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Crushing on CLT art

24 Oct

By Amy Bareham
Community & Cultural Investment Intern

For many, art seems to resemble an awkward first date.

We sit down with a painting or a novel, a poem or an opera and we try. We listen, we observe, we ask the obligatory introspective questions about ourselves and the work, but then art gets a little too demanding. She – or he, for that matter – asks that we enter into a relationship in which we appreciate art, recognize and love it, support and perpetuate it. And that can be a little overwhelming for someone just getting into the dating scene. So we walk out of museums, theaters and parks reassuring art that it isn’t her or him, no really, it’s us.

Dulce Tavares.

Dulce Tavares.

But what if there were people creating art locally – the kind of art that meets us exactly where we are and fits naturally into our lives. Would we give an art romance a second chance?
Shareholders in the Arts & Science Council’s Fall 2014 Community Supported Art (CSA) program are excited about their growing relationship with art and so is one of CSA’s local artists, Dulce Tavares.

Originally a professor of microbiology and immunology in her native country of Brazil, Tavares moved to the U.S. and decided it was time to do something she’d always enjoyed.

“I started making murals and doing all sorts of stuff,” she said. “Then I just chose a mixed media to work with. That is really rewarding because it gives you a lot of possibilities to create.”

Twenty years later, Tavares is making a name for herself in the Charlotte community, mostly due to word of mouth. She attributes her success to commissions from “prestigious places like Charlotte Latin School,” but hasn’t strayed far from her professorial roots. A teacher at the Behailu academy, a nonprofit organization with an after-school program for high school and middle school students, SOAR academy for homeschoolers, and a teaching artist with the Harvey Gantt Center, she is helping others fall in love with the accessibility of art.
Much of her work is influenced by Latin American flair.

“Brazil is a multi-cultural country. We have artists from all around the world – from Asia, the Middle East, Europe, Africa, so this gives to the country and the people a rich culture,” she explained. “There are many popular artists and they make very colorful paintings. I always was intrigued and really liked that kind of art…I always liked to represent what I’m seeing the best I can.

“The Brazilian art really influences me with all those colors…they are not afraid of color and try different combinations.”

An example of Dulce Tavares' artwork.

An example of Dulce Tavares’ artwork.

CSA shareholders will experience these combinations in papier-mâché plant sculptures made from recyclable materials, another trademark of Tavares’ pieces.

“I’m forcing my creativity to do something that doesn’t represent the reality…this is why I call them alien plants because they are something imaginary…I’m getting inspiration sometimes in nature but I’m just giving my interpretation,” she said.

Tavares is hoping that working with recycled materials will encourage her students, too.

“I think that is a good lesson to teach them…try to use what they have around, available, and transform something that could be trashed into a nice piece of art.”

For those of you burned by many first art dates gone wrong, Tavares’ art may be just the right breath of fresh air.

Enjoy a cultural treat this Halloween

21 Oct

Compiled by Bernie Petit
Communications Manager

pumpkin_categoryYou don’t have to wait for Halloween to enjoy some great cultural treats.

You can get dressed up or go as yourself to one or more Halloween-themed cultural haunts.

From a haunted trail at Historic Latta Plantation to a marvelous, luminescent reality courtesy of Charlotte’s Omimeo Mime Theatre, there are plenty of cultural events to get you in the Halloween spirit.

No tricks.

Ghost Walk – A Haunted Trail
When: Oct. 24-25.
Where: Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Charlotte.
What’s Happening: Travel through the plantation at night to venture past an explosive Civil War battlefield, survive a soldiers’ cemetery, escape a ghostly prison camp and enjoy being frightened all in the spirit of Halloween. This haunted-trail type of attraction is not recommended for young children.
Cost: $10.
Details: http://www.charlottecultureguide.com/event/detail/441880244/Ghost_Walk_A_Haunted_Trail

The Duke Mansion’s “Homeland” Halloween Party
When: Oct. 25.
Where: Duke Mansion, 400 Hermitage Road, Charlotte.
What’s Happening: Expect great food, live music, and a chance to blow your cover at the historic mansion known as Vice President William Walden’s home on the television series “Homeland.” Sneak into the mansion for gourmet food and hush-hush tunes from the house band, Bad Daddies. Bid on trips, jewelry and other delights at the silence auction, or take a tour of the historic mansion.
Cost: $75 per person ($25 is tax-deductible).
Details: http://www.charlottecultureguide.com/event/detail/441874787/The_Duke_Mansions_Homeland_Halloween_Party

Halloween at the Haven
When: Oct. 25.
Where: Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte.
What’s Happening: A spooky Saturday in the Wing Haven Garden where children will make a wonderful fall centerpiece with a pumpkin and pansies in addition to a spooky sweet craft, wander the garden paths for a scavenger hunt, and hear ghost stories at a secret gathering spot in the woods. Later, participants will decorate goblin-friendly cookies with refreshments to share. Dress in costume (optional) and for the weather. Limited availability, early registration encouraged. Bring two cans of non-perishable food items for Second Harvest Food Bank and receive a $5 gift voucher good for a future family program at Wing Haven.
Cost: $8 per child non-member, $5 per child Wing Haven member.
Details: http://www.charlottecultureguide.com/event/detail/441879129/Halloween_at_the_Haven

Zombie Survival Weekend
When: Oct. 24-25
Where: Discovery Place Education Studio, 300 N Poplar St., Charlotte.
What’s Happening: If the zombie apocalypse happened today, would you be ready? Go beyond Hollywood depictions with our hands-on training sessions, designed to teach you the skills and science you’ll need to know to defend yourself against the walking dead.
Cost: Sessions start at $50
Details: http://www.charlottecultureguide.com/event/detail/441879617/Zombie_Survival_Weekend

Visuween – An Epic Halloween Extravaganza of Monstrous Proportions
When: Oct. 31.
Where: Visulite Theatre, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte.
What’s Happening: A night of music inspired by bands like Muse (Ish), The Killers (S.O.Stereo), The Yeah Yeah Yeahs (Grown Up Avenger Stuff), Jack White (The Waves), Queens of the Stone Age (Semi-Pro), The Strokes (The Business People), Faith No More (Dr Cirkustien) and more.
Cost: Free.
Details: http://www.charlottecultureguide.com/event/detail/441878207/Visuween_An_Epic_Halloween_Extravaganza_of_Monstrous_Proportions

Spirits of Rosedale
When: Oct 24-Nov. 1.
Where: Historic Rosedale Plantation, 3427 North Tryon St., Charlotte.
What’s Happening: The Spirits of Rosedale takes visitors on a night tour through the plantation home’s first floor, kitchen basement, and gardens. Rosedale’s living history team presents this family-friendly Halloween program appropriate for audiences ages 6 and up.
Cost: $15, advance tickets available.
Details: http://www.charlottecultureguide.com/event/detail/441864604/Spirits_of_Rosedale

omimeo-blm-hd-v3_categoryOmimeo’s Black Light Magic: Halloween Dream
When: Oct. 24-Nov. 1.
Where: ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
What’s Happening: Join Charlotte’s Omimeo Mime Theatre for a marvelous, luminescent reality, full of crazy characters, unusual illusions and spectacular special effects. Follow the story of a young trick-or-treater as she magically travels from her bedroom to a fantastical world of dreams, masks and haunting images — with just the right amount of Halloween chills. Wear your Halloween costume, fluorescent or white clothes and you’ll really be part of the show.
Cost: $14.
Details: http://www.charlottecultureguide.com/event/detail/441868116/Omimeos_Black_Light_Magic_Halloween_Dream

Myers Park Library Presents: Children’s Pumpkin Party
When: Oct. 31.
Where: Myers Park Library, 1361 Queens Road, Charlotte.
What’s Happening: Throw on your costume* for a fun-filled hour of stories, songs, and games! Children will also make a take home craft and each will receive a treat bag. This program is best for school-age children. Registration is required.
*Costumes are not required, however, if costumes are worn, please make sure they are kid-friendly.
Cost: Free.
Details: http://www.charlottecultureguide.com/event/detail/441873118/Myers_Park_Library_Presents_Childrens_Pumpkin_Party

Midnight in the Garden
When: Oct. 31-Nov. 1.
Where: Historic Rosedale Plantation, 3427 N. Tryon St., Charlotte.
What’s Happening: Hear the real tales and ghost stories of encounters and experiences of Historic Rosedale staff and volunteers since 2006. Contact will be attempted in the garden. Who will you hear this night? Who will tap you on the shoulder? What will you see? Please wear flat, quite comfortable shoes and bring a small twist top flashlight. Be prepared to sit on the grass.
Cost: $20.
Details: http://www.charlottecultureguide.com/event/detail/441873162/Midnight_in_the_Garden

Paranormal Encounter
When: Oct. 31-Nov. 1.
Where: Historic Rosedale, 3427 N. Tryon St., Charlotte.
What’s Happening: Join professional ghost hunters as they take no more than 8 guests through all 4 floors of Rosedale’s 200 year old plantation house, and attempt contact with the beyond. You will use the latest technology in partnership with the Charlotte Area Paranormal Society. Their team will lead the investigation. Please wear flat, quiet comfortable shoes and bring a small twist top flashlight. You never know what you may find… or what may find you.
Cost: $65.
Details: http://www.charlottecultureguide.com/event/detail/441873172/Paranormal_Encounter

Hoot and Howl – Day of the Dead
When: Nov. 1.
Where: Carolina Raptor Center,
What’s Happening: Held on the traditional Dia de Los Muertos, the Carolina Raptor Center be remembering extinct species with Calaveras (poems/epitaphs), making paper flowers, engaging in traditional face painting and exploring the sugar skull tradition. The event will also include some traditional Halloween games and crafts including a costume contest, pumpkin painting, trick or treating and making paper plate skeletons.
Cost: $10 adults, $8 students, free for children 4 and under.
Details: http://www.charlottecultureguide.com/event/detail/441875889/Hoot_and_Howl_Day_of_the_Dead

Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos
When: Nov. 2.
Where: Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. Seventh St., Charlotte.
What’s Happening: The annual free family festival celebrates the traditional Mexican holiday, Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos, with food, music, arts, crafts, altars and more. Presented in partnership with the Latin American Coalition. It’s not a Halloween event, but it’s an awesome event you won’t want to miss.
Cost: Free.
Details: http://www.charlottecultureguide.com/event/detail/441879712/Day_of_the_DeadDia_de_los_Muertos

Pouring over Arthur Brouthers

17 Oct

By Amy Bareham
Cultural & Community Investment Intern

Arthur Brouthers.

Arthur Brouthers.

Charlotte’s Culture Initiative, graphic design, painting and the Hornets all have someone in common: his name is Arthur Brouthers and he is a fall 2014 Arts & Science Council Community Supported Art (CSA) participant. Originally from Charleston, Brouthers is the embodiment of synergy, marrying multiple concepts and disciplines in order to produce art.

Like many, Brouthers initially put art dreams on hold, declining offers from SCAD and Parsons, and choosing to pursue graphic design at college instead. Once ingratiated in the Charlotte community, he partnered with a friend to develop Culture Initiative, a grassroots movement that supports emerging artists. After five years, roughly 30 shows and a whole lot of patience, Brouthers finally made the decision to step back and focus on his own art.

A successful show with Sharon Dowell and various other artists at Art Space 525 led to a commission and a contract with Sozo Gallery where Brouthers’ work is currently on display. Perhaps most impressive about his paintings is that they’re a result of trial and error.

“One day I was messing around…and I spilled paint. This is a true story,” said Brouthers, “I had some paint fall over, it got everywhere and I really liked the way that [the colors] blended.”

Never has trial and error looked so good. With his unique pouring technique, Brouthers is able to create different effects each time, and should it all go horribly wrong, he can scrape off the paint and begin again.

Artist by day and DJ by night, Brouthers has also made close ties with the Bobcats, now the Charlotte Hornets, playing a majority of home games, halftime sets and private functions. While music is an integral part of Brouthers’ character, he is thankful for the opportunity to invest more time into painting.

“I didn’t feel like I could really go anywhere with what I was doing before – I was doing abstracts,” he said. “I was doing what felt good and what helped me out. It was more like therapy for me. It really didn’t matter if anyone else liked it. Whenever I’m DJ-ing, if people don’t like my music, I don’t get hired or they don’t ask me to come back. But if I’m painting, I can just keep on doing whatever I want to do. It’s more of a freedom of expression.”

That freedom to create is bringing CSA shareholders 50 trademark pieces this October.

arthur brouthers work

Artwork by Arthur Brouthers.

“I’m doing 50 10x10x2 wood canvases,” Brouthers explained. “[They’re] basically my pouring style and then there’s a layer of epoxy resin on the top. It almost has a glassy look to it.”

All different colors and inspired by natural formations seen throughout the world, the canvases are labors of love.

“I work with a lot of acrylic and oil, gel mediums…different things to get that specific effect,” he said. “I use heat and I use fans and water, and I add oil…to kind of change the viscosity of the paint so that it will mix a certain way.”

Brouthers is completely self-taught, but as per his synergistic character, utilizes color theory from graphic design when working. With a new art studio and lounge-y house music in the background, this DJ-designer-artiste is set to revel in creative harmony.

Click here to see more of Arthur’s work.

Let these cultural events get you in the Halloween spirit

14 Oct

Compiled by Bernie Petit
Communications Manager

Carolina Voices’ Impromptu ensemble will present Things that GO BUMP in the Night! Oct. 18, 2014.

Carolina Voices’ Impromptu ensemble will present Things that GO BUMP in the Night! Oct. 18, 2014.

For ghouls, goblins and candy lovers, this is the best time of the year.

Halloween is just around the corner, and tricks or treats are only part of the fun in upcoming cultural haunts that will get folks in the spirit of the holiday.

From preparations for the Zombie Apocalypse to a family-friendly Halloween celebration at Wing Haven and all the scary and not-so-scary frights in between, there are cultural events in Charlotte-Mecklenburg appropriate for kids, families and adults.

Here’s a look.

Science on the Rocks: Fright at the Museum
When: Oct. 17.
Where: Discovery Place, 301 N. Tryon St., Charlotte.
What’s Happening: Discovery Place will be full of tricks and treat for Science on the Rocks: Fright at the Museum, an unforgettable adults-only night at the museum. Grab a cocktail, don your costume and join us for Punkin Chunkin, a Fear Factor Challenge, lots of spooky science experiments, a costume contest and more.
Cost: $8 in advance, $10 at the door.
Details:http://www.charlottecultureguide.com/event/detail/441876793/Science_on_the_Rocks_Fright_at_the_Museum

Spinning Spiders and Creepy Crawlers
When: Oct. 18.
Where: Charlotte Nature Museum, 1658 Sterling Dr., Charlotte.
What’s Happening: Enjoy Halloween treats and learn about all of our little friends that scurry underfoot, including spiders, bees, bats, scorpions and more. There will be plenty of other not-so-scary activities to enjoy, including puppet shows, story time, crafts and more. Kids are encouraged to wear costumes.
Cost: Included with admission: $6 ages 2 and up, $6.00, free for children under 2 and museum members.
Details: http://www.charlottecultureguide.com/event/detail/441826084/Spinning_Spiders_and_Creepy_Crawlers

Things that GO BUMP in the Night!
When: Oct. 18
Where: McGlohon Theatre, 345 North College St., Charlotte.
What’s Happening: You remember that feeling – the boogeyman in your closet, the monster lurking in the shadow under your bed, the clicking sound on your windowpane. Overcome your fears and let Carolina Voices’ Impromptu ensemble get you in the spirit of all things ghoulish and scary at its annual Halloween concert, with brilliantly twisted music like Don’t Fear the Reaper and I Don’t Like Spiders and Snakes. Arrive early for Zombie Camp and get tips and tricks from makeup experts who will help you look your frightful best for the holiday.
Cost: $20 adults, $18 seniors, and $12 students.
Details: http://www.charlottecultureguide.com/event/detail/441870286/Things_that_GO_BUMP_in_the_Night

The Duke Mansion’s “Homeland” Halloween Party
When: Oct. 25.
Where: Duke Mansion, 400 Hermitage Road, Charlotte.
What’s Happening: Expect great food, live music, and a chance to blow your cover at the historic mansion known as Vice President William Walden’s home on the television series “Homeland.” Sneak into the mansion for gourmet food and hush-hush tunes from the house band, Bad Daddies. Bid on trips, jewelry and other delights at the silence auction, or take a tour of the historic mansion.
Cost: $75 per person ($25 is tax-deductible).
Details: http://www.charlottecultureguide.com/event/detail/441874787/The_Duke_Mansions_Homeland_Halloween_Party

Halloween at the Haven
When: Oct. 25.
Where: Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte.
What’s Happening: A spooky Saturday in the Wing Haven Garden where children will make a wonderful fall centerpiece with a pumpkin and pansies in addition to a spooky sweet craft, wander the garden paths for a scavenger hunt, and hear ghost stories at a secret gathering spot in the woods. Later, participants will decorate goblin-friendly cookies with refreshments to share. Dress in costume (optional) and for the weather. Limited availability, early registration encouraged. Bring two cans of non-perishable food items for Second Harvest Food Bank and receive a $5 gift voucher good for a future family program at Wing Haven.
Cost: $8 per child non-member, $5 per child Wing Haven member.
Details: http://www.charlottecultureguide.com/event/detail/441879129/Halloween_at_the_Haven

Discovery Place will hold a Zombie Survival Weekend this month.

Discovery Place will hold a Zombie Survival Weekend this month.

Zombie Survival Weekend
When: Oct. 24-25
Where: Discovery Place Education Studio, 300 N Poplar St., Charlotte.
What’s Happening: If the zombie apocalypse happened today, would you be ready? Go beyond Hollywood depictions with our hands-on training sessions, designed to teach you the skills and science you’ll need to know to defend yourself against the walking dead.
Cost: Sessions start at $50
Details: http://www.charlottecultureguide.com/event/detail/441879617/Zombie_Survival_Weekend

Myers Park Library Presents: Children’s Pumpkin Party
When: Oct. 31.
Where: Myers Park Library, 1361 Queens Road, Charlotte.
What’s Happening: Throw on your costume* for a fun-filled hour of stories, songs, and games! Children will also make a take home craft and each will receive a treat bag. This program is best for school-age children. Registration is required.
*Costumes are not required, however, if costumes are worn, please make sure they are kid-friendly.
Cost: Free.
Details: http://www.charlottecultureguide.com/event/detail/441873118/Myers_Park_Library_Presents_Childrens_Pumpkin_Party

Visuween – An Epic Halloween Extravaganza of Monstrous Proportions
When: Oct. 31.
Where: Visulite Theatre, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte.
What’s Happening: A night of music inspired by bands like Muse (Ish), The Killers (S.O.Stereo), The Yeah Yeah Yeahs (Grown Up Avenger Stuff), Jack White (The Waves), Queens of the Stone Age (Semi-Pro), The Strokes (The Business People), Faith No More (Dr Cirkustien) and more.
Cost: Free.
Details: http://www.charlottecultureguide.com/event/detail/441878207/Visuween_An_Epic_Halloween_Extravaganza_of_Monstrous_Proportions

Spirits of Rosedale
When: Oct 24-Nov. 1.
Where: Historic Rosedale Plantation, 3427 North Tryon St., Charlotte.
What’s Happening: The Spirits of Rosedale takes visitors on a night tour through the plantation home’s first floor, kitchen basement, and gardens. Rosedale’s living history team presents this family-friendly Halloween program appropriate for audiences ages 6 and up.
Cost: $15, advance tickets available.
Details: http://www.charlottecultureguide.com/event/detail/441864604/Spirits_of_Rosedale

Omimeo’s Black Light Magic: Halloween Dream
When: Oct. 24-Nov. 1.
Where: ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
What’s Happening: Join Charlotte’s Omimeo Mime Theatre for a marvelous, luminescent reality, full of crazy characters, unusual illusions and spectacular special effects. Follow the story of a young trick-or-treater as she magically travels from her bedroom to a fantastical world of dreams, masks and haunting images — with just the right amount of Halloween chills. Wear your Halloween costume, fluorescent or white clothes and you’ll really be part of the show.
Cost: $14.
Details: http://www.charlottecultureguide.com/event/detail/441868116/Omimeos_Black_Light_Magic_Halloween_Dream

Midnight in the Garden
When: Oct. 31-Nov. 1.
Where: Historic Rosedale Plantation, 3427 N. Tryon St., Charlotte.
What’s Happening: Hear the real tales and ghost stories of encounters and experiences of Historic Rosedale staff and volunteers since 2006. Contact will be attempted in the garden. Who will you hear this night? Who will tap you on the shoulder? What will you see? Please wear flat, quite comfortable shoes and bring a small twist top flashlight. Be prepared to sit on the grass.
Cost: $20.
Details: http://www.charlottecultureguide.com/event/detail/441873162/Midnight_in_the_Garden

Paranormal Encounter
When: Oct. 31-Nov. 1.
Where: Historic Rosedale, 3427 N. Tryon St., Charlotte.
What’s Happening: Join professional ghost hunters as they take no more than 8 guests through all 4 floors of Rosedale’s 200 year old plantation house, and attempt contact with the beyond. You will use the latest technology in partnership with the Charlotte Area Paranormal Society. Their team will lead the investigation. Please wear flat, quiet comfortable shoes and bring a small twist top flashlight. You never know what you may find… or what may find you.
Cost: $65.
Details: http://www.charlottecultureguide.com/event/detail/441873172/Paranormal_Encounter

Hoot and Howl – Day of the Dead
When: Nov. 1.
Where: Carolina Raptor Center,
What’s Happening: Held on the traditional Dia de Los Muertos, the Carolina Raptor Center be remembering extinct species with Calaveras (poems/epitaphs), making paper flowers, engaging in traditional face painting and exploring the sugar skull tradition. The event will also include some traditional Halloween games and crafts including a costume contest, pumpkin painting, trick or treating and making paper plate skeletons.
Cost: $10 adults, $8 students, free for children 4 and under.
Details: http://www.charlottecultureguide.com/event/detail/441875889/Hoot_and_Howl_Day_of_the_Dead

Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos
When: Nov. 2.
Where: Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. Seventh St., Charlotte.
What’s Happening: The annual free family festival celebrates the traditional Mexican holiday, Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos, with food, music, arts, crafts, altars and more. Presented in partnership with the Latin American Coalition. It’s not a Halloween event, but it’s an awesome event you won’t want to miss.
Cost: Free.
Details: http://www.charlottecultureguide.com/event/detail/441879712/Day_of_the_DeadDia_de_los_Muertos

Why Charlotte’s all of a-flutter

3 Oct

By Amy Bareham
Cultural and Community Investment Intern

Liz Saintsing.

Liz Saintsing.

If you circled Freedom Park at the recent Festival in the Park, you undoubtedly noticed Liz Saintsing, completely in her element and surrounded by silk screens.

Fall 2014 Arts & Science Council Community Supported Art participant and longtime art enthusiast, Saintsing has a vivacious spirit – one that absorbs the natural world in all its intricacy and translates each detail to paper. Drawing from observation is something she’s always known, often documenting scenes from childhood days.

“I grew up just south of Winston Salem,” she said. “It was a pretty rural area. We would constantly be outside. I remember hunting for birds’ nests and egg shells and snake skins.

“Being around nature, that’s certainly something that inspires me. I like the graphic qualities of the birds and the insects and the wide world around us.”

A Guildford grad, Saintsing moved out West, veering away from the stereotypical fine art route and pursuing art with a functional twist. She began printing on “really cool vintage handbags,” and found a niche with women who wanted a little something different on their arm. From there, Saintsing’s screening evolved into a home accessories line.

The process of silk screening caters to someone who’s a gifted drawer like Saintsing. She begins with a subject she wishes to draw and then transfers that drawing on a transparency film. After stretching a screen, she’ll coat it with a light sensitive liquid, leaving it to dry in a dark place before placing the image onto the screen.

As the screen is exposed to light, the image is essentially burned onto the screen and can then be used for production. Most impressive about this process is that computers aren’t involved. While some of the depth and detail form the original drawing are lost in the transfer, the design options are infinite.

CSA shareholders can expect a hand-dyed print, each uniquely different, signed and framed. Saintsing assured me, “They’re amazing.”

Bringing art into the home can feel daunting, especially when the medium is complex, like screening. I asked Saintsing her thoughts on this.

“People are definitely able to see the art,” she said. “Because it’s one of a kind and personalized, even if they’re not familiar with the silk screening process, they appreciate it and treasure it.”

She explained that her home décor products are “conversation pieces…there’s something really beautiful about [them].”

She’s right. Whether birds strike your fancy or you prefer silhouetted botanicals and sea creatures, Liz has something for everyone. With her wide range of coloration and pattern placement it’s easy to spend hours on her website trying to choose just the right piece. Indecisive shoppers beware.

Visit Saintsing’s website for more information.

CMS field trips to continue thanks to Howard Levine

3 Oct

By Bernie Petit
Communications Manager

Howard Levine.

Howard Levine.

More than 20,000 Mecklenburg students will embark on cultural field trips this school year, thanks to a $100,000 donation to the Arts & Science Council (ASC) from Howard Levine, chairman and CEO of Family Dollar.

Funding for the field trips had been suspended for the 2014-15 school year due to a shortfall in ASC’s annual fund drive.

However, Levine’s personal gift, coupled with $50,000 from ASC, restored curriculum-based cultural field trips for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools third- and fifth-grade students.

“For many students, a class trip may be the only opportunity they will ever have to experience Charlotte’s many cultural and historic offerings,” Levine said. “We are fortunate to live in a city with some of the finest artistic outlets and notable landmarks, and it’s important that our children get the chance to experience them.”

Waves of fifth-graders will attend “Endless Possibilities,” a performance tailored for 10- and 11-year-olds and featuring Opera Carolina, Charlotte Ballet and Charlotte Symphony in Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center.

Third-graders, meanwhile, will visit one of five historic sites: Historic Latta Plantation, Historic Rosedale, Rural Hill, Charlotte Museum of History and James K. Polk State Historic Site.

A 2013 picture of then-CMS fifth grade students preparing to see the Endless Possibilities performance.

A 2013 picture of then-CMS fifth grade students preparing to see the Endless Possibilities performance.

“This is an incredible gift to Charlotte-Mecklenburg School students for them to have access to quality cultural experiences that align with the curriculum and help them become creative and critical thinkers for the 21st century workforce,” said ASC President Robert Bush. “Suspending the field trips was not an easy decision to make and restoring them remained ASC’s top priority should we receive funding. I am grateful to Mr. Levine for his generosity.”

With the field trips in jeopardy, Levine stepped up to ensure that thousands of students are still able to receive arts and history experiences that introduce them to a world of possibilities.

“Cultural field trips are a key part of the academic experience for our students,” said Dr. Heath E. Morrison, superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. “We are thankful for Mr. Levine and his generous gift in support of our students and their academic enrichment.”

ASC invites community to come Together4Meck

3 Oct

By Bernie Petit
Communications Manager

T4M4

ASC President Robert Bush speaking at the announcement of the Together4Meck campaign in support for the quarter-cent sales uses tax.

The community’s Cultural Vision Plan, unveiled last month, outlines an aspirational vision for Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s future.

It imagines a future where the cultural sector has greater capacity to build community, programming that fully reflects the changing face of Charlotte-Mecklenburg, and instruction that make arts, science and history central to K-12 education and ensure that our students are critical, creative thinkers.

The first step in realizing that vision is securing the dedicated funding necessary to support the continued growth of arts, science and history in Mecklenburg County.

It is why the Arts & Science Council (ASC) is asking you to vote FOR the quarter-cent (one-fourth of a penny) Mecklenburg County Sales Use Tax on the ballot Nov. 4.

The proposed sales tax increase does not apply to food, gas or medicine. The referendum will, however, generate approximately $35 million a year in revenue for Mecklenburg County that would benefit ASC, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS), Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) and Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.

If the referendum is approved, ASC is projected to receive $2.6 million, which would be used to expand cultural education programming, improve access to cultural programs, and secure the future of cultural organizations. It would also restore funding cut by Mecklenburg County the past 10 years.

“The referendum is about this community’s love and support of education,” ASC President Robert Bush told The Charlotte Observer. “All of the recipients … are very much a part of learning and education from the cradle to the grave.”

The majority (80-percent) of the revenue generated by the sales use tax would go to help CMS keep and recruit great teachers and staff for our children. ASC and CPCC would each receive 7.5-percent of the revenues and the county libraries would receive 5-percent.

CPCC would use its portion to attract and retain faculty and staff to help the college better serve the community. Charlotte Mecklenburg Library would be able to invest in books and materials to support educational success for children and teens, improve access to digital content and enhance neighborhood libraries.

The referendum is a “call to action,” MeckEd Executive Director Bill Anderson said at the launch of the Together4Meck campaign in support of the sales use tax. “It is time to reinvest together in education, arts, libraries and bolster economic competitiveness and job creation in Mecklenburg County.”

Please join ASC and its partner organizations in support FOR the referendum by joining Together4Meck at http://www.together4meck.com/.Together4MeckHoriz

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