Local artists shine in ‘Home Grown’

CORNELIUS – Showcasing the talent of 65 artists from around the Lake Norman area, "Home Grown" features ceramics, photographs, paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures.

According to Curator Jen Crickenberger, the show's opening attracted 250 gallery visitors. Three pieces from the show will be selected for a mural project for the front of Oak Street Mill.  

The free exhibit is open to the public 9 a.m.-5p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 9 a.m.-noon Fridays-Saturdays through Jan. 3 at the Cornelius Art Center, 19725 Oak St. 

Next month’s exhibit features Amy Sanders' ceramic art exhibit, "Red Earth Textural Forms." Her work stretches the limits of clay through layering, stamping and quilting captivating sculptural forms.

An opening reception will take place 6:30-9 p.m. Jan. 10, 2014. The public is also welcome to attend an artist demonstration to learn how Sanders works with clay 1-4 p.m. Jan. 11. Admission costs $25.


Holiday art on display at town hall

DAVIDSON – An exhibit of photography and paintings by local artists will be on display throughout the holidays.

“Art for the Holidays” features photographs by Gayle Shomer, P.K. Donson, Ron Donson, Joe Young, Ben Yarborough and David Boraks, as well as paintings by L.C. Neill.

The exhibit will be on display 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and during town events through Jan. 3 at the Davidson Town Hall, 216 S. Main St. All works are available to buy.

The gallery also seeks artists to supply framed, ready-to-hang artwork for month-long shows in 2014. Email gallery coordinator David Boraks, david@boraks.net.


Art center classes range from blogging to Legos

CORNELIUS – As the weather chills, the Cornelius Art Center holds a variety of classes to enrich creativity indoors.

The center offers numerous adult art classes this winter that focus on understanding the fundamentals of throwing pottery, oil painting, darkroom photography, home décor, jewelry making, drawing, working with fabrics and writing blogs.

Preschool to high school students can also enroll in classes about constructing Lego worlds, puppet making, theater, video game animation and sketching in 3D, among others.

Registration for most classes closes in mid-January, and many courses welcome all levels of experience. Fees vary from about $65 to $190 for the eight-week programs.

The center is located at 19725 Oak St.

Details: 704-896-8823 or www.cornelius.org/index.aspx?NID=127.


‘Blackfish’ tells of killer whales in captivity

CORNELIUS – Thousands of visitors flood the gates of SeaWorld in Orlando, Fla., each year for the opportunity to watch 8,000-pound orcas pull off mesmerizing feats. The giants usually work in sync with experienced trainers, but in 2010, something went terribly wrong.

"Blackfish" tells the story of Tilikum, a killer whale responsible for the death of 40-year-old trainer Dawn Brancheau in 2010. The documentary focuses on the affects of keeping wild animals in captivity for decades.

Screenings of the 83-minute documentary start at 7 p.m. Jan. 11 and 12 at the Cornelius Art Center, 19725 Oak St.

For tickets, visit http://indiesplusdocs.com/. 


New Year-themed bash focuses on artistic wonders

CORNELIUS – It's almost time to start making New Year's resolutions and dusting off streamers and party hats.

The Cornelius Arts Center will host a kid-friendly art party to ring in 2014. There will be arts and crafts for all ages as well as a photo booth to capture memories. Art themes will center on the New Year, like drawing fireworks lighting up the night sky. Parents must accompany children 7 years old and younger. 

The party will take place 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 2 and 3, 2014. The cost is $5 per child per hour. 

The center is located at 19725 Oak St.

Details: http://cornelius.org/index.aspx?NID=129.