January 30, 2015 12:00 AM

Arts calendar

Regional Portrait Paint-Off (with Open Studios): 3-6 p.m. Feb. 7, ClearWater Artist Studios, 223 Crowell Drive N.W., Concord. Bring your family or your art-collecting friends and observe nationally recognized portrait painters from our area, painting live from a single model in the inaugural Sun Drop Pound Cake Portrait Paint-Off. In two hours, within a former industrial space converted into an art gallery, artists will create fully realized portraits from blank canvas and finish in time for dinner. The five featured artists have paintings on exhibit in the gallery in which the event takes place. Sun-drop Pound Cake from Concord’s Chef’s Choice and A Sweet Life bakeries will be provided. Spoken-word poets will perform improvised works about what’s happening on the spot, and artist studios throughout the building will be open for viewing. The event is free and open to the public. For information, call 704-784-9535 or visit

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