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3rd Annual Pound Cake Portrait Paint-Off Extravaganza!

Our most popular Annual Event was a hit again in 2017!  Painters are given the Challenge of live painting in a spectator-sport setting, nudging them with a short time limit and an audience, to shift how they work; The General Public is given the thrill of watching blank canvases brought to life before their eyes, by some of the most talented portrait-painters in the region!

See the Press Release about the successful event, including highlights, here.

Pictures from this years 2017 3rd Annual Sun Drop Pound Cake Portrait Paint-Off:

Every year a different group of five invited master-portraitists are the ‘Featured Painters,’ with a larger group of area artists who sign up, via 1st-come 1st served email request, to paint from the 2nd row. All work from one live, professional model. Rounding out the event will be a hired emcee --This year, it's Concord/ Kannapolis reporter and impresario Michael Knox! -- to keep the energy up and the timing clear.


Robin Wellner; Gordon C. James; Barbara Ellis; Mark Stephenson; Isaac Payne.

Note: Continuing UPDATES AND PHOTOS are posted to the Facebook Event page!

Please register on the Eventbrite Event page to let us know how much food to order!

Refreshments 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 (donated by Cheerwine Co.). Art studios throughout the building will be open, and the Southern Piedmont Woodturners Association, a tenant and member of ClearWater Artist Studios, holds woodturning demonstrations in their studio throughout the 3-hour event.

Admission is FREE and this is a family-friendly event. Free parking in several parking lots around the campus. We regularly get around 200 for this event, so come early! Doors will open promptly at 3:00; painting starts at 4:00.

LOCATION: ClearWater Artist Studios, a former water treatment and Electrical Operations buildings, now artist studios/gallery still in development; 223 Crowell Drive NW, Concord, NC 28025. Parking lots are across Crowell Drive from main entrance and on the corner of Crowell/ Kerr St., as well as in back of the Operations Building. For more information contact: Sarah Gay, Manager of ClearWater Artist Studios for the City of Concord; 704-784-9535 or 980-428-1586 (mobile);

Earlier Event: January 7
Earth, Wind & Fire Art Show