Arts Beat for August 26
LINCOLNTON – Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Lincoln County will now have a new outlet to express their creativity.
This month, UMAR will open its new Lincolnton Arts Center to offer painting, pottery, jewelry making, digital photography; crafts, performing, culinary and garden arts to adults with developmental disabilities in Lincoln County.
Founded in 1983 by the United Methodist Church, UMAR is a Huntersville-based nonprofit that promotes community inclusion, independent living and growth for more than 325 adults with developmental disabilities throughout western North Carolina.
At the new Lincolnton Arts Center, adult students will enjoy creating and selling their original artwork. The front of the Main Street facility will house a gallery and gift shop for patrons and friends of the center who can visit and purchase artwork.
UMAR will hold a grand opening Monday, Aug. 29, at 9 a.m. at the center, 202 E. Main St.
“Through their expressions, the artists are able to break down social barriers by forming partnerships in the community and learning new skills for future employment opportunities,” said UMAR Arts Director Bob Terri, who also manages the nonprofit’s UMAR Art Center in Charlotte.
The Lincolnton Arts Center will help dispel many misunderstandings about individuals with disabilities as the center’s participants meet members of the public, Terri said.
Planning for the new center began in early 2011. The UMAR Lincolnton Arts Center will operate on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and should serve 20 adult clients in its first year of operation, Terri said.
“The center will be a viable part of the Lincolnton community and participate in all the community has to offer,” he said. “And we hope to play an active role in contributing to the cultural experience of Lincoln County.”
Folk Art Festival set for Oct. 1
SHERRILLS FORD – Nearly 30 folk artists from North Carolina and surrounding states will swarm to Lake Norman in October to offer work for sale.
The third annual Lake Norman Folk Art Festival, presented by the Hickory Museum of Art, takes place Oct. 1 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 4689 Giles Ave. Admission and parking is free.
Besides artwork, the festival offers hands-on activities for children, live bluegrass music, art-making demonstrations and plenty of food for sale. Find more information at the festival’s website, www.lakenormanfolkartfestival.com.
Denver Art Trail seeks entries
The Denver Art Trail is accepting applications for new artists for this year’s event, which takes place Oct. 22 and 23. There will also be a preview of selected artists in the gym at Rock Springs Elementary School during the Denver Days festival, Sept. 28 through Oct. 1. The show requires specific qualifications to be accepted. Interested artists should call Judy Broussard at 704-822-1330 for more information about the requirements. The cost to display during the art trail is $45, and the cost is $10 for the Denver Days show.
TV show seeking extras
CHARLOTTE – The Showtime series “Homeland” is searching for extras and a photo double for one of the show’s lead actors.
Producers are currently casting men and women of all ethnic backgrounds but have an immediate need for grandparent aged Latinos and children 6 and up.
The show is also searching for Asian of all ages, men of Middle Eastern or Indian decent, females who look like housewives and socialites and business professionals, techies and military or government types. Extras will be paid.
Producers hope to find a 6-foot tall white man with salt-and-pepper hair to serve as photo double for the lead actor.
To apply, send a current snapshot, with age, phone number, city, height, weight and clothing size to email@example.com.