Art contest for teens
The Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield is staging “It Came from a Book,” an art contest for teens. The contest welcomes original works of art inspired by a book. Teens may submit works in a variety of media, including photography, painting, drawing, sculpture and manga.
Through Oct. 31, the library will accept contest entries at its reference desk. The winner will receive a $20 gift card. All entries will be on display Nov. 10-22.
The library is at 305 E. Market St. in downtown Smithfield. For more information, stop by the library, call Emily Campbell at 919-934-8146, Ext. 3, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Johnston Community College will host children’s author and illustrator Denise Fleming at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, in Room 1630 of the Public Safety Building on the Smithfield campus, 245 College Road. Admission is free.
Fleming is the author and illustrator of 20 picture books, including “In the Small, Small Pond,” which earned a Caldecott Honor Award, the highest honor in children’s illustrated literature. Her books have garnered numerous additional honors and awards.
Art for children
The Clayton Parks and Recreation Department invites children ages 3-5 to paint, print and create. The department will offer two sessions of its four-week Young da Vincis class. One will meet from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursdays starting Nov. 1. The other will meet from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturdays starting Nov. 4. The cost is $25 for Clayton residents and $40 for nonresidents. To learn more, call 919-553-1550.
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.
Performing arts in Clayton
Here’s the remaining schedule for the 2014-15 performing-arts series in Clayton.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Monthly art chat
Clayton Visual Arts Inc. has launched Third Tuesday Art Chat, a monthly gathering that offers artists a chance to share ideas, art products, resources, marketing tips, etc. The monthly chat is on the third Tuesday of the month in the Poole Room in The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. The chat starts at 6:30 p.m.
Here are upcoming shows at the Ice House Theatre, the country music venue at 112 N. Webb St. in Selma: Louis Waymore, Oct. 31; the Johnny Folsom 4, Nov. 7; and Kelly and the Cowboys, Nov. 14. All shows are at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, or for more information, call 919-631-3797.