Asides: News of the arts, in brief

December 22, 2012 

Reception at Japan Center

“Prints and Vessels” is the winter exhibition at the N.C. Japan Center in Raleigh.

The show pairs Naomi Writz’s photography and prints with Earl Rasmussen’s turned-wood vessels.

Writz is a Durham artist who specializes in relief prints, digital photography and figures. Her mother is Japanese, and her influence is apparent in Writz’s art.

Rasmussen developed a passion for woodworking after retiring in 2008 as an engineer. His specialty is segmented turning, as featured in several pieces in the exhibit.

An artists’ reception, with musical entertainment by Yoko Cardenas, is on tap at the Japan Center 3-5 p.m. Jan. 12; the public is invited. The exhibit will be on display through Feb. 28.

The N.C. Japan Center is on the Dorothea Dix Campus at 705 Barbour Drive. It is open weekday mornings except for holidays. Call in advance to be sure.

Info: 919-515-3450 or

History videos

A free video series, “North Carolina, Long Story Shorts,” is available online from the N.C. Museum of History.

To watch, visit Click “Education,” then “Videos on Demand” to watch history unfold. The signature video covers 14,000 years of history in 11 minutes.

“This film highlights both well-known and lesser-known aspects of North Carolina history,” said Jackson Bloom, a UNC-Chapel Hill student who appears in the video. “This overview is a great way to learn about them.”

“A Tale of Two Kitchens,” the series’ second video, follows the morning routines of children in the mid-1800s and children today.

Other videos in the series include “American Indians in North Carolina,” “Don’t You Know There’s a War Going on?”, “Friends in Liberty: North Carolina in the American Revolution, “Mocassins to Motorcars,” “Raleigh: Tar Heel Capital,” and “You Are Here!” – a museum orientation video.

Clay workshops

Tanya Casteel is leading clay workshops for children on Jan. 5 and 12 at Artspace in Raleigh.

The Jan. 5 workshop, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., is for children in third through fifth grades.

They will learn how to make jars or small dishes by forming slabs of clay around plaster and bisque molds. They will also learn how to hand-build rims and feet for their dishes and to add texture and color.

Tuition is $35 ($30 for members) plus a $12 registration fee.

The Jan. 12 workshop is for children in sixth through eighth grades. It is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The course description and tuition are the same.

Artspace is at 201 E. Davie St.


New theater

A new community theater is opening in Wake Forest. Forest Moon Theater plans to stage two productions in 2013 and three or four in 2014, one of them a children’s production. Info:

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