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Arts & Life
3:29 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

When Artists 'Stick' In Charlotte

Environmental Artist in Residence Daniel McCormick created art at Freedom Park that also managed urban runoff.
McColl Center for Visual Art

Those who don’t go beyond the first floor of the McColl Center for Visual art might just think it’s a gallery. But the top floors hold the real machinery of the organization - the artist-in-residence studios.

The McColl hosts the city’s only artist-in-residence program.

The Center provides artists with studio space, art materials, a stipend, and housing for its residents that are increasingly moving out of the studio and into the community.

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Arts & Life
9:52 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Minting Treasure From Trash

The Birth of Venus, after Botticelli, Pictures of Junk, 2008
Mint Museum of Art

Brazil is one of the world's most rapidly developing countries. In the past decade, the South American country has lifted millions of its residents out of poverty and into a growing middle class.

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Arts & Life
11:37 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Digital Media Program Creates 'Ambition'

Students with Studio345's photography class created a collage that later became a mural in NoDa.
Arts and Science Council

In past several months, Uniq Ishman has discovered something about herself.

“I like to take pictures,” she says. “I like to look at things up close and make it look pretty."

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Arts & Life
10:58 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Children's Theatre Helps Give 'Extreme Makeover'

Andrew Gibbon, in black, is a set designer at the Children's Theatre of Charlotte. He designed one of the rooms on an upcoming episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
Children's Theatre of Charlotte

The Children’s Theatre has been staging performances for over sixty years.

The sets they build, however, do not have the same longevity. They are up for only three or four weeks.
So the Theatre’s set designers had their hands full last year when Extreme Makeover: Home Edition asked them to construct two children’s bedrooms – on a one week deadline.

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Arts & Life
7:04 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Large Crowd Turns Out For Virgin Of Guadalupe Celebration

Carmelo Vargas waits backstage before playing Juan Diego in a performance at the celebration for at Bojangles' Coliseum. The Virgin Mary is believed to have revealed herself to him in the 16th Century.
Briana Duggan

Vince Finnerty has been a priest at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church since 1995, and in that time he has seen a large growth in the Latino community.


“We have done the celebration in different places, but it got to the point where we needed some place bigger”, Finnerty says.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church now holds its festival for its namesake at Bojangles’ Coliseum. The church celebrated the Virgin Guadalupe on Tuesday night with about 5,000 people in attendance.

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Qcitymetro
10:40 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Amanda Smith Dances Into History

Ballerina Amanda Smith
Credit Jeff Cravotta

As Amanda Smith tells it, her father’s attitude was always, “Aww, my baby girl, she’s a little dancer.” Her mother, however, was skeptical. “This is just a hobby,” Smith remembers her telling everyone. “She’s not really going to do this. She’s going to be a lawyer; she’s going to be a doctor.” But once her mom saw young Amanda perform her first solo around eighth grade or so, “she was crying and said, ‘this is what you’re supposed to do.’”

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Arts & Life
9:16 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Lukas Nelson, Son Of Willie, Makes His Mark In Music

Lukas Nelson is the 23 year old son of music legend, Willie Nelson. "He’s very good at going with the flow," Lukas says of his father.
Joe del Tufo

It’s not unusual for Willie Nelson to share the stage. He has performed with some of the industry’s best voices including Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, even Snoop Dogg.

But now Nelson has been performing with a new voice, one that sounds eerily similar to his own. It’s his son, Lukas Nelson, and he wrote several songs on his dad’s latest album.

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Arts & Life
11:13 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Dilworth Unveils Public Sculpture

A new public art sculpture will be unveiled this weekend.

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Arts & Life
9:41 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Friendship And Opera Bring South Africans To CPCC

Thabang Masango (left) and Bongani Ndhlalane pose with Deloris Chisley from Friendship Ministry Baptist Church. The two young men are close with Ms. Chisely, who has helped secure them funding for their education from the church.
Briana Duggan

Thabang Masango had been doing well as a singer in South Africa. He had won large singing competitions and was part of prominent choral group. In 2008, the choral group toured the United States and made a stop in Charlotte along the way.

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Arts & Life
9:45 am
Mon November 19, 2012

McColl Center Exhibit Questions American Identity

Guardian, Acrylic on Carved Wood Panel, 2011
The McColl Center for Visual Art

For the last four years, Randy Shull has spent part of his year in Mexico.

He moved for the culture, the language, and the inspiration it gives him as an artist. All around him he saw the local artists defining what it meant to be Mexican.

"I felt like, well I could come to Mexico and have this experience that is really different than what I have in Asheville, but in the end I’m still from the United States.” Shull says. “So I began to ask myself, what is it to be uniquely American?”

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