Creative license

SamBass040913.jpgTake a tour of the Sam Bass Gallery, located across from Charlotte Motor Speedway. Sam Bass is the first officially licensed artist of NASCAR.
The Gallery showcases more than 300 pieces of art, including originals, limited edition prints and fine art posters. Bass' numerous original paintings and limited edition prints document key moments in NASCAR, as seen through the artist's eyes. Also on display is a sizeable collection of sheet metal, driver uniforms and helmets that Bass has designed. Cases are full of examples of Bass' work – from paint schemes on die-cast replicas, sports collectibles and track mascots to souvenir programs and unique trophies.
Bass also creates custom design for race teams. Since the 1988 Daytona 500, Bass’ designs have adorned more than 250 race teams including those of Richard Childress Racing, Hendrick Motorsports, Dale Earnhardt Inc. and Petty Enterprises.
One section of the gallery is dedicated to Sam Bass’ other passion – music and guitars. Visitors can view custom-designed guitars that Bass has created featuring NASCAR legends Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty, as well as a selection of Nashville Superspeedway trophy guitars. Photos of Bass and famous musicians give visitors a glimpse into the artist's love of music. In 2010, NASCAR commissioned Bass by to create custom guitars that were played by Rascal Flatts at the annual Sprint Cup Series banquet in Las Vegas.
Sam Bass Gallery is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Extended hours are offered during race weeks. Admission is free.
Sam Bass Gallery is located at 6104 Performance Drive, near Charlotte Motor Speedway. For more information, call
704-455-6915 or visit

Other events highlighted on this week's CTW:


Paddleboats and miniature golf now open!, Saturdays and Sundays, Frank Liske Park
HOORAY for Earth Day exploration event, April 20, Frank Liske Park
Viva Verde Earth Fest, April 20, North Cabarrus Park
Art Walk, April 12, Downtown Concord
Senior Center Dances, April 12-13, Senior Center, Concord
SilverArts Follies, April 18, Mt. Pleasant High
Preschool story time about saving money, April 16, Concord Library 
League of Extraordinary Legos, April 16, Concord Library
Kannapolis Cruise-In, April 13, Downtown Kannapolis
Stories Under the Stars, April 13, Kannapolis Library
The Science of Baseball, April 12, CMC NorthEast Stadium
Things That Glow in the Dark, April 13, Kannapolis Library
The Science Behind Police Work, April 16, Kannapolis Library
Resume writing class, April 18, Concord Library
Scabble Scramble 5K and Fun Run, April 13
TREE-mendous presentation, April 13, Camp Spencer Park
Learn how to use the local history room, April 13, Concord Library
Solar System Spectacular, April 13, Concord Library
8th Spring Herb & Plant Festival, April 13, Piedmont Farmers Market