Jazz and artist fest will benefit 3 nonprofits

A jazz and artist fest titled "Spread the Love" is scheduled for 7-10 p.m. Feb. 24 at Homeward Suites in Davidson to benefit the nonprofit Community School of Davidson, Davidson Lands Conservancy and Ada Jenkins Center.

Jazz music will be performed by the ensemble Night Shift, led by Richard Woods. Art by various artists will be for sale.

In keeping with the event's theme, various "spreads" and other foods will be available courtesy of KW Collard Greens of Charlotte, Millstone Meadows Farm-Artisan Breads of Morganton and Rocks Organic Gourmet of Asheville. Wine will be available for tasting courtesy of Johnson Brothers Carolina and 17th Street Wine Distributors for ages 21 and older.

Displaying their works will be nature photographers Russ and Nancy Gavitt; Janelle Sorenson, who makes semi-precious stone jewelry; potter Janet Johnson; Susan Bailey, a fine art and floral photographer; Nell Landers, a nationally recognized oil and pastel artist; Mary Luke, an award-winning watercolor artist; and Flavia Lovatelli, a paper and plastic weaving artist.

The event is sponsored by Homewood Suites, Brick House Tavern and Healthy Home Market in Davidson.

Russ Gavitt, who lives in Davidson, conceived the idea while speaking with Roy Alexander, executive director of the Davidson Lands Conservancy.

Admission is $10. Bring two or three cans of food for the pantry at the Ada Jenkins Center.

Tickets are available through Paypal by going to

Community School of Davidson students will sell tickets at the Feb. 11 Davidson Farmer's Market and on Main Street in Davidson on Feb. 17. Joe Marusak