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2nd Friday Art Crawl in Cornelius is growing

Davidson resident and photographer Clayton Joe Young, on right, with camera and monopod, welcomes guests to the Brick Row Gallery March 13 during the opening for his show "The Last of the Young Men" an autobiographical look at his life. The opening was part of the 2nd Friday Art Crawl in Cornelius.
Davidson resident and photographer Clayton Joe Young, on right, with camera and monopod, welcomes guests to the Brick Row Gallery March 13 during the opening for his show "The Last of the Young Men" an autobiographical look at his life. The opening was part of the 2nd Friday Art Crawl in Cornelius. MARTY PRICE

People looking to experience or buy a piece of art, or those who like music, poetry or good food and drink will find something to fit all tastes at the Cornelius Cultural Arts Group’s 2nd Friday Art Crawl

In just a few blocks, from Catawba Avenue to Oak Street, people can visit the Brick Row Gallery, stroll over to the Oak Street Mill to see local artists, eat from local food trucks, watch musical performances and catch the latest exhibit at the Cornelius Arts Center.

On March 13, Davidson resident Clayton Joe Young held his opening reception at the Brick Row Gallery for his exhibition, “The Last of the Young Men.” The exhibit, an autobiographical look at Young’s life, drew about 100 visitors and will be at the gallery through early May.

John Hairston capped off the last night for his exhibit “Native Tongues” at the Cornelius Arts Center by doing a live painting for the crowds who had braved the rain.

Davidson resident Joan Adams and her husband, George Adams, had been visiting “Native Tongues” when they walked into the Kadi Fit exercise studio next door. Joan said they needed pictures to decorate their master bedroom.

Stopping at Toni Lovejoy’s photography display, the two began looking through her loose prints.

They picked water and sunset scenes from the Huntersville photographer’s “Seeing The face of God” collection.

The cultural arts group was founded in December 2012 by Cornelius resident and Bella Love Inc. owner Case Warnemunde, 28.

Moving to Huntersville in 2009, Warnemunde found many artists who were working a regular job and doing their art on the side.

Wanting to help, Warnemunde founded Bella Love in 2010, an entertainment company providing artists for nonprofits and towns, with the motto of building creative economies, said Warnemunde.

The aim, he said, is “to enhance and connect their local communities by concentrating on the creative arts.”

It emphasizes support of artists and vendors, he said, and “showing people that not only are we going to draw exclusively from local talent, but you are going to be blown away by the people we have here.”

Jessica Boye, communication coordinator for the council, works closely with Warnemunde to organize their events. “We are doing what is necessary to create an arts district in Old Town Cornelius,” she said.

The next Art Crawl on April 10 will add a venue: D9 Brewing Co. at 11138 Treynorth Drive. Also, the council will host the next ’Tawba Walk – a semi-annual, larger arts celebration held along Catawba Avenue on May 16.

Citing the community’s response to the art crawl, Warnemunde said, “The crowds have grown exponentially over the past few months and with warm weather allowing us to move back outside, it will be even bigger.”

Marty Price is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Marty? Email him at martyprice53@gmail.com

Want to go?

The CCAG 2nd Friday Art Crawl is 6-10 p.m. the second Friday of every month in the downtown area.

Cornelius Cultural Arts Group is a nonprofit. Facebook page: www.facebook.com/pages/Cornelius-Cultural-Arts-Group/224011351087123?sk=info&tab=overview

Brick Row Gallery, 21325 Catawba Ave., Cornelius Facebook page: www.facebook.com/brickrowcornelius/info?tab=overview

Cornelius Arts Center, 19725 Oak St. Suite 1, Cornelius. Facebook page: www.facebook.com/CorneliusArtsCenter/info?tab=overview

Oak Street Mill, 19725 Oak St., Cornelius. Facebook page: www.facebook.com/oakstreetmillcornelius/timeline

For updated event listings, go to www.bellalove.com or facebook.com/blovecharlotte

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