“Open This End: Contemporary Art from the Collection of Blake Byrne” is on view at Duke University’s Nasher Museum of Art.
The exhibit features 68 works of art, including painting, works on paper, collage, sculpture, installation, photography, digital animation and video. Among the artists whose works are included are Andy Warhol, Cindy Scherman, Wangechi Mutu and Thomas Houseago.
Byrne graduated from Duke in 1957.
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The exhibit will be on view through July 12 before traveling to three other museums with ties to Byrne’s family.
The museum, at 2001 Campus Drive in Durham, is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday; and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is charged.
Info: 919-684-5135 or nasher.duke.edu/
The N.C. Symphony’s summer concerts begin May 23 with Dvorak’s New World Symphony “Rhapsody in Blue” performed by pianist Timo Andres. Gifted musicians of all ages from across the Triangle will perform with the symphony on a selection of Aaron Copland pieces.
The outdoor concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. at Cary’s Booth Amphitheatre. Concertgoers may bring picnics as early as 5:30 p.m. Here’s the lineup:
May 30: Your Favorite Light Classics, including Grieg’s “Peer Gynt” and Liszt’s “Hungarian Rhapsody.”
June 6: Totally ’80s.
June 12-13: White Nights Russian Festival featuring music by great Russian composers.
June 19-20: Music from stage and screen.
June 27: Music of the Eagles.
July 4: Free Independence Day salute to America, including fireworks. (Gates open at 3 p.m.)
July 9: Jazz featuring Hot Sardines, a New York City band. (Symphony is not performing.)
Booth Amphitheatre is at 8003 Regency Parkway. Season tickets are on sale now; single ticket sales begin at noon April 24. Children 12 and under are admitted free on the lawn.
Info: 919-733-2750 or ncsymphony.org
A reception is on tap from 6-8 p.m. Thursday for German artist Alfred “Alex” Gockel, whose work will be on view at Ashley Art Gallery in Fuquay-Varina through March 28.
An acclaimed contemporary artist, Gockel will discuss his work and demonstrate his technique, which is influenced by personal meetings with Salvador Dalí and Joan Miró. Flamenco guitarist Ed Stephenson will perform.
The gallery, at 701 N. Main St., is open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday; and 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.
Thursday’s reception is free.
Info: 919-552-7533 or ashleyart.com
A two-woman show featuring paintings by Kimberly Alvis and Bettina Lewicki is on view at Village Art Circle Gallery through March.
Both artists are classically trained. Alvis is showing paintings inspired by a recent trip to Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, while Lewicki is showing nature paintings.
The gallery is 200 S. Academy St., Suite 130 in Cary. Hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
Info: 919-210-0398 or villageartcircle.com
The N.C. Symphony is accepting nominations for the 2015 Maxine Swalin Award for Outstanding Music Educator through April 8.
The award honors a North Carolina music teacher who makes a lasting difference in students’ lives and serves the community in an exemplary manner as a role model in music education.
Parents, students, colleagues and community members may submit nominations and required supporting recommendations at ncsymphony.org/educationprograms.
The award, named for the wife of Benjamin Swalin, the symphony’s music director from 1939-1972, includes a $1,000 prize. A separate $500 prize, the Jackson Parkhurst Award for Special Achievement, is made in years when a strong second candidate demands recognition. One application applies to both awards.
Info: 919-789-5461 or email@example.com
It’s a double bill of Texas-born singer-songwriters Saturday at Duke Performances’ Baldwin Auditorium.
JD Souther is the writer or co-writer of many Eagles hits, including “Heartache Tonight” and “New Kid in Town.” His songs have been recorded by a long list of artists, including Crosby, Stills & Nash and Linda Ronstadt; his ninth solo album is due out this spring.
Songwriter, singer and fiddle-player Carrie Rodriguez broke into the music business working alongside Chip Taylor. She has recorded eight albums in as many years.
The concert begins at 8 p.m.
Info: 919-660-3348 or dukeperformances.duke.edu
An exhibit of paintings designed to transport viewers to far-flung corners of the world without a passport will mark the 15th anniversary of Nicole’s Studio & Art Gallery in Raleigh.
Judy Crane’s work highlights vistas from Croatia to the Greek Islands, while Nicole White Kennedy is recognized for her iconic and colorful European scenes.
The two women are expected to be on hand from 6-8:30 p.m. Friday for an opening reception. Their work will be on view through April 6.
The gallery, at 719 N. Person St., is open 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; and noon-4:30 p.m. Saturday.
Info: 919-838-8580 or nicolestudio.com
Davidson artist Herb Jackson will do triple duty in his hometown of Raleigh on Sunday.
A solo show of his abstract expressionist paintings opens at Lee Hansley Gallery, and Jackson will judge the Raleigh Fine Arts Society’s annual artist competition at the Betty Ray McCain Gallery at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts.
At 4 p.m., Jackson will speak about the competition during a free lecture at Meymandi Concert Hall, also at the performing arts center.
Jackson taught for 42 years at Davidson College and has retired to paint full time.
An opening reception for his solo show at the Hansley gallery is on tap during First Friday Gallery Walk. The show, featuring more than two dozen works, will be on view through April 25. The gallery is at 225 Glenwood Ave.
Info: 919-828-7557 or leehansleygallery.com
▪ The N.C. Master Chorale will serve as the resident chorus for the N.C. Symphony. “Our relationship with the Symphony provides us with additional opportunities to explore and present the great choral orchestral repertoire and to attract the best singers in our area who also seek this opportunity,” Alfred E. Sturgis, the chorale’s music director, said in announcing the partnership.
▪ The African Children’s Choir performs at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Kings Park International Church, 1305 Odyssey Drive, in Durham. The choir is a nonprofit organization that helps vulnerable African youngsters. Donations are welcome.
Info: 919-544-6304 or africanchildrenschoir.com
▪ The first of two back-to-back offerings in Raleigh Little Theatre’s Youth Series is “The Velveteen Rabbit,” which opens Friday and runs through March 22. “Sleeping Beauty” follows April 3-12. Both productions are at the Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre, 301 Pogue St., Raleigh.
Info: 919-821-3111 or raleighlittletheatre.org
▪ Gail Goers is showing large-format photographs from her travels in Germany and China at Bull City Arts Collaborative, 401 Foster St., Durham, through April 12. The gallery is open 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays and by appointment. A reception and open studio also is planned from 6-9 p.m. March 20. Her photos are also featured in an art photography book designed by Horse & Buggy Press in Durham.
▪ Raleigh-based singer-songwriter Jeanne Jolly performs at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro on Saturday. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.
Info: 919-929-2787 or artscenterlive.org/
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