Cabarrus Arts Council hosts ‘After School Cookies with Santa’

Santa, cookies and art all mixed at the Historic Cabarrus Courthouse on Union Street in Concord.

The result?

“A whole lot of fun,” said Concord resident Ethan Brewer, 7, as he finished his game of I Spy, in which kids are challenged to find items or elements in the artwork on display.

Ethan played during the Cabarrus Arts Council’s After School Cookies with Santa Dec. 3 at The Galleries.

Ethan sat on Santa’s lap, but he wouldn’t tell Santa what he wanted for Christmas. Santa started guessing popular boy toys and Ethan responded with a nod or a quiet “yes” until Santa said, “How about a Barbie doll?”

“That’s just not going to work,” said Ethan as he warmed up to Santa. Ethan went on to tell Santa how good he had been all year and about catching his first fish.

Sam Mullis, one of Santa’s closest friends, was there all afternoon, as was his daughter, Sarah Mullis Wilson, who knows one of Santa’s elves very, very well.

Along with the chance to take a picture with Santa, each child could choose a cookie – custom-made with Christmas themes by Judy Mongold – to enjoy eating as they wandered about The Galleries playing their own game of I Spy.

Rebecca Collins, visual arts direct for the Cabarrus Arts Council, said The Galleries are offering more programs like this to entice families to come and experience the Arts Council.

Ethan’s mom, Deanna Brewer, was following Ethan as he searched the galleries for the pieces to match the pictures on his I Spy sheet.

“We live just down the street, and this is the first time I stopped in,” Brewer said. “I’m glad we did, because Ethan loves to play I Spy.”

The Galleries, open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, offer two other activities to help visitors enjoy art.

• Think About It – A guided questionnaire helps to lead people through the art hanging in the galleries.

• Art Box – Self-contained art projects for visitors to experience art first-hand.

Even those who don’t want to participate can look at the art on display there.