Waterworks Visual Arts Center

Providing diverse opportunities in the arts for all people through exhibitions, education, & outreach programs.

SPRING 2020 ARTpops

ARTpops are designed for you to try your hand at a variety of art forms, 
both traditional and nontraditional.
Our goal is to expand the appreciation of the arts 
in our community and region, one "ARTpop" at a time!

Try it, and if you like it, do it again as a class series


Bundle and Save:  Members registering for 3 or more ARTpops will receive $5 off class tuition fee of the third and subsequent classes.



3-DIMENSIONAL CAKE ART with Shameika Peebles

Saturday, March 14, 10 AM-2 PM 

$100 per person


Artists create in a myriad of media—paint on canvas, pencil on paper, clay, stone, wood & textiles. Shameika fashions completely edible, three-dimensional art from cake, and she will teach you techniques to sculpt, build, paint and embellish this amazing sea turtle cake creation. All supplies are provided, except for three common kitchen tools each student will be asked to bring: rolling pin, angled spatula, & serrated knife.


3-D Cake Art
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HOOKED ON CROCHET with Denise Paugh

Thursday, April 9, 6:30-9 PM

$50 / $40 members


From the moment you pick up the crochet hook and yarn, you will be totally absorbed in the texture and rhythm of crocheting. Will it be a scarf, or baby booties, or a lovely decoration for your home? Whatever it is, you will be “hooked” for sure. This class is designed for beginners; all materials are provided.


Hooked on Crochet
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Thursday, May 14, 6:30-9 PM 

$50 / $40 members


This jewelry-making technique requires “sawing” a pattern into metal with a special tool.  Students will start off with a simple idea, and then graduate to more complex designs as confidence builds. Denise works her jewelry patterns in various media. Let her teach you this art style.


Metal Crafting Jewelry
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Thursday, June 11, 6:30-9 PM 

$50 / $40 members


Are you ready for warm weather entertaining? Well, the pre-party is about to start and Rick is going to show you that the host with the most doesn’t have to be exhausted! Join us for a relaxing evening of nibbling, toasting and sipping, and not to worry—Rick will write down his tips and recipes so that you can recreate them at home. Here’s to the good old summertime!


Summertime Party Time
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SHIRL HULL is an artist and designer. She graduated from Loyla Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA, with a B.A.  degree in Studio Art. Shirl advanced her studies by completing Jewelry Design, Lost Wax Casting and Jewelry Fabrication from El Camino College and California State University, both in California.

Shirl loves to travel and has taken two cultural trips to the African Continent. She resides in Spencer, NC.


SUE WADE DAVIS studied kaleidoscopes and how to make them at John C. Campbell Folk School, which inspired her to  explore new concepts for the mirror systems on the inside, and various materials for the outer construction. Sue finds the link between art, geometry and physics intriguing, and loves to teach kaleidoscope making to share her passion.

Continuing to challenge herself, Sue also creates artistic and functional pieces from glass. Her work has been exhibited at  Kaleidoscope Reflections, Bethesda, Maryland; the Through Women’s Eyes, By Women’s Hands exhibition in Chapel Hill;  Railwalk Gallery, Pottery 101 and Waterworks Museum Store in Salisbury; and the Sawtooth in Winston-Salem.


SHAMEIKA PEEBLES, aspiring Pastry Chef and Salisbury native, knew at a very early age that she loved art in all forms. In her own words, "I find it fascinating that I can bring something to life with my hands. Cake is my canvas and sugar is my     medium. My goal is to help (students) master (their) cake skills with confidence." Once she envisioned making art people could eat her company, Chocolatey Art, was born, and her passion is to share her cake art with others. She is currently  studying at Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts, enrolled in the Baking and Pastry Program, to earn her diploma as a Professional Pastry Chef."



DENISE PAUGH earned a BA in Dance Education/Theater from UNC-Charlotte.  She has taught in the Rowan-Salisbury School (RSS) system since 2006. Denise created, developed and implemented the county’s first honors curriculum for Dance, and she now serves as a K-5 art specialist at Knollwood and Overton Elementary schools.

Denise joined the Waterworks team this past summer teaching the art of jewelry making. She is owner and designer of her own jewelry design business, Denise Paugh Designs.


RICK ANDERSON is a hometown “boy,” born and raised. He graduated from Catawba College in 1988 and is the owner and operator of the Sidewalk Deli, a downtown Salisbury luncheon hot spot for over 23 years.

Rick is a huge supporter of the arts in Rowan County. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Lee Street  Theater, and joyfully shares his culinary art, mixology skills, and extraordinary entertaining tips and secrets. This will be Rick’s fourth experiential party class at Waterworks.