Union County

Variety is highlight of recent Art Kaleidoscope

At Waxhaw’s Art Kaleidoscope on May 16-7, this group of young aspiring musicians joined Rick Hubbard and his Kazoobie Kazoo Show and proceeded to entertain the assembled audience.
At Waxhaw’s Art Kaleidoscope on May 16-7, this group of young aspiring musicians joined Rick Hubbard and his Kazoobie Kazoo Show and proceeded to entertain the assembled audience. COURTESY OF LISA HOFFMAN

Waxhaw’s Art Kaleidoscope, formerly known as Spring Fest, was blessed with sunny skies and warm temperatures over the weekend of May 16-17.

Waxhaw Events and Promotions Manager Lisa Hoffman said the 2015 Art Kaleidoscope offered all the elements of its previous show and “upped its game” to showcase the arts from all walks of life.

Hoffman cited some impressive numbers to highlight how the festival has grown. She said 45 artisans were on site offering everything from stained glass creations to paintings to blown glass to wood furniture, from as far away as Virginia and Tennessee.

More than 50 crafters displayed handmade works ranging from wreaths and jewelry to handbags and quilts. Fifteen area schools displayed more than 120 pieces of artwork from the school children from Kindergarten through twelfth grade.

The Kaleidoscope then added sounds to accompany the visual arts.

Three stages were filled with acoustic musical performances and entertainers. Visitors enjoyed festival food, an expanded Kids Zone, carnival games, clowns, magicians, a beer garden a yard sale at the Waxhaw United Methodist Church. A trolley that circled to the various parking areas was another innovation.

“Waxhaw and the surrounding Charlotte region has some amazing talent in all the varied forms of art, from the visual arts, performing arts, culinary arts, at every age level, and we were so proud to be able to showcase it all,” Hoffman said.

First Friday

Kayla Harrity, events and promotions assistant for the Town of Waxhaw, said the theme for the upcoming First Friday is “ Kick-off to Summer.”

On June 5, 5-8 p.m., the Small Town Main Street Program will offer a variety of family friendly activities.

“We will have free crafts and carriage rides for families to enjoy,” Harrity said.

8 Legs Gallery plans croquet and beach volleyball. Sweet Repeats will offer cotton candy and a water attraction for the kids. Black Chicken will host corn hole and an acoustic musical performance by Josh Burch.

Created in the Carolinas wants visitors to come to their Beach luau. Gracious Interiors offers free glow necklaces . Waxhaw’s Woman’s Club will host crafts. Waxhaw Kid Coders will have an open house with a robot demonstration.

Call Harrity at 704-843-2195 ext. 235 if you have any questions.

Grant applications

Barbara Faulk, executive director of The Union County Community Arts Council, says grant applications are being accepted for the Grassroots Arts Program for 2015-16.

Grants have been made available for qualified nonprofit organizations and individuals whose purpose is to promote and develop diverse cultural arts programming in Union County. The Grassroots Arts Program is made possible through the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources.

Applicants for Grassroots funding must live in Union County and provide a service that benefits a large percentage of the community. Criteria, guidelines and application, call 704-283-2784 or email uccac@aol.com.

John Anderson is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for John? Email him at jafortrel@aol.com.

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