Asides: News of Triangle arts, in brief

June 14, 2014 

Sculptor reception

An opening reception for sculptor Christopher Kearney – whose works combine reclaimed clay and materials scavenged from Dumpsters, curbsides and construction sites – is on tap Friday at The Scrap Exchange in Durham.

Kearney’s exhibit, “In Pursuit of Shadows,” will be on view at the Green Gallery, inside the exchange through July 12. The reception is 6-9 p.m. as part of Third Friday Durham.

Immediately following the reception, festivities will move outside with a nighttime film experience starting at 9 p.m. Durham Cinematheque will present “Circle Spiral Slow,” a three-part film program by Tom Whiteside with live music by Arrows Out.

The reception and film are free and the public is invited.

The Scrap Exchange is at 923 Franklin St. Info: 919-688-6960 or

Nature Art Gallery

Daniel McClendon’s paintings are described as “primitive, honest and transparent,” and they are on view at The Nature Art Gallery in Raleigh through July 27.

From what he describes as “chaotic” black-and-white paintings, McClendon creates bold, multi-colored images of birds, flowers, insects and animals.

See his work 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday (until 7 p.m. Thursdays); and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. The Nature Art Gallery is in the mezzanine level of the Museum Store at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St. Info: 919-707-9854 or

Ackland Art Museum

Join Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill on Thursday for a celebration of two summer exhibits.

The exhibits, which will be on view starting Friday through Aug. 31, are:

“Contemplating East Asia,” featuring little-known works on paper by Mark Tobey and Sam Francis. The exhibit invites reflection on the nature and extent of Asian influence on their work.

“An Eye for the Unexpected” brings together about 130 prints, drawings and paintings from the collection of philanthropist and publisher Joseph F. McCrindle.

Thurday’s reception, 5:30-7:30 p.m., is free but RSVP is required. Call 919-843-5637 or send email to

The museum is at 101 S. Columbia St. Info: 919-966-5736 or

Composer’s premiere

The world premiere of Raleigh composer Peter Paul Olejar’s “Denver Musings,” takes place Monday at the annual Congress of the Guild of Carillonneurs at Denver University.

The debut of another work, “Variations on the Theme A.D.M.,” is scheduled for mid-July in Springfield, Ill.

Olejar is director of music at St. Paul’s Christian Church in Raleigh.

Gospel group competition

Gospel groups will compete for trophies Friday through June 22 at the Benson Singing Grove on Main Street during the 94th annual State Singing Convention.

Along with competitions on Saturday and June 22, the festival will feature a concert by Karen Peck and New River on Saturday and The Harvesters Quartet on Sunday.

Admission is free. Groups who want to sing in the competition should register by 1 p.m. Saturday. Check website for competition rules. Info: 919-894-4389 or

‘Cedars in the Pines’

See the documentary film that led to development of the current exhibit “Cedars in the Pines” at 2 p.m. Sunday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.

The exhibit is the first to commemorate the history of the state’s Lebanese immigrants. Researched and developed by the Khayrallah Program for Lebanese-American Studies at N.C. State University, it is on view through Aug. 31.

The museum is at 5 E. Edenton St. It is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission to the film and the exhibit is free.

Info: 919-807-7300 or


• Jennifer Lohmann will speak about her new book, “Weekends in Carolina,” at3 p.m. June 29 at the Southwest Regional Library in Durham, where she is a librarian.

The library is at 3605 Shannon Road.

Her book is set on a farm in northern Durham County and the local food scene figures prominently in the story.

• The 1920s drugstore exhibit has reopened at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh. It features original fixtures from the former J.C. Brantley Drugstore in downtown Raleigh.

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