Tops in modernist home design
Three Raleigh homes were among winners last week of the inaugural George Matsumoto Prize, recognizing excellence in modernist residential design.
A jury of professional architects chaired by Frank Harmon of Raleigh awarded first prize to the Banbury House, designed by John Reese of Weinstein Freidlein Architects and built in Raleigh by Alphin Design Build. The owners sought a minimalist, private home that integrated modest interior spaces with an open-air exterior, including private courtyard, lap pool and cabana/carport. Second place went to a home at 1804 Pictou Road in Raleigh, designed and built by Mike Rantilla; and third place to GREENville House designed by Vinny Petrarca and built in Greenville by Tonic Construction.
Winners of the public vote were Hole One House in Clemmons, N.C., designed by Adam Sebastian and built by Sebastian and Ken McDaniel. Its a passive solar home designed to be as efficient as an $85 per square foot budget would allow. Second place went to the Althea Way House in Wilmington, designed by Scott Ogden of B+O Studio and built by ILM Design Build. Third place winner was 2600 Graham St., Raleigh, designed by Will Alphin and built by Alphin Design Build. Its a new home in an area developed in the 1950s.
The awards, honoring a founder of the N.C. State School of Design, are sponsored by Triangle Modernist Houses. They were presented at the N.C. Center for Architecture and Design.
See a gallery of the prize winners at newsobserver.com/galleries.
To Weave. To Stack. To Stain is summer artist-in-residence Jonathan Brilliants new exhibit at Artspace in Raleigh.
The show builds on parts of a recent exhibit at another Raleigh gallery, with a large-scale installation made up of such objects as coffee stirrers and plastic coffee lids. Brilliant has also created new coffee grounds wall drawings for the show, which runs through Sept. 15.
Artspace is at 201 E. Davie St. It is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and until 10 p.m. First Fridays.
Info: 919-821-2787 or artspacenc.org
Pine straw art
Learn how craftsman Bill Newman creates beautiful things such as baskets and bowls from pine needles from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the N.C. Museum of History.
Turn pine straw into a minibroom you can take home. No registration is required for the drop-in programs.
The museum is at 5 E. Edenton St. in Raleigh. The museum is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Info: 919-807-7943 or ncmuseumofhistory.org
Two North Carolina artists won top honors in the recent 2012 World Bodypainting championships in Austria.
Scott Fray and Madelyn Greco of Reidsville won the special effect category, which includes Hollywood-style, custom-sculpted foam, latex or silicone prosthetics that alter the bodys shape and form.
More than 200 artists competed in six professional and two amateur categories last month in Portschach, Austria.
Fray and Greco show their work at livingbrush.com.
Ackland art show
A major reinstallation of highlights from the Ackland Art Museums permanent collection of more than 16,000 works opens Saturday.
The first presentations The Western Tradition, from ancient to 20th-century art, and Art from China and Japan will be on display through Dec. 31.
Ackland, at 101 S. Columbia St. in Chapel Hill, is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday; and 1-5 p.m. Saturday.
Info: 919-966-5736 or ackland.org
From staff reports