Art Walk

Bring the family and make it an evening of fun in downtown Concord. Cabarrus Arts Council photo

The Cabarrus Arts Council’s Art Walk is this Friday, May 31, from 6 – 9 pm. It will feature art vendors on the front lawn and extended hours in The Galleries to view the new exhibition “On Paper”.

“On Paper” is a collection of works from 10 artists who work with paper, and we think you’ll be astounded by the near limitless possibilities of creations made of paper.

Art Walks are sponsored by Waste Pro and are always free. Several businesses will remain open during the evening as well. The Cabarrus Arts Council is located at 65 Union Street South in downtown Concord.

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The front lawn will be filled with artists this Friday during the Cabarrus Arts Council’s Art Walk. Cabarrus Arts Council photo

While your downtown, check out Union StreetScape Demo: inform Downtown's Future. It’s an interactive demonstration featuring new streetscape design ideas. Temporarily set up at Union Street S near Gianni’s Trattoria and Cabarrus Creamery, 16 and 21 Union Street S, the design options will illustrate the look and feel of possible enhancements to sidewalk widths, outdoor dining and seating, street trees, and street parking/travel lane widths.

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Art Walk is an opportunity for local artists to sell their handmade pieces in the community. Elisabeth Thornton/Cabarrus Arts Council photo


Exhibition: On Paper; Now – Friday, July 26; works created on paper; free and open to the public; sponsored by Hilliard Family Foundation; The Galleries 2018-2019 Season Sponsor: PSNC Energy; The Galleries’ hours: Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm, during Family Days and Art Walks and one hour before a performance in the Davis Theatre; Cabarrus Arts Council, 65 Union Street S, downtown Concord;

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There is fun for all ages at the Art Walk. Cabarrus Arts Council photo

Recreational Art Studio: Jewelry Stamping Workshop: Wednesday, May 29, 6:30-8:00pm; $30; In this workshop you will learn the basics of metal stamping and will be able to create one test item and two pieces of jewelry. Choose from aluminum bracelets, rings various styles of necklaces or a key chain. Age 13+. Recreational Art Studio; 4959 Highway 49 South, Harrisburg;

Spring Art Walk; Friday, May 31, 6  9 pm; tour The Galleries’ On Paper exhibition, then stroll downtown Concord as dozens of artists sell their works; free and open to the public; sponsored by Waste Pro; The Galleries of the Cabarrus Arts Council, 65 Union Street S, Concord;

Art on Tap’s BBQ and Beach Balls, Saturday, June 1, 6-10pm;. Young professionals, 21 or older! Join Art on Tap on the front lawn of the Cabarrus Arts Council for our summer kickoff. Enjoy craft beer from Cabarrus Brewing Company, BBQ by The Smoke Pit, music by Matt Carlson, a demonstration from woodturner Jerry Measimer and plenty of fun lawn games. Bring your kids! Art on Tap is a membership group for young professionals 21 and older. Learn more about it at on Tap’s BBQ & Beach Balls is free for members and $20 for guests. Children’s ticket: $5. Learn more on Facebook: @artontapcabarrus; Cabarrus Arts Council, 65 Union Street South, downtown Concord;



Adult Coloring: Saturday, June 8, 4-5pm; Adult – Coloring isn’t just for kids anymore. Join Midland Library for a relaxing afternoon of putting color to paper. All supplies provided. Midland Library, 4297 C Hwy 24/27 E, Midland;

Rockin’ The Burg: Saturday, June 8, 6:30-9:00pm; 6:30 to 7:00pm Opener - Mike Alicke, 7:00 to 9:00pm Main act -  Edwin McCain; Each Rockin' the Burg Concert at Harrisburg Park features food trucks, children's activities, including an inflatable and other outdoor yard games, and live music! Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Leashed pets are welcome. The Edwin McCain concert is free to attend; 191 Sims Parkway.


Art Lab; Wednesday, June 12, 10 am; ; specially timed for the homeschool community, Art Lab includes a guided tour of The Galleries exhibition, On Paper, and a fun, hands-on art activity; recommended for ages 7+; $5; register at; The Galleries of the Cabarrus Arts Council, 65 Union Street S, Concord;

Focusing on the FUNdamentals of Photography – Saturday, June 15, 10 am – 5 pm; this initial dive into photography will teach how to understand light, see details, color, form, pattern, and utilize compositional and technical elements to create more intriguing and successful photographs. You will learn aperture, shutter speed, ISO, the creative purposes of focal lengths, and how to photograph in Aperture Priority, Shutter Speed Priority and Manual Mode. Supplies: Bring your DSLR or mirrorless camera, fully charged with a memory card free of space; a notebook; Recommended for ages 12+; $130 per person; Register online:; Registration and payment required by 6/7; The Cabarrus Arts Council, 65 Union Street South, Concord;

Recreational Art Studio: Humming Bird Canvas Painting:  Monday, June 17, 6:0-9:00 pm; $25; Need a little art therapy? We all do. Grab a friend, a beverage and join RAC for this totally fun canvas painting, includes 18x22 Canvas, all supplies and step by step instruction. Age 11+;

Patron Paint-Along: Teen Edition: Tuesday, June 18, 3:00 - 4:30 pm; Ages 12-18. Flex your painting skills! Design your own masterpiece or paint along with an on-screen artist. All painting materials provided by the library; Sponsored by the Friends of Kannapolis Library. Kannapolis Library, 850 Mountain St. Kannapolis;

Petite Painting: Tuesday, June 18, 6 pm; Adult - Let’s paint! Challenge yourself to paint a scene on a mini canvas. All supplies will be provided. Registration required. Kannapolis Library, 850 Mountain St. Kannapolis;

Family Day; Saturday, June 22, 1 - 4 pm; make your own artwork at creation stations spread throughout The Galleries; designed for preschool through elementary school age; free and open to the public; El Puente Hispano (  is a Family Day Partner; The Galleries of the Cabarrus Arts Council, 65 Union St., South, Concord;

Carolina Renaissance Festival Auditions: Saturday, June 22, 8:30am-12:00pm; Join the Renaissance Festival! Prepared material, head shots, and resumes are appreciated but not required. Auditionees should be age 13 or older. Audition details and registration is available online at; Location: Cannon School, 5801 Poplar Tent Road, Concord.

Recreational Art Studio: Cotton Blossom Canvas Painting:  Saturday, June 22, 7-10pm; $25; Need a little art therapy? We all do. Join Recreational Art Studio for this super easy and fun canvas painting. Class includes 18x22 canvas, all supplies and step by step instruction. Age 11+. Recreational Art Studio; 4959 Highway 49 South, Harrisburg;

Harrisburg Library: Baby Storytime: Thursday, July 25, 9:30-10:30am; Age zero to walking with a parent or caregiver. Songs, stories, and finger plays, followed by playtime for babies and networking for parents.  Thursdays at 9:30am; Harrisburg Library, 201 Sims Parkway, Harrisburg;

Carolina Renaissance Festival Auditions: Sunday June 29, 8:30am-12:00pm; Join the Renaissance Festival! Prepared material, head shots, and resumes are appreciated but not required. Auditionees should be age 13 or older. Audition details and registration is available online at; Location: Cannon School, 5801 Poplar Tent Road, Concord.


Activities in The Galleries; Monday through Friday, 9 am – 5 pm during exhibitions; Art Box – Boxes full of art materials and instructions provide guided art projects for children of all ages when they visit The Galleries. The projects relate to the current exhibition, and the artwork can be made right here in The Galleries, on the front steps, or outside on the lawn. I Spy Scavenger Hunt – Get a scavenger list at the front desk, then search the art in The Galleries for everything on it. It’s a fun game for all ages, and a great way to pick up the details of artwork. Think about it – Our guided questionnaire is full of colorful pictures of artwork accompanied by conversation starters such as, "What questions would you ask this artist if he or she were here right now?" This activity is great for anyone who wants to examine artworks in a new way.

Exhibitions: Clay – Thursday, November 8 – Saturday, January 26, 2019;

Selections – Thursday, February 14 – Thursday, April 18; On Paper – Thursday, May 16 – Friday, July 26; Cabarrus Arts Council, 65 Union Street S, Concord;

Clear water artist studios: Learn the Age-Old Art of Pastels; See Website for Registration; Pastel Classes are offered by Regina Burchett on an individual or small group basis.  Classes are typically 2 hours in length, and the materials are included for the first two classes. Individual classes are $30 per two hour session; Clearwater artist studios; 223 Crowell DR NW, Concord. .

Saturday Night Dance: 7:00-10:00 pm; The second and fourth Saturday of the month there will be a live band at the Senior Center - Concord. Doors open at 6:30 pm. $6 per person at the door unless otherwise noted; 331 Corban Ave, Concord NC 28025;

Brenda’s Art Studio: Summer Art Camp; Weekly, Mon-Fri, 9:00-11:30 am; this summer camp includes multiple activities drawing, painting, pottery, sculptures, crafts.  Materials and snacks provided. Location: Brenda's Art Studio, 1211 Winecoff School Rd, Concord; Call 704-786-8570 to save your place in the camp.

Lyrics & Laughs; first & third Tuesday of each month, 1 - 2 pm; come sit around, sing your heart out and smile along the way; Senior Center, 331 Corban Ave, Concord;

Voice and Performance Lessons –teacher and professional singer/performer Daniel Truhitte, from The Sound of Music fame; available for students of all ages and skill levels; ideal for those interested in singing professionally, for school and church performances, or just for fun; for more information, email or call 704-791-9100.

Open Mic Night/Live Music – enjoy open mic night every Wednesday, and live music every Friday and Saturday at Lil’ Robert’s Place Taps, 25 Union Street South, Downtown Concord. Free.

Actors of Tomorrow – a non-profit children’s theatre organization for youth of any theatre experience, 6012 Bayfield Parkway, Ste. 370, Concord

Artist Demonstrations and Open Studios – ClearWater’s Gallery is open Wednesday –Friday, Noon-5pm, every 2nd Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm or by appointment; free and open to the public; The ClearWater Gallery, 223 Crowell Drive NW, Concord;

Creative Connections – Anew group meant to bring together all the arts and culture advocates in our community to discover who is here to work with and build our creative community in Cabarrus County; open to all artists, from belly dancers to writers, jugglers to quilters, art event organizers welcome as well; for more information about the next meeting, visit

Southern Piedmont Woodturners – 3rd Tuesday evening monthly – monthly demonstrations, Q&A Sessions, and sometimes hands-on opportunities to try new techniques; anyone interested in woodturning is welcome to visit and join; 223 Crowell St, Concord at Clearwater Artist Studios;

The Cabarrus Art Guild: Open Studio, Every Tuesday, 11am-3:30pm; Bring your project, your own supplies and join fellow artists, you don't have to be an 

Art Guild member to take part; There is no cost; Located on, 223 Crowell Dr. NW in Concord.

The Cabarrus Arts Council contributes The Arts and Entertainment column, which highlights the arts in Cabarrus County, to the Independent Tribune each Wednesday.  Please use the contact information provided to confirm the details of events.  If you would like your arts information to be considered for inclusion, please email Elisabeth Thornton at