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Charlotte look, up in the sky, a big piece of art

By Kathleen E. Conroy

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    Online voting in the Highest Design Contest began March 27 and will continue until the April 26 deadline at www.designcentercarolinas.com.



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The Design Center’s water tower in South End is slated to show off winning artwork in May that depicts the theme: “What rhythm do you pick up in South End?”

Charlotte residents are asked to vote online through April 26 among the art entries at www.designcentercarolinas.com. The web site currently shows 17 entries – ranging from vibrant, fluid paintings to photography to succinct quotes about the historic neighborhood.

It’s the fourth year for the annual contest, which will replicate the winning artwork on a large horizontal vinyl canvas that will be revealed in an early May ceremony. The new art will replace the 2012 selected artwork, called “I Am/We Are.”

The Highest Design Contest puts the winning artist’s work on display on “the highest canvas in town - a 125-foot water tower,” says a spokesperson for the Design Center. The winning artist also receives $1,000, and co-sponsor Ram Realty Services also makes a donation of art and creative supplies to a Charlotte-Mecklenburg school championed by the winning artist. Last year’s winning school was Billingsville Elementary.

“Every year we get so excited about the range of creative responses to the theme we see in our entries,” said Ivy Greaner of Ram Realty Services. “We feel the Design Center is a hub of creativity and energy in historic South End and we continue to showcase that energy and the pulse in South End through this year’s theme. The water tower is a great place to capture it.”

The contest has been open to professionals who are at least 18 years old, and closed March 22. All artwork will be judged online through April 26 by open voting from the Charlotte community. The winner’s artwork will appear on the Design Center of the Carolinas water tower for a 12-month period, and the winner and winning school will be spotlighted in a May ceremony at the tower. Art and creative supplies will be delivered to the winning school in September.

Kathleen Conroy is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Kathleen? Email her at suprwriter@gmail.com.
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