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4th Annual Portrait Paint-Off! LIVE

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ClearWater Artist Studios Presents:

The 4th Annual,

Sun Drop Pound Cake Portrait Paint-Off Extravaganza!


 In ClearWater Artist Studios Main Gallery, 

Saturday, March 10th, 2018: 3-6pm.


We are so excited to bring a new roster of 'Featured Painters to the fourth year of this exciting Live Painting (plus open studios, part-performance, gift auction) event!

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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!  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 will work from one live, professional model.

Rounding out the event will be emcee, NuffCed Ultimatehost, a Charlotte native, a comedian and spoken-word poet, to keep the energy up and the timing clear, and to electrify you with his entertaining presence!

Painters at work with audience watching at the 2017 Paint-Off!

Refreshments to include fluffy, glazed Sun Drop Pound Cakes (freshly baked by The Sweet Life bakery in Concord), other refreshments, and Sun Drop soda. Art studios throughout the building are 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!

Featured Painters this year:

Arthur Rogers 

Todd Baxter 

Felicia van Bork   (NOTE: Felicia's portraits are no longer on her website; images of her "acrylic 20-stroke portraits," painted from life, will be in event postings including the Facebook Event Page.

Martha Manco 

...and with Tucker Fraetis, age 19, as our inaugural Emerging Artist!

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);