Asides: News of Triangle arts, in brief

January 11, 2014 

Sketches by Mandela

A new exhibit at Durham’s American Tobacco Gallery features sketches by the late South African leader Nelson Mandela.

“Mandela: A Long Walk” features charcoal and pastel sketches from the art collection of Capitol Broadcasting Co., which owns American Tobacco. The exhibit also features some pieces that explore the parallels between South Africa’s former apartheid regime and life under Jim Crow laws in the U.S.

“These sketches are not so much about my life as they are about my own country,” Mandela wrote in his journal. “I drew hands, as they are powerful instruments, hands can hurt or heal, punish or uplift.”

Mandela, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 for his efforts to end apartheid and became South Africa’s first black president in 1994, died in December at age 95.

The free exhibit will be on view through Feb. 26 in the Crowe Building, 406 Blackwell St. The gallery is open 8 a.m.-9 p.m. daily.

“Our exhibit attempts to honor Mandela’s vision and indefatigable spirit by providing both a look at the man in his place and time as well as relevant experiences right here in the Triangle,” Jes Averhart of American Tobacco Campus said in announcing the exhibition. “In this way, we hope to continue the meaningful conversation that Mandela sparked.”


‘The Light’

An artist’s reception is on tap 6-9 p.m. Friday for “The Light,” a new exhibit at The Carrack Modern Art.

Saba Barnard’s life-sized portraits are the centerpiece of the show. They are inspired by religious iconography, textile designs of South Asia and the Middle East, Islamic art, and the women depicted, many of whom are local.

Barnard will speak about her work at 7 p.m. Jan. 23. The exhibit closes Jan. 25.

The Carrack is at 1111 W. Parrish St., Durham. It is open noon-6 p.m. Tuesday- Friday; 2-5 p.m. Saturday; and by appointment.

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‘Nature’s Dream’

“Nature’s Dream,” an exhibit of paintings by Vivien Wushuan Burns that incorporate Chinese brush painting, calligraphy and Western techniques, is on display at the N.C. Botanical Garden through March 2.

A reception for Burns is planned for 2-4 p.m. Sunday.

The exhibit is on view in the DeBerry Gallery for Botanical Art & Illustration inside the garden’s Education Center. The Botanical Garden, part of UNC-Chapel Hill, is at 100 Old Mason Farm Road. Admission to the garden and the exhibit is free.

Info: 919-962-0522 or


The N.C. Museum of Art has extended its “Porsche by Design: Seducing Speed” through Feb. 2. It had been scheduled to close Jan. 20. The museum will also offer a special “Hoods Up” weekend Jan. 24-27. Info: 919-839-6262 or ... PineCone’s bluegrass camps have won the N.C. Recreation and Parks Association’s Arts & Humanities Award. The camps are offered at the town of Cary’s Page-Walker Arts & History Center each summer. Registration for 2014 begins in February. ... Mandolin virtuoso Tony Williamson performs in a free concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. Info: 919-807-7900 or

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