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The Galleries and Davis Theatre: Follow Your Art

Dec 01, 2016 08:30AM ● By Jason Huddle

The Galleries and Davis Theatre: Follow Your Art

Cabarrus Arts Council is housed inside the historic Cabarrus County Courthouse on Union Street S. It features revolving displays of various genres of art in The Galleries, and is home to the Davis Theatre.

Elisabeth Thornton is public relations coordinator for Cabarrus Arts Council. She shares the expanding list of entertainment that the public can take part in now and in 2017. Unless otherwise stated, all events are held at The Galleries.

That Art Night takes place the first Friday of each month at 6:00pm at Cabarrus Brewing Company. “Artists will set up in a corner, work and invite people to take part,” Thornton says.

December 2 and 3 will see a special art market at the brewery called The Queen Bees and Barley Show. Local potters Allison McGowan Hermans, Amy Sanders and Jennifer Mecca, as well as jeweler Betty McKim, will be on hand.

“And we have something exciting coming up…the USO Show Troupe,” Thornton says. “It’s December 5 at 7:30; tickets are $15 and it’s being held in the Davis Theatre. Basically, it’s professional Broadway and Off-Broadway holiday music. There are 65 professionals; they’ve been on The Today Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and performed with Gene Simmons and Katy Perry.”

Students Take Part in the Arts sees regional performers go into Cabarrus County schools at different grade levels, bringing the arts directly to them. From December 5 through 9, 8th graders will be treated to Michael Kelsey, a performance artist and musician.

From January 9 through 27, students in grade 7 will see Music and the Holocaust performed by the Charlotte Symphony Ensemble. The Arts Council’s website describes it as a concert that, “includes narration and projected images that explore pre-World War II Jewish culture, the Third Reich’s attempt to control art and culture, the role of music and musicians in the concentration camps, and how the European Jewish community refused to be silenced, and persevered after the war.”

Grades 4 and 5 will watch Theatre IV perform the moving musical drama, Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad, from February 13 through 17. It serves as a history lesson as it portrays how Tubman freed herself from the bonds of slavery and the hundreds of others she set free along the way.

From February 27 through March 3, 2nd and 3rd graders will enjoy The Commedia Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs as performed by Children’s Theatre of Charlotte. The story is told in a funny and silly manner by performers wearing exaggerated masks.

Finally, kindergarteners and 1st graders get to spend time with Roger Day, from March 13 through 17. A children’s musician, Day will present Invincible, which uses superheroes, problem-solving and the superpower of imagination.

Sip & Shop takes place on December 7, from 9:00am to 9:00pm. This event is all-day pottery

shopping with pieces made by local artisans. “It’s kind of for parents,” Thornton says. “We’ll have hot apple cider in the morning and, after 5:00, wine.”

Cookies with Santa is being held on December 7, from 3:00 to 5:00pm. “Bring your own camera and iPhone. Pictures are free,” Thornton shares.

Art Lab is being held January 11, from 10:00 to 11:30am. It embodies creating art as well as viewing what’s on display at The Galleries.

“Art Lab is geared more toward home-schooled kids, although anyone can come in. It’s geared toward the exhibition displayed at the time,” Thornton explains.

Exhibition: Clay is featured at The Galleries through January 21, 2017, so this Art Lab will relate to it.

Listening Room at the Davis is being held January 12, March 9 and May 11 in 2017. People in the community take their talent to the stage, performing live in a casual, G-rated atmosphere. David Domingo of Fuzzbucket Music Company serves as host; more information and how to apply to perform can be obtained by emailing listenroom@yahoo.com.

“Last year was the first year,” Thornton adds. “There has been one show so far and it was great. People take a huge step from the corner of a coffeehouse to a stage.”

Art on Tap: Craft Beer and Clay takes place on January 13 at 7:00pm. It includes a craft beer tasting and pottery demonstration. Art on Tap is a young professionals membership group designed to bring together people who enjoy community arts. Annual membership fees are $40 annually and the events are open to non-members as well, with a small fee. “It’s for the 20s or 30s Millennials,” Thornton says.

Art on Tap events later in 2017 include mARTY Gras Masquerade on February 24 where the group will make masks, and The Listening Room Pre-Party on May 11.

Family Days will be held on January 21, April 1 and June 24, 2017. Geared toward children, each date has a different sponsor that brings with it a performance in Davis Theatre or a creative project at The Galleries. They also provide an opportunity for families to visit The Galleries between 10:00am and 2:00pm where more child-related activities are offered.

“Family Days are usually tied in with the sponsor. For example, Vulcan was the sponsor in October. Corning is next. We’ll have more specifics as dates approach,” Thornton says. “They’re geared more toward elementary-aged children and preschoolers. Opera Carolina will be at the next one in Davis Theatre.”

So, regardless of your age or artistic preference, there is something for everyone at The Galleries and Davis Theatre. Thornton points out that the 2016-’17 season of On Stage at the Davis commenced at the end of September. Performances have become so popular – selling out quickly – that matinees have been added. They will be held the same days as the nighttime shows. For more details as well as pricing, visit cabarrusartscouncil.org.

Story By: Kim Cassell
Photos courtesy: Cabarrus Arts Council

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