by Zacch Estrada-Petersen

A collective of Huntersville businesses will sponsor a “Corner Art Crawl,” Sept. 8, the second such event they’ve held this year. Their spring crawl featured more than 30 local artists.

Every store in the host group – comprised of Café 100, Village Coffee House and Creamery, Lupie’s Café, Timeless Treasures and Discovery Place Kids – played a role in procuring talent and promoting the event.

“Everybody organized their own group of artists,” Debbie Hill said. “Which was really great because that way we had a lot more coverage and a lot of different people.”

Hill, whose son Jay owns Café 100, is the driving force behind the planning and implementation of the art crawl, having served in a similar capacity since their restaurant opened over two years ago.

“Café 100 had had several art shows,” Hill said, “And it just seemed like the time for me to go out and ask some of the other businesses if they wanted to participate.”

Vendors for the fair paid a one-time fee of $25, which was used to cover promotion and advertising for the event. Hill intentionally wanted to keep the tables affordable so the focus could be on the art and not on the finances.

“Most artists just don’t have a lot of money,” Hill said. “Most people do it on the side because, especially in our economy, unless you cut off your ear and you’re famous like Van Gogh, you’re just not making it on your artwork.”

Kim Deneault, a Lincolnton-based quilt designer who has been featured on PBS and HGTV, will be one of many artists present. Although she won’t be selling any finished products at the crawl, she’ll be signing copies of her book, which features 17 unique design patterns.

She hopes to share her joy of sewing with younger generations. She didn’t develop her love for the craft until later in life.

“I made my first quilt when I was 8 years old and I hated it,” Deneault said. “I didn’t like the repetition.”

Her foray into quilting came about decades later.

“I was a full-time mom for 20 years, volunteering in art classes with the kids. So when my mom decided to take up quilting when she retired, I was messing around with some of her scraps and showing her how to do really dramatic designs without really knowing how to sew. The woman who was helping my mom with her quilt thought ‘Well maybe you should make a pattern.’ Ten months later, I was out in Hollywood filming for ‘Simply Quilts.’”

According to Hill, all of the businesses in the host group are excited to be a part of it.

“I think that it will expose a lot of our new and local artists who have wonderful skills and are able to bring forward and get noticed for the beautiful art that they do,” Peggy Sevigny, owner of Timeless Treasures, said. Her store, which opened in July, is helping to host the crawl for the first time.