Cabarrus area artists to demonstrate techniques at first ‘Collectors Circle’

The Cabarrus Arts Council will host its first Collectors Circle Nov. 12 to bring together people who enjoy art, decorating and learning about how artists create their works.

The event will be at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at The Galleries, 65 Union St. S., Concord, in the Historic Cabarrus Courthouse.

Admission is free, but registration is required by Nov. 10. To register call 704-920-2787 or email

Two artists from the “Discover Local” exhibition now on display – Allison McGowan Hermans and Robert Alvin Crum – will talk about how they create their art and will demonstrate some of their techniques.

In addition, Rebecca Collins, visual arts director for the Cabarrus Arts Council, will preview plans for The Galleries.

McGowan Hermans creates her functional porcelain works by hand in her Concord home studio. Her utilitarian forms are inspired by art nouveau architecture, patterns that occur in nature and the tailoring of sewn objects, according to a news release from the Arts Council.

Her pottery forms are highly textured and layered with geometric and floral patterns that create illusions in the glazed surfaces. She is the recipient of a Regional Artist Grant and has taught at Immaculata University, Rowan University and Philadelphia Clay Studio.

Crum, who lives in Salisbury, has a studio at 10 Cabarrus Ave. E., Concord. He is an oil painter, sculptor and a mosaic and mural artist.

Crum learned to complete large murals when he apprenticed under fresco painter Ben Long, and developed his skills while studying with Italian mosaic artists in Rome and Mexico, according to the news release.

He has created numerous large mosaics and murals in Arizona, North Carolina, South Carolina, Costa Rica and Mexico. He has received both an Emerging Artist Grant from the N.C. Arts Council and a Regional Artist Project Grant.

“Discover Local” includes works by 10 additional artists: Regina Calton Burchett, pastel paintings of earth and sky; John Dunlap, artwork from hand-manipulated Polaroids; Louise Farley, figurative oil and pastel paintings; Rachel Goldstein, documentary and narrative photography; Patricia N. Jay, metals/jewelry; Paul Keysar, classical representational oil paintings; Jerry Measimer, woodturning; Jeff Pender, ceramics; Jennie Martin Tomlin, impressionistic pastels and watercolors; and Walter Stanford, oil, acrylic and pastel paintings.

“Shop Seagrove,” The Galleries annual show and sale of pottery from North Carolina’s famed pottery town, is also on display.

For information, call 704-920-2787 or visit Cabarrus Arts Council