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Arts and entertainment briefs

To the Pointe Dance Company, 322 Depot St., will host an open house from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22.
To the Pointe has added two new dance teachers to their faculty: Patty Hudson, and De Ann Harris. Fall classes began on Monday, Aug. 10, but some spaces are still available.
Hudson graduated from the dance program at UNC-Charlotte and has 14 years of experience as a dance instructor in multiple phases of dance, including ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, lyrical, liturgical, and tumbling.
Harris, with two years of dance teaching experience, was the hip hop teacher at a local dance studio, introducing the style of dance to students ranging from ages 6-17.
For more information call 704-638-6336 or go to www.tothepointedancecompany.com.
Lenox china exhibit
CHARLOTTE ó The Mint Museum of Art will present Faces & Flowers: Painting on Lenox China, opening Aug. 22.
Lenox china is often referred to as America’s greatest porcelain. The exhibition will feature more than 70 objects, including plates, vases and decorative wares with exquisite paintings of orchids, figures, idealized women and landscapes.
The Mint Museum of Art is located at 2730 Randolph Road in Charlotte.
For more in information, visit www.mintmuseum.org.
Big band performance
The Rowan Big Band All Stars, will be the main attraction Saturday night at Looking Glass Artist Collective, 405 N. Lee St.
Doors open at 7 p.m. and music and dancing starts at 7:30. Refreshments will be available.
The Looking Glass shop, featuring art and crafts by local artists, will be open. The gallery will be exhibiting art by Charles Crawford and Justin Christenbury.
Admission to the event is “pay what you can.”
For more information, call 704-633-ARTS, or visit www.salisburyartists.org.
Community band
KANNAPOLIS ó The public is invited to an outdoor concert presented by the Piedmont Prime Time Community Band this Sunday at 7 p.m. on the front lawn of Trinity United Methodist Church, 416 E. First St., Kannapolis, across the street from A.L. Brown High School.
Concert-goers are asked to bring a canned food item to donate to the Cooperative Christian Ministries food bank.
The free concert will include marches, jazz, show tunes and rock and roll.
Please bring a chair or blanket to sit on and the area is handicap accessible. In the event of rain the concert will take place in the church sanctuary.
For more information, call Jon at 704-425-3508.
Mosaic workshop
An Introduction to the Art of Mosaic will be offered by Robert Crum at 116 E. Council St. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sept. 12.
The workshop is for adult (18 or older) beginners and will cover all the basic information students will need to complete at least one project.
Students learn about cutting, adhesion, tile layout and grouting. All supplies, tools and a light lunch are provided. The course must have a minimum of four students and a maximum of eight.
Crum is a full-time professional oil painter and muralist. He studied the art of mosaic with a number of teachers including in the studio of Enzo Aiello in Rome, Italy and with Italian artist Giuseppe Semeraro in Cuernavaca, Mexico.
He has created large mosaics and murals in Arizona, North Carolina, South Carolina, Costa Rica and Mexico, and his art work can be found in collections both nationwide and internationally.
To register, call 704-797-0364.
Due to limited space, payment must be received before the day of the class to reserve a spot.
‘Jazz Birthday Bash’
The Rowan Blues and Jazz Society is having a “Jazz Birthday Bash” Aug. 28.
This is a fundraising event in the form of a birthday celebration for Eleanor Qadirah, founder and president of the Rowan Blues and Jazz Society. It will be at the Looking Glass Artist Collective’s blackbox theatre, 405 N. Lee St.
Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the event starts at 8 p.m. There will be dancing to live music by the Salisbury Swing Band, festival items, special beverages and other activities.
Tickets are $10. Proceeds will go to the Rowan Blues and Jazz Society to help finance the Rowan Blues and Jazz Festival which will be held Oct. 10.
For more information go to www.rowanbluesandjazz.org.
COLUMBIA, S.C. ó Painters, photographers, poets and artistic park lovers of all pursuits are invited to apply for the S.C. State Park Service’s 13th annual Artist-in-Residence program.
The program offers a one-week stay in a state park cabin in exchange for a week of inspiration in a natural setting and a piece of original work for the park to keep for posterity and public display.
Interested artists are invited to apply by Oct. 31. Each application must include examples of past artwork or creative writing.
A jury of professional artists and park representatives will select participants based on artistic quality and the ability to interpret and relate the park through their work. Selected artists will be notified by Nov. 30.
Upon completion of the selected artist’s visit, he or she must donate a completed original work to the park within 60 days. In the past, diverse media such as photography, quilts, paintings, wall hangings and pottery have been accepted.
The following state parks are participating: Barnwell, Cheraw, Dreher Island, Givhans Ferry, Hickory Knob, Keowee-Toxaway, Oconee, Poinsett, Santee and Table Rock.
For more information, contact Mark Davies at Oconee State Park, 864-638-5353 or mdavies@scprt.com.
The application form also is available at www.SouthCarolinaParks.com.
Arts center closing
BLOWING ROCK ó At the end of the summer season, the Hayes Performing Arts Center and Blowing Rock Stage Company will suspend operations for a limited period of time. The Board of Trustees is currently evaluating and seeking options and resources available to resume operations at the Center prior to the 2010 summer season.
Forthofer is winner
Sharon Forthofer of Railwalk Galleries and Phyllis Steimel just returned from Roswell, Ga. where they participated in the “Great Chattahoochee River Paint Out.”
Seventy-six artists painted on location at various sites along the river for three days. On the fourth day each artist selected two paintings for exhibit and judging.
Forthofer captured first place with her painting titled “River Watch.”
Phyllis Steimel received an Honorable Mention for her painting “Old Mill Park.”


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