Asides: News of Triangle arts, in brief

November 23, 2013 

Holiday show at Lee Hansley Gallery

“One Hundred Under 1000,” the annual holiday show at Lee Hansley Gallery is on view through Dec. 31.

Forty artists from five states are showing works in a variety of media. First-time participants include jeweler Sarah McCrodden and painter Yoko Taylor, both of Raleigh; tapestry artist Ann Harwell of Wendell; ceramist Tom Suomalainen of Walnut Cove; and metalsmith Paul Weller of Asheville.

The gallery, at 225 Glenwood Ave. in Raleigh, is open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Fridays in December; and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday.

Info: 919-828-7557 or

N.C. Book Awards winners

Winners of North Carolina Book Awards were saluted Friday during the annual meeting of the N.C. Literary and Historical Association in Raleigh. They are:

• David Cecelski of Durham, the Ragan Old North State Award for Nonfiction for “The Fire of Freedom: Abraham Galloway and the Slaves’ Civil War.”

• Terry Roberts of Asheville and Chapel Hill, the Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction for “A Short Time to Stay Here.”

• Former N.C. poet laureate Kathryn Stripling Byer of Sylva, the Roanoke-Chowan Award for Poetry, for “Descent.”

• Kelly Starling Lyons of Raleigh, the American Association of University Women Award for Juvenile Literature for “Tea Cakes for Tosh.”

Lifetime achievement awards were presented to Freddie Parker of Durham, history professor at N.C. Central University, for contributions to state history; mystery writer Margaret Maron of Johnston County, for literary achievement; and Samm-Art Williams of Burgaw, for his career on stage and TV.

Also honored: N.C. Museum of History, for its exhibit “History in Every Direction: the Tar Heel Junior Historian Association Discovery Gallery”; The Wake County Historical Society, for restoring the tombstone of Rachel Bauer in historic Oakwood Cemetery.

Winners of student publications awards, recognizing the best literary magazines, included Martin Middle School in Raleigh.

J. Vincent Lowery of University of Wisconsin-Green Bay was honored for best article in the North Carolina Historical Review, and Wes Reynolds, a Davidson College graduate, for best paper on state history by an undergraduate. The two awards are presented by the Historical Society of North Carolina.

Art Cars Meetup

“Classic, curvaceous, creative and just-plain-cool” cars will be on display Saturday at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh, as part of an Art Cars Meetup.

See the juried art cars along with Art-on-the-Move buses 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the museum parking lot on Blue Ridge Road. There will also be food trucks, a kids’ play zone, health screenings by UNC-Rex and art for sale by the art car and Art-on-the-Move artists.

A free screening of “Art Car: The Movie,” a film about a high school class preparing an entry for the Houston Art Car Parade, will follow at 2 p.m. in the museum auditorium. It will be shown again at 7 p.m. Nov. 29.

The event is part of “Porsche By Design: Seducing Speed,” an exhibit exploring the history and development of the Porsche lineage, on display through Jan. 20.

The museum is at 2110 Blue Ridge Road.

Info: 919-839-6262 or

Mechanical sculptures

“The Best of Springs, Sprockets & Pulleys: The Art of Steve Gerberich” is on view through Feb. 23 at The Museum of Life + Science in Durham.

The exhibit features 13 large-scale mechanical sculptures constructed from recycled labor-saving devices.

“My work is really about imagining a world different from the present,” Gerberich said in an announcement of the exhibit. “It’s analog art for the digital age.”

The exhibit is free with museum admission, which is $14 for adults; $11 for seniors and active military with ID; $10 for children age 3-12; members and children under 3 are free.

The museum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. It is at 433 W. Murray Ave.

Info: 919-220-5429 or

Crook’s Corner finalists

Crook’s Corner, the Chapel Hill restaurant known for Southern cooking, has named four finalists for the first Crook’s Corner Book Prize, to be awarded Jan. 6 for a debut novel set in the South.

They are Walter Bennett, “Leaving Tuscaloosa”; Jon Buchan, “Code of the Forest”; Wiley Cash, “A Land More Kind Than Home”; and Rita Leganski, “The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow.”


Dec. 2 is the deadline for applications for Artspace’s 2014 summer artist residency. The program provides a month-long studio opportunity for an artist to work on a project of his or her choice and then to exhibit it. The $2,000 honorarium is paid at the end of the period and artists are also compensated for teaching at the Raleigh arts center. Info: 919-821-2787 or

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