State of the Arts and Culture
The third annual State of the Arts and Culture in Wake County program will begin with an 8 a.m. breakfast reception Wednesday, Jan. 16, at the N.C. Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh. The event, which is free and open to the public, will include updates on the 2013 International Blue Grass Festival coming to Raleigh and the presentation of the 2013 awards to businesses for support of the arts. For more information, go to www.unitedarts.org.
Book-a-Week exhibit, reception
Local book artists Jennifer Lee Mahaffey and Kathy Steinsberger, who each made one book each week during 2012, will talk about their work at a reception from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at Pullen Arts Center, 105 Pullen Road, Raleigh. The Book-a-Week exhibit is open now through Jan. 31.
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Yuko Taylor exhibit
An opening reception for an exhibit of Yuko Taylor’s oil paintings is set for 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at Cafe Caturra in Cameron Village, Raleigh. The paintings, which combine African-American history with Japanese symbols of honor and respect, will be displayed through Jan. 3.
Scandinavian music, dance at library
The Nordic Players will perform Scandinavian folk music and dance from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at Cameron Village Regional Library, 1930 Clark Ave., Raleigh. For more information, call 919-856-6710.
A memoir-writing class is scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 22 to Feb. 12, at Quail Ridge Books and Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh. For registration and more information, email Anne Clinard Barnhill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Turn memories into memoirs
Mandy Locke, N&O journalist and writing coach, will present Your Life Your Story: Tackling the Memoir, a blend of exercises and tips on writing about one’s life at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at North Regional Library, 7009 Harps Mill Road, Raleigh.
‘Jack Tales’ by traveling storytellers
“Jack Tales” by Raleigh Little Theatre’s Storytellers to Go! traveling troupe is set for 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Cameron Village Regional Library, 1930 Clark Ave., Raleigh.
Triangle String Band at library
The Triangle String Band will perform – playing acoustic guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, harmonica and a washtub bass – at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, at North Regional Library, 7009 Harps Mill Road, Raleigh. For more information or to register, call 919-870-4000.
Saudia Arabia photography exhibit
Roundabout Art Collective’s will open a new show called World Views, photographs of Saudi Arabia by Broughton High School art teacher Nancy Carty, from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1, at the gallery, 305 Oberlin Road, Raleigh. The show will run through Feb. 18.
Paint Your HeART Out
Sertoma Arts Center will hold its annual Paint Your HeART Out fundraiser to support arts and scholarship programs from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2. Participants of all ages will create a Valentine’s-inspired masterpiece on canvas using paint and other provided materials. The works of art will be displayed in the center, at 1400 West Millbrook Road, Raleigh, during February. Minimum donation of $6. To register, call Sertoma at 919-420-2329.
The Art of the Necklace 2
An opening reception for The Art of the Necklace 2, a portrait photography and jewelry exhibition, is set for 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at Third Place coffeehouse, 1811 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. The exhibition runs Feb. 5-28.
The Art of the Necklace 2 features portrait photographs by Carl Tyer of models wearing mixed media character necklaces made by Rock Kershaw.
For more information, call 919-834-6566.
Art, photo contest at Yates Mill
Historic Yates Mill County Park is accepting artwork for the 7th annual Mill As Muse exhibit. Contest themes will focus on Yates Mill, park flora and fauna and people doing park activities. All entries are due before 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3. Winners will be announced at the Feb. 9 exhibit reception. For more information, call 919-856-6675.
Painting with natural colors, primitive paints
A program to explore where colors come from and what we can create from them is set for 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 9. Participants will use natural pigments and other materials to create a cave-style painting. For all ages; most appropriate for ages 8 and older. Cost is $4 per person. To register, call 919-856-6675.
‘Jack Tales: Appalachian Adventures’
“Jack Tales: Appalachian Adventures,” with Storytellers to Go! of the Raleigh Little Theatre, is scheduled from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. Enjoy stories about Jack as he meets the Northwest Wind, plays cat and mouse and outwits dangerous robbers.
Music of the Carolinas: Jeff Warner
Jeff Warner, who grew up listening to the songs and stories of rural America, will perform from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh.
Volunteer chamber orchestra seeks members
A local volunteer chamber orchestra is looking for string instrument non-professional musicians. The group practices at Meredith College School of Music on Wednesday evenings. For more information, go to www.taconc.com or send an email to email@example.com.