Sidewalk sale features local artists
FastFrame in Matthews, 1813 Matthews Township Pkwy., will host a sidewalk sale Saturday, June 9, featuring the work of local artists.
The event runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will include pottery, paintings, photography, paper filigree, wood works, jewelry and more.
FastFrame is located in the Matthews Festival shopping center. For more information, call 704-845-4017 or visit www.fastframematthews.com.
Calling all artists! Mint Hill Arts needs work for juried show
The nonprofit Mint Hill Arts is partnering with art supplier Binders to host a juried art exhibit – the first juried show in the group’s new space.
The show, which runs June 15 to July 11, is open to all area artists, including nonmembers. Artists can submit two pieces from any medium on any subject matter. Artwork will be accepted Friday, June 8 from 4 to 6 p.m. and Saturday, June 9, from 10 a.m. to noon. Cost is $20 per artist for members and $40 per artist for nonmembers.
Binders will provide store gift cards for award winners, ranging from $150 for the Best in Show to $25 for four honorable mention awards. Binders representatives will judge the artwork.
Mint Hill Arts will host a free opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 15 at the gallery, 11205 Lawyers Road, suite A. Awards will be presented at 8 p.m. Appetizers, wine and soft drinks will be served.
For more information, call Gallery Chair Tony Billotto at 704-844-2036 or email email@example.com.
Sycamore Commons starts concert series
Matthews’ Sycamore Commons shopping center started its annual free, live music concert series this week.
The fifth annual Summer Concert Series runs from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays in the courtyard. Sycamore Commons is located off Matthews Township Parkway between U.S. 74 and Northeast Parkway.
The concert schedule includes:
• June 14, Jim Avett (country and gospel)
• June 21, Randy Franklin (acoustic rock)
• June 28, Pat and Steve, of the Spongetones, (British invasion pop)
• July 5, Dangerous Daze (alternative rock)
• July 12, Jim Garrett (country)
• July 19, Chuck Johnson (Americana)
• July 26, Popcorn Sippers (bluegrass)
• Aug. 2, The Cloers (acoustic pop)
• Aug. 9, Loose Lugnuts (honky tonk)
• Aug. 16, Mike Strauss Band (country blues)
• Aug. 23, Donna Duncan and Detour (blues rock)
• Aug. 30, James Deem and The Rebers (pop rock)
For more information, call Randy at 704-724-2801 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hone your drawing skills
The nonprofit Matthews Artists Guild hosts life drawing sessions every Wednesday at the Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell St.
Artists 18 and older are invited to attend to attend the 7 p.m. session. The model fee is split among all participants, with a maximum cost of $10.
The guild meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the center. All meetings are free and open to the public. Membership in the guild is $25 a year.
For more information, visit http://matthewsartistguild.blogspot.com.
‘American Idol’ coming to Charlotte
Charlotte is warning drivers about expected traffic issues around Time Warner Cable Arena June 17 to 19 as the show American Idol holds auditions.
Sign ups for an audition starts June 17 at 7 a.m. and runs through June 19, when the auditions are held. Some 15,000 people are expected to come to the arena.
The arena is located at 333 E. Trade St.
The farm comes to Nature Museum
The Charlotte Nature Museum will host a day down on the farm later this month for kids.
The Creature Features program on June 16 will allow children to get up close to horses, chickens, sheep and other farm animals so they can learn about local farm life and its importance. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Charlotte Nature Museum is located at 1658 Sterling Road. Find more information about the museum at its website, www.charlottenaturemuseum.org.
McGarry hosts book signing
Former Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools board member Kaye McGarry will sign copies of her book on being a parent of a college freshman on June 16 at Park Road Books in south Charlotte.
In “A New Beginning: A Survival Guide for Parents of College Freshman,” McGarry covers areas like communication, academics, finances, values and everything else parents need to be thinking about once their kids go off to college.
Park Road Books, 4139 Park Road, is located in the Park Road Shopping Center.