home grown Cornelius art

Local artists get to display their work in the Cornelius Arts Center as part of the “Home Grown” exhibition, which opens Feb. 1.

1. Local artists get to show off talents

The Town of Cornelius will again hold its “Home Grown” exhibition this winter, with an opening reception 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 1. And it’s not just for Cornelius residents. There will be roughly 100 artists represented at this non-juried show, and they’re all from the north Mecklenburg or Lake Norman area. “Home Grown” started in 2014, and can be viewed at the Cornelius Arts Center, 19725 Oak St., through March 30. All the art is for sale.

2. There are several types of creations on display

This popular annual exhibit features an eclectic mix of work from local artists in all variety of media, the town website states. “We try to get a wide variety of art styles, water colors, oil painting, pottery, small sculptures,” said Troy Fitzsimmons, director of the Cornelius Parks, Arts, Recreation and Culture Department, noting that they don’t have the room to take in oversized sculptures.

3. It’s one of the top exhibits of the year

“I think it’s one of our best exhibits we have all year to show off the talent we have,” Fitzsimmons said. “All the artists get excited since they can bring friends and family to show.” Arts Center Program Manager Mindi Ellison vets the works, which were submitted for entry in the fall. But the main criterion beyond coming from local artists is that it must be appropriate for the general public. “It’s so popular, we get so many submissions, we just can’t take every single one of them,” Fitzsimmons said.

4. There is also a ‘Home Grown’ for kids

Though “Home Grown” is open to all ages, Cornelius Arts Center holds “Home Grown: Sprouts” during the summer. Last year, more than 100 young artists attending summer camps run by the town had art on display. This annual mixed-media exhibition featured works created by artists ages 4-16. Registration for the town’s 2019 Summer Camps begins at 7 a.m. March 1.

5. Another Cornelius art staple is ending its season

The town’s fourth annual public art exhibition, “Beyond Walls,” is accepting applications through Feb 6. The show takes place at one of the town’s most popular parks, Robbins Park, and the current exhibition will be on display through Jan. 31. Of the 34 submissions representing eight states, the Public Art Committee selected 11 sculptures by nine artists for the 2018-19 show.

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