Arts Notes: Sept. 25

09/23/2013 12:00 AM

09/22/2013 1:44 PM

‘Porsche by Design’

The Fine Art Department at Johnston Community College invites Johnstonians to travel to Raleigh on Oct. 29 for an exhibit at the N.C. Museum of Art. “Porsche by Design” features 20 automobiles owned by Ralph Lauren, Steve McQueen, Janis Joplin and others.

The trip will depart JCC at 9 a.m. and return before 3 p.m. The transportation cost is $15 at the ticket booth and $16 online at Exhibit admission, payable at the museum, is $18 for adults, $15 for military personnel and adults 55 and older and $12 for ages 7-18.

For more information, call Bill Gregory at 919-209-2032.

Library programs

Southeast Regional Library in Garner is offering a number of arts programs.

Local authors – 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27. Authors Brynn Bonner, Margaret Maron, Tamara Ward, Sharon Ewell Foster and Barbara Claypole White will talk about how living in the South has influenced their work.

• Sally Mullikin, who makes violins, will talk about her craft at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28.
•  Musicians from the Triangle Wind Ensemble will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29.
•  The Ebony Raleigh Area Group Stitchers will discuss quilt making at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26.
•  Andy Kasab will perform a mix of American and world music on the harp guitar at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10.
•  Explore classic literature by British authors at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16,

Pottery classes

The Smithfield Parks and Recreation Department will offer the following pottery classes at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 E. Booker Dairy Road. For more information, or to register, call 919-934-1408.

Handbuilding – 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 22-Nov. 26, and 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 17-Nov. 21. The cost is $100 for residents and $125 for nonresidents. Also, students must purchase a 25-pound bag of clay.

Child and adult handbuilding – Learn to make bird or owl pottery from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4. The cost is $15. Registration is required the Friday before the class.

Children’s art class

Children 18 months to 3 years can experiment with dough, pudding, gelatin, crayons and watercolors from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Fridays at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 E. Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. For residents, the cost is $5 per class or $19 for four classes. For nonresidents, the cost is $7 per class or $27 for four. Registration is required the Wednesday before each class. For more information, or to register, call 919-934-2148.

Mad About Ava Cocktail Party

“Mad About Ava,” a cocktail party, is scheduled from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, at the Ava Gardner Museum, 325 E. Market St., Smithfield. The event will kick off the museum’s annual Ava Gardner Festival, which will take place Oct. 4-6 in downtown Smithfield. The party, inspired by the hit TV show “Mad Men,” will include a 1960s costume contest, raffle drawings, specialty drinks, live entertainment and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $25 per person and are available online online at

Crochet class

A beginner crochet class will start Sept. 30 at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. The class will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mondays for six weeks. Adults 18 and older will learn the chain, slip, single, double and treble stitch. The cost is $40 for residents and $55 for nonresidents. For more information, or to register, call 919-553-1550.

Preschool art

An art class for preschoolers will begin Oct. 2 at the Clayton Community Center, 715 Amelia Church Road, Clayton. The class will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays for four weeks. Preschoolers will learn about shapes, primary colors and different types of media. The cost is $20 for residents and $35 for nonresidents. The fee covers one child and one adult. For more information, or to register, call 919-553-1550.

Artists sought

The Pretty in Pink Foundation is seeking artists for a show and sale in Clayton.

The entry fee is $30, and the deadline to enter is Oct. 2. The show and sale are scheduled from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at Deep River Brewing Co., 700 W. Main St., Clayton.

Ten percent of the sale will go to the Pretty in Pink Foundation, which will use the money to provide financial assistance to breast cancer patients in Johnston County. For more information, or to reserve a spot in the show and sale, call the Pretty in Pink Foundation at 919-532-0532 or email

Music at the Rudy

The bluegrass group Little Roy & Lizzy will perform Friday, Oct. 11, at the Rudy Theater in downtown Selma. Nashville songwriters will perform Saturday, Oct 26. For reservations and ticket prices, call 919-202-9927.

Art at JCC

Works by Raleigh artist Elizabeth de Sherbinin are on display through Oct. 4 in the Frank Creech Art Gallery at Johnston Community College, 245 College Road, Smithfield. A reception for the artist is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19.

Bluegrass music

Two groups with Johnston County ties will perform at Wide Open Bluegrass in Raleigh.

Al Batten & The Bluegrass Reunion will perform from 1:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, on the Martin Street stage.

Samantha Casey & The Bluegrass Jam will perform from 1:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, also on the Martin Street stage.

Farm Fest

Springhill Outfitters has scheduled its second annual Farm Fest for Saturday, Oct. 5, at The Farm, 215 Batten Road, Selma. Gates open at 11 a.m. The following will perform: Craig Morgan, Lauren Alaina, Parmalee, Tyler Farr, Brian Davis and Josh Phillips. Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the gate. Tickets are available at and at Springhill Outfitters, 773 Seafood House Road, Selma.


Open auditions for the 2014 season of the Country Music Showcase will be held Oct. 8-9 in the Paul A. Johnson Auditorium at Johnston Community College, 245 College Road, Smithfield.

Registration in advance is required. Forms are available in the auditorium lobby, by calling the box office at 919-209-2099 or by visiting

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