American Watercolor Society comes to Lake Norman, raises money for SCAN

MOORESVILLE – The American Watercolor Society’s 146th travel exhibit will be held at the Mooresville Depot Visual Arts Center this month.

Mooresville is the tour’s sole stop in the southeast. The display includes 40 watercolor paintings by national and international artists in the three main galleries along with regional artwork in the warehouse.

The entire exhibit is free and open to the public May 4-June 9, Tuesdays-Saturdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday and Monday group tours are available for evenings by appointment.

Opening day is also Cheap Joe Day. Cheap Joe's Art Stuff, based in Boone and Charlotte, is one of the largest distributors of art supplies in the country.

Cheap Joe, otherwise known as Joe Miller, and his staff will be on site to welcome artists and art enthusiasts to the Depot from 10 a.m.-noon May 4.

The guild and Stop Child Abuse Now host a preview of the show May 3 from 7-9 p.m. Tickets for that event cost $25 and may be bought at the door. Advance tickets are available by calling the guild at 704-663-6661 or by visiting Proceeds benefit both MAG and SCAN.

Artist Steve Rogers hosts a free tour of the exhibit May 7 at 7 p.m. Rogers previously judged the New York watercolor exhibit and will offer insights on the current artwork.

Mooresville Artist Guild previously hosted this travel exhibit in 2010 and welcomed 2,500 visitors to the depot. The American Watercolor Society was founded in 1866 by a group of 11 painters in New York and held its first exhibition in 1867.

The guild is located at 103 W. Center Ave. 


Players raise curtain on new marketing director  MUG

DAVIDSON – Davidson Community Players recently hired Allison Wilhelm as the new marketing and development director.

She’ll be responsible for marketing all of the theater’s main stage shows, Connie Company shows and educational programs, as well as public relations and social media campaigns.

Wilhelm will also interact with local businesses, forging relationships and developing sponsorships and advertising opportunities.

Wilhelm comes to DCP after 20 years of working in sales and marketing throughout the Charlotte region.

“I’m very excited to be here,” she said. “My family and I just recently moved back to the area. I was a theater major and still do a little acting, so the job incorporates all of my talents and loves. It is a natural fit.”

Allison joined DCP during the run of “Wit” in March, and she’s gearing up for the summer performances of “The Pajama Game” and “Leading Ladies.”

“I lived in Davidson about 10 years ago, so I know the area and businesses well,” she said. “The summer series is going to be a lot of fun, and we have some great plans already in motion.”

Now in its 48th season, DCP is the 2011 winner of the North Carolina Theatre Conference “Community Theatre of the Year” award.