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Bodypainting challenge in downtown Concord part of international competition

Bodypainting challenge in downtown Concord part of international competition

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CONCORD — Living art will be on display in downtown Concord this Saturday as part of a challenge series for the Living Art America North American Bodypainting Championship.

Artists will be painting models, using their skin as canvas for the temporary art that will be on display during the challenge series in Concord.

The championship will be held in Greensboro this year, and as the event draws closer, organizers are planning a series of challenge events leading up to the Greensboro competition. Among the locations for the challenge series will be downtown Concord this Saturday, Aug. 6.

Saturday’s event will be held at Piedmont Renaissance Center, 57 Union St. S., Concord. The event is broken into two sessions with the first one costing $10 and running from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. where visitors will be able to see artists apply body paint to models. The second session costs $25 and starts at 8 p.m. and features a runway presentation of the finished bodypainted models. The evening session also includes live music, one free drink and a cash bar.

Sam Salloum, who operates Piedmont Renaissance Center, has been working with the organizers for the Living Art America program.

He said they look to have eight artists working with eight models. There will also be roughly 20 professional photographers who will have special breakout sessions to work with models on a one on one basis.

Scott Fray and Madelyn Greco are the organizers for the Living Art America program and began working with Salloum after they learned about Piedmont Renaissance Center.

Fray and Greco were looking for venues for their smaller competitions and learned about Piedmont Renaissance Center thanks to a photographer, Rick Ortero, who already knew Fray and Greco. Ortero suggested Piedmont Renaissance Center as a location after having photographed at the event center back in April.

The Concord event is part of a much larger event series. The North American Bodypainting Championship coordinated by Living Art America will be held in Greensboro in September. It is a 17-day festival that will draw current and former world champions from more than 20 countries and five continents.

The prestige of the organization planning Concord’s event could attract patrons to downtown Concord who normally do not come to the area for entertainment.

“It’s the kind of event that I think people will come from Charlotte to see,” Salloum said.

The event in downtown Concord showcases how the arts and culture experiences in Cabarrus County has been growing over the years.

The work of Cabarrus Arts Council, the Cabarrus Art Guild, ClearWater Artist Studios, the Old Courthouse Theatre and other organizations have helped push the development of events in Concord, to allow for Living Art America to host an event here.

“Ten years ago, downtown Concord was not the center of the arts,” Salloum said. “That started to change year after year, because the demographics in Concord changed.”

Visit to purchase tickets. Tickets can also be picked up at the Piedmont Renaissance Center at 57 Union St. S., Concord. Call 704-262-1551 for more information.


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