DAVIDSON – Art of all kinds will be celebrated throughout the final weekend of April in Davidson.

As part of the April is for Arts month-long campaign, the town will host four different events, beginning Friday, April 26, with the Gallery Crawl and Sculpture Tour. Here is what the celebration entails:

Gallery Crawl

The Gallery Crawl allows patrons to see art all over Davidson from 6-9 p.m. April 26. Artists display their work in the town’s establishments from historic Main Street over to South Main Street and at the Circles @ 30 near Interstate 77.

Galleries, businesses and town hall host visiting artists, including some that will be featured at Art on the Green April. Refreshments and music also will be available.

Visitors can ride a trolley to all stops along the Crawl, which include Town Hall, South Main Square, Wooden Stone Gallery, Main Street at Concord Road, Davidson Village Inn, the Cotton Mill and Circles @ 30. Route information can be found at nc-davidson2.civicplus.com/611/April-is-for-Arts.

Sculpture Tour

The town is partnering with DavidsonLearns to offer a sculpture tour at 7 p.m. The group will meet in front of town hall to hear Davidson College art professor Shaw Smith discuss public art in town and will later take a trolley to Davidson’s campus for a tour of their sculptures. Registration is not required.

Last November, the college installed the multi-colored “Wind Sculpture (SG) I” in front of the E. Craig Wall Jr. Academic Center after being relocated from Central park in New York City.

DavidsonLearns is an organization that seeks to enhance the intellectual, social, and cultural life of adults by providing challenging, diverse, and relevant courses, events and experiences.

Art on the Green

This is Davidson’s largest annual arts festival, bringing thousands of residents and visitors to Main Street and town green from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 27 and noon to 4 p.m. April 28.

More than 50 artists from the Lake Norman region, North Carolina, Virginia, Massachusetts, and Maine will showcase and sell their creations in all types of media: sculpture, watercolor, photography, wood, glass, ceramics, etc.

Patrons can stroll around the green to enjoy amazing art from a wide variety of regional artists, listen to live music and enjoy local cuisine.

Concerts on the Green

This season’s Concerts on the Green shows kick off at 6 p.m. April 28, with a collaboration between the Davidson College Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble.

Attendees are asked to bring their own picnic to the corner of Main Street and Concord Road to enjoy on the green or purchase food from local restaurants that will be open that evening.

The series includes 10 shows ending Sept. 15, when the DCSO and Jazz and Ensemble will also perform. For the full schedule of artists, visit www.concertsonthegreen.com/schedule.htm.


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