Asides: News of Triangle arts, in brief

June 1, 2013 

80 years of Our State

Help Our State magazine mark its 80th anniversary Saturday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., there will be music, exhibits, food and speakers saluting the magazine on its milestone year. Editor Elizabeth Hudson will be on hand, and Wendy Perry, whose cakes are featured in the magazine, will share samples. At 2 p.m. Elliot Engel will take you back to North Carolina in 1933, the year Our State was born.

Eric Marshall, who transforms the playground at London Elementary School in Walnut Cove, N.C., into a living Civil War camp to make fifth-grade history come alive, will have a display about the Civil War.

Grab a free copy of the magazine, browse exhibits highlighting its history and share your memories of Our State. Potter Hal Pugh will demonstrate how he makes traditional earthenware pottery, and Kickin’ Grass will share its brand of bluegrass.

The Museum of History is at 5 E. Edenton St.

Info: 919-807-7943 or

McKim’s latest at Artspace

Painter George McKim will show his abstracts in the lobby of Artspace starting Friday.

The opening reception for “New Work” is from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday at the art center, 201 E. Davie St., Raleigh. “The inspiration for these abstract paintings is patterns and colors found in geometry and nature,” McKim said in an announcement about the exhibit.

His work will be on display through June 29. Artspace is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and First Fridays until 10 p.m.

Info: 919-821-2787 or

Homeless artist featured

The website created to showcase the graphite drawings of Raleigh artist Rocky Reese hints at his story: “Without a home but not without a soul,” its home page proclaims.

Reese, who is homeless, lives in the woods near downtown Raleigh. He creates highly autobiographical drawings that depict where he’s been and where he hopes to go, according to Anne Atkinson of Love Wins Ministry, which created the website to showcase his work.

On Friday at Cobblestone Hall in City Market, Reese’s drawings will be on exhibit through the Red Light Project-JUST Art. Cobblestone Hall is 215 Wolfe St. in Raleigh. Reese will be showing and selling his work from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday.

Info: 919-844-5959 or

Subhed goes herey

“Beneath the Surface,” an exhibit of paintings by Asheville artist Dawn Rentz opens Friday at the Nature Art Gallery at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences.The opening reception is from 6:30-9 p.m. and the show show continues through July 28.

“The intention of my work in a world where there is so much darkness is to remind the viewer that light and hope also exist,” Rentz said in an announcement of the show. “Like the gardens that have always inspired me, that change and grow with the passage of time and the succession of the season, my work continues to evolve and expand.”

Rentz, who has a degree in textiles from Savannah (Ga.) College of Art and Design, uses layers of woodblock prints to achieve the visual depth of a tapestry. Botanical imagery is a common theme in her painting and textile work.

The Nature Art Gallery is on the top floor of the Museum Store, in the main building, 11 W. Jones St., in Raleigh. It is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday; and until 9 p.m. First Fridays.

Info: 919-707-9854 or

Student musical awards at DPAC

Twenty students from area high schools will perform at the Triangle Rising Star Awards at 6:30 p.m.Sunday at Durham Performing Arts Center.

The program is part of the National High School Musical Theater Awards. Two students will receive $1,000 academic scholarships and invitations to represent the Triangle at the national awards in New York City later this month.

The 20 finalists are Ashley Griffin of Jordan Matthews High School; Elizabeth Eason and Alex Flores-Burgess of Durham Academy; Angelina Fuqua of Durham School of the Arts; Hayley Jo Womack, Western Harnett High School; Laura Bevington of East Chapel Hill High School; Ainsley Seiger of Apex High School; Sarah Koop of Cary High School; Sarah Gordon of Enloe High School; Leia Gearhart of Garner Magnet High School; Shelby Cox and Bailey Griffin of Raleigh Charter High School; Anna Higginson and Ruby Gibbs of Sanderson High School; Kai Kelley of Voyager Academy High School; Kevin Thorne of Clayton High School; Zachary Dale of Broughton High School; Sam Hamashima of Green Hope High School; Aaron Miller of Panther Creek High School; and Benjamin Goldman of St. Thomas More Academy.

Awards also will be presented for Best Musical and Best Ensemble.

Vying for Best Musical are “Honk the Musical,” Clayton High School; “Once Upon a Mattress,” Enloe High School; “Oklahoma!”, Raleigh Charter High School; and “Annie Get Your Gun,” Panther Creek High School.

The finalists for Best Ensemble are “Music Man,” East Chapel Hill High School; “Oklahoma!”, Durham Academy; “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” Broughton High School; and “Nunsense,” Cary High School.

Tickets, which will be available at the door, are $8. Proceeds support the Triangle Rising Star program.


Youth choirs end season

The N.C. Boys Choir and Chamber Choirs close their 41st season with a concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Duke Chapel in Durham.

The Boys Choir will sing works by Bach, Schubert, Purcell’s “Sound the Trumpet,” “Edelweiss” and more. The combined choirs will sing works by Wesley, Bruckner, Hayden and Mozart, ending with John Rutter’s “A Gaelic Blessing.” The Girls Choir and Training Choir of Boys and Girls also will perform.

Tickets are $15 for adults; $12 for seniors; and $8 for children 12 and under. They will be available at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the door.

The Boys Choir was founded in 1972 by its present musical director, William Graham. The Chamber Choir of tenors and basses, added 20 years later, includes graduates of the Boys Choir and some men. Scott Mann is associate director and David Cole is accompanist.

House prize deadline nears

Entries are due June 30 in the 2013 competition for the George Matsumoto Prize for Modernist Houses.

The competition is open to anyone with primary design responsibility for a completed single-family modernist home of at least 600 heated square feet built in North Carolina on or after Jan. 1, 2007. The architect or designer can be from anywhere, but the house must be in North Carolina.

First prize is $3,000; second, $2,000; and third, $1,000. In addition to a professional jury, the competition includes online public voting, which will begin in early July and continue through July 20.

The prize honors a founding member of the N.C. State University School of Design faculty who is well-known for the midcentury Modernist homes he designed. The competition is sponsored by Triangle Modernist Houses.

Rules and other information are available at


George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film in Rochester, N.Y., recently acquired nine photographs by Raleigh artist David Simonton. Eastman House is the world’s oldest photography museum, and is world-renowned for its photograph and motion picture archives. ... Kim Werfel of Pittsboro won Best of Show for her pastel “The Lookout” at the 2013 N.C. Statewide Juried Pastel Exhibition at the Hickory Museum of Art, Coe Gallery in Hickory. Her work “Queen of Swords” won the Pastel Society of Virginia Award at the same exhibition. The exhibit runs through Aug. 18. ...


Admission is free at CAM Raleigh on First Fridays. See the exhibits, have dinner at the food trucks in the courtyard and visit a “creation station” for kids and adults. CAM Raleigh is at 409 W. Martin St. Info: 919-513-0946 or ... Quilt artists will show their work at the Wellington B. Gray Gallery at East Carolina University Wednesday through June 28. For ARTQUILTSrivers, 12 artists created one continuous river that visually flows across 12 quilted panels. ARTQUILTSwater is a companion show. The gallery is at ECU’s Jenkins Fine Arts Center. It is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays. An opening reception is on tap at 6 p.m. Friday. Info: 252-328-6336. ...

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