The Mooresville Artist Guild, recently renamed Mooresville Arts, has been supporting and appreciating local artists for almost 60 years. Starting as a small group painting and sharing ideas in the basement of the local war memorial building, the group has grown to more than 225 members. The group has since moved out of the basement and into the Southern Railway Depot, where they have adapted the space to create a gallery, classroom, and office spaces. Throughout the year the gallery is home to many judged and unjudged exhibits like the annual Artoberfest and Photography Show. All of the exhibits begin with an opening reception, a great chance to meet the artists. With something always going on at this great local gallery, it’s the perfect place to enjoy and learn about the impressive art scene in the area. Who knows, you may just leave with a few pieces to add to your collection.Upcoming shows include: The Emerging Artists Exhibit on Sept. 12, The 32nd Annual Artoberfest on Oct. 10, and the Give the Gift of Art sale on Nov. 14. 704-663-6661Mooresvillearts.org
Davidson Community Players
Since 1965 the Davidson Community Players have been producing high quality theatrical performances for viewers of all ages. These talented actors draw people in from all over the Lake Norman area, and even steal some of Charlotte’s die-hard theater patrons. With a collection of awards and accolades from across the state, it’s easy to see why they have been a staple in the community for almost 50 years.Their eclectic season is filled with an assortment of shows from children’s theater to pieces with more adult content. On Oct. 2, their newest play, “Dixie Swim Club,” opens and chronicles the friendship of five Southern women who met on their college swim team. With stories that focus on our very own North Carolina coastline, it is not to be missed. The following month on Nov. 8, “Suessical Jr.” will be the hot spot for every kid in the area. Telling the story behind one of Dr. Suess’s beloved stories, it’s sure to entertain the entire family (parents, too!). Finally, the Players will be closing 2014 with their performance of “It’s a Wonderful Life.” This twist on a classic is made to mimic a live radio broadcast of George Bailey’s Christmas Eve adventure.To find out more about the Davidson Community Players, their season, and to purchase tickets, visit davidsoncommunityplayers.org or call 704-892-7953.
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Lakeside Artists Studio Tour
Step into the creative world of some of Lake Norman’s most celebrated artists with the Lakeside Artists Studio Tour. This annual event gives art lovers the chance to enjoy a behind-the-scenes glance into the work spaces of artists who work with a number of different media. Whatever your artistic preference may be—wood, ceramics, painting, jewelry, or even furniture—you could have the chance to walk away with a one-of-a-kind piece of your own. Since the event’s beginnings in 2009, the tour has been drawing more than 500 people each year. The popularity of the Lakeside Artists Studio Tour has become apparent through the word-of-mouth advertising that leads the group’s efforts in promoting these wonderful local artists. The participants and locations of the tour are announced Sept. 1, and the crowd will certainly be pleased with this year’s line-up.Oct. 25-27 Free admissionlknstudios.com
Bella Love Art Crawl
Every second Friday, Bella Love invites people to cultivate community and self-expression through social interaction and art with their community art crawls. The venue welcomes people of all ages—even pets. Local talent fills Oak Street Mill as artisans, musicians, and comedians light up the stage. Food trucks and vendors offer delicious treats from around the town while craft beer, wine, and fresh-brewed coffee are also available.Through a collaborative environment, Bella Love brings people together to support and celebrate local businesses and talented individuals. Face-to-face interaction replaces the virtual realm of networking, giving people the opportunity to form genuine connections that could not be discovered otherwise.“We are creating an actual, physical social network,” says Founder Case Warnemunde. “It is a reason to meet your neighbor, a venue to discover talent, and a way to support local business.” Every 2nd Friday of the month, 5-9 p.m.Oak Street Millbellalove.com
Lake Norman Folk Art Festival
The annual Lake Norman Folk Art Festival takes the community outside city limits and into the growing world of folk art. In a wooded, 17-acre campground alongside Lake Norman, talented artists display impressive pieces of Southern contemporary folk art. The exhibition features a wide range of works in clay, paint, found objects, carvings, metal, and glass yard art, but with a twist of innovation. Ordinary household objects are formed into new shapes and sculptures. Bottle-cap collages, pet portraits, recycled and repurposed clothing, corrugated metal, and carved wooden figures are only a few of the many creations that exemplify the limitless approaches to unconventional artwork. And whether or not you choose to invest in a piece, you are certain to leave the festival with visionary inspiration. And a great festival isn’t complete without great food. This year’s selection of Creole inspirations, ice cream, bagel sandwiches, and of course, barbecue, will surely hit the spot for any foodie.Oct. 410 a.m.-4 p.m.3630 Drum Campground RoadSherrills Fordlakenormanfolkartfestival.com