Painter Dale McEntire is the featured exhibitor for April at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences Nature Art Gallery.
“Seeking the Crescent,” an exhibit inspired by a movement of painters and sculptures known as nature symbolists, opens with a reception 6-8 p.m. Friday.
The gallery is on the top floor of the Museum Store, 11 W. Jones St. It is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday and until 9 p.m. First Fridays.
Info: 919-707-9854 or naturalsciences.org
Receptions for artists who will show their work during April at Artspace in Raleigh will take place 6-10 p.m. Friday.
Catherine Thornton is showing ceramic sculptures of animals and people through April 26 in a show called “Friends, Sense and Non-sense.”
Painter Ashlynn Browning’s show is “New Geometric Constructs,” a collection of abstracts, also on view through April 26.
Courtney McCracken and Tracy Spencer-Stonestreet will be offering their take on Southern traditions in “Redefining Ritual,” which runs through May 31.
Through April 19, the juried exhibit “New Works,” showcasing art created by Artspace Artists Association members also is featured.
Artspace is at 201 E. Davie St. Regular hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. It is open till 10 p.m. First Fridays.
Info: 919-821-2787 or artspacenc.org
Reception at Adam Cave
“Assembly Lines,” a new exhibit that explores North Carolina’s shrinking manufacturing sector from the inside out, opens Friday at Adam Cave Fine Art in Raleigh.
It is the third solo exhibit at the gallery since 2009 for Will Goodyear of Raleigh.
“His recent interest in the demise of North Carolina manufacturing is based, in part, on first-hand experiences around a family-owned facility,” said gallery owner Adam Cave.
Goodyear paints a scenario in which he represents modernization: “I am the single person running a process that could be broken up, providing jobs to others,” he writes. “I am the modern assembly line minus the machinery.”
His work will be on view through April 30. An opening reception is on tap 6-9 p.m. Friday.
The gallery is at 115 1/2 E. Hargett St., second floor.
Info: 919-838-6692 or adamcavefineart.com
Greg Lindquist, a self-described artist with a special “concern for the environment,” has painted a wall-size mural depicting Duke Energy’s coal ash spill into the Dan River.
The mural, completed earlier this month, is part of an exhibit titled “On Land,” on view through April 26 at Flanders Gallery in Raleigh. Also on display are works by Mary Mattingly, whose works combine sculpture, performance and photography. Both artists are based in New York.
Lindquist is a native of Wilmington, N.C., where his father worked as a marine biologist for many years.
“Art and its resilient beauty (have) the power to not only raise awareness to crucial environmental issues but also, through both visible and invisible networks of influence, to bring pressure to bear upon those responsible,” Lindquist wrote in an announcement of the exhibit, which he said he hopes will build public awareness.
An artists’ reception is planned 6-8 p.m. Friday at the gallery, 302 S. West St., Raleigh.
Info: 919-757-9533 or flandersartgallery.com/
Twelve Triangle-area artists are competing for cash prizes in this year’s ArtFields, a celebration of Southeastern art held in Lake City, S.C., starting April 25.
Winners will be chosen by a vote of festival attendees, and a professional jury will select the $25,000 grand prize winner.
Triangle artists who are expected to show their work include Janet Kelo of Carrboro; Shelby Scattergood of Cary; Katy Mixon of Chapel Hill; Julia Medlin of Creedmoor; Christopher Sims of Efland; and Raleigh residents Molly Cassidy, William Hurt, David Hyman, Becky Joye, Tim Mize, Shaun Richards and Martha Thorn.
For a calendar of events and ticket information, visit http://nando.com/fa. The festival runs through May 4.
‘Avenue Q’ musical
UNC-CH Pauper Players, a student-run theater company, presents the Tony Award-winning musical “Avenue Q,” Friday through April 7 at the ArtsCenter, 300-G E. Main St., Carrboro.
Tickets are $5 for students, $7 for friends of the ArtsCenter, and $10 for adults.
Pauper Players notes that the production is for theater-goers age 16 and older, as it features “mature language and themes, in addition to puppet nudity.”
Info: 919-929-2787 or artscenterlive.org
Kristie Kim of Raleigh, a student at N.C. State University, is one of 12 illustrators who will be honored during the L. Ron Hubbard Achievement Awards in Hollywood in April. The honorees are finalists in the 25th annual Illustrators of the Future Contest.