Arts Notes: May 11

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Music Association to meet May 14

The Johnston County Music Association will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 14, at Sherry’s Signature Cheesecakes, 120 E. Main St., Clayton. For more information, call Julie Stewart at 919-359-3473.

Millstock returns to Clayton on June 7

This year’s Millstock Art and Music Festival is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 7, on Horne Square at the corner of Main and Lombard streets in downtown Clayton. Artists and craftspeople from Clayton, the Triangle and Eastern North Carolina will show and sell their works. And a number of bands will play indoors and outdoors at the Flipside, the downtown restaurant where Millstock was born 14 years ago. The festival is family-friendly, with activities for children. Admission is free, and the event goes on rain or shine. Artists can sign up at

Clayton students displaying art

Works by students in Clayton schools are on display this month at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. Their teachers are Jane Roberts and Jeanine Frantz, Clayton High; Tracy Comerford, Clayton Middle; Suzan Fontainel Cooper Elementary; and Mary Catherine Foust, Powhatan Elementary.

Town Square music

Southern Grace will perform from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 15, on the Town Square on Main Street in Clayton. Admission is free.

A film for seniors

Screenings of the film “A Day in a Life” are scheduled for 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Friday, May 23, in the auditorium at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. Targeted to seniors, the romantic comedy-drama explores friendships, family and youthful shenanigans.

Free vocal camp this summer in Benson

A free vocal camp will take place July 28-Aug. 2 in the W.J. Barefoot Auditorium, 303 E. Church St., Benson. Recording artist Amanda Daughtry, a North Carolina native, will conduct the camp for young people ages 6-14. The deadline for applications is May 31. To learn more, go to and clink on the vocal camp link.

Pour It & Paint

The next Pour It & Paint is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 16, at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 E. Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. The SRAC supplies the canvas and the paint; you supply the wine. The cost is $35. To register, call 919-934-2148.

Paintings at library

Watercolors and acrylics by Heidi-Lee Peach are on display this month at the Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield, 305 E. Market St., Smithfield.

Variety show in Selma

Here are the next performances of the American Music Jubilee, the Branson-style variety show: 1:40 p.m. May 17 and May 22 at the Rudy Theatre, 300 N. Raiford St., Selma. For tickets, call 877-843-7839 or visit

Hospital seeks artwork

The Johnston County Arts Council is helping Johnston Health select and buy original art for the 50 patient rooms and family waiting areas at Johnston Medical Center in Clayton. The new wing will open early next year.

Johnston Health is looking for works that are either 16 by 20 inches or 18 by 24 inches. Works may include acrylic, chalk, crayon, watercolor or pen and ink.

The Johnston County Arts Council will collect entries at its office 1115 Industrial Park Drive in Smithfield. A committee will select works based on artistic merit and suitability for patients and visitors. The committee will give preference to artists who grew up in Johnston County or who now live or work in Johnston. The artwork must be uplifting and inspiring. Artists may enter as many as five works.

Johnston Health will pay $50 for each entry selected and will install a plaque next to each artwork with a short story of the artist’s inspiration for the work and his or her connection to Johnston County. Also, Johnston Health plans to publish a catalog that would include a scanned image of the artist’s work.

For artists interested in submitting work, a tour of the hospital construction project is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 21.

Artists must submit their work by June 20. The committee will notify artists by email or phone by July 11. For more information, call Darlene Williford at 919-938-0306 or email

Art for kids

Doodlebugs, a weekly art class for kids and their parents, meets from 9:30-10:15 a.m. Fridays at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 E. Booker Dairy Road. Children 18 months to 3 years experiment with dough, pudding gelatin, crayons, watercolors and more. For Smithfield residents, the cost is $5 per session or $19 for four sessions. For nonresidents, it’s $7 per session or $27 for four sessions. Register two days in advance by calling 919-934-2148.

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