Bluegrass exhibit, shows focus on Carolina
To celebrate Raleigh’s second year as host of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s conference and Wide Open Bluegrass festival, the N.C. Museum of History has a new exhibit and a lineup of related programs, including musical performances and jam sessions.
“Carolina Bluegrass: Breakdowns and Revivals” opened Friday in the museum lobby.
Every five weeks through May 17, the free exhibit will feature a different instrument owned and played by a well-known bluegrass musician with ties to North Carolina. On view through Oct. 8: a guitar made by Charlotte’s Carl McIntyre for Doc Watson, who played it at Carnegie Hall in 1992.
Among the other instruments to be featured is a Martin D-28 guitar played by Rodney Dillard on “The Andy Griffith Show” and an “Earl Scruggs” signature banjo that Scruggs helped design for the Gibson Guitar Corp.
The museum is at 5 E. Edenton St., in downtown Raleigh. It is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.
Info: 919-807-7850 or ncmuseumofhistory.org/
Paintings of Japanese life
Yoshiko Sumikawa is showing a series of watercolor paintings capturing lively scenes of traditional Japanese festivals through Oct. 18 at the Japan Center in Raleigh.
In her 23 works, Sumikawa aims to pass along her traditional culture to younger generations. She has been painting since childhood and has shown her work in many exhibits in Tokyo. She had a similar exhibit at the Japan Center last year.
The exhibit is free.
The Japan Center is on the Dorothea Dix Campus at 705 Barbour Drive. It is open weekday mornings except for holidays. Call in advance to be sure.
Info: 919-515-3450 or ncsu.edu/japan
Works at Waverly
Watercolors by David Stickel and acrylics by Beth Carrington Brown are on view through Sept. 24 at Waverly Artists Group Studio & Gallery in Cary.
The gallery is at 302 Colonades Way. It is open noon-6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.
Gallery adds teapot piece
A ceramic teapot by Carrboro artist Eric Serritella is now part of the permanent collection at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.
Serritella specializes in hand-carved vessels transformed into birch trees and weathered logs. His trompe l’oeil charred birch tree teapot was a prizewinner in the Smithsonian’s 2014 Quest for the Best, a juried competition.
Locally, Serritella has pieces on display in the FRANK Gallery’s “Tree: Witness to Life” exhibit, which closes Sept. 7. The gallery is in Chapel Hill.
Tour of Artists set
The 19th annual Tour of Artists is on tap Saturday and Sept. 7 in Wake Forest.
Galleries in downtown Wake Forest and studios around town will be open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Artists will be on hand to talk about their work and give demonstrations.
Members of the sponsoring Wake Forest Guild of Artists work in a wide variety of media, including acrylic, oil, watercolor, drawing, ink, clay, photography, fiber, metal, glass and wood.
Call for artists
The ArtsCenter in Carrboro is accepting applications for its Emerging Artist Series through Sept. 12.
Selected artists will show their work for a month in the ArtsCenter Corridor. Opening receptions will be held during 2nd Friday ArtWork each month.
For more info and an application, visit artscenterlive.org/exhibition/.
Gallery features pastels
Works by members of the Pastel Society of North Carolina will be featured at the Nature Art Gallery in Raleigh during September.
The opening reception for “Horizons: Touching the Sky” will be from 6-8:30 p.m. Friday at the gallery, which is inside the museum store at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St. It will be on view through Sept. 28.
Info: 919-707-9800 or http://nando.com/az
Paintings by Tom Willis are on display at the Hillsborough Arts Council Gallery through Sept. 20. The gallery, at 102 N. Churton St., is open noon-4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and during special events. Info: 919-643-2500 or hillsboroughartscouncil.org. ... 311 W. Martin St. gallery in Raleigh’s Warehouse District is featuring the works of Pierce Boshelly through Sept. 30. Info: 919-436-6987 or 311westmartinstreetgallery.com.