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Cain Center for the Arts partners with Arts & Science Council to offer a day of culture on January 26

Cain Center for the Arts will host a day of culture during Connect with Culture Days, an annual Arts & Science Council (ASC) event that provides the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community with free cultural experiences and activities.

Connect with Culture Days kicks off on Friday, Jan. 25 and continues through Saturday, Jan. 26. In Cornelius, Cain Center for the Arts will present multiple free visual arts experiences on Saturday at Cornelius Town Hall (21445 Catawba Avenue, Cornelius) from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

“We are excited to be an arts and cultural hub for Connect with Culture Days in the Lake Norman area,” says executive director Justin Dionne. “There is a huge community here that believes in the arts, and we are excited to give them a taste of what the center has to offer during this community-focused event.”

The center’s visual arts experiences include activities that emulate artists like Piet Mondrian, Alexander Calder, Diego Rivera, Henri Matisse, Faith Ringgold and Georgia O’Keefe.

“Everyone deserves to experience arts and culture regardless of where they live or what they can afford,” ASC President Robert Bush says. “Connect with Culture Days brings a sampling of our vibrant cultural community beyond Charlotte’s Center City and directly into neighborhoods.”

In addition to offering arts, science, history and heritage experiences throughout Charlotte-Mecklenburg, ASC’s Connect with Culture Days also offers free entry into participating museums in the Queen City. A full schedule of arts and cultural experiences and participating cultural organizations is available at ArtsAndScience.org.

ASC’s Connect with Culture Days is sponsored by Culture Blocks, Duke Energy, Novant Health, University City Partners and Atrium Health.

Cornelius Arts Center unveils concept renderings

In October of 2017, we announced our partnership with two acclaimed architect firms, C Design of Charlotte, NC, and Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture of New York, NY. Since then, we’ve been busy working with architects like Rob Crane and Malcolm Holzman to determine what we’d like to incorporate into the Center.

Luckily, we’ve had some amazing developments. We’re happy to present our concept renderings, along with descriptions from Holzman. Cue the drumroll!

(Note: These are not finalized, detailed sketches of exactly what the Center will look like, but they present some very exciting possibilities.)


Concept rendering of the view from Town Hall on Catawba Avenue.

Community Arts Center: The community exhibition gallery, rehearsal and education space, and main entry promenade along Catawba Avenue announce this new cultural catalyst for the Lake Norman region. Complimenting other civic and retail structures, it welcomes children and adults to a myriad of daytime and evening programs.


Concept rendering of the view of the Center from above Oak Street Mill.

Backyard festival space: “Complimenting programs inside the Center, organized periodic gatherings celebrate special community events in an exterior park like setting. Tiered lawn and hard surfaces used regularly for parking form a general seating area for focused events on a flexible stage adjacent to the Arts Center. Film, live presentations and children’s events occur during the performance season. Seating, picnic tables, and data access allow for year-round usage.”

Concept rendering of what the interior of the Center could look like.

Cultural Promenade: “The multi-level animated space functions as an informal gathering area before and after events and as a destination with a rooftop terrace. Accessible to outdoors at three different levels it also serves as a landscaped drop off location for school groups and event goers. Complimentary planting elements unify the open spaces on adjoining sites.”


Concept rendering of theater space at future Center.

Regional Playhouse: “An open loft like space with a three-sided balcony accommodates 450 individuals for a variety of entertainment events. The flexible space permits music, theater, dance, film, conference meetings, dinners, celebrations and community gatherings to be equally presented and enjoyed. The timber roof truss system spanning the space recalls the mill buildings previously found on the site.”


Exploring Beyond Walls at Robbins Park

Looking for public art? Beyond Walls has you covered. The inspirational public art exhibition at Robbins Park opened on May 5 and we were there to get the scoop from artists including Scott Froschauer, Jim Gallucci, Harry McDaniel and Amy Hart. We hope to bring similar experiences to the region once we open. Until then, here’s a brief rundown of the event, and  information on the sculptures and artists.

The public art project, which is coordinated by the Cornelius Parks, Arts, Recreation and Culture department, had a wonderful opening event. The process involved a national call for artists, which resulted in 34 submissions. A review period followed and 11 pieces by nine artists were selected by the Public Art Committee. Marisa Pascucci, who serves on the Public Art Committee as well as the Advisory Board for Cornelius Arts Center, guided the crowd across the park to view the 11 new sculptures.

Don’t miss wandering through this exhibition, which runs through Jan. 12, 2019.

Map of art installations.

1) “Summertime Blues”

    Cathy Perry, Lewisburg, KY


Cathy Perry is an avid gardener.  She takes her love for gardening to another level by cutting, forging and welding steel to resemble the plants she loves. This piece is part of her “Lace” series.

 2) “One Way Heart” and 3) “Infinite Clearance”

      Scott Froschauer, Sun Valley, CA

Scott Froschauer

Don’t miss these important street signs! Scott Froschauer, from Sun Valley, CA., constructs aluminum street signs which use wording and design choices to give off an intentional positive vibe.

4) “Divine Wind II”

        Jim Gallucci, Greensboro, NC


Part of the piece is meant to represent flying paper, much like the paper seen drifting through the air during the fall of the Twin Towers at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. The sculpture is meant to portray “disaster and how it brings people together.”

 5) “Abstract #29”

         Robert Porreca, Columbia, OH


Sculptor Robert Porreca focuses on shapes and not so much on creating recognizable objects with this work, which is made with epoxy resin and fiberglass. The green coloring makes this sculpture pop when you look across the park. Get closer and explore the piece. What do you see?

 6) “Exploratory Unit 01”

       Harry McDaniel, Asheville, NC


Inspired by H.G. Wells’ sci-fi classic, War of the Worlds, the aluminum sculpture features solar reflectors and stained glass cutouts. Harry McDaniel noted that the process for creating this piece was very spontaneous.

 7) “Tree”

     Adam Walls, Hope Mills, NC


This abstract sculpture resembles a jungle gym, but consider it a sort of nature sanctuary that is better viewed from afar. Stand back and look at the different birds perched between the cubist tree landings of the green painted steel.

 8) “Yellow Flower”

       Amy Hart, Charlotte, NC


This large flower sculpture was constructed of found materials. You can see even more of Amy Hart’s sculptures on display at the current Cornelius Arts Center exhibit, By Land…By Sea (on display through June 8, 2018).

 9) “Bear Family”

      Jim Collins, Signal Mountain, TN


This sculpture is inspired by a true bear family seen in sculptor Jim Collins’ frontyard in the Highlands. Silhouettes of a bear family are made of corten steel, while the fish is made of bronze. When you’re viewing the sculpture, see if you can find the artist’s signature.

 10) “Being Home” and 11) “Hurrying Home”

        Charlie Brouwer, Willis, VA

“Hurrying Home”
“Being Home”
 Situated across from one another in a way that looks like they could be passing a ball back and forth, these two pieces are a part of Brouwer’s “Homebodies” series. The sculptures are constructed of stained locust wood.