Art on display in Clayton
Works by 19 artists are on display through Nov. 3 at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton.
One of those artists is Jim Whitfield, who paints in acrylics. A Colorado native, Whitfield spent much of his life in engineering. When he got laid off from a job in California, he used the commission from painting a mural to move to North Carolina.
The other artists are Jim Brown and his students: Carolyn B. Allen, Maria Blythe, Shirley Booker, Ramona Cash, Joanne Dunn, Carolyn Faison, Faye Lampe, Janet Lampe, Betty Little, Heidi-Lee Peach, Ann Ragland, Don Stephenson, Francine Stephenson, Glenda Toler, Edie Voorhees, Haywood Watson and Betsy Williams.
Brown painted the mural “True Colors” at Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library in Clayton.
The exhibit is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Variety show in Selma
Here are upcoming performances of the American Music Jubilee, the Branson-style variety show at the Rudy Theater, 300 N. Raiford St., Selma: 1:40 p.m. Oct. 18 and Oct. 23. For tickets, call 877-843-7839.
Day trip to museum
The Frank Creech Art Gallery at Johnston Community College is putting together a day trip to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond. The current exhibit is “Forbidden City: Imperial Treasures from the Palace Museum, Beijing.” The date is Oct. 20, and the cost is $15. For more information, call 919-209-2032.
The business of publishing
Johnston Community College will offer a free class titled “The Small-Business Side of Publishing & Promoting Your Book.” Have you written a book but don’t know how to launch a business to get the book published? An experienced author will take you through the start-up process. The class will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, at the Johnston County Workforce Development Center, 135 Bestwood Drive, Clayton. To register, go to https://www.ncsbc.net/reg.aspx?mode=event&event=280340054.
2015 exhibits seek artists
Clayton Visual Arts Inc. invites artists to apply for a month-long exhibition in 2015. The exhibit season at The Clayton Center begins in February.
Paintings, photographs, graphics, printmaking, mixed media, collage, fiber arts – any two-dimensional, hanging art – will hang in the gallery.
The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Oct. 31; the application fee is $10.
Interested artists should apply by sending a resume, a portfolio of four to six images and the application fee to Clayton Visual Arts, Exhibits Committee, P.O. Box 698, Clayton, N.C. 27528.
Performing arts in Clayton
Here’s the schedule for the 2014-15 performing-arts series in Clayton.
Friday, Oct. 17 – The Capitol Steps. A Clayton favorite, the Capitol Steps return with their newest production, “How to Succeed in Congress Without Really Lying.” Tickets are $35.
Saturday, Nov. 1 – “An Evening With Groucho” with award-winning actor, director and playwright Frank Ferrante. Ferrante re-creates his PBS, New York and London portrayal of legendary comedian Groucho Marx. Tickets are $25.
Saturday, Dec. 6 – Riders in the Sky. Tickets are $28.
Friday, Jan. 23 – storyteller Jeanne Robertson. Tickets are $30.
Friday, March 20 – “Yesterday & Today: The Interactive Beatles’ Experience.” Tickets to this all-request concert are $25.
Saturday, April 11 – Jeremy Davis & The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra. Tickets are $30.
The Clayton Center will also present native sons the Malpass Brothers, who hail from Goldsboro, in a special event on Saturday, Feb. 7. Tickets are $20.
All events presented by The Clayton Center begin at 8 p.m. For ticket prices and for more information on these shows, call The Clayton Center box office at 919-553-1737 or visit theclaytoncenter.com. The Clayton Center is located at 111 E. Second St. in downtown Clayton. Box office hours are 10 a.m. until noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
JCC concert series
Here are the remaining shows in the 25th anniversary concert series at Johnston Community College.
To purchase tickets, call 919-209-2099 or go to jccperformingarts.com.
“The Haunting,” a mystery dinner theater, is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, at the Johnston County Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield. Tickets are $60 for individuals and $100 for couples. Proceeds will benefit the Tobacco Farm Life Museum in Kenly. For reservations, which are required, call 919-284-3431 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Art class for children
Doodlebugs, a weekly art class for children ages 18 months to 4 years, has resumed at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. In sessions at 10 a.m. Friday, children experiment with dough, paper, watercolors, glue and more. For Smithfield residents, the cost is $5 per session or $19 for four sessions. For nonresidents, the costs are $7 and $27, respectively. Register two days in advance by calling 919-934-1408.
Country music in Selma
Here are upcoming shows at the Ice House Theatre, the country music venue at 112 N. Webb St. in Selma: Eric Strickland and the B Sides, Oct. 17; Honky Tonk Experiences, Oct. 24; and Louis Waymore, Oct. 31. All shows are at 7 p.m. For tickets, or for more information, call 919-631-3797.