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BSA Client on WSOC TV December 23, 2013

BSA Client, Wilkinson & Associates was recently on WSOC TV for collecting over 160 coats for local children as part of their annual drive for "Steve's Coats for Kids."



Wilkinson Event in the Fort Mill Times December 20, 2013

The Fort Mill Times featured the Wilkinson & Associates Real Estate event. 


Holiday Party for Steve's Coats for Kids with WSOC TV at Wilkinson & Associates November 21, 2013

Realtors Wilkinson & Associates are to host a Holiday Party on Friday December 13th, 2013 to collect new & gently used winter coats for Steve Udelson's "Steve's Coats for Kids" drive. Party starts at 11 am until 2 pm. Coat drops will be available at all three Wilkinson & Associates offices in Mooresville, South Charlotte and the University Area.




ORANGE BANANA ART ANNOUNCES SCHOLARSHIPS FOR DESERVING CHILDREN FOR SUMMER ARTS CAMPS May 16, 2013

ORANGE BANANA ART, part of The Art Loft in Charlotte's Historic Atherton Mills in SouthEnd, has announced that it has launched a scholarship program for more than 70 children to attend its Summer Art Camps.
 
May 16, 2013, Charlotte, NC Orange Banana Art, an art studio in Charlotte's Historic SouthEnd that presents fun, safe and stimulating art classes for children, has announced that it will be offering over 70 scholarships to deserving children in the Charlotte Area for the Summer of 2013 enabling them to attend one of their Summer Camp programs.
 
"The last few years have been financially hard on many families, and children's activities are often the first thing cut," says Sonjia Parker, Art Director at Orange Banana Art, "All children deserve and are entitled to a chance to express themselves through art.  With this is mind, it is with great pleasure that we are offering these scholarships a selected group of kindergarten's, elementary schools and middle schools in the Charlotte metro area. Schools have been selected for their geographic proximity to the Studio and in all areas of the city."
 
This camp is valued at $150 and includes one week-long, 1/2 day camp of the parent's choosing. The age of the student must not exceed 13 years of age and can be as young as 2 years of age. The parents must provide travel to the studio.

Says Parker, "We have left the selection process up to the school itself, but we would like to see children who have a deserving background in a variety of areas: Financial need; a child from a family with serious health issues, a child who has been the victim of tragedy, etc. We know that each school we have offered this scholarship to, will make a great choice in their respective schools. We are offering this scholarship for two reasons:  First of all, we truly believe art can improve every child's life.  Secondly, we are a new local business and would like to get the word out to the community about our studio."
 
Orange Banana Art is hosting FREE Open House events on Tuesday, May 21st, 2013 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm and Saturday May 25th from 10:00 am 2:00 pm. The Open House will introduce children and their parents to Orange Banana Art with a real art project for the young artists to enjoy, while giving parents the necessary information they require for this wonderful summer program.  All interested parents and their children are invited to attend.
 
The Parent's Night is on Thursday, May 23rd, 2013 at 7:30 pm and will give parents the opportunity to have a "Date Night" with their spouse, and to experience what their children will be doing during the Orange Banana Art Summer Camp programs.
 
Both events will be held at The Art Loft, 2108 South Blvd., # 206, Charlotte, NC 28203.  Attendance is free and refreshments will be served. RSVP's to be made to
Sonjia Parker at orangebananaart@gmail.com or 704-326-1214.
 
Background info
Most art projects completed at Orange Banana Art are designed for immediate use - for instance, a gorgeous piece of jewelry will be ready to wear when it leaves the studio, a colorful painting will be on stretched canvas ready to hang, or a fascinating print will be framed.  Orange Banana Art encourages sharing, so there is always an extra box or bag around that your child can decorate to be used as an instant gift box.  Each child will always bring home something truly worth sharing and enjoying!  
Orange Banana Art takes their commitment to authentic artistic experiences seriously.  Having thousands of loose pieces of paper is somewhat..... unappealing. Instead, they offer each and every student an art journal - it's in this journal that students plan and doodle, as well as complete art journal exercises.  
ORANGE BANANA ART offers classes for children ages 1 13, Homeschoolers and adults.  Orange Banana Art empowers children to express themselves through quality arts & crafts, and encourages all children to develop their innate creativity, to value art as a form of expression, and to find and make art that speaks to them personally.  Classes are designed to foster an environment of artistic experimentation, learning and fun. 
Art classes are held in The Art Loft, in a historic Cotton Mill in SouthEnd's Atherton Lofts, and consist of projects using an ever-changing variety of media - from painting to printmaking to sculpture, with many alternatives along the way!  The Orange Banana Art program can help to build your child's confidence and nurture your child during their creative journey.  They believe every child has an artistic niche, and it's Orange Banana Art's intention to help them find it!
www.OrangeBananaArt.com


Orange Banana Art announces Open House, Parent Night and 2013 Summer Camps April 30, 2013

ORANGE BANANA ART, part of The Art Loft in Charlotte's Historic Atherton Mills in SouthEnd, will host Open Houses and a Parent's Night to launch their exciting Summer Camp program for children of all ages.
 
April 16, 2013, Charlotte, NC Orange Banana Art, an art studio in Charlotte's Historic SouthEnd that presents fun, safe and stimulating art classes for children, has announced its Open House dates and Parent Night for the Summer of 2013!
 
The Open House events are on Tuesday, May 21st, 2013 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm and Saturday May 25th from 10:00 am 2:00 pm. The Open House will introduce children and their parents to Orange Banana Art with a real art project for the young artists to enjoy, while giving parents the necessary information they require for this wonderful summer program.  All interested parents and their children are invited to attend.
 
The Parent's Night is on Thursday, May 23rd, 2013 at 7:30 pm and will give parents the opportunity to have a "Date Night" with their spouse, and to experience what their children will be doing during the Orange Banana Art Summer Camp programs.
 
Both events will be held at The Art Loft, 2108 South Blvd., # 206, Charlotte, NC 28203.  Attendance is free and refreshments will be served. RSVP's to be made to Sonjia Parker at  or call 704-326-1214.

Most art projects completed at Orange Banana Art are designed for immediate use - for instance, a gorgeous piece of jewelry will be ready to wear when it leaves the studio, a colorful painting will be on stretched canvas ready to hang, or a fascinating print will be framed.  Orange Banana Art encourages sharing, so there is always an extra box or bag around that your child can decorate to be used as an instant gift box.  Each child will always bring home something truly worth sharing and enjoying!  
Orange Banana Art takes their commitment to authentic artistic experiences seriously.  Having thousands of loose pieces of paper is somewhat..... unappealing. Instead, they offer each and every student an art journal - it's in this journal that students plan and doodle, as well as complete art journal exercises.  
ORANGE BANANA ART offers classes for children ages 1 13, Homeschoolers and adults.  Orange Banana Art empowers children to express themselves through quality arts & crafts, and encourages all children to develop their innate creativity, to value art as a form of expression, and to find and make art that speaks to them personally.  Classes are designed to foster an environment of artistic experimentation, learning and fun. 
Art classes are held in The Art Loft, in a historic Cotton Mill in SouthEnd's Atherton Lofts, and consist of projects using an ever-changing variety of media - from painting to printmaking to sculpture, with many alternatives along the way!  The Orange Banana Art program can help to build your child's confidence and nurture your child during their creative journey.  They believe every child has an artistic niche, and it's Orange Banana Art's intention to help them find it! www.OrangeBananaArt.com


2ND ANNUAL CLASSICAL IDOL ON APR. 12 TO SHOWCASE LIFE-CHANGING IMPACT OF MUSIC TO BENEFIT CHARLOTTE SYMPHONY February 20, 2013

Audience will text votes to determine their favorite performers

Charlotte, NC, Feb 6, 2013...THIS, again, is Classical Idol.

Classical Idol, the one-of-a kind musical benefit for the Charlotte Symphony, sponsored by Time Warner Cable, returns for a second year to pay tribute to the depth, vitality and power of music in the daily life of the community. The event will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Apr. 12, at Spirit Square's McGlohon Theater, 345 N. College St., in Uptown Charlotte with a pre-concert reception beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Produced by the Symphony Guild of Charlotte and loosely patterned after American Idol, Fox TV's hit reality program, Classical Idol will present a broad scope of non-traditional music, performed by both adults and children, in a festive and fun variety show.

Musicians, singers, other artists and local celebrities will engage and entertain the audience through a stirring mix of live performances, personal testimonies and videos about how music has made a difference for them. The musical genres will range from jazzy brass, Celtic fiddle, and percussion to cello, electric violin, and choral music.
In the spirit of friendly competition, the audience will use their cellphones to text votes for their favorite performers, with a grand winner chosen. A live auction will feature exclusive items for audience bidding.

Tickets are $60 for general admission, which includes the pre-concert reception. Reserved tickets are $125 and include both the pre-concert reception and the post-concert reception at 9:00 p.m. Tickets are available at the Charlotte Symphony box office (704 972 2000) and through CarolinaTix at http://www.carolinatix.org.

Emcees are Jennifer Foster Roe of Berklee College of Music in Boston, and Matt Rogers, announcer on WDAV 89.9 fm Classical Public Radio. "Music is part of our society's foundation," says Jackie Slaugenhaupt, Classical Idol chair and Symphony Guild board member. "It literally transforms individual lives and helps foster both social and cultural changes and economic growth.
"With its $15 million annual economic impact on the Charlotte region, the Charlotte Symphony is a significant driver of the economy," she adds. "It also holds high stature as the largest employer of professional artists, with more than 100 musicians annually on its payroll. These musicians do more than play on stage they are an integral part of our everyday community."

Other event sponsors are WDAV 89.9 fm Classical Public Radio and WTVI PBS Charlotte, both media partners, and Bragg Financial Services.

The Symphony Guild of Charlotte will use the proceeds to support both the Charlotte Symphony and the Guild's music enrichment programs, which include youth orchestra summer music camp and scholarships.

As the Guild's signature fundraiser, Classical Idol not only garnered an enthusiastic response locally last year, but also earned national acclaim. The organization received the 2012 Award of Excellence for fundraising from League of American Orchestras in recognition of Classical Idol's innovative and successful concept.

For more information, contact 704 525 0522, email or http://www.symphonyguildcharlotte.org/classical_idol.htm.

About Symphony Guild of Charlotte: The Symphony Guild of Charlotte, Inc., creates, develops and promotes an interest in symphonic music in the community of Charlotte and the surrounding metropolitan area. The nonprofit organization also provides financial and volunteer support to the Charlotte Symphony, the Charlotte youth symphonies and symphonic educational activities. The organization was founded in 1950 as the Charlotte Symphony's Women's Association. Through its fundraisers, the Symphony Guild of Charlotte has given more than $4.6 million to the Charlotte Symphony. For more information, visit www.symphonyguildcharlotte.org

About the Charlotte Symphony: Founded in 1932, the Charlotte Symphony aspires to serve the whole community through music that educates, entertains and enriches. As the largest arts organization in Charlotte, the Symphony plays to 200,000 audience members each year in 90 concerts featuring classical music to pops. The Symphony also reaches more than 12,000 students in 55 schools throughout the area in pursuit of its mission to provide musical education. As the largest employer of individual artists in Charlotte, the Symphony generates an annual economic impact exceeding $15 million. The Symphony welcomes contributions; as with most performing arts organizations, ticket revenues cover only about one- third of expenses. For more information, visit www.charlottesymphony.org.


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