Merle Haggard’s opening act. They play music steeped in the legacy of the Louvin Brothers, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams Sr. and the like. Don’t let the Porter Wagoner hairdos fool you, though, as they are not pretending to be anything. Their agent deemed them as authentic as grits, country ham and North Carolina barbecue and he’s absolutely right.

Besides playing on Haggard’s tours, the brothers have toured with the late Don Helms, former steel guitarist for Hank Williams and shared billing with Ray Price, Willie Nelson, Rhonda Vincent, Marty Stuart and Doc Wilson. They’ve played at Merlefest and at the Grand Ole Opry’s famed Ryman Auditorium and in locales as far-flung as the Shetland Islands. They have also recorded CDs of their own music, one of which made the “CMT Pure Country Top 10.”

Here’s what a couple of reviewers have said about them:
• “George Jones once recorded a song called ‘Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes’ which wondered if great country singers would come along in the future to take the place of the great old ones form the past … well, George, maybe your prayer has been answered. These guys don’t just sound retro. They are retro.” –Dan McIntosh, Roothog Radio
• “The biggest surprise of the night… You were transported back 50 years… pure talent.” –The Californian

Click for more information about the Malpass Brothers.

Art Walk April 4 Features Artist Demonstration

Salisbury artist Ingrid Erickson takes scissors, ranging from one-inch folding scissors to full-size shears, X-Acto blades and utility knives and creates wonderful artwork. She will demonstrate how she makes her intricate paper cuttings Friday, 6-9 p.m., during Art Walk at The Galleries.

Erickson fell in love with the art of paper cutting when she lived in China and Thailand 2004-2006. Nature is her chief inspiration and she also draws insight from textiles, printmaking, Asian screens and scrolls. Her work is included in The Galleries’ new exhibition, The Orient Express.

Her work has been featured in a number of museums and gallery shops including the Kemper Museum of Art in Kansas City, MO; Women and Their Work Gallery in Austin, TX; The Holter Museum of Art in Helena, MT; Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, NE: The Figge Art Museum in Davenport, IA; Province Art Association Museum in Provincetown, ME: and The Croft Art Gallery in Waco, TX. Closer home, her work has been in shows at the Hickory Museum of Art and Four Corners Framing and Gallery in Mooresville. Locally, her work can be found at The Green Goat Gallery in Spencer and Southern Spirit Gallery.

Art Walk, which is organized by the Cabarrus Arts Council, will feature visual art displays and entertainment all over downtown Concord and beyond. A highlight will be the opening reception for The Orient Express at The Galleries. The show contains artwork representing Orientalism and its influence on contemporary art and craft by 15 artists, several who will be on hand: Margaret Agner, Jim Connell, Kim Dills, Ingrid Erickson, C. Shana Greer, Michael Hamlin-Smith, Marcia Jested, Matt Kelleher, Po-Wen Liu, Betty Helen Longhair, Gillian Parke, Lee Snipe, Timothy Sullivan, Karen James Swing and Yuko Ngami Taylor.

“The show explores how Eastern history, developments and culture have impacted viewpoints through artwork in Western culture,” said Rebecca Collins, arts council Visual Arts Director and curator for The Orient Express. “We see the translation of 19th century Orientalism into modern times.”

There will be a free shuttle from The Galleries to ClearWater Artist Studios which is hosting Rowan Cabarrus Community College’s Step into Culture event for the community. The diverse cultural experience includes music, live artist demonstrations, poetry, spoken word, a student art gallery, food trucks and vendor tables. Step into Culture is RCCC’s annual art and literary event. It begins at noon and some RCCC classes will be relocated to ClearWater Artist Studios for the day. For more information, contact Jenny Billings Beaver (704-216- 3797) or Jenny Selby (704-216- 3820).

After Art Walk at 9 p.m., there will be a free film screening of short films made as part of the 48-Hour Film Project at the Davis Theatre. The 48-Hour Film Project is a contest in which teams of filmmakers are assigned a genre, a character, a prop and line of dialogue and have 48 hours to create a short film containing those elements. The theatre will open at 8:30 p.m. Seating is first-come, first-served and no tickets are required. Click for more information about the films.
For more information, call the arts council at 704-920-2787. Download the map.