For the Long Run
Arts celebrates Art Appreciation Mooresville 40 years at historic Train Depot
All types of artists belong to Mooresville Arts.
16 LAKE NORMAN CURRENTS
Mooresville Arts makes its home at the historic Mooresville Train Depot.
he walls of the Historic Mooresville Train Depot are ever changing with the artwork of some of the Lake Norman area’s most talented artists. Mooresville Arts, a nonprofit organization that advocates for artists and serves as an artistic and cultural resource for Mooresville and the Lake Norman region, has called the depot building home for 40 years. However, the organization is much older. Founded as The Mooresville Artist Guild in 1955, the group started as a causal gathering of painters who wanted to work together. Over time it has evolved to include all artists from potters and photographers to
sculptors and jewelry makers. In 2014, the board of directors voted to change the name to Mooresville Arts to expand its arts focus beyond the visual arts. Mooresville Arts’ 250 members encompass Iredell, Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, Lincoln and Catawba counties. The group hosts monthly art exhibits, as well as classes and workshops for all mediums of art. Educational programs are not solely for adults, as Mooresville Arts also provides homeschool and after school art classes and summer camps for children. Jessica DeHart, Mooresville Arts’ president and gallery director, says her organization
has experienced growth alongside the town of Mooresville, especially in the last five years. “Our group is doing very well,” she explains. “We are very fortunate that we are not only surviving, but we are thriving.” DeHart adds that volunteers are the heartbeat of the organization. “We’re a volunteer-based organization. We’re all volunteers who are passionate about what we do,” she says. “Many of our volunteers are artists, but you don’t have to be an artist to volunteer.” This past January, Mooresville Arts completed the renovation of its front gallery. The next goal
is to renovate the warehouse space to expand the gallery and classroom space. A $25,000 anonymous donation helped kick off a fundraising campaign to match the generous gift. “There’s no HVAC or insulation in the warehouse,” says DeHart, adding that the space can only be used in the spring and fall. “We also want to rent out the space for events and weddings. We get requests to do this all the time.” — Holly Becker, photography by Ken Noblezada
Mooresville Arts 103 West Center Avenue Mooresville www.mooresvillearts.org
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