Arts and music in the Triangle in brief

September 7, 2013 

The Nature Art Gallery at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences will have sketches, studies and early drawings by N.C. artist J. Chris Wilson on exhibit through Sept. 29.


Colonial Kids Day at Burwell School

Enjoy a day of free activities such as candle making, butter churning and traditional lawn games Saturday during Colonial Kids Day at the Burwell School Historic Site in Hillsborough.

The Burwell School educated young women in the years before the Civil War and is now operated as a historic house museum that interprets the antebellum and Civil War periods.

Colonial Kids Day will take place from 11 to 3 p.m. at the site, 319 N. Churton Street in downtown Historic Hillsborough. Info: 919-732-7741.

Wake Forest Artists Tour continues Sunday

Galleries in studios in downtown Wake Forest will be open from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday for the final day of the Wake Forest Guild of Artists Tour.

Artists will be on site to demonstrate their work in painting, metalworking, jewelry making and woodworking.

This year’s tour features more than 25 artists. The schedule of demonstrations and map of galleries and studios is available online at

The guild comprises artists working in a wide variety of media, including acrylic, oil, and watercolor painting; drawing and pastels; clay arts; photography; fiber, metal, and jewelry arts; glass; and wood.

Tracing African-American ancestors

A workshop has been scheduled by the State Archives of North Carolina Saturday to aid men and women interested in tracing information about their African-American genealogy.

The workshop, titled “Before Emancipation: Searching for African-American Ancestors,” will take place Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will provide information on tools and resources available to the public for family historic research.

The workshop, sponsored by Friends of the Archives, has a fee of $15 – $10 for Friends members – and includes a boxed lunch. The session will be limited to 30 participants. Preregistration is required.

To register, please visit and complete the registration form or call 919-807-7301.

Dance Festival opens season with hip-hop class

A weekend of dance is coming up at Meredith College, when the N.C. Dance Festival opens its 23rd season with performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Jones Auditorium.

As a special opening event, Ron West will teach a contemporary hip-hop master class for teens and young adults at 4:30 p.m. Friday. This event is $15 and includes the class, a light dinner, a behind-the-scenes tour, and a ticket to one of the two concerts.

Please preregister for this class by contacting Alyson Colwell-Waber at 919-760-8388.

The Meredith College ALL-Dance Festival also takes place Saturday on campus.

The theater is on East Campus Drive, where parking is available. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for students/seniors, and $5 for children under 10.

A $25 all-festival pass is also available. Shows are free for Meredith students, faculty, and staff.

For ticket reservations, call 919-760-2840.

See images of N.C. 64 at Raleigh exhibit

The Nature Art Gallery at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences will have on exhibit through Sept. 29 sketches, studies and early drawings by N.C. artist J. Chris Wilson.

Wilson began a project in 2007 to paint outdoor scenes from Manteo to Murphy, with a goal of producing 100 large landscape paintings depicting scenes and vistas along the path of Highway 64, which runs across the state.

“I set out to expand the scale and complexity of my vision for post-abstract Southern realist painting and create an epic panorama from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Outer Banks,” the artist said in a statement.

Wilson already has more than 50 works currently on display in various sites around the capital.

The nearby N.C. History Museum is showing a dozen of the finished oil paintings in its lobby, and the Departments of Environment and Natural Resources and Cultural Resources are also displaying paintings. Others are on view at the State Library and the House Chamber of the N.C. Legislative Building.

About 30 of the sketches and studies will be on sale at the Nature Art Gallery in September.

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