If you're in the market for a one-of-a-kind holiday gift or just want to be blown away by local artistic talent, be sure to visit the Community Arts Project in the Cornelius Arts Center.
The exhibit, "Teaching Talents," features paintings, drawings, ceramics, felt art, jewelry, handmade cards and ornaments created by the instructors and staff of CAP. Most of it is for sale; a few of the larger pieces are on loan from personal collections. (Several pieces also are exhibited in the lobby of the Cornelius Town Hall.)
A portion of the proceeds from each sale goes to the nonprofit CAP.
The opening reception for "Teaching Talents" was Nov. 13, hosted by CAP and the Cornelius PARC Department. More than 80 people enjoyed the artwork and met CAP instructors and staff.
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Kim Beard, interim executive director of CAP, said, "This gallery event is always eagerly anticipated by the staff, instructors, students and supporters of CAP. Our opening reception ... was well attended again this year. Guests always appreciate the chance to meet the artists and ask questions about their work.... There is a wonderful feeling of camaraderie among our CAP instructors."
Susan Montague, a CAP artist and instructor, said she is always fascinated to get the "chance to see the work of my peers. ... This exhibit provides us a venue to share our own art so that our students and their families can enjoy it."
CAP board member Cathy Templeton works in the CAP office and has a painting in the exhibit. "This annual exhibit allows us to showcase the work of our extremely talented instructors and staff," she said. "It allows the community a glimpse into the quality and variety of instruction we offer here at CAP."
"Teaching Talents" will be on display through Dec. 23 at CAP, Cornelius Arts Center, 19725 Oak St., Suite 1. Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m.-noon Friday.
Besides enjoying some fine artwork, and possibly purchasing a gift for someone special or yourself, you'll be supporting Cornelius and our local artists.
Cocoa with Santa
Remember that preschoolers are invited to the Town Hall from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday to have cocoa, enjoy holiday activities and meet and have a photo with Santa.
Help the town
Cornelius' PARC Commission, Planning Board, Architectural Review Board, Historic Preservation Commission and Land Development Code Advisory Board have vacancies. If you live Cornelius and are interested in making some of its decisions, go to
www.cornelius.org for information and an application.