Discarded objects transform into art at 'Altered' exhibit

CORNELIUS – Amy Bagwell, Andrea Vail, Jessica Naples and Laurie Schorr resurrect discarded, ordinary objects and transform them into new art forms that transcend their original purpose and meaning in the show “Altered.”

A form of sustainable art, the exhibit challenges viewers to experience each piece in its new form while it still contains traces of its past use.

An artist reception for the women will take place May 31 from 6-10 p.m. at the Cornelius Art Center, 19725 Oak St. It will include refreshments, live music and a chance to meet the four artists.    

The exhibit is free and open to the public until June 21. Art center hours are Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Fridays-Saturdays from 9 a.m.-noon.    

Alan Michael Parker wins Randall Jarrell poetry award

DAVIDSON – Davidson English Professor Alan Michael Parker recently won the 2013 Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition for his poem “The Ladder.”

A native of Davidson, Parker will receive a prize of $250 and storySouth magazine will publish the poem in a special issue this summer.

“The voice-world-weary, wistful, but not without hope-is immediately familiar and sympathetic,” Judge Gabriel Spera said. “I love the unexpected turn in the phrase. Mostly, though, I'm drawn to how this poem conveys the quintessentially human drive to find clarity in confusion, to conquer desire, to believe in new beginnings, and to accept and even savor the fleeting nature of all human endeavors."

Parker is the author of three novels: “Cry Uncle,” “Whale Man” and “The Committee on Town Happiness,” which will be published by Dzanc Books in 2014. He’s also written seven collections of poetry, including “Long Division,” winner of the 2012 North Carolina Book Award.

The Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition honors the work and legacy of the poet and critic Randall Jarrell, who taught at what is now the University of North Carolina at Greensboro for nearly 18 years.

The competition is administered by Terry L. Kennedy and the graduate program in creative writing at UNCG. It’s open to any legal resident of the state or member of the North Carolina Writers’ Network.

Details: www.ncwriters.org.

Learn to stand up on a paddle board

DAVIDSON – The town of Davidson’s parks and recreation department will offer three afternoons classes in June where the public can explore the sport of paddle boarding in a safe and controlled environment.

Certified Paddlefit instructors will offer tips on water safety and how to paddle, turn and stand up on the board. Personal floatation devices are included.

All participants must be able to swim, not exceed 250 pounds, be in good health and be able to stand up from a kneeling position with only the ground for assistance.

To participate without parental supervision, children must be at least 12. Those between 8-11 are welcome to join in with parental supervision. 

Class dates are June 1, 8 and 15 from noon-2 p.m. at Lake Davidson Nature Preserve, 750 Jetton St.

Fee is $38 for residents and $43 for others.

To register, visit, www.townofdavidson.recdesk.com/recdeskportal/Programs/tabid/1873/Default.aspx.