Bella Loves seeks to unite through arts
MOORESVILLE – Case Warnemunde wants to put the Lake Norman arts scene on the map.
After moving from Cincinnati, Ohio, about 2 1/2 years ago, the Davidson resident founded Bella Love Charlotte, a nonprofit dedicated to developing local music and arts.
While Lake Norman isn’t known for its creative individuals, Warnemunde said the region is filled with them.
“I started meeting all these people who are just unbelievably talented – artists, performers and musicians – people I can’t believe are not famous already,” he said. “Not only are they not famous, but they are having to hang up what they do to go work at restaurants because no one can sustain a career.”
While his nonprofit will lift Lake Norman arts, he named it “Bella Love Charlotte” for branding purposes. By the end of the year, Warnemunde hopes the Bella Love movement spreads to Cincinnati, Ohio, and maybe Knoxville, Tenn., and Atlanta, Ga., by the following year.
Lake Norman’s rich pool of artists also can help drive the area’s economy, Warnemunde believes. “You’re playing a part in sustaining local creative careers and helping local businesses, while the proceeds go back to local charities,” he said. “It’s the economic solution.”
Janet Barker, of Mooresville, got involved with Bella Love through MeetUp.com. The group held an outing Aug. 19 at the Artisan Market in downtown Mooresville.
“It seemed like an interesting concept,” Barker said. “Finding ways to promote the small business owners – that’s what communities need to do. The local arts community can help.”
Bella Love’s next big event, The Sound of Love concert, takes place Sept. 10, a Saturday, from 6 to 11 p.m. at Kenton Place, 17220 W. Catawba Ave., in Cornelius.
The concert will feature Who Rescued Who, formerly the John Earl Band; Natural Blend, an Afro-Cuban conga line; as well as caricature and fine artists, street-dance teams and mimes.
The concert marks a new chapter for Bella Love, Warnemunde said. The group will launch a new website, as well as organize more activities like arts classes, rock ‘n’ roll bingo, game nights and jam sessions.