Asides: News of Triangle-area arts, in brief

May 4, 2013 

Quilted tapestry exhibit reception

Ann Harwell of Wendell is exhibiting quilted tapestries at Lee Hansley Gallery in Raleigh through June 29.

An opening reception is 2-5 p.m. Sunday at the gallery, 225 Glenwood Ave.

“These are not your grandmother’s bed quilts,” gallery owner and curator Lee Hansley said in an announcement of the show. “They are very sophisticated and complex images that read more like tapestries than quilts, though quilting is the medium.”

The show will feature images from her Earth and astronomy series, Hansley said.

Harwell maintained a studio at Artspace in Raleigh for 12 years, and her work has been featured in National Geographic magazine, among other major publications.

Info: 919-828-7557 or

6 potters’ works

Pottery with floral motifs is featured in a new exhibit at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences’ Nature Art Gallery this month.

“Thrown Together” highlights the work of six potters: Jennifer Mecca, Julie Wiggins, Allison McGowan Hermans, Ron Philbeck, Amy Sanders and Michael Hamlin-Smith.

Although all of the pieces have a floral motif, the six potters have distinctive styles. Their art will be on display and on sale through June 2.

The Nature Art Gallery is on the second floor of the museum store, 11 W. Jones St.

It is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday; and until 9 p.m. on First Fridays.

Info: 919-707-9854 or

Museum concerts

Nine concerts, 15 films and three nights of a family favorite make up this summer’s performing arts at the N.C. Museum of Art.

The just-announced concert season includes:

Los Lobos, May 17; Glen Hansard and Doug Paisley, June 15; folk singers Amy Ray and Emily Sailers of Indigo Girls, June 29; Dale Watson and the Lonestars followed by the movie “Bernie,” July 12; The Duhks, July 13; Bruce Hornsby, Aug. 3; Tift Merritt, Aug. 17; Lost Bayou Ramblers followed by a showing of “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” Aug. 24; Pink Martini, Sept. 6; and family favorite Paperhand Puppet Intervention, Sept. 13-15.

Tickets are on sale now. Children age 6 and under are admitted free on the lawn. For museum members, concert tickets are discounted and movies are free. To purchase, visit or call 919-715-5923.

Library book sale

More than 400,000 books will be on sale Thursday through May 12 during the Wake County Public Libraries’ annual book sale.

The popular sale is held in the Jim Graham Building at the N.C. State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh.

Proceeds from the sale help support the library system’s budget.

Prices for hardcover books get cheaper each day: $5 Thursday, $4 Friday and $2 Saturday. Children’s books and paperbacks are $1 each day. On Sunday, boxes of books go for $5 and bags of books are $2.

The sale is open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

Family-friendly crafts and entertainment, including a table where children can make a Mother’s Day card, will be offered Saturday. Parking is free throughout the fairgrounds.


‘Text Terra’ exhibit

“Text Terra” is Melinda Fine’s new exhibit at Artspace in Raleigh.

With black-and-white imagery, Fine visualizes the impact of the vast amounts of data to which we are exposed every day. She layers letters and words in what exhibit director Shana Dumont Garr describes as “at times explosive, at other times lyrical compositions that express the type, the source and the perception of verbal, visual and virtual information.”

Fine’s work will be on display through June 1. Artspace is at 201 E. Davie St. It is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and until 10 p.m. on First Fridays. Info: 919-821-2787 or

Make your pitch

Groundworkk, a monthly social event that connects local entrepreneurs and artists, is on tap Tuesday at Artspace in Raleigh.

For $5, attendees can join the efforts of a local project or cause. The evening begins with presenters pitching creative ideas and projects.

Afterward, participants will enjoy food prepared by a local chef and vote on the best project or pitch. The winning presenter gets the door-fee money to help with his or her project.

Artspace is at 201 E. Davie St. Groundworkk begins at 6:30 p.m.

Info: 919-821-2787 or


The Lath House at JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh, designed by architect Frank Harmon, won one of three 2013 awards from Inform Magazine, a publication of the Virginia Society of the American Institute of Architects covering North Carolina, the District of Columbia and three neighboring states. ... Claudette Cohen of Carolina Beach is the winner of the 2013 Doris Betts Fiction Prize competition for her story “The Mayor of Biscoe.” Her story will be published in the 2014 issue of the N.C. Literary Review. Honorable mention winners were Annie Frazier, Donald Marple and Seth Peavey.

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