Asides: News of the arts in brief

November 3, 2012 

Visit artists in their studios

Eighteen artists will welcome visitors to their studios Nov. 9-11 during this year’s Western Wake Artists Studio Tour.

The self-guided tour is free and all ages are welcome. Artists will explain their creative processes and techniques and respond to your questions. They specialize in a variety of creative media, including pottery, ceramics, oils, textiles and photography.

All 18 studios will be open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 1-6 p.m. Nov. 11. Nine of the studios will be open 6-8 p.m. Friday as well.

Download a map and brochure at

‘Shining City’ drama

Raleigh’s James Anderson has the lead role in Burning Coal Theatre Company’s production of Conor McPherson’s “Shining City,” through Nov. 18.

The story centers on a man who left seminary following a crisis of faith and becomes a psychotherapist whose first patient has a haunting tale that will change both men’s lives. John Allore of Chapel Hill plays John, the patient.

Performances are at 2 p.m. Sundays and 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at the Murphey School, 224 Polk St. in Raleigh.

Tickets are $20 for adults; $15 for students, seniors and active military; or $10 on Thursday nights. Sunday is Pay What You Can Day.

Info: 919-834-4001 or

Mountain photos

“Light of the Wild,” an exhibit of landscape photographs by mountain photographer Scott Hotaling, is on display at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences’ Nature Art Gallery through Dec. 2.

The show highlights his images of difficult-to-reach, rarely photographed spots in the Southern Appalachians, where he has lived his entire life. He is noted for scaling mountain summits in difficult weather conditions to create his art.

The Nature Art Gallery is on the top floor of the Museum Store, 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh. It’s open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday; and until 9 p.m. on First Fridays. All exhibited art is for sale.

Info: 919-707-9854 or

Clayton Center display

Artists Heidi-Lee Peach of Clayton and Toni Murgas of Goldsboro are November’s featured exhibitors at the Clayton Center.

Peach works in several media, including watercolor, acrylics and photography. Murgas paints with acrylics and watercolor but uses other media, too, including pencil, pen and ink. Their exhibit will be on display through Dec. 3.

The Clayton Center is at 111 E. Second St. It is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays.

Info: 919-553-1737 or

‘Mid-Century American’

Rare prints from the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s that track the progression of American art from social realism to abstract expressionism go on display Friday at Adam Cave Fine Art in Raleigh.

An opening reception for the show, “Mid-Century American,” is 6-9 p.m. Friday.

Cave notes that some of the most famous works exhibited are by artists who flowed freely from painting to printmaking. “Down the River” by Thomas Hart Benton and “Which Way” by Martin Lewis are strong examples of the dramatic storytelling of 1930s art, he said. About 25 works, all from private collections, will be on view through Dec. 31.

Adam Cave Fine Art is on the second floor of 115 1/2 Hargett St. It’s open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Info: 919-838-6692 or

N.C. State dancers

N.C. State’s Dance Program presents its fall performance Thursday and Friday at Stewart Theatre on the Raleigh campus.

The program features works choreographed by students and a pair of guest artists, Claire Porter and Avis Hatcher Puzzo. Pieces by students Ashley White, Alex Cohen and Eileen Chevalier are on the bill. Curtain goes up at 8 p.m. both nights.

Tickets are $5 for State students; $8 for State faculty/staff, children and other students; $10 general admission.

Info: 919-515-1100 or

All-state band performance

Hear North Carolina’s top Christian school singers and instrumentalists in concert this week in Raleigh.

Participants in the N.C. Christian School Association’s 2012 All-State Music Clinic perform at Meymandi Hall at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Leaders of the band clinics are David Hartkopf, Jim Bishop and Scott Brier; choir clinic leader is Eliezer Yanson.

Tickets are $8 for adults; $6 for senior citizens and students: $25 for families of four or more. They are available in advance at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts Box Office and at the door, starting at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Meymandi Hall is at the Progress Energy Center, 2 E. South St., Raleigh.

Info: 919-731-4844 or

Workshop for arts grants applicants

A workshop is on tap at 3 p.m. Nov. 14 for first-timers seeking to apply for Raleigh Arts Grants.

The program will focus on eligibility for funding and the grant application process. The grants program are for nonprofit arts organizations. The workshop will be at Chavis Community Center, 505 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

A separate workshop for organizations that now receive funding is at 9 a.m. Nov. 16 at the same location.

For grant guidelines and applications, visit

New officers at Artspace

The board of directors at Artspace has named new officers for 2012-13.

Dan Cahill is chairman; Andrea Nixon, vice chairwoman; Libby Staub, secretary; and Laura E. Robinette, treasurer. David A. Diaz is past chairman.

Artspace provides the community an opportunity to interact with working artists, to view award-winning exhibitions and participate in hands-on arts education.


Durham photographer Marthanna Yater won four honorable mentions during the recent International Photography Awards, Lucies Awards in Los Angeles. Staff reports

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