Local arts & entertainment news July 6-12

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 6, 2017

Rail Walk Studios & Gallery to Host ‘Where Have You Been?’


The title of the newest art exhibit at Rail Walk Studios & Gallery is “Where Have You Been?” This is a question which the artists of Rail Walk were free to answer in any way they chose. Some answered in a geographical sense, some metaphorically, some spiritually and some humorously. All answered it artistically through the creation of art work .

An open reception is this Saturday, July 8 5-7 p.m. at the Rail Walk Gallery at 409-413 N. Lee St. Light refreshments will be served.

The art will be on exhibit through Aug. 26. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

Artists participating in the exhibit are June Battle, oil paintings; Pamela Deal, art with gourds, Sharon Forthofer – oil paintings, Keyth Kahrs – acrylic paintings; Patt Legg, oil paintings; Tatyana Shurtz, oil paintings; and Marietta Smith,watercolor paintings with pen and ink.

The gallery and studios are open to the public Thursdays – Saturdays 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Rail Walk Studios & Gallery is home to eight local artists who enjoy having visitors and chatting about their art. Parking is ample and free. For more information visit www.railwalkgallery.com or call 704-469-2781.


Save the date: CFA to host ‘Hello My Name Is…’


Asheville visual artist Douglas Lail will present “Hello My Name Is…”, a collection of 40 portraits and personal recovery stories of people recovering from alcohol, drugs, mental health and other life challenges. The exhibit opening reception and artist talk is Friday, July 14, in the Art Gallery of Center for Faith and the Arts and the exhibit will run through the first week of September.

A professional artist since 2007, Lail began concentrating on portraits in 2014. The idea to do an exhibit on people in recovery grew out of Lail’s own recovery experience and his desire to do something socially relevant with his artwork.

“I’ve been in recovery since 2013,” Lail said. “I’d been in recovery about a 18 months and was experiencing the sting of negative social stigma associated with addiction and I realized I had found the subject matter for my artwork. This project offers a look at the faces of people that face their greatest fears and reunite with the world.”

Lail said the HMNI project as a community outreach program to break through the social stigma of addiction by focusing on the positive impact of recovery, in the lives of individuals, their families and the community. He created the portraits in the HMNI project using basic white charcoal on black paper. He said he chose this medium to align the art with the overall concept of the project — emerging from the darkness of addiction into the light of recovery. “My mission with this project is to paint the light that I see in the mirror as well as the light I see in the people in recovery around me,” Lail said.

The exhibit and July 14 opening reception are free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted to support the project, but the artwork itself is not for sale.

The Asheville Area Arts Council (AAAC), is the Fiscal Sponsor of The “Hello My Name Is…” Project. For more information visit ashevillearts.com/programs. The project is a traveling exhibit. Those interested in following his efforts may contact Lail at www.HMNI.org, or follow the project’s progress on Facebook at HelloMyNameIsProject

The Center for Faith & the Arts is located at 207 W. Harrison St.

Reception, July 14, 6-9 p.m. with a talk by the artist at 7:30 p.m.


‘The Relevance and Longevity of Austen’ 

Jennifer Hubbard, author of the upcoming adaptation of “Pride & Prejudice” at Lee Street Theatre, will be speaking on “The Relevance and Longevity of Austen” on Sunday July 9 at 5 p.m. The talk will be at the Utzman-Chambers House, 116 S. Jackson St. Light refreshments will be served. The play is a production of St. Thomas Players, a program of the Center for Faith & the Arts. The play runs at Lee Street Theatre July 20-23 and 27-29.

Learn more at www.faithart.org

32nd annual Firecracker Hamfest 

8 a.m.-2 p.m. July 8

The 32nd annual Ham Radio Festival will be held at the Civic Center, 315 Martin Luther King Ave. South, on Saturday. The event, a public gathering of ham radio, computer and electronic enthusiasts, is sponsored by the Rowan Amateur Radio Society. The tailgate flea market area will be set up outside; vendors are inside. Door prizes will be awarded using ticket stubs. $5entry fee. See www.rowanars.org/firecracker-hamfest to learn more.

Free Summer movies

Salisbury Movies in the Park

July 7 – Sing. 9 p.m. at City Park, corner of W. Miller and Jackson Streets. Entertainment begins 8 p.m. City Park. Free. www.salisburync.gov/PLAY or 704- 216-PLAY.

Kannapolis Movies in the Park

July 7: 8:30 p.m. – SING (PG) • Aug. 4: 8:30 p.m. – Moana (PG). In Village Park, Kannapolis, see kannapolisnc.gov

RPL Summer Reading Film Series

July 7, 10 a.m. – BFG (PG) at headquarters, 201 Fisher St. Free, open to the public, adult must accompany children under 9. Free popcorn and lemonade. https://www.rowancountync.gov/307/Library


Interactive murder mystery dinner show 

CHARLOTTE — 7 p.m. Aug. 18: “Best Laid Plans” promises a night of intrigue, deception, and delicious food in this comedic thriller, held at Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, 401 N. Tryon St Suite 100, Charlotte. $90.

For more information visit https://murdermysterydinnercharlotte.com

Christmas Honor Card 2017 applications 

Rowan Helping Ministries is accepting submissions of cover designs for its 2017 Christmas Honor Card.

The submission deadline is Friday, Aug. 4 by 5 p.m. The winning artist will be honored at an unveiling reception in late October and will be recognized in local media.

Designs should reflect Rowan Helping Ministries’ mission of helping neighbors in need and “Putting God’s Love into Action.”

The Christmas Honor Card raises funds to provide critical services to those living in poverty or struggling to make ends meet.

For more information and artwork requirements, visit Rowan Helping Ministries at www.rowanhelpingministries.org or contact Karen Taylor at ktaylor@rowanhelpingministries.org or 704-637-6838, ext. 100.


New classes for the summer 

Beginner line dance class 

Intro to a new beginner line dance class will be offered July 17 at Rufty Holmes Senior Center from 5-6 p.m. Classes will be offered depending upon amount of interest. For more information call Cheryl Kluttz-704-633-3484.

Refresh & Relax Yoga sessions

$90 ($15/class). May make up one missed class per session. Try a class before registering.

Class 1: Mondays 5:45-7:15 p.m. July 10-Aug. 21 (no class August 14)

Class 2: Tuesdays 5:45-7:15 p.m. July 11-Aug. 22 (no class Aug. 15)

Class 3: Wednesdays 9:30-11 a.m. July 12-Aug. 23 (no class Aug. 16)

Register at inspiredwellness@bellsouth.net or 704-637-1671 or see www.faithart.org


The 16th annual NC Blackberry Festival 

LENOIR — July 6-9: The Blackberry Festival will kick off on July 6 with a ticketed event on Main Street in Downtown Lenoir at 6 p.m. with An Evening of Everything Blackberry — blackberry-infused food, drink, music by the Starlighters, and dancing in the streets. Limited number of tickets available. $35 per person

Festivities continue on Friday, July 7 beginning at 6 p.m. The Preheat Event, held on the Square in Downtown Lenoir, features the Blackberry Belle Pageant Preliminaries, a Front Porch Pickin’ Songwriters Competition, Blackberry Recipe Contest, and a Glow Run 5K throughout the city of Lenoir.

The 16th Annual NC Blackberry Festival begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 8. There will be vendors, food, children’s activities and Blackberries from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. plus live music on four stages across the festival. Experience a taste of the World’s Largest Patchwork of Cobbler. Join in the Colossal Cobbler Parade Brigade celebrating Caldwell County’s favorite fruit.

Visit the NC Blackberry Festival website at ncblackberryfestivalnc.com for a full list and schedule of events.

Stage schedule July 8

Stage 1 – Corner of Main St & Ashe Ave

10:00 AM Melody Grace

11:00 AM Rosa Russ

1:15 PM Michael Jacobs

Stage 2 – Main Stage – Corner of West Ave & Main St

10:30 AM Shelby Rae Moore

12:30 PM Melissa Reaves

1:45 PM The King Bees

2:45 PM Bob Sinclair & The Big Deals

3:30 PM Front Porch Pickin’ Winners

Stage 3 – West Ave, by Police Dept.

10:00 AM NC Blackberry Belle Pageant Finals

11:00 AM Scupper’s Sagacious Squeezebox Feat. Long John Shivers

1:00 PM John Lewis

2:00 PM Banana Da Terra

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