Asides: News of Triangle arts, in brief

December 14, 2013 

See the suppressed movie masterpiece, “Andrei Rublev,” at 1 p.m. Sunday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.


‘Scavenger’ photo exhibit

An opening reception is on tap Friday for “A Scavenger Chapel Road Adventure,” a new photo exhibit at Durham’s Green Gallery.

Exploring the intersection of creativity and reuse, artists Susan Simone and Eleanor Mills print their photos on materials gathered from thrift stores, yard sales and Dumpster diving, including aluminum roof flashing.

Simone is showing collages of musicians, and an aluminum and ceramic photo sculpture based on her documentary project, “Trailer Tales,” a study of trailer living in Orange County. Mills is showing botanicals.

The two, who have collaborated since the late 1990s, attempt to regain the hands-on darkroom experience with this show, “bringing in texture, chance and imprecision, while still embracing digital technology,” according to an announcement by gallery coordinator Roderick McClain.

The free reception is 6-9 p.m. at the gallery, located in The Scrap Exchange, at 923 Franklin St., bays 1 and 2. The public is invited.

The exhibit runs through Jan. 11.

Info: 919-688-6960 or

Russian film

See the suppressed movie masterpiece, “Andrei Rublev,” at 1 p.m. Sunday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh. Admission is free.

The film, which the Soviets immediately suppressed when it was released in 1966, is loosely based on the life of a 15th century artist considered one of the greatest medieval icon painters in Russian history.

After the movie, Alexandra Deyneka, art instructor at Wake Technical Community College and doctoral student in art history at UNC-Chapel Hill, will lead a discussion about the history of icon painters.

The film is being shown in conjunction with the traveling exhibit “The Tsars’ Cabinet: Two Hundred Years of Russian Decorative Arts Under the Romanovs.” The exhibit, which charges admission, is on view at the history museum through March 5.

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

Info: 919-807-7900 or

Nonfiction competition

The N.C. Writers’ Network invites entries in the 2014 Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition.

The contest is for “lasting nonfiction that is outside the realm of conventional journalism and has relevance to North Carolinians,” such as reviews, travel articles, profiles, history pieces or culture criticism. Writers must reside in North Carolina or be a member of the N.C. Writers’ Network.

Hannah Dela Cruz Abrams, whose novella “The Man Who Danced with Dolls” won the $50,000 Whiting Writers Award this year, will judge the competition.

First-, second- and third-place winners will receive $300, $200 and $100, respectively, and the winning entry will be considered for publication in Southern Cultures magazine.

The award’s namesake won numerous state and national awards during 56 years as a reporter, feature writer and columnist for the Salisbury Post.

To read contest guidelines or enter, visit

Fellowship deadline

Artists are invited to apply for a community arts fellowship honoring the former director of the N.C. Arts Council.

The deadline to apply for the Mary B. Regan Community Artist Residency is Jan. 15.

The $15,000 award places an artist in a North Carolina community where he or she works directly with community members to develop a project. Grant-related activities must take place between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015.

Applications are being accepted from artists in all disciplines.

For guidelines and an application, visit

‘Nature Up Close’

A new collection of natural science illustrations by members of the Carolinas chapter of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators is on view at the Nature Art Gallery at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh through Jan. 19.

The show, “Nature Up Close,” features illustrations in multiple media, including watercolor, pen/ink, pencil, scratch board and pastels.

The Carolinas guild, based at the N.C. Botanical Gardens in Chapel Hill, is made up of artists who work as illustrators or have an interest in scientific illustration. Twenty members are showing their work, which is for sale.

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

Info: 919-707-9854 or

Holiday happenings

Raleigh Flute Choir performs in its annual holiday concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh. Admission is $8 for museum members; $6 for Raleigh Area Flute Association members, youths ages 7-18 and college students with ID; $10 for all others. Info: ... N.C. Boys Choir and Chamber Choir celebrates the season with a concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Duke Chapel in Durham. Tickets, available in advance or at the door one hour before the performance, are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $8 for children 12 and younger. Info: 919-489-0291 or ... Sunday is the final day of Preservation Chapel Hill’s Holiday House Tour in the Laurel Hill neighborhood. Also known as the Rocky Ridge Farm National Historic District, it has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1989. A variety of architectural styles will be on view 1-5 p.m., including Colonial Revival, Colonial Ranch and midcentury modern. Tickets are $35 ($30 for members). Info: 919-942-7818 or

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