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'Impulse,' RCCC Annual Student Art Show: Exhibit On View
to May 2

'Impulse,' RCCC Annual Student Art Show: Exhibit On View

Join us as we celebrate another year of fabulous artworks by the students of the Fine & Applied Art Department at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College (RCCC)!  

The exhibit will be on view in the ClearWater Main Gallery from Friday, April 5 through Thursday, May 2, 2019.

See our FaceBook Event Page or our Website Event Page for the Opening to see ongoing photos, comments and updates!

This marks Year Six (6) of this collaboration between the City of Concord's ClearWater Artist Studios, and the Fine & Applied Arts Department at RCCC, which has art classes on both its Salisbury and its Concord campuses. 

Opening Reception on Friday, April 5, 2019 will be from 5:00 pm until 7pm. Open to the public with light refreshments provided by students and sponsors.

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Tenant Artists Show V - Opening Reception / Artist Talk
6:00 PM18:00

Tenant Artists Show V - Opening Reception / Artist Talk


CONCORD, NC - The tenant artists of ClearWater Artist Studios will gather to welcome the public and discuss their latest work and experiences as working artists, this Friday, March 22, 2019. Some works in the show, ‘Tenant Artists Show V,’ mark key recent developments in the evolution of certain artists’ style, choices and career path; while others exhibit the mastery of techniques and subject matter honed over years.

Spectacular Raptor Portraits, vibrant children’s book illustrations, large and affecting abstract expressionist pieces, and softly-hued, lovely landscapes are just some of the works on display- not to mention a range of turned-wood and glass pieces.

ClearWater Artist Studios houses the working studios of 12 artists as well as the Southern Piedmont Woodturners’  Association (a Club).  All artists leasing individual studios are juried-in using a range of criteria (currently, the waiting list stands at 14).

The Artists will form a Panel Discussion in the middle of the Gallery starting at 7:00 p.m. during the Opening Reception. Guests are welcome to enter after this time, we just ask consideration for those speaking and listening.

Free; free parking; refreshments.

Artists in the show:

Barbara Ellis

Barbara Ellis & Mikel Frank (one Collaborative Painting)

Walter Stanford

Gordon C. James

Julia Lawing

Kev Harris

Paul Keysar

Louise Farley


ClearWater Artist Studios is located in Gibson Village, less than a mile from Downtown Concord, 223 Crowell Drive NW. Working artists lease 12 studios and the Southern Piedmont Woodturners chapter is housed here. Our Gallery is open to the public most weekdays, Noon-5pm; every 2nd Saturday10am-4pm; and/or by appointment. The Gallery, outdoor Green, and open-air covered Market are available to rent for private events. For details, see; or call 704-784-9535.


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EXHIBIT - Visual Strategies: A Collaborative Project
to Aug 28

EXHIBIT - Visual Strategies: A Collaborative Project

Front of Postcard; 'See Back' refers to list of events shown below.  Artist Credit:   BG Artwork, ‘Palimpsest,’ by GAP members Robert Reed w’ fragments from Gregory Rose

Front of Postcard; 'See Back' refers to list of events shown below.  Artist Credit: 

BG Artwork, ‘Palimpsest,’ by GAP members Robert Reed w’ fragments from Gregory Rose

Visual Strategies:

A Collaborative Project

Curated by Mikel Frank and Carl Heyward

Links to Co-Curators' websites: Mikel Frank and

FaceBook 'Gallery' page for the Exhibition is here.

Featuring Collaborative Works by: 

The Global Art Project (Instagram:; FaceBook,

The Visual Passion Duo (Mikel Frank & Gerard Amsellem;

...And YOU!    ...created during Related Events at ClearWater, listed below.

Resumes/ Bio PDF's of the Co-Curators: Mikel Frank - Carl Heyward


Description/ Related Events Listed Below - keep scrolling - (each Event will have its own Listing)--


This upcoming Guest exhibit / set of events, "Visual Strategies: A Collaborative Project" at ClearWater Artist Studios, is being organized by two collaborators: local artist/ curator, Mikel Frank, who recently moved to Concord from NYC and a 29-year career at the Met Museum of Art (2 years ago), and is now an adjunct art instructor at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College; and collaborating curator & artist, Carl Heyward,  founder of the Global Art Project, who is out on the West Coast.

Participating artists from the Global Art Project (GAP) are shipping their jointly-made works in from all over the world for the exhibit, and there will be three live-collaborative-painting events, including one that's for YOU (or anyone) to participate in, on Saturday August 11!

The local artist Mikel Frank is working to invite more local artists familiar with collaborative art-making, to participate also.  

Mikel and longtime collaborative painting partner Gerard Amsellem, who both form the Visual Passion Duo, will present a 5-hour live painting collaboration to live music by local musician, Noel Freidline. This is in conjunction with our monthly 2nd Saturday Open Studios on Saturday, July 14th, from 11:00am to 4:00pm (doors open at 10am).


Opening • with Live Painting Event

Sunday, July 1, 2018  -  3:00 - 5:30 pm
Selected Collaborators / Paint Performance

FaceBook Event pages for this Opening: Visual Strategies Exhibition; Visual Strategies; and VISUAL STRATEGIES EXHIBITION  


Live Collaborative Painting Demo

Saturday, July 14, 2018  -  11am - 4pm
Featuring the Visual Passion Duo Performing
(Mikel Frank & Gerard Amsellem)

(FaceBook Event Page here

(Eventbrite event page here)


Family Collaboration Painting Day

[Event page coming soon!]

Saturday, August 11, 2018  -  11am and 2pm
Community is Invited to come paint a large work togeher that will then be added to the Exhibition!
--Facilitated by curator/ artist Mikel Frank—


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Opening Reception for RCCC Arts Faculty Show 2018
5:00 PM17:00

Opening Reception for RCCC Arts Faculty Show 2018

Celebrate Rowan-Cabarrus Faculty of the Fine & Applied Arts Department, at the Opening Reception of this, the 2nd Annual Faculty show! Nine Adjunct and Full-Time Faculty are participating, showing recent works in ClearWater Artist Studios Gallery. Come see what those on the front lines of art education, in Salisbury-Concord, are creating in their studios.

All Welcome - light refreshments will be served and faculty members will be present.

See the FaceBook Event page for this Opening!  

Note-- Dates Extended!  

Exhibit is now on view January 9 - March 2, 2018.

(Click link on 'Exhibit' above for the Exhibit event listing, with more details on the artists)

Scroll down to see original invite (with original exhibition dates--  now extended)

RCCC 2018 Faculty Show Invite.jpg
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OPENING RECEPTION: 'Abstracting Spirit: A New Direction,' by Artist Barbara Ellis
6:00 PM18:00

OPENING RECEPTION: 'Abstracting Spirit: A New Direction,' by Artist Barbara Ellis


Opening Reception for a solo exhibition of ClearWater tenant artist, Barbara Ellis' (BEllisArts) abstract expressionist works, which have evolved over the year 2016-17 as she delves deeper into how Spirit moves her artistic practice.

Barbara's Artist Talk will be the same night (10/7), 7-8pm.
Light refreshments will be served.

This event is also posted on our FaceBook Event Page! Look there for updates and discussion.

The exhibit will be on view Oct. 7- Dec. 1, 2017

Parking is free and plentiful on site in three lots, all well-lit.

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to Dec 31

Louise Farley - Outside the Lines



We're proud to announce the opening of a solo show exhibition of paintings by artist Louise Farley, titled ‘Outside the Lines.’ The show will be on view in the ClearWater Gallery at 223 Crowell Dr. NW, in Concord, from Nov. 4 through Dec. 31, 2016.  The Opening Reception is Friday evening, November 11, from 5-8pm with refreshments.  All are welcome.

The artist will also give an ‘Artist Talk,’ discussing her approach, style etc. the following day at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday Nov. 12, 2016—which is also ‘2nd Saturday Open Studios’– a monthly open house featuring ClearWater’s resident artists in their studios with doors open from 10am.  Doors close on 2nd Saturdays at 4pm.

Also featured at today’s 2nd Saturday will be Santa! Live and happy to greet children and parents alike. From 11am-2pm.
Louise Farley is one of the ‘original’ leasing artists at ClearWater, renting her studio there since renovated studios were first made available in 2011. She commutes from Charlotte, where she lives with her husband, John. She is finally back to her painting career, which got a promising start, then had a long hiatus due to a divorce and single-motherhood. For over 20 years—during which she raised two children and supported the family by running her own boutique in Charleston, SC, including designing and sewing the clothing she sold there—she did not paint.  Since 2005, however, she has immersed herself in painting full-time, teaching occasional workshops at John C. Campbell Folk School and other art centers, and giving lessons in her studio.  This show marks her third solo show in the region this year; and her very first solo show in the 2,200 sq. ft. Gallery at ClearWater Artist Studios.  

The show includes a new body of work Farley has been painting since June, never before exhibited: pictures from Africa, inspired by photos taken by her stepdaughter who travelled there earlier this Spring. “It has given me a new enthusiasm and reinvigorated my work,” Farley said of the new subject matter. “I love the colors, and the energy between the people.”
Louise Farley grew up in Tennessee and earned her BFA degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She has lived in Charlotte since 2008.
Viewing the show—if you miss the Opening Reception or Artist Talk, or want to come back to look at your leisure, ClearWater’s Gallery is open to the public Weds-Friday Noon-6pm; every 2nd Saturday 10am-4pm; or by appointment during the week. The ClearWater Gallery, outdoor Green, and open-air covered Market are available to rent out for private events and parties.
LOCATION: Clearwater Artist Studios, 223 Crowell Dr. NW, Concord, NC 28025. For details and weekly hours, see; or, call 704-784-9535.

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Fine Arts Department Faculty Exhibition
to Oct 31

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Fine Arts Department Faculty Exhibition


The inaugural Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Fine Arts Department Faculty Exhibition, at ClearWater Artist Studios Gallery!

WHAT: A collection of fresh, contemporary works by twelve or so of the Visual Arts Faculty within that department, both full-time and adjunct!

WHERE: on view in the ClearWater Gallery, October 8th through 31st, 2016.

WHEN: The official Opening Reception will be held on Friday, October 14, 2016 from 5-8pm. Free and open to the public, with refreshments at the Opening Reception.

WHAT ELSE? The show will be on view as of ClearWater’s monthly ‘2nd Saturday Open Studios’ open house, held every 2nd Saturday from 10am to 4pm, on Oct. 8th; and after.
Artist Talks by RCCC Visual Arts Faculty included in the show will be TBA, in the CW Gallery; check the ClearWater Artist Studios website calendar for dates and times:

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to Sep 30

September 9th Opening - Press Release

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Robert Crum painting in his studio at Clearwater Artist Studios

PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release: Monday, August 15, 2016 CONTACTS: - Sarah Gay, Manager of ClearWater Artist Studios for the City of Concord; 704-784-9535 (office) or; OR, - Robert Alvin Crum, Artist: 704.310.0382 or

Local Daniel Boone Descendant Interprets History Through Art; Opening Sept. 9 Concord, NC – A local artist descended from the legendary Daniel Boone aims to express the intertwining legacies his research has uncovered, via his own paintings in a new solo show and related events at ClearWater Artist Studios in Concord, NC. It will become a traveling exhibit.

The solo exhibition “Return to the Land of My Ancestors,” on view in the Main Gallery at ClearWater Artist Studios from September 1 to 30, 2016 will feature 16 oil paintings, 15 watercolors and other artifacts created by Robert Alvin Crum, who currently resides in Salisbury, NC and leases a studio at ClearWater Artist Studios. The debut show in the ClearWater Gallery is part of ClearWater’s ‘Guest Artist’ Series, which began this year and has the Gallery booked, with a new show each month, into 2017.

Through his paintings and other creations, Crum explores revelations of his family’s slave-ownership, battles, love and politics, pioneers and natives, and spiritual connections to the land and the people who moved across it two centuries ago. The exhibit “…tells a story and takes one on a journey,” says the artist, who relates that, growing up in Illinois, he was often told by family that he is a direct descendant of the explorer and “Father of Kentucky” Daniel Boone and his wife Rebecca Bryan. After moving to North Carolina in 1989, he realized he was living and walking in the same places as his Boone and Bryan ancestors.

Crum has extensively researched and completed an award-winning body of oil and watercolor paintings that tell the story of cultural conflict in the 18th century North Carolina backcountry that led to America’s initial expansion into Kentucky and beyond. The project received a 2016 Preservation Education and Publication Award from Historic Salisbury Foundation, Inc. and an Arts and Cultural Development Grant from Rowan Arts Council.

The Public is invited to an Opening Reception on Friday, September 9, 2016 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm, including refreshments, music by local musician LeDerick Blackburn and a short storytelling session by author and Boone historian Randell Jones. On Saturday, September 10 (during Open Studios day at ClearWater) from 11 am to 4 pm, this journey will be complimented with refreshments, entertainment and an “Artist Talk” by Robert Alvin Crum. LOCATION: Clearwater Artist Studios, 223 Crowell Dr. NW, Concord, NC 28025.

For details and weekly hours, see; the Facebook Page at:; or call the CW office at 704-784-9535. Open to the Public. The journey begins at

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