Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Downtown Art Stroll A Success

Hundreds - possibly reaching into the thousands - turned out for the first-ever ARTstroll Downtown Lincolnton Friday night. The event - a grassroots effort coordinated by a group of volunteers, artists, businesses, and public organizations - featured not only works of art, but also music, wine tastings, and refreshments. Many downtown businesses extended their hours for the event, including Freedom Church, which featured live pottery demonstrations by local potter Robert Hovis, and The Last Picasso: A Garden of the Arts distributed one-of-a-kind paper hats to strollers.

For additional coverage of the art stroll, visit local media Web sites including the Carolina Scoop, Lincoln Times-News, and Lincoln Tribune.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

DDA to Host Ewa Powell at ARTstroll

The Downtown Development Association (DDA) is proud to host photographer Ewa Powell at the ARTstroll Downtown Lincolnton, on Friday, January 23, 2009. Her work will be featured in the Business & Community Development/DDA office, located at 114 East Main Street.

Powell has spent the last three years visiting furniture, textile, and hosiery factories that are in the process of closing their operations to either move to China or to go out of business completely.

According to Powell, the objective of her explorations was to capture, " The apocalyptic feeling of the spaces...the absence of the people who ran the plants, and the artifacts they failed to clean up...the sheer enormity of the spaces and objects left behind...the legacy of what is left...the silence."

Since Powell was not granted permission to photograph many of the spaces, the photos were taken using a hand held camera and available light - giving the works what she describes as a "quick, rough feel."

Everyone is invited to visit the DDA office to meet Powell and view her works. The ARTstroll will run from 5:30 - 9:00 p.m., and will feature more than 70 artists in 15 downtown Lincolnton locations. The event is free and open to the public; walking tour maps will be available at the event and select stops will feature live music and refreshments. For more information on the ARTstroll Downtown Lincolnton, including a listing of participating artists and locations, visit www.artstroll.org.

Studio 220 Holds Grand Opening

Lincolnton welcomed the newest addition to downtown Tuesday evening, at the Grand Opening of Studio 220 Salon & Spa. The event, sponsored by the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce, attracted many downtown merchants, customers, and supporters who came out to wish owners Amy and Jarrett Brown the best in their new endeavor.

Studio 220 Salon & Spa is an extension to the Browns' other downtown business, Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio. Studio 220 is located next door to Merle Norman, with a convenient walkthrough connecting the two businesses. Studio 220 is a full-service salon and spa, offering hair cuts, color, perms, and updos; waxing; facials; brow tinting; and more. For more information about Merle Norman and Studio 220, be sure to check out their Video Business Highlight, located on the right of this page.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Lincolnton Celebrates MLK Day

Many gathered in downtown Lincolnton Monday to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The day's f estivities, coordinated by the Coalition of Churches and the M artin Luther King Committee, included breakfast at the Lincoln Cul tural Center followed by a youth program and a march to Court Square where testimonies to Dr. King's legacy were given by members of the crowd.
The East Lincoln High School "Show Band of the Carolinas" provided music for the event.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Art Stroll Downtown Lincolnton Slated for Jan. 23

The Art Stroll Downtown Lincolnton - a collaborative effort of professional and local artists, downtown businesses and property owners, and select city and county agencies - has been scheduled for Friday, January 23, 2009. The event will be held from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. and will feature the artwork of 70+ artists in 15 downtown storefronts-turned-art galleries.

The free event will feature original paintings, pottery, fine art photography, woodturning, and sculputre. Maps to guide strollers through the galleries will be provided, and refreshments and live music will be available in select locations.

The Downtown Development Association of Lincolnton is proud to host local artist Ewa Powell at its offices located at 114 E. Main Street.

For a Friday night out that is just a little bit different from your normal routine, put on your strollin' shoes and head to downtown Lincolnton for the first-ever Art Stroll Downtown Lincolnton. For more information, including a listing of participating artists and venues, visit www.artstroll.org.