Asides: News of Triangle arts, in brief

April 27, 2013 

‘Josh’ abstracts to be featured at ArtSpace

“Josh,” a series of abstract paintings honoring News 14 Carolina Web producer Josh Kleinstreuer, will be on view at Artspace in Raleigh May 3-June 1.

His mother, Christin Kleinstreuer, a self-taught artist, created the paintings in the months leading up to and immediately after Kleinstreuer’s successful brain surgery for epilepsy. Artspace says the series now serves as “a celebration of life, motherly love, and the range of emotions that can accompany the unknown.”

“Josh” will be on display in the lobby of Artspace, 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

Theatre Raleigh

The wave of Triangle arts season lineups continues with Theatre Raleigh, which opened the 2013 Hot Summer Nights Series Wednesday with “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” The comedy runs through May 5 at the Kennedy Theatre in Raleigh, home to all the productions through July.

Here’s the full season lineup:

May 29-June 9: “I Do! I Do!” (for all ages).

June 18-30: “God of Carnage” (for mature audiences).

July 10-21: “The Fox on the Fairway” (for all ages).

Aug. 6-11: “Urinetown” (for age 13+).

Aug. 23-25: “Oh What a Night III” (songs from Broadway plays, for all ages).

The August productions are at Fletcher Opera Theatre in Raleigh. Both Kennedy and Fletcher are part of the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, at 2 E. South St.

Info: 919-480-5166 or

Burning Coal Theatre

An American premiere will lead the 2013-14 season for Burning Coal Theatre Company. Richard Bean’s “The Heretic,” winner of the Evening Standard Award in 2011 for London’s best new play of the year, kicks off the season Sept. 9-26.

Other offerings:

Dec. 5-22: William Shakespeare’s “(Three Man) Tempest.”

Jan. 30-Feb. 16, 2014: Terry Milner’s “The Jesus Fund” (world premiere).

April 3-20, 2014:Goodrich and Hackett’s “The Diary of Anne Frank.”

Info: 919-834-4001 or

Call to artists

Clayton’s public art advisory board is looking for sculptures to display from July to June 2014 in its first Downtown Sculpture Trail exhibit.

Eight sculptures will be chosen. Selected artists will receive a $1,000 honorarium for lending the work for 12 months, and one entry will receive a $3,000 prize, which the town may apply toward purchase of the sculpture.

Applications are due May 17.

Info: 919-553-1545 or

Civil War music

Join Christian L. McWhirter of the National Archives at 2 p.m. Sunday at the N.C. Museum of History for an exploration of Civil War-era music.

McWhirter will discuss the many ways music influenced popular culture before, during and after the war, as well as music’s deep meaning for whites and blacks, South and North.

After the presentation, he will sign copies of his new book, “Battle Hymns: The Power and Popularity of Music in the Civil War,” published by UNC Press.

The museum is at 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh.

Info: 919-807-7900 or

Wilson Arts Center

More than 150 paintings, photos, ceramics and mosaics are on display at the Boykin Gallery of the Wilson Arts Center through June 8.

The exhibit, “Wilson: Inside & Out,” features works by members of Studio One, the town’s first art cooperative. It is one of the largest shows ever mounted at the center, at 124 Nash St. S.W. in Wilson.

The gallery is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.

Info: 252-291-4329 or

Hogan new leader

A historian recognized for her documentary work on the civil rights movement is the next leader of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.

Wesley C. Hogan starts work July 1.

Hogan holds a doctorate and master’s degree in U.S. history from Duke and has taught at Virginia State University, a historically black college since 2003. She was co-director of its Institute for the Study of Race Relations and led the Petersburg Civil Rights History community project for more than five years.

“Not only did documentary fieldwork provide rich experiential education for the students,” Hogan said in a statement, “it also highlighted the value of non-traditional expertise. Once we learned what ordinary people had done, it recast our understanding of who and what mattered in the civil rights movement. And when we published our findings, it gave people a new sense of what the Petersburg community was capable of.”

She has spent 20 years interviewing social activists, including veterans of the Raleigh-born Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Her book, “Many Minds, One Heart, SNCC’s Dream for America,” won numerous awards.

Hogan succeeds Tom Rankin, who directed the Center for Documentary Studies since 1998. He remains on the faculty at Duke.

ArtSpace reception

An opening reception is on tap 6-10 p.m. Friday for Joomi Chung’s exhibit, “Surfaces,” at Artspace’s Gallery One.

Her “Surfaces” is a 30-by-50-foot floor installation made from recycled rubber. She created the shapes by tracing found images onto clear acetate and then reworking the two-dimensional shapes into three dimensions. She composes the hundreds of rubber forms into the ground in an ever-changing installation, according to an exhibit preview from Shana Dumont Garr, director of programs and exhibitions at Artspace.

Chung’s work will remain on view through June 29. Artspace is at 201 E. Davie St., Raleigh.

Info: 919-821-2787 or

Cary Gallery

“Horizons Near and Far”is the new exhibit at Cary Gallery of Artists.

Exhibiting painters include Jean Scholz and Kristen Stamper, who demonstrated their techniques and spoke to visitors at a reception on Friday.

The gallery is at 200 S. Academy St., Suite 120 in Cary.

Info: 919-462-2035 or

Block Gallery

“Metamorphoses,” an exhibit featuring mixed media prints by Julie Anne Greenberg, ceramic sculptures by Jessica Dupuis and a variety of works by instructors and students from the Pullen and Sertoma Arts Centers runs Wednesday through June 21 at the Block Gallery in Raleigh. The opening reception is 5-7 p.m. Wednesday with music by The Tender Fruit.

Dupuis alters mundane but personally meaningful childhood objects into sculptures by applying thousands of shards of slip-coated, kiln-fired paper. In her work, Greenberg employs experimental techniques to re-create the effect of water – from falling rain to thawing ice.

Block Gallery is on the second and third floors of Raleigh Municipal Building, 222 W. Hargett St. It is open 8:30 a.m.-5:15 p.m. weekdays.

Block2 Video Series will air Drew Robertson’s “Woods” and “Untitled.” Block2 is at 133 Fayetteville St.



Richard Kendall of the Clark Art Institute hosts a lecture at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh, “Degas’s Women,” at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 for nonmembers; free for members. Ticket is required. A reception will follow. Info: ... Michael Malone, professor of theater studies and English at Duke University, will be featured speaker for Monday’s Raleigh Fine Arts Society Literary Contest Awards ceremony at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. The contest recognizes excellence in writing among 10th, 11th and 12th-graders in Wake County schools. From 962 manuscripts received, about 20 were deemed prize winners. ... Master of fine arts candidates at UNC-Chapel Hill are exhibiting their art at the Ackland Art Museum through May 26. The museum, at 101 S. Columbia St., Chapel Hill, is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday (until 8 p.m. Thursday); and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Curators are Kim Bobier and Russell Gullette. Info: 919-966-5736 or ... Art by students in Durham Public Schools is on display through May 20 at Northgate Mall. See their works between Northgate’s Center Court and Sears. The mall is at 1058 W. Club Blvd.

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