Church groups participate in Rock Spring Campground performance

DENVER – Area church choirs, local groups, quartets, trios, duets and soloists perform Southern, contemporary, country and bluegrass music during the 182nd Rock Spring Camp Meeting.

The performance takes place at 7 p.m. Aug. 3 at the Rock Spring Campground on Campground Road in Denver.

The Anchormen, a group known for its four-part harmony, will also perform a free concert 7 p.m. Aug. 4 during camp meeting. Other performers include The Shireys, Carolina Family Quartet and Southerners Quartet.

Details: 704-483-2710.

Scott Ainslie brings Delta blues to Solas Leighis concert series

MOORESVILLE – Scott Ainslie, a Delta blues singer, guitarist and historian, will perform in the Saint Patrick’s Solas Leighis concert series.

The performance takes place 7-9 p.m. Aug. 5 at Saint Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 201 Fairview Road, Mooresville. A meet-the-artist reception follows.

Ainslie’s work reflects his reverence and affection for African and American culture and music, according to a church concert announcement. He will also share historical anecdotes and his experiences with many elder blues musicians from across the South.

Tickets are available at the door and cost $15 for adults, $10 for students and are free for children 6 and younger. All proceeds benefit the church’s community outreach program. The series runs through Dec. 2.

Details: or

Teens explore the world of graffiti art at the Cornelius Arts Center

Camp Graffiti, ran by The Community Arts Project, takes place the week of Aug. 6 at the Cornelius Arts Center, 19275 Oak St., Cornelius.

Graffiti artist Joe Dobson will teach campers to sketch funky letterforms and graffiti inspired characters. Teens can bring clothing to customize. The Community Arts Project will also provide trucker hats for campers to paint.

The camp cost $150 for residents and $170 for non-residents, which includes a $10 summer camp supply fee. Details and registration information:

Latta Plantation holds Miss Jane’s Academy for pre-teen girls

Historic Latta Plantation takes girls ages 8-12 back in time to see what life was like for 19th century women.

Miss Jane’s Academy, which runs 9 a.m. -3 p.m.  Aug. 6-9 at Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville, includes hands-on activities, such as fan-making, sewing, open-hearth cooking, English country dancing and spying. Girls will also take a horse-drawn covered wagon ride through the Latta Plantation Nature Preserve.

The $175 registration fee includes an apron, bonnet and T-shirt. Details and registration forms:

Sanctuary offers cup-painting event

Sanctuary of Davidson invites amateur and advanced artists to paint coffee cups at its next Paintbrushes and Cocktails event.

Instructor Kristen Feighery will lead the class 6-9 p.m. Aug. 10 at Sanctuary of Davidson, 108 S. Main St., Davidson. Registration costs $40. Details and registration:

Artist Guild exhibit includes Moncrieff, Florence Thomas Art School

The Mooresville Artist Guild features the art of Barbara Moncrieff and the Florence Thomas Art School Traveling Show throughout August at The Depot Gallery, 103 W. Center Ave., Mooresville.

The Florence Thomas Art School, Inc. is a nonprofit art school established in Ashe County by the late Florence Thomas. Thomas, who died in 2007 at the age of 98, created hundreds of paintings of farm animals, flowers and landscapes. The school provides resources for fine arts instruction, exhibition and experience in the Ashe County region.

Moncrieff uses watercolor, oil and acrylic media to create landscape pieces.

The Depot Gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The guild’s monthly reception, open to the public, also takes place 6-8 p.m. Aug. 10 at The Depot Gallery. Preliminary plans for the renovation of the Historic Mooresville Depot will be on display during the reception.

Details: or 704-663-6661.

Screen printing demonstration takes place at The Depot Gallery

The Mooresville Artist Guild presents a screen printing demonstration featuring Speedball Art Products

The free demonstration takes place 6 p.m. Aug. 28 at The Depot Gallery, 103 W. Center Ave., Mooresville. Hannah Rankin and Bud Martin will discuss block printing and metal leafing.

Details: or 704-663-6661

Mick & the Ultras and Exit 54 perform at Birkdale Village

Two bands will play upcoming concerts in the Mingling on the Green series at Birkdale Village.

Mick & the Ultras, a classic rock band, will perform Aug. 6. Concord-based Exit 54 plays a mix of rock, funk, beach and R&B music and will perform Aug. 7. All concerts take place 7-9 p.m. at Birkdale Village, off of Sam Furr Road in Huntersville.

– Compiled by Tori Hamby