Davidson celebrates spring with art, music
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Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2014

Davidson celebrates spring with art, music

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    - KIM FLEMING
    Participants board the trolley from Main Street to continue the sculpture walk led by Davidson College art professor C. Shaw Smith at the April 11 Art Crawl.
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    - COURTESY OF KIM FLEMING
    Last year’s Art on the Green brought many out to celebrate the lively art scene in Davidson.
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    The April is for the Arts celebration ends this weekend with the juried Art on the Green festival 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 26 and noon-4 p.m. April 27 on the Village Green, at Main Street and Concord Road. From 6-8 p.m. April 27, the Concert on the Green series will kick off with its traditional Davidson College Symphony and Jazz Ensemble performance.

April is blooming in Davidson, and I’m not just talking about the excessive amounts of pollen dusting everything from the benches on Main Street to the bird feeders along the Greenway.

Art is blooming, as well, and the monthlong April is for the Arts celebration concludes this weekend with the juried Art on the Green festival.

The show features more than 50 artists from the Lake Norman area, as well the rest of North Carolina, Virginia, Texas, Arizona and Maine. Artists will show off their works of sculpture, watercolor, photography, wood, glass and ceramics, and the public can buy anything that catches their eye.

The celebration of all things art began with a gallery crawl on April 11, when local businesses and schools remade their space into lively galleries and hosted artists. In addition, the town partnered with adult learning institute, DavidsonLearns, for a sculpture walk led by Davidson College art professor C. Shaw Smith.

The group convened at Town Hall for a discussion on public art and later took a trolley to campus, where they toured the Sculpture Garden on campus.

According to Town Manager Kim Fleming, the monthlong tradition of celebrating the arts has grown over the years, and with good reason. “We have a community that supports funding for the arts, (and) we live in a community where many of our neighbors are talented artists,” she said.

“We have public art and a college that has spent millions of dollars on outdoor art for the community. We have merchants that sell unique art items, many which are made locally. This helps to give Davidson its unique character, which attracts tourists to the area.”

Events like this weekend’s bring not only a cultural lift to the town, but an economical one as well. An influx of visitors means more of them are shopping and eating in the downtown area.

On Sunday, the Concert on the Green series will kick off with its traditional Davidson College Symphony and Jazz Ensemble performance. The audience can picnic and socialize while listening to music. This free performance is the first of 11 that will take place during the summer.

Fleming, for one, thinks the Arts Festival is the perfect way to bid adieu to the long winter and welcome spring. “When I see the Art on the Green pole banners go up around town, I know spring is on the way,” she said.

“I think this community misses seeing one another during the winter, and this winter has been particularly long,” she said. “There are so many art events in Davidson that are free and take place outside, it gives people a chance to catch up and see each other. April is for Art helps to foster that sense of community that so many people love about Davidson.”

Amy Reiss is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Amy? Email her at amysalvatorereiss@gmail.com.

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