Experiencing Art Through Touch

We had some very special visitors at The Galleries in March. Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation brought a group of visually-impaired adults to our Capturing Light exhibition. These photos show how even when a person cannot see art, they can still experience it through touch! They were allowed to touch some pieces (once oils were removed from their hands with wipes). They relied on touch to examine pieces from Mark Bettis (Golden Field painting) and glass pieces from Mira Woodworth.

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10 Ways the Cabarrus Arts Council Supports Local Artists

Ever wonder how the Cabarrus Arts Council supports local artists in our community? Here are 10 ways:

10. Our current exhibition, Capturing Light, features ClearWater Artist Studios artist Paul Keysar. Paul has an entire gallery dedicated to his landscape paintings in the show. Check out his work in the Lockavitch Gallery.

9. Got talent? The Listening Room welcomes local singers, dancers and other creatives onto the Davis Theatre stage. Our next show is May 11th.

8. We’re proud to use local graphic designers, Purple Star Graphics and Sublmnl Design for our signs, posters and printed publications.

7. In 2015-2016, we exhibited the works of 822 artists through Art Walks in Concord, Harrisburg and Kannapolis.

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7 Reasons to Sip & Shop with Us!

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Sip & Shop is an all-day shopping event, Wednesday, December 7th from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Cabarrus Arts Council, 65 Union St. South, downtown Concord.

  1. micah harpistEnjoy special extended hours! Shop before work, after work, during your lunch break, or into the evening.
  2. The variety! Our 2016 Clay exhibition has 800 pieces of pottery, with most pieces available for purchase.
  3. A selection for every budget! Prices range from a few dollars to a few thousand dollars.
  4. Find a unique gift! Because they’re made by a potter’s hands, each piece is one-of-a-kind.
  5. Support local artists! All 23 potters featured have made North Carolina their home.
  6. Mingle with artists! Potters Phil Haralam, Dan Triece, Allison McGowan Hermans will share their thoughts and demonstrate their techniques.
  7. Enjoy a cup of cheer! Sip on hot cider and wine, listen to holiday music from harpist Micah Larson and let the season’s spirit take hold.

Get to Know Santa Sam

Meet Sam Mullis, one of our volunteers at the Cabarrus Arts Council. Most people around here know Sam as Santa Sam. As a professional Santa Claus, thousands of kids have whispered in his ear requests for their most coveted toy. Most of the time, that means a puppy, a kitten, a reindeer and on occasion, a snake.

santa“I check with mom whenever a child asks for a reptile,” said Sam.

Sam appears at Bass Pro Shop, the NASCAR Hall of Fame Museum and plenty of other public places. He also stands in for the real St. Nicholas in children’s professional portraits.

He takes the job very seriously, and has learned the techniques to playing Santa through a series of professional Santa classes. The tricks to the trade are more surprising than you’d realize.

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Dancing for the Arts Raises Over $51,000

Oh what a night!!! This community is impressive.

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Think about it:
+12 people, very busy people, learned dance routines and rehearsed them in all of their "spare time."
+10 professional dancers chose music, choreographed dances, and turned non-dancers into dancers.
+ 11 people planned, organized and executed an amazing pre-party and post-party to make the evening a spectacular event.
+26 people took their places to make sure the event went smoothly
+3 individuals lent their expertise to judge the dances
+1 person served as emcee with incredible wit and showbiz elan
+1 person planned, envisioned and executed incredible lights, sound and video effects
+ 230 people filled the seats to support their friends
+many, many people voted for weeks leading up to the show
+25 board members promoted and supported the event
+8 arts team members coordinated, organized, promoted, stage managed, and counted votes

Working together for something greater than ourselves brings us such satisfaction, doesn't it? People discover a deep comraderie doing something together that benefits others.

Last night the energy was electric! The enthusiasm was high! From beginning to end was a true work of art, from the food and tent and decorations, to the spectacular show, to the dancing under the stars to the music by a great deejay.

I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with all of these giving individuals. On the heels of a brutal election season it fills my heart to be a part of such joyful occasion.

Thank you for caring deeply for our community. The arts bring us together and help us see each other in a way that embraces our differences.

You raised $51,000 for the arts in our wonderful community! #dancingforthearts2016 #cabarrusartscouncil #yayart

Corporate Sponsors

  • Carolinas HealthCare System
  • Embassy Suites
  • Duke Energy
  • Wells Fargo
  • S&D Coffee and Tea
  • Arts North Carolina
  • Cabarrus County
  • Concord Mills
  • Concord North Carolina
  • Concord Printing Company
  • Great Wolf Lodge
  • Harrisburg Nc
  • Independent Tribune
  • Kannapolis
  • Midlland
  • North Carolina Arts Council
  • Technologies Edge
  • Publix Super Markets Charities