Fantasy Island comes to life at The Galleries

On this week's CTW...

June 10, 2013 – An exhibit of vivid colors and magical surroundings awaits you at the Fantasy Island exhibition at The Galleries, where we visited for the latest edition of CTW. From now until July 25, you can dive into the group invitational, featuring paintings, photographs, pottery, sculptures and quilts that let you escape the ordinary through artistic flights of fancy and whimsy.
 
The exhibition features works by 18 artists who take you to new places with pieces, including transparent layers of texture and color of unique painted worlds; expressive and beautifully crafted ceramic fish; and a found object and metal life-size sculpture that nods to the artists’ respect and love of nature. Slabs of clay are woven together to produce nature-inspired porcelain sculptures; there are intricately designed quilts; and color-rich Raku vessels, inspired by the serendipity and surprise inherent in the technique.
 
Paintings and photographs take you from under water views of the 19 remaining piers on the North Carolina shore, to outstanding topiary gardens. You can take in unexpected moments of the ordinary world, experience sculptures that reveal humor in the use of everyday items, and enjoy pottery that practically dances off the display with intriguing and dazzling colors and forms.
 
There is no admission charge to any of the activities at The Galleries. Volunteer docents are available to give you a tour and answer questions or you may enjoy the exhibition on your own. If you have children with you (or just want to have some fun with the art yourself), make sure to ask for the “I Spy” artwork scavenger hunt.
 
Gallery hours are Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., but are closed July 4. For more information, on the Fantasy Island exhibition at The Galleries, on display through July 25, call 704-920-ARTS (2787) or visit cabarrusartscouncil.org.
 
Plus, you won't want to miss these segments on this edition of CTW
  • Downtown Concord Art Walk, June 14
  • “Beatles Story” documentary, June 14
  • Summer Concerts Kannapolis, Trial by Fire, June 15
  • Union Street Live Concert Series, Tim Clark Band, June 20
  • Basics of Home Canning, June 11, 18, 22, 25, 27 or July 1
  • Cabarrus County Elder Abuse Awareness Event, Hambrick Theatre, June 12
  • Polar Rock Box Summer Reading Program, Libraries, June 15, 17 and 24
  • Local online book clubs
  • League of Extraordinary Legos, Concord Library, June 18
  • Farmer Jason farm sing-along, Concord Library, June 19
  • Bracelet craft build, Concord Library, June 20
  • Dig into reading, June 20, 25 and 27
  • Superman: An Icon at 75, Concord Library, June 13
  • Free fans for seniors, Concord/Mt. Pleasant Senior Centers
  • Camp like a Champ, Camp T.N. Spencer Park, June 13
  • Discovery Day Camp, Frank Liske Park, June 17 through Aug. 16
  • Swim lessons, Pool at Camp T.N. Spencer Park, June 17-27 and July 8-19
  • Matching Incentive Grant application deadline, June 14