Did you know potters have been known to use leaf blowers to kick up pounds upon pounds of salt in their kilns? The gust forms a cloud which interacts with the heat and creates texture to the piece being fired. The wood-firing process is fascinating, right?

Learn more at “A Closer Look Presents Seagrove Woodfire NC: Materials, Connections, Approaches” this Thursday at 7 p.m. in The Galleries when Pam Owens, Fred Johnston and Travis Owens explore the roots, diversity and path of 20 potters making a living wood firing in the Seagrove area.

This event is free, but registration is appreciated: http://bit.ly/2uGIRnX

The Galleries of the Cabarrus Arts Council are at 65 Union St. South in downtown Concord.

THIS WEEKExhibition: Clay WoodFire NC — Now through Tuesday; free. This annual exhibition and sale celebrates the artistry of a group of renowned Seagrove potters and their wood-fired work. Additionally, the exhibition will feature a select number of artisans that have strong ties to this Seagrove community. Artists: Chad Brown, From The Ground Up — Michael Mahan, Carol Gentithes, Daniel Johnston, Fred Johnston, Kate Johnston, Jugtown Pottery — Bayle Owens, Pamela Owens, Travis Owens, Vernon Owens, Sid Luck, Levi Mahan, Ben Owen III, Anne Pärtna, Hitomi Shibata, Takuro Shibata and David Stuempfle — with Andrew Dutcher, Charlie Hayes, JulieRose Hinson, Hamish Jackson, Bill Jones, Margaret Larson, Sarah Matesz, Natalie Novak, Sydney Williams, Erin Younge, Jared Zehmer; Clay: WoodFire NC is sponsored by Uwharrie Bank; The Galleries of the Cabarrus Arts Council, 65 Union St., South, Concord; Free; www.cabarrusartscouncil.org.

A Closer Look Presents Seagrove Woodfire NC: Materials, Connections, Approaches — Thursday, 7 p.m. — Pam Owens, Fred Johnston and Travis Owens explore the roots, diversity and path of 20 potters making a living wood firing in the Seagrove area. This event is free, but registration is appreciated: https://forms.gle/XgLEvWsq7W5EaDHE9; Cabarrus Arts Council, 65 Union St. South, downtown Concord; Cabarrusartscouncil.org.

Recreational Art Studio: Canvas Workshop: Friday, 7-8 p.m.; $25. Join Recreational Art Studios canvas painting workshop. All supplies provided. Age 11+ Skill level: Easy; 3689 Concord Parkway South, Concord; https://recreationalartstudio.com/

Cabarrus Art Guild: Pastel Techniques: A workshop with Malia Bryngelson: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2:30pm; For beginner or intermediate artists learning in a relaxed and encouraging atmosphere. This class will explore the best types of materials that will help make pastel painting more enjoyable and successful. To register: Send an email to maliabryngel56@gmail.com or Phone: 704-773-0817 (Please send a text message.) Location: ClearWater Arts Center & Studios; 223 Crowell Drive, NW, Concord.

Recreational Art Studio: 90 Minute Pottery Wheel Experience: Saturday 1-2:30 p.m.; $30. This is a great class for those wondering about clay and wheel-throwing. The goal of this class is to have fun. You will not become an expert potter after one session. In this session you will learn the basics of throwing and hand-building. You will use air-dry clay which means you can make it, paint it with acrylic paint and take it home. The Pottery Wheel Experience includes 2 pounds of air-dry/fire clay, use of studio sculpting tools and acrylic paint. Age 7 and up. 3689 Concord Parkway South, Concord; https://recreationalartstudio.com/ pottery/wheel/classes/90-minute-pottery-wheel1/25/

Poet Laureate: Jaki Shelton Green: Saturday, 2 p.m. N.C. poet laureate Jaki Shelton Green will speak as part of the annual meeting of the Concord Friends of the Library. She is the first African American and third woman to be appointed as the North Carolina poet laureate. Green is a writer, a poet, and a North Carolina native whose publications include “Dead on Arrival,” “Dead on Arrival and New Poems,” “Masks,” “Conjure Blues,” “singing a tree into dance,” “breath of the song,” “Blue Opal” (a play), and “Feeding the Light.” Cabarrus County Public Library 27 Union St. North, Concord; 704-920-2050 cabarruscounty.us/departments/library

The Black Market Trust — Saturday, 8 p.m., $37.50.The Black Market Trust brings high energy performances inspired by the legendary Rat-Pack crooners and Gypsy Jazz musicians from days gone by. The Davis Theatre 2019-20 Season is sponsored by Embassy Suites Charlotte-Concord. Tickets available online at http://bit.ly/2LqoPFw or Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. by phone: 704-920-2787, or in person at the Cabarrus Arts Council, 65 Union St. South, downtown Concord.

NEXT WEEK

Mt. Pleasant Library: Crafters Unite — Monday, 4-5 p.m.; free; adults. Gather with other crafters as you work on a variety of useful and decorative crafts in a comfortable atmosphere. 8556 Cook St. Mt. Pleasant https://go.activecalendar.com/cabarruscounty/site/library/event/crafters-unite-mtp-55/

Concord Library: These Boots Were Made for Popping — Tuesday, 4:30-5:30 p.m.; ages 5-12. Learn about abstract art, then create your own with washable paint and bubble wrap boots that you make yourself. There will be lots of stomping, so be sure to wear your old clothes. Concord Library; 27 Union St., Concord; https://go.activecalendar.com/cabarruscounty/site/library/event/these-boots-were-made-for-popping-con.

Jim Avett & Friends — Friday, Jan. 31, 8 p.m., $25. A new album of songs originally intended for his children’s ears only, Jim Avett’s “Take it from Me” will surely find its way into the hearts of his hometown fan base in the Davis Theatre. The Davis Theatre 2019-20 Season is sponsored by Embassy Suites Charlotte-Concord. Tickets available online at http://bit.ly/2Gesjqq or Monday through Friday, 9 a.m to 5 p.m. by phone: 704-920-2787, or in person at the Cabarrus Arts Council, 65 Union St. South, downtown Concord.

Cabarrus Art Guild: Wax Batik on Fabric — Saturday, Feb. 1, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; class $35; supply kit $35. You will learn how to create custom batik fabric for a quilt, wall hanging or garment. The batik process generates complex, stitch-able designs with wax resist and color layering on fabric. Brown paper bags, tons of newspaper. ClearWater Arts center & Studios; 223 Crowell Drive, NW, Concord; to register: Send an email to 4LauraSmith@gmail.com UPCOMING

Kannapolis Library: Yay for Valentine’s Day — Monday, Feb. 3, 10-11 a.m.; free; ages walking to 3 years with caregiver. It’s toddler craft time and toddler story time! You’ll get ready for the holiday by reading a Valentine’s story and making a heart-shaped tissue paper wreath. 850 Mountain St. Kannapolis; https://go.activecalendar.com/cabarruscounty/site/library/event/yay-for-valentines-day-kan/

Mount Pleasant Library: Creative Writing for Teens: Thursday, Feb. 6, 5:30-6:30 p.m.; free; ages 10-19. Got stories sprouting in the back of your mind? Poems taking root in your notebooks? Mount Pleasant Library will give you the tools to plant, grow, and prune a whole forest of writing ideas! 8556 Cook St. Mt. Pleasant; https://go.activecalendar.com/cabarruscounty/site/library/event/creative-writing-for-teens-mtp-16/

Kannapolis Library: Story Quilt Story Time: Saturday, Feb. 8, 11 a.m. to noon; all ages. Come celebrate Faith Ringgold, artist, author, and activist. We’ll explore her work by reading “Tar Beach” and doing an art project based on one of her story quilts. 850 Mountain St. Kannapolis; https://go.activecalendar.com/cabarruscounty/site/library/event/story-quilt-story-time-kan/

Davina & the Vagabonds — Saturday, Feb. 8,, 8 p.m., $37.50. Davina Lozier has been compared to Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin and Amy Winehouse, but make no mistake, she’s an original. Davina and the Vagabonds’ down-and-dirty blues will leave you yearning for more. The Davis Theatre 2019-20 Season is sponsored by Embassy Suites Charlotte-Concord. Tickets available online 24/7 at http://bit.ly/2XOcVXD or Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.by phone: 704-920-2787, or in person at the Cabarrus Arts Council, 65 Union St. South, downtown Concord.

Cabarrus Art Guild: Necklace in a Day: — Saturday, Feb. 15, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; $25. Make your necklace precision-shaped or wild and wonky in your favorite color scheme, long or short, dressy or casual, with edging dangles or not. ClearWater Arts Center & Studios; 223 Crowell Drive, NW, Concord. To register, sSend an email to 4LauraSmith@gmail.com

Midland Library: Bad Art Challenge — Saturday, Feb. 15, 4-5 p.m.; free; ages 10 and up. Midland Library will empty the supply closet to help you create the tackiest mixed-media collages and sculptures around. Enjoy being creative in a laid-back atmosphere. 4297 C Hwy 24/27 E. Midland; https://go.activecalendar.com/cabarruscounty/site/library/event/bad-art-challenge-mid/

Mount Pleasant Library: Crafters Unite — Monday, Feb. 17, 4-5 p.m.; free; adults. Gather with other crafters as you work on a variety of useful and decorative crafts in a comfortable atmosphere. 8556 Cook St. Mt. Pleasant; https://go.activecalendar.com/cabarruscounty/site/library/event/crafters-unite-mtp-56/

Southern Piedmont Woodturners Monthly Meeting & Demo — Tuesday, Feb. 18, 6:30-8 p.m.; The Southern Piedmont Woodturners meet on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30-9 p.m. They meet at their studio at Clearwater Artist Studios. Members begin to arrive about 5:30 p.m., and the program is usually finished by 9 p.m. 223 Crowell Drive NW, Concord; http://www.clearwaterartists.com/events-orig/2018/4/17/southern-piedmont-woodturners-monthly-meeting-demo-lnyw9-ye7c4-b72lb-bl4e2-6kcwc-63w5k-y99k9-xznhz-3cmp3-telbc-599gk

Art Walk and Artist Reception — Friday, Feb. 21, 6-9 p.m. Tour The Galleries’ Tone exhibition at your own pace and then stroll downtown Concord as dozens of artists sell their works. The Galleries of the Cabarrus Arts Council, 65 Union St., South, Concord; Free and open to the public; sponsored by Waste Pro; www.cabarrusartscouncil.org.

Cabarrus Art Guild: Pastel Workshop: Saturday, Feb. 29, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; $35. Pastel workshop for beginner or intermediate artists to study techniques used in pastel painting and how the artist can apply these techniques to basic art principles. To register, contact via email: malia bryngel56@gmail.com; Clearwater Arts Center & Studios 223 Crowell Dr. NW; Concord, NC 28025; www.clearwaterartists.com.

Melinda Doolittle — Saturday, March 7, 8 p.m., $40. Now a center-stage phenom who sings The Great American Soulbook, this “American Idol” finalist delivers flawless vocals with a mesmerizing precision that captivates her audiences. The Davis Theatre 2019-20 Season is sponsored by Embassy Suites Charlotte-Concord. Tickets available online 24/7 http://bit.ly/2XHRqMY or Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. by phone: 704-920-2787, or in person at the Cabarrus Arts Council, 65 Union St. S, downtown Concord.

Susan Werner & David Myles — Saturday, March 21, 8 p.m. $37.50. Two songwriters and one evening in the Davis. Folksinger Susan Werner has a reputation as a daring and innovative songwriter with a killer live show. Canadian folk jazz singer David Myles is part soulful pop crooner and part back porch roots musician. The Davis Theatre 2019-20 Season is sponsored by Embassy Suites Charlotte-Concord. Tickets available at http://bit.ly/2GezZsD or Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. by phone: 704-920-2787, or in person at the Cabarrus Arts Council, 65 Union St. South, downtown Concord.

Art Lab — Wednesday, March 25, 10 a.m.; specially timed for the homeschool community, Art Lab includes a guided tour of The Galleries exhibition, Tone, and a fun, hands-on art activity; recommended for ages 7 and up; $5. Registration is recommended: https://cabarrusartscouncil.org/arts-education/art-lab;The Galleries of the Cabarrus Arts Council, 65 Union St. South, Concord; www.cabarrusartscouncil.org.

The Steel Wheels — Saturday, April 4, 8 p.m., $37.50. The Steel Wheels have captured audiences across the country with their heady brew of original soulful mountain music and their deep commitment to roots and community. The Davis Theatre 2019-20 Season is sponsored by Embassy Suites Charlotte-Concord. Tickets available online at http://bit.ly/2XMuyMo or Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.by phone: 704-920-2787, or in person at the Cabarrus Arts Council, 65 Union St. South, downtown Concord.

Family Day — Saturday, April 25, 1-4 p.m. Make your own artwork at creation stations spread throughout The Galleries. Designed for preschool through elementary school age; sponsored by Atrium Health. The Galleries of the Cabarrus Arts Council, 65 Union St. South, Concord; free and open to the public. www.cabarrusartscouncil.org.

Breakfast for the Arts — Friday, May 15, 7:30 a.m. The Breakfast for the Arts fundraiser serves up children’s performances and inspirational speakers to show the impact of the arts on our community; Reservations are required for this free event; email Natasha@cabarrusarts council.org or call the Cabarrus Arts Council at 704-920-2787.

Art Lab — Wednesday, June 24, 10 a.m.; specially timed for the homeschool community. Art Lab includes a guided tour of The Galleries exhibition, Fresh Works, and a fun, hands-on art activity; recommended for ages 7 and up; $5; registration is recommended: https://cabarrusartscouncil.org/arts-education/art-lab; The Galleries of the Cabarrus Arts Council, 65 Union St. Souh, Concord; www.cabarrusartscouncil.org.

Art Walk and Artist Reception — Friday, May 29, 6- 9 p.m.. Tour The Galleries’ Fresh Works exhibition at your own pace and then stroll downtown Concord as dozens of artists sell their works. The Galleries of the Cabarrus Arts Council, 65 Union St., South, Concord; free; sponsored by Waste Pro; www.cabarrusartscouncil.org.

Family Day — Saturday, June 20, 1-4 p.m.. Make your own artwork at creation stations spread throughout The Galleries. Designed for preschool through elementary school age; Sponsored by Dominion Energy; The Galleries of the Cabarrus Arts Council, 65 Union St., South, Concord; free and open to the public. www.cabarrusartscouncil.org.

ONGOING

Activities in The Galleries — Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 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 — now — Saturday, , Selections — Thursday, Feb. 14, through Thursday, April 18; On Paper — Thursday, May 16 , through Friday, July 26; Cabarrus Arts Council, 65 Union St. South, Concord; www.cabarrusartscouncil.org.

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. http://www.clearwaterartists.com/classes/.

Saturday Night Dance — 7-10 p.m. The second and fourth Saturdays of the month there will be a live band at the Senior Center- Concord. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. $6 per person at the door unless otherwise noted; 331 Corban Ave, Concord NC 28025; http://go.activecalendar.com/cabarruscounty/site/ public/event/saturday-night-dance-42/

Brenda’s Art Studio: Afterschool Art Camp — Weekly, Monday through Friday, 4:30-6:30 p.m.; one day per week for six weeks on Monday, Tuesday or Thursday; Adult art classes from 6-8 p.m. Drawing, painting and pottery. Please call 704-787-8570 Brenda’s Art Studio to register and for more information, http://brendasartstudio.com/Student Activities.html

Lyrics & Laughs — first and third Tuesdays of each month, 1- 2 p.m. Come sit around, sing your heart out and smile along the way; Senior Center, 331 Corban Ave, Concord; www.cabarruscounty.us.

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 danieltruhitte@gmail.com or call 704-791-9100.

Open Mic Night/Live Music — enjoy open mic night Wednesdays and live music Fridays and Saturdays at Lil’ Robert’s Place Taps, 25 Union St.South, Downtown Concord. Free. www.facebook.com/LilRobertsPlace.

Actors of Tomorrow — a nonprofit children’s theatre organization for youth of any theater experience, 6012 Bayfield Parkway, Suite 370, Concord www.actorsoftomorrow.org.

Artist Demonstrations and Open Studios — ClearWater’s Gallery is open Wednesday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m., every second Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment; free and open to the public; The ClearWater Gallery, 223 Crowell Drive NW, Concord; clearwaterartists.com.

Creative Connections — A new 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 www.facebook.com/CreativeConnectionsCabarrus/

Southern Piedmont Woodturners — Third 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; http://www.spwoodturners.com.

The Cabarrus Art Guild: Open Studio, Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.. 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 at 223 Crowell Drive NW in Concord.

The Cabarrus Arts Council

contributes the Arts & Entertainment column, which highlights the arts in Cabarrus County, to the

Independent Tribune each Wednesday. Use the contact information provided to confirm the details

of events. If you would like your arts information to be considered for inclusion, email Elisabeth Thornton at elisabeth@cabarrusartscouncil.org.