Bluegrass in the park
Midtown Bluegrass: Sunday Ramble in the Park returns April 19 for six Sunday afternoon concerts in Midtown Park in the North Hills Park District in Raleigh.
The free concerts, on third Sundays from April to June and August to October, are from 5-7 p.m. Here’s the lineup:
April 19: The Lang Sisters open the show at 4 p.m.; Snyder Family Band follows at 5 p.m.
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May 17: Vickie Vaughn Band, nominee for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s 2014 Band of the Year Momentum Award.
June 21: The Bankesters, winner of an Independent Music Award for Best Bluegrass Album.
Aug. 16: Flatt Lonesome, IBMA’s 2014 Emerging Artist of the Year.
Sept. 20: Billy Strings & Don Julin, who performed at last year’s IBMA Wide Open Bluegrass Festival.
Oct. 18: Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, 2014 IBMA Instrumental Group of the Year and 2015 Grammy nominees.
Lawn chairs, blankets and coolers are welcome; Southern barbecue and craft beer will be available for purchase.
“Make A Scene,” an exhibit featuring the mixed-media work of Chapel Hill artist Amy S. Hoppe, is on view at Artspace’s satellite site, HQ Raleigh, on the first Friday of each month through June 15.
Hoppe is showing recent works on paper examining everyday architecture and objects, including works inspired by HQ Raleigh, a co-working community of local entrepreneurs.
HQ Raleigh is at 310 S. Harrington St.
Info: 919-821-2787 or artspacenc.org
Ellipse/Eclipse, an exhibit of handwoven tapestries by Mary Kircher and Ann Roth, opens Friday at Artspace’s Upfront Gallery in Raleigh.
The Artspace lobby will showcase “CAUTIONARY Tale” by Stacy Bloom Rexrode, who uses traditional crafts and such materials as silk flowers, plastic plates and plastic recyclables to explore the concept of the heirloom.
The opening reception, which is free and open to the public, is from 6-10 p.m. Their work will be on view through April 25.
An opening reception is also on tap for “Wild at Heart: Our Affair with Nature,” featuring site-specific installations, photos and paintings that will be on display in galleries 1 and 2 through May 16.
Participating artists are Elisabeth Applbaum, Karen Bell, Derek Coté, Andrea Frank, Robin Germany, Lori Kella, Gayle Stott Lowry, Jackson Martin, Traer Scott and Millee Tibbs.
Artspace is at 201 E. Davie St. It is open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; and until 10 p.m. on First Fridays.
Info: 919-821-2787 or artspacenc.org
Young musicians: Apply now to enter the N.C. Symphony’s annual youth concerto competition.
The competition is open to instrumentalists between ages 10 and 21 who are North Carolina residents or attend a North Carolina school full-time.
First- and second-place winners in each of two age divisions will receive a cash prize; the winner of the senior division will perform with the symphony as a featured soloist.
The preliminary round is April 19 at the Wainwright Music Building at Meredith College in Raleigh. Applications to reserve an audition time, along with a $25 fee, are due April 10.
An exhibit of screenprints from the era of war protests and psychedelic culture opens Thursday at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.
“Colour Correction: Brtish and American Screenprints, 1967-1975” includes more than 100 works by 40 artists, from the pop art of Andy Warhol and Eduardo Paolozzi to the political critiques of May Stevens. The pieces are drawn mostly from Nasher’s collection.
“The show is a visual journey through a tumultuous moment in time – of social, political and aesthetic change – seen through the lens of the screenprint medium,” museum director Sarah Schroth said in announcing the exhibit.
“We are lucky to have these works in our collection and we are thrilled that our newest curator, Marshall Price, rediscovered them during his explorations of our storage areas.”
The museum, at 2001 Campus Drive, Durham, is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday; and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.
Info: 919-684-5135 or nasher.duke.edu/
Oil painting show
Raleigh artist Sonia Kane will be on hand Friday for an opening reception for her solo exhibit of oil paintings at City Gallery in Raleigh.
The reception will be from 6-9 p.m. The exhibit features scenes of nature painted with colors that seem to radiate light.
City Gallery is at Vintage Church, 118 S. Person St. The exhibit will be on view Sundays during April from 8:30-9 a.m., 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 4:30-5 p.m.
Info: 919-829-7087 or http://nando.com/12t
North Carolina Award
Know someone deserving of the state’s highest civilian honor, the North Carolina Award?
Nominations are being accepted through April 24. The award recognizes notable accomplishments in literature, science, fine arts and public service.
Anyone may submit a nomination. Submit online at http://nando.com/12s with six copies of supporting materials sent to N.C. Awards Committee, N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, 4601 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-4601.
Winners, who will be honored by the governor in November, will be chosen this summer. The 2014 honorees were Betsy M. Bennett of Chapel Hill and Robert A. Ingram of Durham for public service; Lenard D. Moore of Raleigh and Alan Shapiro of Chapel Hill for literature; Jagdish “Jay” Narayan of Raleigh for science; and Ira David Wood III of Raleigh for fine arts.
Info: 919-807-7256 or http://nando.com/12s
Call for artists
The Scrap Exchange is seeking artists of all ages, skill levels and in all media to participate in its annual Friends and Family show, celebrating the art of creative reuse.
The non-juried, open-hanging show runs April 17-May 9 in the exchange’s Cameron Gallery. Artists may submit up to three pieces that are ready to hang or display. Artwork must be 75 percent reworked, repurposed or reclaimed material, and all items must be for sale.
Artists can drop off their work from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. April 13-15.
The Scrap Exchange is at 2050 Chapel Hill Road, Durham.
Info: 919-688-6960 or scrapexchange.org
▪ Jerry Sipp – director, actor, teacher, mentor – will lead a memorization seminar, 2-5 p.m. April 18 at Umstead Park United Church of Christ, 8208 Brownleigh Drive, Raleigh.
The Justice Theater Project is sponsoring the event. It is open to actors and non-actors alike, with a $5 suggested donation.
Reservations are required. Call 919-356-5887 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
▪ First Friday in April is a continuation of a popular show at Nicole’s Studio & Gallery in Raleigh. Nicole Kennedy and Judy Crane’s “From Capri to Croatia” features scenes from around the world by two contemporary realists.
Meet them at a reception from 6-8:30 p.m. Friday. Their work will be on view through April 15. The gallery is at 719 N. Person St.
Info: 919-838-8580 or nicolestudio.com