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Walter Stanford of Kannapolis, an artist and graphic designer, recently won first place and an $800 cash prize from the Pastel Society of North Carolina in recognition of his pastel painting, “King of South America.”
Walter Stanford of Kannapolis, an artist and graphic designer, recently won first place and an $800 cash prize from the Pastel Society of North Carolina in recognition of his pastel painting, “King of South America.” COURTESY OF WALTER STANFORD

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Art exhibit opens: “Perpetual Insight,” a new exhibit featuring artwork that subjectively explores nature, beauty and visual perception, will be displayed June 1-July 25 at The Galleries in the Cabarrus County Historic Courthouse, 65 Union St. S., Concord.

The exhibit includes drawings, paintings, photographs, ceramics and mixed media by nine artists. Featured artists are Erin Anfinson of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; Nicole Aquillana of Boston, Hannah Celeste Dean of Slaton, Texas; Alexa Garbarino of Montclair, N.J.; Amy Gross of Delray Beach, Fla.; Lisa Krannichfeld of Little Rock, Ark.; Cindy Steiler of Gainesville, Fla.; Christopher Thomas of Climax; and Justin Webb of Philadelphia, Pa.

An opening reception for “Perpetual Insight” will be held 6-9 p.m. June 12 during the downtown Concord Art Walk. The Galleries also will partner with ClearWater Artist Studios 5:30-7 p.m. June 24 for a behind-the-scenes look into the local art scene. ClearWater Artist Studios is located at 223 Crowell Drive N.W., Concord.

“Perpetual Insight” is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday through June. The gallery is closed July 3 and on Saturdays in July. For information, call 704-920-2787 or visit www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org.

Stanford earns first place award: Walter Stanford of Kannapolis, an artist and graphic designer, recently won first place and an $800 cash prize from the Pastel Society of North Carolina.

Stanford received the award May 16 in recognition of his pastel painting, “King of South America.” His work placed first in a field of 200 entries from artists across the eastern United States in the 2015 NC Statewide Pastel Juried Exhibition, “On Common Ground 2015: Pastel Painting From the Mountains to the Sea.”

Stanford, who works out of his studio at ClearWater Artists Studios in Concord, is best known for raptor portraits. For this piece, he photographed a king vulture, a raptor native to South America hat lives at the Carolina Raptor Center in Huntersville. Stanford designed the background of the painting with a mix of Mayan and Aztec reliefs to represent the raptor’s territory. Last year, he won first place in the same competition for a raptor portrait, “The Batelur Eagle.” For information on his work, visit www.WalterStanford.com.

Reading and sports program for kids: Duke University’s Murdock Study will team up with the Charlotte Hounds and Kannapolis Intimidators for a fun summer of lacrosse, baseball and reading.

Duke staffers will promote the study with information, games and giveaways for fans at three Kannapolis Intimidators home games, as well as one home game with the Charlotte Hounds, a Major League Lacrosse team entering its fourth season. The Murdock Study is Duke’s health research project based at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis.

Study representatives will be at Intimidators games on June 25, July 17 and Aug. 1. Fans also can receive information at the Charlotte Hounds game on June 27 at American Legion Memorial Stadium, 310 N. Kings Drive, Charlotte.

Students in grades K-8 who achieve reading goals receive a free ticket to an Intimidators game. The program is open to students in Cabarrus County Schools, Kannapolis City Schools, Rowan-Salisbury Schools and Stanly County Schools.

Compiled by Leigh Pressley

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