Helen and Rachel McCallister, who live in a town called Roam, are as different as sisters can be: Helen, older, bitter, and conniving; Rachel, beautiful, naive--and blind. When their parents die suddenly, Rachel has to rely on Helen for everything, but Helen embraces her role in all the wrong ways, convincing Rachel that the world is a dark and dangerous place she couldn't possibly survive on her own . . . or so Helen believes, until Rachel makes a surprising choice that turns both their worlds upside down.
Special Agent Stella Lavender is looking forward to an elegant outdoor wedding, a much-needed change of pace from her adrenaline-fueled work as an undercover drug agent. On the grassy lawn of the Rosscairn Castle B&B, she waits with the couple’s family and friends for the ceremony to begin. But one of them has other plans, and as the guests grow restive, the satin-clad bride is dying most horribly. When the sheriff asks for Stella’s assistance, she’s energized by the opportunity to prove herself. But why would someone kill Justine, the bride, on her wedding day?
It is 1943--the height of the Second World War. With the men away at the front, Berlin has become a city of women. On the surface, Sigrid Schroder is the model German soldier's wife: She goes to work every day, does as much with her rations as she can, and dutifully cares for her meddling mother-in-law, all the while ignoring the horrific immoralities of the regime.
When Julia Elaine Newton, a young, pretty Ohio girl, volunteered to go on a mission to the Belgian Congo, she knew it was going to be a huge change. But she never expected to wind up teaching at an all-girls boarding school that consisted mostly of runaway child brides! Much to her chagrin, Buakane was born beautiful. If only she'd been ugly, Chief Eagle would not have noticed her. Escaping from an arranged marriage, the scrappy young girl finds her way to Julia Newton and the school.
With gallery closings on the rise, we’re especially pleased to announce a reopening. Hidell Brooks Gallery, which closed its doors back in November of 2012 to renovate and expand its quarters, is back in the game with three distinct exhibition spaces and more storage space. The new floorplan is credited to Lindsay Smith — who also designed the gallery back in 1998 — of Dimcheff Smith Studio. To celebrate, Hidell Brooks will be having a reception for its 15 Year Anniversary Group. The exhibit will showcase artwork by 34 different artists of varying styles and mediums. They include works by artist Sherrie Wolf, who combines detailed still lifes with a backdrop of whimsical landscapes, portraiture and scenery; Selena Beaudry, who uses cut-up pieces of painted paper to intricately layer her colorful, funky compositions; and Miranda Lake, who uses wax and collage to create psychedelic nature displays. Katherine Ace, Philip Geiger, Johan Hagaman, David Kroll, Rana Raochet, Amanda Talley, and many others will also be sharing. Free admission
It's no big surprise that Vicki Sawyer grew up with a family that loved nature or that it rubbed off on the Tennessee-based artist, who frequently paints portraits of animals and surrounding aspects of the wilderness. Her acrylic works are realistic, yet somewhat unnatural in appearance. Having worked closely with painting birds, Sawyer deviates by painting on accessories like hats and masks to her feathered and/or furry subjects. Her latest exhibit at Lark & Key features paintings like these, in addition to others — some of which include a sheep with an assortment of birds nesting in its fur and a child clothed in vines with a bird sitting on his shoulders. It's all just too cute to be true. With pottery by Paula Smith. Opening reception on April 5, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Free admission
Spring has sprung at Charlotte Fine Art Gallery! Award-winning artist Joni Purk creates vibrant oils with brush or palette knife in many different pictorial styles. On view in May: Purk's seasonal tableaus of flowers, animals, and plants, along with work on this theme by other CFA represented artists. Highlighted THRU May 31. Opening Reception/Meet the Artists: First Friday, May 3, 6-9 p.m. Refreshments served. Gallery hours: Tues 10A-4P; Wed & Thurs 10A-9P; Fri 10A-6P; Sat 10A-2P. Closed Sun and Mon. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org FREE
The public is invited to view the creative works of current oil painting students during its “Night Critter’s” 4th Annual Student Art Show which is free to the public and opens on May 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the main gallery located at 316 Main Street, Pineville, NC. In addition to the art exhibit, attendees will be treated to live music by MCC Music (Marie C. Calabro), wine and other beverages, as well as hors d’oeuvres, on opening night. FREE
Opening reception on April 5th, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Free
Step into the Elements! Kids' Camp Discover and experiment with the seven elements of art using a variety of materials. Be inspired and learn how famous artists used the elements as you construct your own masterpiece. Time: Monday-Friday June 10-14 Ages 7-9: 10 a.m.-11 a.m., $100 Ages 10-12: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., $120 To register, call or visit the Gallery or email email@example.com with questions. Gallery Hours: Tues 10A-4P; Wed & Thurs 10A-9P; Fri 10A-6P; Sat 10A-2P. Closed Sun & Mon. See listing.
Experiments in Abstraction with Watercolor Experiment with various nontraditional techniques on a two-dimensional surface and create your own expressive work. Time: Saturdays, June 8, 15, 22, and 29, 10:30–1 p.m. Ages: 16 to Adult Cost: $100 Floral Painting in Watercolor Experiment with various techniques while focusing on floral imagery. Discover colors, techniques, and shapes that are personally significant. Supply list at time of registration. Additional supplies available during studio time. Time: Monday-Friday, July 15-19, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Ages: 16 to Adult Cost: $150 Gallery Hours: Tues 10A-4P; Wed & Thurs 10A-9P; Fri 10A-6P; Sat 10A-2P. Closed Sun & Mon. See listing.
Performance by the Charlotte Symphony's Youth Orchestra. $10
Unger and Madison are at it again! Florence Unger and Olive Madison, that it, in Neil Simon's hilarious contemporary comic classic: the female version of The Odd Couple. $12-$15
Clay Workshop for Teens (When Pigs Fly!) Two Saturdays. The first week, make your flying pig out of sculpture clay utilizing the pinch pot method. The next week, glaze it in fun colors to adorn your yard. Pick up work at the gallery following firing. Time: June 8 and June 15, 2:00-4:00 p.m. Ages: 12-16 Cost: $75 per participant Watercolor Abstraction for Teens Learn the basics of painting with watercolor. Experiment with color, texture, line, shape, and composition. All supplies included. Time: Monday-Friday, July 8-12 , 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Ages: 12-16 Cost: $110. Gallery open Tuesday-Saturday. See listing.