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November 2011

Cabarrus Arts Council in Concord, NC, Offers Two New Exhibitions

A new group exhibition, Handle with Care, and the annual Shop Seagrove Show and Sale are on display through Dec. 21, 2011, at The Galleries, located in Cabarrus County’s historic courthouse in downtown Concord, NC. An opening reception will be held on Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, from 6-9 pm, during the downtown Concord Art Walk and again Dec. 3 and 10, from 10am-4pm.

Handle with Care features glass art paired with paintings and photographs that reflect the fragile and exquisite nature of the medium while Shop Seagrove showcases clay works by seven of the famed North Carolina town’s most prominent potteries.

Handle with Care includes glass works by Kate and Billy Bernstein, Shane Fero, John Geci, Judson Guerard, Ronnie Hughes, Robin Levin, Kenny Pieper and Justin Turcotte; photography by Raymond Grubb, Scott Hotaling, Jon Kolkin and Barry Love; paintings by Donald Peeler, Ralston Fox Smith and Wanda Stepp; art quilts by Roxanne Lessa; and weavings by Vicki Essig. There are exquisite glass bowls and vessels, delicate flowers, whimsical birds and roosters and dramatic sculptures.

Shop Seagrove brings together eight of the most prominent potteries from the famed North Carolina town known for clay works: Avery Pottery and Tileworks, Cady Clay Works, Chris Luther Pottery, Dirtworks Pottery, King’s Pottery, Thomas Pottery, and Luck’s Ware. There are utilitarian pieces such as baking dishes, mugs, pitchers and platters and decorative pottery including vases and candlesticks. Prices start at under $10.

Besides the two primary shows, The Galleries has assembled an array of handcrafted glass balls and other tree ornaments and one-of-a-kind gifts, from socks to baskets to hand-painted cards.

Three of the artists – Shane Fero, Raymond Grubb and Chris Luther, will present free Gallery Talks and Demonstrations on Thursday, Nov. 3, at 7pm. The free event will begin with each artist talking about his or her work in the Davis Theatre followed by artistic technique demonstrations in The Galleries.

The Galleries have fun activities planned for all ages in conjunction with the exhibition, including artwork scavenger hunts for both children and adults. Volunteer docents are available to give you a tour.

For further info check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call 704/920-2787 or visit (www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org).

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