Asides: News of Triangle arts, in brief

February 1, 2014 

Nature photography on display at Museum of Natural Sciences

Retired News & Observer photographer Gene Furr’s prize-winning nature shots will be on display during February at the Nature Art Gallery at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences.

The opening reception to launch “Wild and Untamed” is 6:30-9 p.m. Friday.

Announcing the exhibit, which will be on view through March 2, Furr marveled at the natural beauty he has discovered in North Carolina.

“I feel a strong desire and obligation, as a photographer and native North Carolinian, to record the character of nature and wildlife,” he said. “I also realize that with the increased commercialism, that landscapes and nature will change and soon be a part of the past.”

Furr’s work has gained notice: One of his shots was judged best of 4,500 entries in the 2011 photo contest at Wildlife in North Carolina magazine, and in 2012, he placed second out of 7,600 entries for the Defenders of Wildlife Photo Contest.

The Nature Art Gallery is on the top floor of the Museum Store, in the museum’s main building. It’s open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday; and until 9 p.m. on First Fridays. All exhibited art is for sale.

The museum is at 11 W. Jones St. in downtown Raleigh.

Info: 919-707-9854 or

Prize-winning photos on display

Thirty-one winning photos from the Wildlife in North Carolina magazine photo contest are on display at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences through March.

Paul Malcolm of Garner’s image of live oak trees at Fort Fisher won grand prize.

Judges reviewed 1,235 entries in 10 categories. Only current magazine subscribers or photographers under age 18 were eligible.

These photographers, whose images are featured in the exhibit, won top honors in their categories:

Birds: Charles English of Wilmington.

Mammals: Tyler Bailey of Raleigh.

Reptiles and amphibians: Joe Congleton of Clayton.

Invertebrates: Stephen Atkins of Weaverville.

Wild landscapes: Jim Ruff of Blowing Rock.

Youth photographer, age 13-17: Lucas Bobay, Holly Springs.

Wild plants: Paul Malcolm of Garner.

Outdoor recreation: Ed Ziegler of Raleigh.

Animal behavior: Kim Hawks of Chapel Hill.

Youth photographer, age 12 and under: Darci Burger of Macon.

The museum is at at 11 W. Jones St. in downtown Raleigh, and the exhibit is free.

New paintings at McRay Studios

A collection of new paintings by Eric McRay, “100 Hearts: Art is for Lovers,” opens at McRay Studios in Raleigh on Friday.

The collection of 6-by-6-inch originals will be on view through Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14.

Meet McRay at an opening reception 6-10 p.m. Friday. McRay Studios is inside Artspace, 201 E. Davie St., Raleigh. The reception is free and the public is invited; chocolates will be served.

Info: 919-614-2174 or

‘27 Views of Raleigh’

Authors of “27 Views of Raleigh: The City of Oaks in Prose & Poetry” will lead a series of discussions at Wake County libraries this month. Here’s the lineup:

Saturday at 2 p.m.: Angela Davis-Gardner, Dana Wynne Lindquist, Margaret Maron and Lenard D. Moore at the East Regional Library in Knightdale.

Feb. 13 at 7 p.m.: Jimmy Creech, G.D. Gearino, Tom Hawkins and Sheila Smith-McKoy at Cameron Village Regional Library in Raleigh; Juliana M. Nfah-Abbenyi, Tracie Fellers and Eleanora E. Tate at the Olivia Raney Local History Library in Raleigh.

Feb. 16 at 2 p.m.: Rob Christensen, Hillary Hebert and Bridgette A. Lacy at North Regional Library in Raleigh.

Feb. 17 at 7 p.m.: Grayson Haver Currin, Tina Haver Currin and Amanda Lamb at West Regional Library in Cary.

Feb. 25 at 7 p.m.: Scott Huler, Dorianne Laux and Peggy Payne at Eva Perry Regional Library in Apex.


Trade your art supplies

Got some unused or gently used art supplies that you want to trade in? Drop off at least five items at Happymess Studios in Durham between 3 and 7 p.m. Thursday or Friday and receive a ticket to an Art Supply Swap on Saturday afternoon.

Or buy a ticket to the event – a benefit for the Happymess Outreach Fund, which provides art classes for underserved communities in the Triangle – for $10. You must be 18 or older to attend. The swap is 1-4 p.m. Saturday at the studios, 718 Iredell St.

Info: 919-286-9763 or


“Why We Ride,” a feature-length documentary about biker culture, screens at Mission Valley Cinema in Raleigh at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets are $8 and available at or at the dealership, 1126 S. Saunders St., Raleigh. ... Anthony Ulinski’s paintings of “The Places in Between” are on view in the Edith C. Lumpkin Community Gallery at Louisburg College through Feb. 28. The gallery, in the Seby B. Jones Performing Arts Center, is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. ... James Anderson, U.S. Navy Band trombonist, performs with the Triangle Youth Brass Band and Triangle Youth Academy Brass Band at Meymandi Concert Hall in Raleigh Feb. 9. ... A reception for Terry Isaac, acclaimed nature artist from the Pacific Northwest, is on tap 1 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday at Ashley’s Art Gallery, 701 N. Main St., Fuquay-Varina. During the reception, the gallery will raffle an Isaac framed limited edition to benefit youth programs of the Southern Wake Optimist Club. Isaac’s work will be on view and on sale Thursday through Saturday.

News & Observer is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service