Asides: News of Triangle arts, in brief

April 6, 2013 

Masterworks at N.C. Museum of Art

Paintings and sculptures by 18th- and 19th-century masters including Edgar Degas and Auguste Renoir will be on loan to the N.C. Museum of Art Tuesday through Feb. 2, 2014.

The Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, Va., is making the works available while it undergoes renovations. David Steel, curator of European Art at the Raleigh museum, chose works that complemented its permanent collection.

“Installing the Chrysler works side by side with works in our own collection allows them to converse and interact with each other in ways that enhance the experience far beyond what an isolated exhibition could do,” Steel said in a statement announcing the loan. Wall labels will encourage museum-goers to compare the Chrysler pieces with those in the museum’s permanent collection.

Highlights from the Chrysler’s loan include: “Dancer with Bouquets,” by Edgar Degas; “The Daughters of Durand-Ruel,” by Renoir; “The Age of Bronze” and “The Farewell,” by Auguste Rodin; “Portrait of Léon Maître,” by Henri Fantin-Latour; and “Une Japonaise (The Language of the Fan),” by Jules Joseph Lefebvre.

“Masterworks From the Chrysler Museum” is in various galleries in the museum’s West Building. It is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, Saturday-Sunday; and 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday. Admission is free.

The museum is at 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh.

Info: 919-839-6262 or

Watercolor show

An artist’s reception is on tap 3-5 p.m. Saturday for “Spring Blossoms: Sumikawa Water Colors,” a new exhibit at the N.C. Japan Center in Raleigh. The public is invited.

The exhibit features works by Yoshiko Sumikawa, who has assembled a collection of colorful and nostalgic scenes in Japan for this show. As part of the reception, she will lead a watercolor workshop for all ages.

Sumikawa started painting as a middle-school student and has spent 25 years taking sketch trips, mainly to Europe, where she has been influenced by local watercolor artists. While she prefers watercolor, she also paints in oil.

Her works will be on view at the Japan Center, 705 Barbour Drive, through June 28. The center is open weekday mornings until mid-afternoon except for holidays. Call in advance.

Info: 919-515-3450 or

Landscape art

Landscape artist Ford Smith will create his latest painting during a reception Friday and Saturday for his new exhibit at Ashley’s Art Gallery in Fuquay-Varina.

The reception is 6-8 p.m. Friday and 3-5:30 p.m. Saturday at the gallery, 701 N. Main St.; it is free and the public is invited. Smith’s show, “Where Landscapes Go to Escape The Ordinary,” will be on view through April 27.

The gallery’s normal hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday; 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; and by appointment.

Info: 919-552-7533 or

Photo exhibit

The first major show of photographs by noted architect Phil Freelon will be on view at Craven Alley Gallery in Durham Saturday through June 15.

Freelon and his wife, jazz singer Nnenna Freelon, will be on hand for an opening reception 5-7 p.m. Saturday.

The architect of record for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., and other landmarks including Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Freelon considers photography essential to his design projects.

“My photographs examine the structure that exists all around us, both in the natural and built environment,” he said in a statement announcing the show.

The photographs, many taken overseas, include both still life and landscapes as well as time-lapse video of downtown Durham.

Craven Allen Gallery is at 1106-1/2 Broad St. It is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

Info: 919-286-4837 or

‘Southern Lights’

The Durham Symphony Orchestra presents the world premiere of Stephen Jaffe’s “Southern Lights” at 3 p.m. April 14 in the Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St., Durham.

Jaffe, a professor of music at Duke University, will give a pre-concert talk at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $20 for adults; $15 for seniors; $10 for students; free for age 12 and under.

Info: 919-491-6576 or

Theater in Raleigh

Raleigh Little Theatre’s three-week run of Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” opens Friday, directed by John T. “Jack” Hall.

It runs through April 28, with Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances at 8 p.m.; and Sunday shows at 3 p.m. at the Cantey V. Sutton Theatre, 301 Pogue St., Raleigh.

Tickets are $20 for adults; $16 for seniors and students.

Info: 919-821-3111 or

Music for a cause

Join the N.C. General Assembly Chorus for “An Evening of A Cappella” Saturday at Cary Academy.

A benefit for the Pretty in Pink Foundation, which assists North Carolinans of both sexes who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and have little or no insurance, performances are at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Also on the bill are award-winning barbershop groups Main Street and CAPRI.

Tickets are $20 and $25. Cary Academy is at 1500 N. Harrison Ave.

Info: 800-514-3849; or

Colored pencil art

Twenty local artists who are showing their colored pencil works at the Clayton Center this month were feted at a reception Thursday. The featured artists are members of the Colored Pencil Society of America. They are Pearl Cohen, Sue Fiumano, Liz Guzynski, Suzan Holmes, Linda Jones, Nina MacDonald, Dorothea Miller, Jan Pope and Jeanette Rice, all of Raleigh; Kate Mowery and Toby Sue Shaw of Cary; Annette Kirk of Wendell; Jim Sanders of Garner; Jackie Balog of Willow Spring; Margaret Dry of Henderson; Betty Hendrix of Whispering Pines; Glenda Parker Jones of Chapel Hill; Terry Korab of Apex; Kate Lagaly of Roxboro; and Donna Slade of Wake Forest.

The Clayton Center is at 111 E. Second St.

Info: 919-553-1737 or


Owl Tree Theater for the People’s second production, Jesse A. Lowe’s “Paregoria,” opens Friday at Common Ground Theatre, 4815-B Hillsborough Road, Durham. The tale of a broken man who holds an angel hostage, it includes frank discussions about domestic abuse and is not recommended for young children. A portion of proceeds will benefit InterAct of Wake County, a nonprofit that supports domestic violence victims. Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and April 19-20; and at 1 p.m. April 14. Tickets are $12; $7 for students, seniors and military with ID. Info: Thirty North Carolina artisans are featured exhibitors at the Hillsborough Arts and Crafts Show 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. (Rain date is April 14.) The event, which is free, is at the Hillsborough Visitors Center, 150 E. King St. There will be live music on the porch and food, wine and homemade ice cream in the garden. ... Duke Jazz Ensemble performs at 8 p.m. Friday at Page Auditorium on the Duke campus. John Brown directs the group, which will be joined by guest artist Jon Faddis on trumpet. Tickets are $10; $5 for seniors and students. Info: ... Registration is on for a Human Figure in Oil workshop at Artspace in Raleigh May 20-24 by Stephen Early. Tuition and materials are $525 ($500 for members and educators). Class is from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily and you must be at least 18 years of age to enroll. Info: 919-821-2787 or

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