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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENTA guide to events, organizations and people in the communityMint Hill art nonprofit raising money for American Cancer Societyby Erica Oglesbyarts@matthewsminthillweekly.comProject Art Aid is going pink!Partnering with the American CancerSociety, the Mint Hill-based nonprofit issponsoring an art exhibition of original artworkfrom local artists at the Project Art AidGoes Pink Exhibition June 17. Featuring270 pieces of artwork to be auctioned off,all proceeds from the event will go directlyto the American Cancer Society’s MakingStrides Against Breast Cancer.“The funds raised will be added tothose raised through the Charlotte MakingStrides Against Breast Cancer event,Dr. Laura YoungOptometrist5 miles from I-77 and I-81Gently sloping lots, 2 acre lots and creek side lotsLong range views, lush landscapingGated Entrance with private roadsProtective covenants with $500 annual HOA duesClose to the Blue Ridge Parkway and New RiverPage 18 • June 10-16, 2011 • Matthews-Mint Hill Weeklywhich will take place October 29 at (the)NASCAR Hall of Fame,” Kari Dahlstrom,regional director of marketing and communicationsfor the society, said.Project Art Aid began in January 2010after the devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquakein Haiti. Mint Hill resident and artistRosalia Torres-Weiner and her husband,Ben, were troubled by the wide-spread devastationand began brainstorming of a waylocal artists could use their talents to helpthose suffering in Haiti.But before they could even formulate aplan, another major earthquake hit Chili.With so many people in need, the Weinersquickly assembled a core team of eightBeat theSummer RushAsk us aboutSpecial pricing on ourChildren’s Lens & Frame PackageAvailable the month of June(including Sports Goggles!)704-821-EYES (3937)6044 Hwy 74 West Indian Trail, NC 28079www.premierfamilyeye.comOpen House SpecialsSAtuRdAyJune 18thPlease RSVPat 877.787.6257to attendPhotos courtesy of Project Art AidArtwork by local artists (above) will be for sale June 17 as part of Project Art Aid’s fundraiser forthe American Cancer Society. Project Art Aid is based in Mint Hill.other artists and before long Project Art Aidwas born.“We have the talent, so why not do somethinggood with that,” Rosalie said.With artists already struggling to selltheir pieces due to the struggling Americaneconomy, it didn’t take the Weiners longto find many local artists willing to donatetheir time and artwork for a good cause.“Art was just not something people werespending extra money on,” Ben said.Soon their modest upstart began toexplode into long-lasting success. Hostingfive different art shows in and aroundCharlotte in 2010, Project Art Aid raisedupwards of $3,000 for the American RedCross.“We were really just eight people meetingon Thursdays trying to figure out what todo,” Ben said of the group’s humble start.But based on the project’s initial success,Ben and Rosalie knew they were onto something, and plans for Project Art Aidbegan taking shape.Project Art Aid Goes Pink has been inthe works since October 2010.“We wanted to go a lot bigger than wedid with the Red Cross,” Ben said. “WeEnjoy weekend getaways only two hoursfrom Charlotte and experience allthe wonderful mountain amenities!Prices start at $ 19,900were going to go 10 times bigger.”With a goal of getting 100 artists to contributeto the show and to raise $30,000,Ben and Rosalie were pleasantly surprisedto see that they quickly had more than 150local artists submit their work for the show,20 of them coming from the nonprofitMint Hill Arts, which has a gallery in MintHill.Partnering with the cancer society wassimple: The society would provide each participatingartists with a 12x12 canvas, andProject Art Aid would supply the talent.Giving each artist a strict color palate, allpieces had to be done in shades of pink.“For an artist to work with a limited colorpalate is a challenge,” Rosalie said.To maintain equality for all the artistsparticipating, all pieces will begin biddingat $50, and the names of all artists willremain anonymous until after the artworkhas been purchased.The event will also feature the unveilingof a mosaic mural in the shape of a heart,made up of 100 6x6 canvases from 100different artists. Working with the McCollCenter for Visual Art and Affiliate Artist,(see Aid on page 20)5%Discountwith this adDeveloper pays allclosing costs and HOAdues for first yearwww.newriveroaks.com • 1.877.RVR.OAKS (877.787.6257) • www.hillsvillevsreslestate.com 276.728.4808www.matthewsminthillweekly.com

Arts & EntertainmentMatthews Playhousewelcomes new employeeby Erica Oglesbyarts@matthewsminthillweekly.comEvan Kinsley has joined the MatthewsPlayhouse staff as the technical directorand production coordinator.A 2010 theater graduate from the Universityof North Carolina at Charlotte, Kinsleyis in charge of maintaining the sceneshop for the Playhouse’s productions.Describing himself as a jack of alltrades, he will also build sets, manage theproduction end of the company, manageall technical needs, hire scence designersand even occasionally moonlight as anactor when needed.Kinsley says theater is something he hasbeen drawn to since a childhood crush infourth grade.“I literally stumbled into theater whenI was in the fourth grade because a girl inmy class that I had a crush on did dramaclub and I followed her,” he said, laughing.“I’ve been doing (theater) ever since.”Kinsley said he’senjoying his time atMatthews Playhouse,and says the company’scloseness is amazing.“I love the people” atMatthews Playhouse,Evan Kinsley he said.A creative thinker,Kinsley says he has always felt acceptedin a playhouse, and Matthews Playhouseis no exception.“It has always been a place where I feltlike I belonged,” he said. “There is justsomething fun about being able to createfor a living.”But what would have happened if hehadn’t followed his crush into drama clubin fourth grade? Kinsley thinks he wouldhave become a storm chaser, saying hehas been known to stay up until 2 a.m. towatch a storm come in.“I’d just be the guy driving the van,” hesaid. qSchool’s Out,So Come CelebrateWith Some Fast-Paced,Fairytale Fun!The CommediaPrincess and the PeaBy Lane Riosley and Rebecca L. ByarsMatthews-Mint Hill WeeklyArts BeatA snapshot of arts-related news itemsMint Hill exhibit featuresFilipino photography“Philippine Life and Scenery,” a photographyexhibit by Alex Romero, will beon display in the Litaker Gallery of MintHill Arts through June 30.The exhibit will run concurrentlywith the nonprofit’s annual spring juriedshow. An opening reception withfree food and wine is planned for 7 to9 p.m. June 10 at 7714 Matthews-MintHill Road.Romero’s exhibit is supported by thelocal Philippine community and is intribute to Philippine Independence Dayon June 12, 1898, according to a pressrelease from Mint Hill Arts.For more information, visit www.minthillarts.org or call 980-226-5532.Free folk concert June 10The Charlotte Folk Society will hostits final Gathering Concert for the seasonat 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 10.Charlotte’s WBT Briarhoppers will bethe main attraction.Today’s edition of the band featuresGrammy-nominated Dwight Moody,member since 1993. Fiddlin’ Dwight isjoined by music historian Tom Warlickon bass, who brings a love of early radio.Youngsters Alana Flowers (banjo), HannahFlowers (fiddle) and Dillon Flowers(mandolin) – well-known from theprize-winning Flowers Family Bluegrasswww.matthewsminthillweekly.comBand. Richard Hollis rounds out thegroup on dobro and guitar.The concert will be held at the GreatAunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Ave.,in Charlotte.Jennifer Holliday to play withCharlotte SymphonyTony Award-winning actress andsinger Jennifer Holliday will performwith the Charlotte Symphony on June25 at 8 p.m. at the Belk Theater, 130N. Tryon St.Holliday will perform selections fromthe Broadway musical “Dreamgirls,” aswell as other selections from across hercareer. The performance is a fundraiserfor the United Negro College Fund. Itfollows the ninth annual United NegroCollege Fund Maya Angelou WomenWho Lead Luncheon, scheduled forJune 25 at The Westin Charlotte.The performance will be conductedby nationally acclaimed conductorCharles Floyd. Tickets start at $28, andare available by calling the symphonyticket office at 704-972-2000 or goingonline to www.charlottesymphony.org.Actor’s Theatre nets grantThe Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte is therecipient of the 2011 Women’s ImpactFund Arts and Culture Grant.The theatre will receive $70,000 tohelp fund the first two years of its newestprogram, “New Voices for a NewGeneration,” a new play festival beginningin September.For more information, visit the theatre’swebsite at www.actorstheatrecharlotte.org,or visit the theatre at 650 E.Stonewall St. qJoin the Tarradiddle Players for a slapstick spin on Hans ChristianAndersen’s classic fairy tale. The lonely Prince wants to find someone tomarry, but potential princesses must first get past his mother the Queen andher long list of tests. With its roots in the humorous, physical acting style ofItalian Commedia dell’arte, this production is pure family fun. For Ages 5+Meet the cast at an audience talkback followingthe 1:00 pm performances on June 17!June 17-26 • Wachovia Playhouse at ImaginOnWe Know Summer.Summer CampRegistrationCamps Added(But They’reFilling Fast!)Photo by Donna BiseHALF-DAY & FULL-DAY CAMPSONE-WEEK & TWO-WEEK SESSIONSAGES 3-18 AT IMAGINON & SATELLITES704-973-2828 ctcharlotte.orgMatthews-Mint Hill Weekly • June 10-16, 2011 • Page 19

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