Asides: Triangle arts, in brief

December 21, 2013 

Raffle offers a saxophone donated by Kenny G

Joy Wilkes didn’t have the winning ticket when Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Kenny G held a drawing for a student sax during a Raleigh performance last spring. But it turned out to be a stroke of good fortune for a school band in Cary, nonetheless.

As the concert with the N.C. Symphony closed, Kenny G offered to sign CDs afterward in the lobby. So Wilkes, whose two daughters played in Panther Creek High School band, raced to the autograph queue.

“With a line of people holding CDs behind me, I knew the plea had to be brief and convincing,” Wilkes said. “Not winning the saxophone at the concert actually was best.”

Why? Because her impromptu, from-the-heart plea touched Kenny G, a longtime supporter of music education.

Soon after, he and his business partner, Rheuben Allen, sent the Panther Creek Band Boosters a limited edition professional Kenny G Tenor Saxophone, a $6,000 gift. Allen designed the Kenny G line.

On Jan. 25, the band boosters will raffle off the instrument, which is one of only four produced with identical specifications: a black, nickel-plated body with silver-plated keys, two custom-made necks, case and “a little Kenny G DNA.” Yes, Kenny G has played the instrument.

Tickets for the raffle, open to any North Carolina resident 18 or older, are $25. Proceeds will fund a band trailer, replacement instruments and scholarship for the Panther Creek Band.


Artspace artists

Two new regional emerging artists-in-residence will join Artspace in Raleigh next month.

Alex Waggoner, a painter, will be in Studio 215, and multimedia artist Tommy Taylor will work in studio 215A. Their residencies will last through June, followed by an exhibit of their work and artist’s talks by each.

In addition, 2013 regional emerging artist-in-residence Jaclyn Bowie will continue working in studio 217 as the newest community artist-in-residence. She is a multimedia artist.

Artspace is at 201 E. Davie St.

Info: 919-821-2787 or

‘The ABCs of N.C.’

Raleigh artist Amy Richards has been designing miniature coloring books for about eight years. This fall, with the help of a Kickstarter fundraising campaign, she published a longer coloring book, “The ABCs of N.C.”

The coloring book highlights cardinals, lemurs, Blackbeard and even Mount Olive pickles. Watercolors from the coloring book are on display at The Morning Times coffeehouse in downtown Raleigh until Dec. 31. The coffee shop is at 10 E. Hargett St.

To purchase the book, which is $9.95, or learn more about Richards’ artwork, go to

Adult poetry contest

The deadline for entries in the N.C. Poetry Society’s 2014 adult poetry contests is Jan. 10.

The competition is open to society members and nonmembers, and poems may be submitted online for the first time. Winners will receive cash prizes and be published in “Pinesong,” the annual contest anthology. Winning poets will be invited to an awards day in May.

For contest categories and rules:

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