Arts & Culture

Second Annual Kings Drive Art Walk Preview

April 16, 2012 6:00 AM

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(credit: festivalinthepark.org)

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The Second Annual Kings Drive Art Walk will be held on April 28-29, 2012 and will feature artists throughout the east coast. Come see who is creating some of the best art in the area. Music will also be a big part of this event and will be held at the Metropolitan.
kingdriveartwalk Second Annual Kings Drive Art Walk Preview

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Second Annual Kings Drive Art Walk
Little Sugar Creek Greenway
Along Kings Drive from E Morehead St to Pearle St Bridge
Charlotte, NC 28203
(704) 338-1060
www.festivalinthepark.org

Price: Free
Hours: Saturday, April 28 – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday, April 29 – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Festival in the Park presents the Second Annual Kings Drive Art Walk coming again to the Charlotte area. The Kings Drive Art Walk is a fine arts event, featuring artwork on display from over 60 veteran and emerging artists. The event will be held on Saturday, April 28 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, April 29 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., along the Sugar Creek Greenway in Midtown.

Since 1964, Festival in the Park has drawn area residents together to enjoy all types of art and culture. Events in the past have featured arts, crafts, music and family entertainment. The Festival in the Park board members decided to broaden their reach and offer a spring fine arts event, thus creating the Kings Drive Art Walk. The Kings Drive Art Walk debuted last year on April 16th and 17th at the same location, and will continue to be held annually.

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Sugar Creek Greenway is hosting the event, and what better place to display some art than alongside one of Charlotte’s most natural waterways? The beauty of both worlds will provide a day overflowing with visual enticement. Residents from nearby neighborhoods and businesses are drawn to the Greenway daily, but will turn out in much larger numbers for the event. Mecklenburg County has invested $45 million to complete this portion of the grand, linear park and the results have been clear. The Greenway is 15 miles long, stretching from the South Carolina line to just north of uptown Charlotte, with each mile along the way offering a unique dose of beauty.

Related: Best Greenways In Charlotte

The King’s Drive section of the Sugar Creek Greenway, where the Kings Art Walk will be hosted, is ironically positioned right by some of the most beautiful houses in the city. It neighbors one of Charlotte’s most opulent areas – comprised of residents who appreciate fine art and will likely attend the festivities looking for their next piece. Nearly 10,000 attendees are expected.

Last year’s festival featured fine arts for sale from 40 artists ranging with impressive paint, drawing, sculpture, pottery, metal, stone, wood and glass works. Artists gathered from North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Florida, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Georgia, New Jersey and Ohio. One local Charlotte artist, Rose, said that there was a great turn out during the first attempt at this art walk. Rose comments, “Festival in the Park knows how to get the art lovers to come out for an event. The people in attendance were there to buy art.”

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Another local artist, David, has sold between 10,000-15,000 paintings in Charlotte. He plans to have 160 paintings available for purchase at the event. When David was asked about why it is important for the community to support local artists he said, “At times, Charlotte can appear to be a culturally dead city. Plaza Midwood and Noda are small pockets of interest, but it would be great to have the continuous support of our entire community. That’s why community events that highlight our art are vital to local artists.”

Musical performances during the two-day event will be held at the Metropolitan. Fine wines and beer will be available for purchase. Kings Art Walk is sponsored by CBS owned and operated radio stations WKQC-FM, WPEG-FM, WBAV-FM and WSOC-FM.

Related: Best Art Fairs In Charlotte

Nichole Jaworski is a freelance writer for various publications in Charlotte, North Carolina. Nichole is an extremely versatile writer who writes about Public Policy, Social Issues, and Arts and Entertainment. Nichole is also the founder of a local nonprofit called Serve Charlotte’s Homeless. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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