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Southern Piedmont Woodturners keep turning thanks in part to NC CARES Grant

Southern Piedmont Woodturners keep turning thanks in part to NC CARES Grant

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Future generations

Southern Piedmont Woodturners enjoys passing the love of woodturning onto future generations. "We are sure going to do our best not to let it (the art of woodturning) die out," said Cindy Boehrns, SPW treasurer. "And I don't think it's going to. I don't think there's any chance we're going to disappear."

Each year the Cabarrus Arts Council works closely with the North Carolina Arts Council, Arts NC and other local arts councils throughout the state to help secure state funding for the many artists and arts and cultural organizations around us. Those funds are especially important right now, as the COVID pandemic threatens to shutter many artists' businesses and nonprofit arts organizations for good.

Bowl turning class

Southern Piedmont Woodturners offers workshops for all levels and demonstrations from professionally renowned turners. The NC CARES grant has allowed SPW to begin featuring professional turners once again.

In the coming weeks we will look at the artists and organizations in Cabarrus County who received funding to help keep them afloat.

The NC CARES Grant is a one-time grant from the North Carolina Arts Council designed to help prevent non-profit organizations, like Southern Piedmont Woodturners, from shuttering their doors during the pandemic. The NC CARES grant was made possible thanks to the support of North Carolina state legislators. The Cabarrus Arts Council selected Southern Piedmont Woodturners to receive $14,354.82 in funding.

Learn more about the Southern Piedmont Woodturners

Mission: To enhance the art of woodturning through education

Membership: 70 members

Location: ClearWater Arts Center and Studios, 223 Crowell Dr. NW, Concord, NC

Interested in joining? All levels, from beginners to experts are welcome. Visit www.spwoodturners.com

Cabarrus County fair

A large portion of Southern Piedmont Woodturners' income to keep operating comes from sales at the Cabarrus County Fair, as well as other community festivals and art walks. "That all had to come to screeching halt," said Cindy Boehrns, SPW Treasurer. Boehrns said the organization has survived on its coffers for the past several months, but knew they would eventually run dry and face closing. "The NC CARES Grant has just given us all a huge sigh of relief about how we're going to get through with no income," she said.

Gals with Gouges

SPW's in-person meetings stopped during the COVID pandemic to keep people healthy. The club's monthly meetings, now on Zoom, are available to anyone and have reached younger people and women — two groups SPW hasn't had much participation from in the past.

Jerry Measimer hat demo

Southern Piedmont Woodturners used a portion of its NC CARES Grant to purchase cameras and equipment and get some training to turn its normally in-person monthly meetings into Zoom meetings. Other uses for the funds include the purchase of a new air-handling system to filter smaller particles in the club's shop at ClearWater Arts Center and Studios. "We thought we needed to have that before we even think about having people back in the club," said Cindy Boehrns, SPW Treasurer.

Woodturners outreach

SPW's community outreach program brings demonstrations into the public. You can find them at fairs and art walks and festivals. They also demonstrate for scouting clubs and schoolchildren.

*** Many organizations may have postponed or canceled their events as a precaution to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We advise that you check with the event's organizer to make sure its activity has not been canceled.

ONGOING:

The Galleries Gift Shop is open Thursday, Fridays, noon – 6 p.m. and Saturdays, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. It’s the perfect opportunity to support local artists and the arts council by purchasing handcrafted works for yourself or as a gift. Purchases can be made by credit card only. The Cabarrus Arts Council is committed to keeping you safe and will have hand sanitizer and other safety measures in place. Bring your mask. Free admission. Cabarrus Arts Council, 65 Union Street South, Downtown Concord. Cabarrusartscouncil.org.

Brenda’s Art Lab: Children’s 6-week Afternoon Art Class: Select days 4:30-6:30p.m.; $150; This 6 week children and teen art class includes drawing, painting, pottery, and sculpture. Classes meet from 4:30-6:30p.m. one day per week, Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday for 6 weeks. For more information call 704-786-8570. http://brendasartstudio.com/

Pottery lessons – Learn to throw a bowl, tumbler or vase on a potter’s wheel. Lessons adapted for Kindergarten thru Adult; Class size: individual, or groups up to four. Sessions are scheduled at mutually convenient days/times. Visit www.linbarnhardt.com or info@linbarnhardt.com for details; Lin Barnhardt Studio, Mt. Pleasant.

Paint Your Hearts Out: Kids Day - Every Tuesday from 12-6 p.m.; 10% off for kids 12 and under. Pricing depends on canvas size. Times: 12-2:30p.m. or 3-6p.m.; call 704-312-2699 to reserve your spot; for more information visit https://bit.ly/3fu6F10 543 Winecoff School Rd, Concord.

Art Studio Kannapolis: Kids Workshop: Every Tuesday and Thursday, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.; Children ages 5-12 will make arts and crafts. Space is limited to 15 children. Each child is required to wear a mask and gloves will be provided. $25. Private parties and crafting sessions available on Saturdays. Registration email artstudiobynicolina@gmail.com; 812 North Main Street Kannapolis, NC

THIS WEEK:

Exhibition: Clay: Dirtworks and Friends, NOW through Saturday, January 23, 2021. Now in its 12th year, Clay has transformed into Clay: Dirtworks & Friends to honor the exceptional career of Dan Triece and his Dirtworks Pottery from Seagrove, NC. In addition to a wide array of Dirtworks Pottery, Dan has curated the exhibition to feature the work of 10 artists who have shaped his life and career: Brian Evans, Tom Gray, J. Bruce Jordan, Geoffrey Lloyd, Brenda Roberts, Irene Russell, Andy Smith, Ben Vanpelt, Joe Winter, Jared Zehmer. Clay: Dirtworks & Friends features hundreds of pieces available for purchase, just in time for the holidays. The exhibition runs through January 23, 2021.

The Galleries Hours:

Thursday & Fridays, Noon - 6 p.m.

Saturdays, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Admission is free. Marks are required for entry. Clay: Dirtworks & Friends is sponsored by Uwharrie HYPERLINK "https://www.facebook.com/UwharrieBank/" Bank. Cabarrus Arts Council, 65 Union Street S, Downtown Concord.

Open Mic at Little Roberts: Wednesday, January 13, 7-10pm; Open Mic Night every Wednesday 7 - 10pm; 25 Union Street S, Concord; Open Mic Night @ Lil' Robert's Place (concorddowntown.com)

Puddle Painting at Southern Strain Brewery: Thursday, January 14, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Come experience the famous Puddle Painting with TuxedoKat at the Southern Strain Brewery in Historic Downtown Concord! Pre-purchase your canvas right here on Facebook! Masks required! No aprons offered so wear your painting clothes! All aged welcomed! 165 Brumley Ave. Suite 3001 Concord, NC https://bit.ly/331TVKN

Saturdays in The Galleries - Saturday, January 16, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Now open Saturdays for those with a busy workweek! Take a self-guided tour through Clay: Dirtworks & Friends, The Galleries' new exhibition, sponsored by Uwharrie Bank. All pieces available for purchase. Visit The Galleries Gift Shop local and regional handcrafted candles, soaps, pottery, jewelry and gifts. This is a cashless event. Credit/debit cards accepted only. Masks required. The Cabarrus Arts Council is located at 65 Union Street South, downtown Concord. Saturday in The Galleries are Sponsored by Waste Pro. Cabarrusartscouncil.org

NEXT WEEK:

Art Studio Kannapolis: 3-day Kids Art Class: Monday, January 18; Wednesday, January, 20; Friday, January 22; 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m; Children ages 5-12 will have an opportunity to engage socially in a positive environment that focuses on the fun of art. Each child is required to wear a mask and gloves will be provided. $50/child. Registration and for more information please email artstudiobynicolina@gmail.com; 812 North Main Street Kannapolis.

NEW DATE CabCo’s Got Talent - Friday, January 22, 7 – 7:50 p.m. CabCo’s Got Talent is a 50-minute virtual talent show spotlighting Cabarrus County youth that will stream on Facebook and YouTube January 22 @ 7 pm. Performances will be prerecorded with emcee Brian Floyd to host them. Learn about each performer! https://cabarrusartscouncil.org/cabco-s-got-talent. Because it's a benefit for the Cabarrus Arts Council, supporters are asked to make a donation in appreciation of any (or all) performers they wish. Supporters may also opt to donate to the cause in general, and not a specific performer, through the general donation button. DONATE TODAY!

https://cabarrusartscouncil.org/cabco-s-got-talent CabCo’s Got Talent is sponsored by Atrium Health, F&M Bank, CESI Inc, Davco Roofing and Sheet Metal and Market Street Studios. Previously scheduled for December 18, this event was postponed as the community mourned the tragic death of Concord Police Officer Jason Shuping.

Saturdays in The Galleries - Saturday, January 23, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Now open Saturdays for those with a busy workweek! Take a self-guided tour through Clay: Dirtworks & Friends, The Galleries' new exhibition, sponsored by Uwharrie Bank. All pieces available for purchase. Visit The Galleries Gift Shop local and regional handcrafted candles, soaps, pottery, jewelry and gifts. This is a cashless event. Credit/debit cards accepted only. Masks required. The Cabarrus Arts Council is located at 65 Union Street South, downtown Concord. Saturday in The Galleries are Sponsored by Waste Pro. Cabarrusartscouncil.org

UPCOMING:

Puddle Painting at Southern Strain Brewery: Thursday, January 28, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Come experience the famous Puddle Painting with TuxedoKat at the Southern Strain Brewery in Historic Downtown Concord! Pre-purchase your canvas right here on Facebook! Masks required! No aprons offered so wear your painting clothes! All aged welcomed! 165 Brumley Ave. Suite 3001 Concord, NC https://bit.ly/331TVKN

Art Studio Kannapolis: 3-day Kids Art Class: Monday, February 8; Wednesday, February, 10; Friday, February 12; 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.; Children ages 5-12 will have an opportunity to engage socially in a positive environment that focuses on the fun of art. Each child is required to wear a mask and gloves will be provided. $50/child. Registration and for more information please email artstudiobynicolina@gmail.com; 812 North Main Street Kannapolis.

The Cabarrus Arts Council contributes the Arts & Entertainment column, which highlights the arts in Cabarrus County, to the Independent Tribune each Wednesday. Use the contact information provided to confirm the details of events. If you would like your arts information to be considered for inclusion, email Elisabeth Thornton at elisabeth@cabarrusartscouncil.org.

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