There is a new partnership between the Union County Community Arts Council and Wingate University’s Batte Center.
Barbara Faulk, executive director of the Union County Community Arts Council, said the new partnership creates an opportunity for the larger community to experience the work of six emerging, independent filmmakers.
The series, entitled “Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers,” features six independent films selected from hundreds of entries. Admission is free, and the first film in the series, “I Will Dance,” will be presented at 7 p.m. Sept. 8 in McGee Auditorium in the Batte Center.
A key feature of this series is the presence of the filmmakers themselves. Filmmaker Joseph East will be at the screening of “I Will Dance,” and will talk with members of the audience.
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Laura Kratt, director of cultural events at The Batte Center, said the film is a documentary that deals with the journey of the members of RATCo (Random Acts of Theatre Company) from Selma, Ala., to performing in New York City. The individual cast members tell their personal stories in a show that they wrote and choreographed.
East tells of seeing the decay and despair that still exists in Selma and the beacon of hope that is RATCo.
“This wasn’t an organization where the kids would show up, be there for a few hours and go home,” East said. “For a lot of the kids, this was home. With this film, we want to make sure Selma’s young people have their voices heard.”
For more information on this and the upcoming films in the series, go to http://battecenter.org or call 704-233-8300.
First Friday in Waxhaw
Several efforts in Waxhaw come together on the first Friday in September to delight and entertain visitors. This First Friday’s theme is “Paint the Town.”
The event showcases local artists and art demonstrations.
The words “rustic and refined” became Waxhaw’s new tagline about a year ago, celebrating the fact that Waxhaw is a contrast of the rural and urban.
“Rustic represents Waxhaw’s quiet countryside and the rustic side of life which is horse country, farmland, lakes, rolling hills, antiques, rustic metal street art, down home southern cooking, blues and barbeque,” said Lisa Hoffman, Waxhaw’s promotions and events manager. “Refined is the upscale part of Waxhaw. Fine music, fine arts, upscale dining options, upscale home interior design shops and English horse riding. Both are very relevant elements for Waxhaw.”
The Town of Waxhaw Main Street promotions committee invited aspiring artists to submit an original drawing or painting that represents what that phrase means to them.
The committee extended the deadline to Union Sept. 3.
Art should be submitted at Waxhaw town hall and include the artist’s name, age and contact information.
The First Friday Paint the Town celebration will be 5-8 p.m.
Original artwork will be displayed around the downtown area, and a volunteer committee will select their favorites for display on the town’s social media page.
Besides artists painting and drawing and making pottery around downtown and the art contest, an area on the newly re-opened Sk-8 skate park will be set aside to create sidewalk chalk art. Organizers hope all ages will participate.
Several merchants will have large-scale paper laid out where visitors can help create a mural, which will be on display at Waxhaw Autumn Treasures Arts and Crafts Festival, Oct. 9-11.
At Eightlegs Gallery, visitors can create art and win a prize by throwing paint-filled balloons to burst them on a large canvass.