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Carey Blackwelder

Carey Blackwelder Like most people, Carey Blackwelder heard about Art on Tap from a friend. Her first event was Art on Tap’s inaugural Kick-Off Party in October 2014.

“That was a huge turnout,” said Carey. “They had heavy hors d’oeuvres and dancing. It was super fun.”

What has kept her coming back, besides the camaraderie among her peers, she said, is the educational facet of each of the group’s events.

“Every single one has offered a new skill, and we get to do it with friends.”

Art on Tap’s Art & Ale event served up drinks and invited people to draw on paper-covered walls while a local artist offered drawing tips.

Brushes & Bourbon introduced Southern Grace Distilleries through bourbon tastings as an artist showed the crowd how to paint watercolors with whiskey.

During Craft Beer & Clay, Cabarrus Brewing Co. stopped in to offer beer tastings while a local potter showed people how to create intricate clay tiles.

For Carey, each activity was a new opportunity to immerse herself. “I love getting my feet wet in different mediums.”

Coming up March 3rd in The Galleries during Art on Tap’s next event, Lights & Libations, local photographers will show those gathered how to paint with light and how to take better pictures with their iPhones. A professional mixologist will serve up signature drinks throughout the evening.

Carey plans to be there, and hopes other young professionals like herself will reserve their spots, too, and continue to make Art on Tap the place to be for a good time.

“I love that the young community is growing,” she said. “I love that there’s an interest growing in downtown Concord for the arts.”

Meet more members like Carey at Art on Tap’s next event, Lights & Libations, Friday, March 3 at 7 pm.

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