Craving some culture? Art on the Green takes place April 20 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and April 21 from noon-4 p.m. at 119 S. Main St. The concert will run from April 21 from 6-8 p.m. Admission is free.
DAVIDSON – Larry Duke’s oil paintings of ballerinas allow the viewer enough access to see the many colors that weave together to form a tutu’s texture while leaving faces and backgrounds hazy as in Impressionism’s works.
His ballerinas, along with landscapes, seascapes and figure paintings, will have their own booth on the emerald lawn in front of the Davidson Public Library at the Art on the Green festival April 20-21.
April is for Arts celebrates its ninth year this month and kicks off the Davidson's Concerts on the Green series, according to Kim Fleming, the town's community and economic development manager.
Every spring, the town, in conjunction with area businesses, sponsors a Gallery Crawl, an Art on the Green shopping experience and the first community concert of the season.
“It has become a regional fine arts festival,” Fleming said. “It started off nine years ago where we just had a few artists on The Green who were local, but each year it grows, and we get more applicants.”
Duke calls the festival a “good venue for emerging artists” as he generally sells about six paintings and finds commissioned work by chatting with passersby.
“Every year I’ve done it, it’s been beautiful weather,” he said. “It’s well attended, and a lot of artists compete because it’s juried.”
Fleming said the quality of the ceramic, metal and glasswork, jewelry, paintings, prints and photographs on display is “phenomenal” because a panel of judges vote in who will participate in the show, and an overall winner walks away with $150.
Art on the Green features live music, food vendors and an activity table for children.
Tunes throughout the day April 21 will give way to a free performance by the Davidson College Symphony & Jazz Ensemble later that evening. Locals are welcome to spread out on picnic blankets at twilight to hear Concert on the Green’s first of 14 annual shows, which will span various genres according to Fleming.
Performances continue on the first and third Sunday evening of each month from May through September.
“If a person has an appreciation for the arts, this is a great way for them to get an idea of what’s out there locally,” Duke said.
Last Friday, April is for Arts began with a gallery crawl down Main Street, complete with two trolleys just like those found in San Francisco.
Local artists paired up with merchants including Main Street Books, The Village Store, Brickhouse Tavern and Wooden Stone Gallery to display their creations, transforming the businesses into mini-galleries for the night.
“Arts on the Green started as a way to celebrate the visual arts in Davidson,” Fleming said. “It’s turned into a month-long celebration of the arts. We want to be known for nurturing the arts in the community.”