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Arts & entertainment news Feb. 9-15

Through Artists’ Eyes’ On display through March 25 

Reception Feb. 17

Rail Walk Studios and Gallery will be displaying the group exhibit “Through Artists’ Eyes” through March 25. The gallery is open to the public each Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. A reception to meet the artists will be held Friday, Feb. 17 from 5-7 p.m. at 409-413 N. Lee St., just a few steps from the new Morgan Ridge Rail Walk. To learn more, visit www.railwalkstudios.com or call 704-469-2781.


Champagne Wishes and Pottery Dreams

6-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10 

At Champagne Wishes and Pottery Dreams, Pottery 101’s annual Valentine’s celebration, there will be an opportunity to recreate the iconic “Ghost” scene in the studio: the chance to pose on the pottery wheel with your very favorite person. The gallery will also be open for those looking for a Valentine’s gift. Pottery 101, 101 S. Main St., 704-209-1632, www.pottery-101.com


‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ work call

Saturday, Feb. 11 

The set of The Diary of Anne Frank will be built on Saturday. To find out how to pitch in, email technical director Chris Speer at info@leestreet.org


Coal Ash & Our Environment

6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16

The English Speaking Union Salisbury Branch presents Dr. John Daniels, addressing the effects of coal ash on our environment.

Dr. Daniels is an expert in this field and his laboratory participated in the bias testing as part of the approval process for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Method 1314, a methodology for evaluating the leaching potential of coal fly ash.

His work with organo-silanes to render soil and ash hydrophobic has been recognized as a potential method for reducing infiltration and leachability, as cited in the U.S. EPA’s proposed rule on Coal Combustion Residuals. The dinner event will be held at the Country Club of Salisbury. You do not have to be a member of the club or of the English Speaking Union to attend. Reservations are $32 pp. RSVP to 704-216-2660 or visit www.esuus.org

IMPACT 2017 – Celebrating 50 Years

 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 6

Reserved seats on sale now for the anniversary event at North Hills Christian School, to be held in the Helen Kelley Smith Gymnasium. $50/seat. Free childcare is available. Contact the school at 704-636-3005 ext. 110 or reserve your seat online at eventbrite.com (Impact 2017 – Celebrating 50 Years)


Rowan History Club program on the Neely School 

7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14

The History Club of Rowan Museum will host Mary Neely Grissom, president of the Historic Neely School Foundation from China Grove, on Feb. 14 at 7 p.m.

Mrs. Grissom will share her personal connection to the Neely School and the steps to save this historical structure. The Historic Neely School was built in 1908 by Julius Restus Neely to provide educational opportunities for rural African American children. The school provided an education for pupils in grades one through seven between 1908 and 1948. History Club is free and open to the public. Light refreshments are provided. Rowan Museum Messinger Room, 202 N. Main St., (use rear entrance, elevator is available for second floor meeting room). Call 704-633-5946 or visit www.rowanmuseum.org

Call for Volunteers

MLK Jr. Dream Park cleanup day — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11: The seven acres at 910 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.will become a park with walking trails, tennis courts, a soccer field and a community garden. Participants are encouraged to bring cutting tools like hatchets, machetes and swing blades. Contact Rev. Julius Koonce at 336-587-5764 or jkoonce5764@gmail.com

Mannequin Challenge — 5-9 p.m. Friday, March 3: At Downtown’s 1st Friday. Learn more at info@downtownsalisburync.com or 704-637-7814.

Concord on Canvas launches at Art Walk Friday

6-9- p.m. Friday, Feb. 10

CONCORD — Friday’s Art Walk in Downtown Concord offers first preview of the 2017 Concord on Canvas event. Forty-two orginal paintings will be on display at 11 Union St. South during Art Walk from 6-9p.m. The canvas display kicks off the online bidding process where all paintings will be up for auction up until March 9 at 11:55 p.m. The online bids as of March 9 will be the starting bids at the Concord on Canvas Live Party & Live Auction on March 10 at Gibson Mill. Tickets are $35 and include a Taste of Concord, complementary craft beer and wine, live music from The Chuck Lichtenberger Collective, and the silent and live auction. For more information visit CabarrusArtsCouncil.org or call 704-784-4208.


Awaking the Feminine Spirit 

Join Elizabeth Cole as she presents a 13 month program for Awaking the Feminine Spirit, a worldwide project developed by Debbie Rosas, one of the co-founders of Nia, a mind/body, sensory based movement program. Classes will be held at Center for Faith & the Arts, 207 W. Harrison St. beginning March 2. Creator Debbie Rosas says, “The Awakening Project is an immersive experience using an all-medium art approach to human transformation. It is a call to action, but unlike political campaigns that compel us to do something, a call to action from the Feminine Spirit asks us to be something. The Awakening Project is about unleashing the splendor of the Feminine Spirit’s voice and soul.”

The class will meet once a month for 13 months starting March 2. Choose between a morning (10-11:30 a.m.) or evening session (6:30-8 p.m.). The fee for the 13 weeks is $130. To register, call the CFA office at 704-647-0999 or go to www.faithart.com. Use the Donate button, and write The Awakening Project in the comment section.


The world’s happiest Bluesman 

7-8:30 p.m Friday, Feb. 10

DALLAS — Born in Winston-Salem, Big Ron Hunter is called the world’s happiest Bluesman. He first picked up the guitar in the 1960s and was mentored by blues legends such as Guitar Gabriel. He owns a voice that gives people chills. It’s the kind of voice that carries warmth and tenderness, a voice that is unmistakably his own and embodies everything that’s raw, pure, and beautiful about the blues. The Concerts @The Courthouse series are held in the newly renovated Historic Dallas Courthouse. For more information, contact Jason Luker at Jason.luker@gastongov.com or 704.922.7681 ext 105.

Dallas is about an hour from Salisbury.


Call for artists: intake for FCA’s Spring competition

HICKORY — Full Circle Arts of Hickory is looking for works for a new themed exhibition titled “Connections,” asking artists to expand their creativity and venture into the meaning of their artwork by using their interpretative skills. The show will run March 16-April 22 and will be judged and juried for acceptance. Cash awards are offered for first, second and third place winners. Honorable Mentions will be awarded with ribbons. Artists may enter up to three works for $35 for non-members. No work may be larger than 48” in any direction. Artwork may be hand delivered to 42-B Third Street NW, Hickory, March 2-4. Awards will be presented at the opening reception March 16. Details at Full Circle Arts, 828-322-7545 or info@fullcirclearts.org or www.fullcirclearts.org

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