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ClearWater Artist Studios Brings the Painting to the People with Exciting Upcoming Event

Feb 13, 2017 02:21PM ● By Melanie Heisinger

Next Saturday, February 18, 2017, Concord’s newest art amenity, ClearWater Artist Studios, will host its 3rd Annual Sun Drop Pound Cake Portrait Paint-Off Extravaganza, in the ClearWater Artist Studios Main Gallery. All are welcome. The 3-hour, afternoon event will replicate the format it has held for two years running, which has attracted 200 or so guests each time to watch painters bring blank canvases to life, and to reimagine fine art as a spectator sport.  

This year the Emcee will be Concord and Kannapolis reporter and impresario, Michael Knox, reporter for the Independent Tribune.  Refreshments on hand will include fluffy, glazed Sun Drop Pound Cakes (freshly baked by The Sweet Life bakery in Concord), homemade chips and salsa (courtesy of 2 Gals Kitchen in Concord) and Sun Drop soda. Art studios throughout the building will be open with resident artists present, and the Southern Piedmont Woodturners Association, a tenant and member of ClearWater Artist Studios, will hold turning demonstrations in their studio throughout the 3-hour event.

This year’s ‘Featured Painters’ are Robin Wellner , Gordon C. James, Barbara Ellis, Mark Stephenson, and Isaac Payne . Additional space is granted to local painters wishing to paint from the ‘2nd row,’ on a 1st-come/ 1st served, email-reservation basis. The painters will have just two hours to complete their portrait of model Melissa Ritchie, with breaks every 20 minutes.  The Emcee calls time, and entertains in his own fashion.

Details and continual updates, with photos, are provided on the Facebook Event Page for this event, which can be found at Additionally there is an page for this event at which guests can register.  

ClearWater Artist Studios hopes the public will attend this free, family-friendly and colorful event designed to stimulate the senses and combine painting, open studios, and woodturning. Free parking is available in several lots around the ClearWater campus.

LOCATION: ClearWater Artist Studios, a community development project of the City of Concord at its former water treatment and Electrical Operations buildings; now artist studios/gallery still in development: 223 Crowell Drive NW, 28025.  

For more information contact: Sarah Gay, Manager of ClearWater Artist Studios for the City of Concord; 704-784-9535 or [email protected]. Spaces at ClearWater are available to rent for private event

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