Second Sunday City mARTket Fair
Artsplosure will host a series of warm-weather art and craft markets the second Sunday of the month from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at City Market, 215 Wolfe St., Raleigh. The free events will feature 20 to 40 mostly local artists. For details, contact Jennie Lanning at 919-832-8699 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Writer’s Night in the Forest
The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre hosts a free monthly series designed to promote local authors and support avid readers. The next session will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, at 405 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest. Featured author Jess Ekstrom will present “Freshman Fabulous: The Girls Guide to College.” For details, call 919-435-9458.
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“Beautiful Alchemy” will be on display at The Block Gallery from Aug. 5 through Sept. 18. The exhibition features mixed-media artists Brandon Cordrey and Melinda Fine. An opening reception will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, at the gallery located at 222 W. Hargett St., Raleigh.
Local Color Gallery will present the exhibit “Summer Citings” by artist Kim Balentine until Saturday, Aug. 29, at 311 W. Martin St., Raleigh. A special event will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7.
Scrap Happens Night
Scrap Happens will be from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14, at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St. Tickets are $10 per person, plus tax, and are available at the box office or online at www.wakeforestnc.gov/tickets-events.aspx. For details, contact Cathy Gourge at 919-435-9567.
Sertoma Arts Center will offer a free writing workshop called “World Building, With Pizza” with Piedmont Laureate James Maxey from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, in the Cardinal Classroom, 1400 W. Millbrook Road, Raleigh. For details, email Julia.email@example.com.
Forest of Wake Storytelling Festival
The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre will host the Forest of Wake Storytelling Festival from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, at 405 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest. The event will feature four professional storytellers, along with workshops and concerts for children and adults.
A variety of ticket options are available, including a full festival concert pass for $15. Tickets for each event and workshop can be purchased online at www.wakeforestnc.gov/tickets-events.aspx or at the box office.
For more information about the festival, go to www.wakeforestnc.gov/forest-of-wake-storytelling-festival.aspx.
Children’s Choir auditions
The Wake Forest Children’s Choir will host auditions at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31, at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre , 405 S. Brooks St. Students in grades four through nine can audition and must register at http://wfchildrenschoir.org.
If accepted into the choir, students will be expected to attend weekly rehearsals from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays beginning Sept. 8. The cost is $340 to be paid in two installments. For details, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tar River Festival
The Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce will host the 26th annual Tar River Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, in downtown Louisburg and Riverbend Park, located at the end of South Church Street. The free event will feature arts and crafts from local artisans, food vendors and live music.
To participate as a vendor, call 919-496-3056 or email Brenda Fuller at email@example.com or go to www.franklin-chamber.org.
The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre is partnering with Raleigh Little Theatre to offer a variety of youth and adult theater classes from September through December.
RLT will present two adult acting classes designed to take students through the process of preparing for the stage from 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 15 through Oct. 20.
As part of its Youth Education Program, RLT will offer sessions from Sept. 12 through Oct. 24 and Oct. 31 through Dec. 19 for youth classes: Creative Drama, Play On! and Acting Out.
For a complete list of classes, go to www.wakeforestnc.gov/classes.aspx. For details, contact Renaissance Centre Specialist Cathy Gouge at 919-435-9567 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call for writers and artists
▪ The Franklin County Arts Council Writers Guild is seeking submissions of poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction to be considered for the 2016 issue of “County Lines: A Literary Journal.” For details, email CountyLinesLiteraryJournal@gmail.com. A cash prize of $25 will be awarded to the artist whose work is chosen for the book cover. The deadline to submit work is Sept. 15.
▪ The Franklin County Arts Council will also have an Artist Reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, August 6 during the Art Stroll at the FCAC Gallery / Head Quarter’s on 22 S. Main St., Franklinton. Art will be on display until Saturday, September 19.
Composer to lead concert in Raleigh
Composer John Rutter will conduct the Bel Canto Company of Greensboro in a concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, at Edenton Street United Methodist Church, 228 W. Edenton St., Raleigh. The concert, which is free and open to the public, will feature the regional premiere of Rutter’s “The Gift of Life: Six Canticles of Creation.”
Tour of Artists
The Wake Forest Guild of Artists will present its 20th annual Tour of Artists from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, and Sunday, Sept. 20. Galleries and art studios in Wake Forest will be open, and artists will give demonstrations and talk about their work. For details, go to http://wakeforestguild.com/tour-2015 or contact Beth Massey at 919-562-1688 or email@example.com.
Call for artists
The Cotton Company in historic downtown Wake Forest is seeking a variety of artists and musicians for Art After Hours. The event, which takes place the second Friday of each month, allows local artists and musicians to display their work, network and sell to the public. For details, email TheCottonCompanyGallery@gmail.com.
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