Asides: News of Triangle arts, in brief

December 28, 2013 

Architect Abie Harris will mark his 80th birthday with a month long retrospective exhibition of his drawings and paintings at Roundabout Art Collective in Raleigh.


Birthday retrospective

Abie Harris marks his 80th birthday with a monthlong retrospective exhibition of his drawings and paintings at Roundabout Art Collective in Raleigh.

Opening reception is 6-9 p.m. Friday at the gallery, 305 Oberlin Road, with an additional show 2-5 p.m. Saturday at Harris’ home, 222 Hawthorne Road, Raleigh. Curator of the show, “Visual Thinking,” is Charlotte V. Wainwright.

“Abie continues to amaze our fellow artists and the community with his paintings, drawings and energy,” says Anna Ball Hodge of Roundabout. “Turning 80 in January, he still walks everywhere, practices yoga, runs and just returned from visiting his son in Chile. You will find him taking a weeklong class at Penland learning a new technique.”

Harris, an architect, graduated from and taught at N.C. State’s School of Design and helped plan State’s main and Centennial campuses. He now draws full time. The exhibit covers 60 years of his work.

Roundabout Art Collective is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, until 9 p.m. First Fridays; and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

Info: 919-747-9495 or

Call for artists

The city of Raleigh is inviting artists or teams of artists to submit qualifications to create temporary public art to celebrate bluegrass music and the 2014 World of Bluegrass Week.

The winning artist or team will design, fabricate and install a temporary work of art during the Sept. 30-Oct. 4 bluegrass event in downtown Raleigh. The project budget is $25,000.

The application deadline is 5 p.m. Jan. 17. For guidelines, visit and search for “artist calls.”

Info: 919-996-3610 or

Groups plan Cuba trip

A pair of groups dedicated to preserving historic architecture are co-hosting a trip to Cuba in April, “Preservation, Architecture & Design in Havana Today.”

The trip, April 6-12, is co-sponsored by Preservation Durham and Preservation North Carolina.

It will feature seminars and talks on Cuba’s colonial heritage and restorations in Havana, Havana’s pre-Revolutionary modern architecture and the work of noted architect Mario Romanach.

For details on cost and itinerary, visit

New exhibits open downtown

Two new exhibits open Friday at Artspace in downtown Raleigh.

The work of Gerry Lynch is featured in “Metal and Paper,” on view through Jan. 25. Best known for her abstract paintings, she is showcasing decorating metal wall sculptures and drawings in this show in the Upfront Gallery.

Shannon Johnstone’s shelter dog photo portraits are featured in “Landfill Dogs,” on view through Feb. 15. Each week from late 2012 through early 2014, Johnston brings a dog from the county animal shelter to the local landfill, where she makes her portraits.

Two continuing exhibits also are on view: Gallery 1 features the biennial “Three-Person” exhibit, featuring works by Mary Ann Anderson, Linda Ruth Dickinson and Susan Martin, through Jan. 11; Gallery 2 features “Flirting with Abundance,” featuring Angela Piehl and Crystal Wagner, through Jan. 25.

Artspace is at 201 E. Davie St. It is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday (and until 10 p.m. first Fridays).

Info: 919-821-2787 or

‘Tech Talk’ to focus on Porsche

Explore the aesthetics, engineering and history that makes Porsche cars so distinctive during a 30-minute “Tech Talk” at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh.

The talks – at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 3, 10, 13, 15 and 17 and at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 17 – are free with paid admission to the exhibit “Porsche by Design: Seducing Speed.”

The exhibit is on view through Jan. 20. The museum is at 2110 Blue Ridge Road.

Info: 919-839-6262 or

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