Gaston & Catawba

County museum hosts concert series

Courthouse concert series: A performance by local musician Chris Cook recently kicked off a concert series in the newly renovated Gaston County History Courthouse in Dallas. The ongoing series, hosted by the Gaston County Museum, features Americana style music performed by regional artists.

The concert series is free and open to the public. Seating is first-come, first-served and doors open at 6:15 p.m. Upcoming performances include:

Michael Reno Harrell: 7-9 p.m. Feb. 13

Gigi Dover & The Big Love: 7-9 p.m. March 6

David Childers: 7-9 p.m. March 27

For information about the program, call Jason Luker, Gaston County Museum of Art & History programs coordinator, at 704-922-7681, ext. 105 or visit

Souper Senior Games: Gaston County Senior Center will host a free Souper Senior Games Kick-off 11 a.m. Feb. 6 at 1303 Dallas Cherryville Highway, Dallas. Seniors ages 50 and older can learn how to participate in senior games at the local level, register and talk about new events. Cookies and hot soup will be provided.

For information, call Gaston County Senior Center at 704-922-2170.

Lincoln County

First Federal Art Crawl: Local merchants will transform their businesses into mini-art galleries during the First Federal Savings Bank Art Crawl 5:30-9 p.m. March 13 in downtown Lincolnton. The event, featuring food, music and works by Lincoln County artists, is free and open to the public.

The self-guided art crawl is sponsored by First Federal Savings Bank and a partnership with The Arts Council of Lincoln County, Downtown Development Association of Lincolnton, Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce, Lincoln Cultural Center and Lincoln County Historical Association. Art crawl maps will be available at businesses in downtown Lincolnton and throughout Lincoln County.

The First Federal Art Crawl kicks off a weekend of activities, including the chance to visit local artists’ studios, discuss their work and purchase local art during the Artist Studio Tour 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 14. Brochures with locations of artists’ studios will be available at the art crawl event, as well as the Lincoln Cultural Center and Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce.

To learn more, visit

Photo competition winners: Arts Council of Lincoln County has named the winners of its 2015 Amateur Photography Competition. Winning photographs from participating adults and youth will be on display through Jan. 30 in the Carolina Mills and Cochrane Galleries of the Lincoln Cultural Center, 403 E. Main St., Lincolnton.

The first place photographs are: Gerald Johnson, Best of Show; Eugene Maloney, Plant Life/Landscapes category; Kathy Goodson, People category; Gerald Johnson, Animal Life category; Jonathan Bolt, Abstract/Special Effects category; Roger Goodson, Miscellaneous category; Gerald Johnson, Black and White category; and Jordyn, Youth category.

For information about the competition or show, call the Arts Council of Lincoln County at 704-732-9044. Compiled by Mary Katherine Creel