Location: Freedom Park
September 21, 2018
11:00am & 1:00pm Charlotte Capoella
11:00am – 2:00pm Sloane Siobhan
4:00pm – 8:00pm Chad Cartwright, Renee Cloud
September 22, 2018
1:00pm – 5:00pm Chad Cartwright, Renee Cloud
What is “Meet the Artist”?
Festival in the Park is inviting friends of the festival to share their art during the Festival. This will be an opportunity for festival goers to learn and see the work and excitement that goes into each piece of art or note of music created.
Chad Cartwright – Artist – Visual Artist/Designer
CHD:WCK! (pronounced Chadwick) is a Visual Artist/Photographer from East Orange, New Jersey, currently based in Charlotte, North Carolina.
His work focuses on form and texture, with a love of layers and narratives. CHD:WCK! strives to find interesting ways to focus on that which is overlooked.
He has exhibited work in various shows along the East Coast, and is preparing for an Artist Residency later in 2018.
Renee Cloud – Artist – Jeweler
Renee Cloud is a Charlotte native and received her BFA in Studio Art from Appalachian State University in 2015. In 2014, she started her brand of polymer clay jewelry called Rise Over Run. Cloud’s interest in polymer clay began as a stress relief practice. While her studies asked her to tackle difficult concepts, she found ease and forgiveness in working with clay. Rise Over Run offers limited edition polymer clay earrings, brooches, and lapel pins in unique patterns and intricate designs. Each piece from Rise Over Run is a study in the possibilities of color, form, and on a grander scale, life. Through her jewelry making, Cloud expresses her interest in the question “what if” while encouraging others to try something new and as unique as they are.
Sloane Siobhan – Artist – Painting
Sloane Siobhan is a visual artist specializing in oil painting. Nurturing her talents at the age of 4, she enrolled in MonArt and was trained by Jillian Goldberg and later attended high school at NorthWest School of the Arts to concentrate in visual arts. She graduated from Appalachian State University in December 2016 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and painting concentration.
Sloane has worked on various projects including but not limited to client commissions, t-shirt designs & banners for the student run club Black Student Association, and silent auctions for the Heart Association. She was published in the Charlotte Observer in an article showcasing her talents to help spread awareness about the plight of women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The article highlighted her successful solo exhibition at Providence Gallery in Charlotte, NC in 2010 in which all proceeds from the exhibit went to the foundation, Women for Women.
She was accepted into a year-long group exhibition at Appalachian State’s Chancellor’s House and later exhibited her work in the 2016 group show, Visual Jungle in Charlotte, NC. She was commissioned by Appalachian State’s chancellor to create a piece for the university that was also featured in the Bachelor of Fine Arts group exhibition, Calico, in December of 2016. An online article published through the university featured the story of the commission in March 2017. Sloane currently resides in Charlotte, NC and travels to do shows along the East coast.
Charlotte Capoella – Performing Arts
The International Capoeira School – Charlotte has been in the Charlotte area since 2013 offering classes in the Afro-Brazilian art of Capoeira.
Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian art form that combines music, dance, acrobatics, and martial arts. The group shares their passion for capoeira through performances, classes, residencies, and workshops. Classes are taught by Brazilian native Contramestre Zumbi who has over 20 years of experience learning and studying the art form. The International Capoeira School – Charlotte has classes for kids and adults at their school located at 2609 Central Ave, Charlotte, NC 28205.
Dennis Reed – Inspire the Fire
Inspire the Fire is a Charlotte-grown non-profit organization that seeks to reach youth by way of the arts, keeping them off the streets and into something positive
Inspire the Fire is a non-profit organization created in 2006 to provide a venue to showcase the talents of inner-city youth with the assistance of volunteer mentors (Hope Coaches), artists and parents. The students receive year-long workshops in singing, dance, theatre and visual arts. Since then ITF has grown from 150 to 4,000 youth.
Our mission statement is to inspire positive change in adolescents through faith, fun and the arts. While we focus on artistic expression, we use these mediums to inspire our communities through service-driven performances and to uplift the spirits and drive the students, the young professionals.
Festival in the Park has brought family friendly programs to Charlotte for 54 years. It is a 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization.
Festival in the Park is supported, in part, with funding from the Arts and Sciences Council, and by the NC Arts Council, a division of the Natural and Cultural Resources Council.