ClearWater Artist Studios has big plans; we need your help making us a richer community resource!  Use your people skills, creative talent or business savvy; You tell us what you'd like to do!

We’re refining our Volunteer Application now; soon to be online.  Meantime, click 'Learn More' to see what types of help we can most use, and to sign up. 

To see highlight photos from past events, see our Image Gallery.

Patty Smith, Volunteer Extraordinaire, serves cake (3rd Annual Portrait Paint-Off, 2017)

Patty Smith, Volunteer Extraordinaire, serves cake (3rd Annual Portrait Paint-Off, 2017)

Opening Reception for Annual Student Art Show of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, April 2017


Underwrite one of our projects! We have several exciting ideas that need Sponsor assistance to be realized.  There’s nothing quite like the rush of seeing a creative project blossom, and knowing you (or your corporation) were the key to making it happen. We have various Sponsor levels and concordant recognition.

If you have your own idea, submit it in the ClearWater Feedback Survey (see below).

We have a list of great project ideas... soon to be online here.

Eventually we'll have the ability to accept tax-deductible donations.  For now, we’re glad to take any donations toward our general operations; however, they're not tax-deductible... Yet.


ClearWater Artist Studios teams up with other companies or non-profit organizations so that, together we can realize goals that benefit the greater community.  For example:

  • Arts-based grant proposals could enlist a Partner for matching contributions, or a Partner and ClearWater might collaborate on writing a grant proposal that helps their mutual constituents;
  • ClearWater can provide spaces for events/ activities that another institution or group organizes and manages;
  • Companies and corporations can leverage our creative spaces and arts expertise, for engagement & team-building among employees. Have your Employee Resource Group Coordinator consult with our Manager.

We have lots of ideas, and we bet you do, too.  Give us a call!

Clearwater Artist Gordon C. James leads kids in a Public Library Event for N.C. Science Fest Week, April 2017

Robin Wellner, a Featured Painter at the 2017 Annual Portrait Paint-Off, also Guest-Teaches



ClearWater Artist Studios is growing its capacity for both adult, and youth education. Our resident artists provide classes, but we'd like to engage other local experts-- and visiting ones-- to conduct classes here too! We're honing our policies and readying our spaces.  Application and Contract forms will soon be available here on this site.  Meantime, if you'd like to Guest Teach, contact the Manager and be ready to provide your qualifications and class proposal.


Our Guest Artist Series was created in early 2016 to showcase high-quality artists in our region who are emerging or don't otherwise have an established venue or collecting audience for their works. So far, these Exhibits are chosen and co-curated by the ClearWater Manager, Sarah Gay, who has an extensive background in the Fine Arts.  She is always on the lookout for the next local or regional hot talent needing a leg up. Artist Talk events give audiences a chance to meet the artists and learn more about their backgrounds, methods and interests.

Let us know if you have a nomination for an upcoming Guest Artist show!

Painters Will Thomas and Bryan Wilson, talking at their Opening Reception, March 2017

Barbara Ellis & Dusti Williams, Clearwater Artists Coalition members and resident artists at ClearWater!



As of 2017, Membership in the CAC is now open to anyone interested in helping further its purpose and grow our cultural community!  Affiliate Members pay half the Annual Membership Dues that leasing artists pay and we need your energy and ideas.  The Coalition is a great way to connect with other area artists, get discounts on events and classes, and help make the ClearWater vision a reality.

If you’re interested in helping bring about creative events, helping with marketing or fundraising, or even just helping support efforts by serving in some other capacity — Board Treasurer, for instance, or Secretary.  Soon we'll be adding a page here about the Coalition with more details. Check back to Learn More and sign up! 


What would YOU like to see happen at ClearWater Artist Studios?  What do you have questions about?

How do you see ClearWater impacting your neighborhood? Your town?  Your ideas about your future? Are there things you expected but don’t find? Things that are surprising or that you didn’t expect?  Any special requests for types of studios, classes and/or collaborative projects? Ideas for the Gallery? Project proposal?

Let us know! Soon we will have loaded our online ClearWater Feedback Survey. Check back and help us make this a great community place.  Or, you're welcome to send an email or give a call.