Arts & Culture

Asides: News of Triangle arts, in brief

“Untitled I,” oil on canvas, by Max Halperen. Works are on view at Artspace in Raleigh through March 28.
“Untitled I,” oil on canvas, by Max Halperen. Works are on view at Artspace in Raleigh through March 28. MAX HALPEREN

Festival of new plays

The Carrboro ArtsCenter is sponsoring “Redbird,” a festival of new one-act plays by North Carolina authors, adapted by North Carolina playwrights. The festival, March 13-22, is divided into two alternating sets of performances.

One set includes three plays: “Saints Have Mothers,” adapted by Jane Holding from one of the novellas in Allan Gurganus’ book “Local Souls”; “Linnaeus Forgets,” adapted by Marianne Gingher and Debby Seabrooke from the story by Fred Chappell about the renowned scientist; and “Life Without Water,” adapted by Michael A. Smith from the coming-of-age novel by Nancy Peacock.

The other set offers two additional plays: “The Fire of Freedom,” by Durham’s Howard L. Craft, inspired by David Cecelski’s book about a North Carolina slave who became a Union spy, and “Property,” an original work by theater veteran and UNC faculty member Dana Coen.

ArtsCenter is at 300-G E. Main St.

Info: 919-929-2787 or

Correspondent Roy C. Dicks

4 exhibits for spring

The first of four new exhibits opening this spring is on view at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh.

▪ “Field Guide: James Prosek’s Un/Natural World” features paintings, drawings and sculptures of wildlife that offer commentary on environmental issues. Prosek, a Connecticut artist who is often described as a contemporary Audubon, has observed wildlife in a variety of habitats from the American West to Zimbabwe. See his works through Aug. 2.

▪ “The Patton Collection: A Gift to North Carolina” will be on view March 28-Aug. 23, showcasing a major gift from Jim and Mary Patton, collectors of mid- to late-20th-century art. The gift includes works by Milton Avery, Richard Diebenkorn, Jackie Ferrara, Hans Hofman, David Park, Sean Scully and many others. The gift expands the museum’s permanent collection, augmenting works by artists already in the collection while adding works by artists previously not represented.

▪ “Director’s Cut: Recent Photography Gifts to the NCMA” runs April 4-Sept. 13, featuring a selection of photos from recent gifts in honor of Lawrence J. Wheeler’s 20th anniversary as the museum’s director. The photographers whose work will be on view include Uta Barth, William Christenberry, Alex Harris, Frank Hunter, Bill Jacobson, Simen Johan, Andrew Moore, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons and Kerry Skarbakka.

▪ The fourth exhibit, “Zoosphere,” is scheduled for April 25-Sept. 13, featuring a multichannel video installation in which artist Allison Hunter imagines unexpected, up-close encounters with koi fish, meerkats, komodo dragons and snakes .

The museum is at 2110 Blue Ridge Road.

Info: 919-839-6262 or

Art by David Dunlop

PBS’ David Dunlop is showing contemporary landscapes through April 19 at Adam Cave Fine Art in Raleigh.

The exhibit is his second solo show at the gallery. Dunlop, who hails from Connecticut, is best known for painting with oils on aluminum, an approach he began using after studying 17th-century paintings that made use of copper and alabaster.

He is in production for his second season of the syndicated PBS television series “Landscapes Through Time With David Dunlop.”

The second-floor gallery, at 115-1/2 E. Hargett St., is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and noon-4 p.m. weekends.

Info: 919-838-6692 or

Max Halperen exhibit

Retired N.C. State professor Max Halperen is the featured exhibitor in “Retrospective and a Fond Farewell,” on view at Artspace in Raleigh through March 28.

Halperen, who taught modern literature and art history, is showing works spanning five decades. The exhibit highlights his mixture of expressionism, realism, surrealism and abstraction.

Artspace is at 201 E. Davie St. It is open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; and until 10 p.m. on First Fridays.

Info: 919-821-2787 or

Meet the artists

Meet the artists who will show their work through April 5 at Frank Gallery in Chapel Hill during a reception from 6-9 p.m. Friday.

The exhibit, “Edge of White: 5 Artists Explore the Perimeters,” explores abstraction through photography, paper collage, paper sculpture, painting and multimedia. Participating artists are Katherine Armacost, Peg Gignoux, Sandy Milroy, Barbara Tyroler and Anita Wolfenden.

Frank Gallery is at 109 E. Franklin St. It is open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. on selected Thursdays; and 1-5 p.m. Sundays.

Info: 919-636-4135 or

Shell photography

Atlantic Beach resort owner A.B. “Bud” Cooper is showing his shell photography through March 29 at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences’ Nature Art Gallery in Raleigh.

Cooper, part owner and operator of Oceanana Family Resort, was first place winner in Wildlife in North Carolina magazine’s first wildlife photography contest. His photos have been displayed at galleries in Beaufort, N.C., and Raleigh.

The gallery is on the top floor of the Museum Store. The museum, at 11 W. Jones St., is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.

Info: 919-707-9800 or

Colored Pencil Society

Twenty-three members of the Raleigh-Durham chapter of the Colored Pencil Society are among 41 artists whose work will be spotlighted in a free exhibit at the Clayton Center, on view through April 1.

The spring-themed show also features 18 artists from Clayton Visual Arts.

Colored Pencil Artists taking part are Annette Kirk of Wendell; Jim Sanders of Garner; Kay Mowery, Margaret Nelson and Toby Sue Shaw of Cary; as well as Raleigh artists Pearl Cohen, Cordelia M. Haremann, Mike Gantt, Suzan Holmes, Nina MacDonald, Dorothea Miller, Jan Pope, Janet Slagle, Melinda Pollard Stump and Joyce Yount.

Other society members whose work is on view are Jackie Balog of Willow Spring; Irena Brubaker of Chapel Hill; Betty Hendrix of Whispering Pines; Sue Henson of Durham; Linda Koffenberger of Holly Springs; Theresa Korab of Apex; Kate Lagaly of Roxboro; and Carolyn Langley of Burlington.

Clayton Visual Arts members participating in the show are Julie Alexander, Paul Arceneaux, Lauri Arnsten, Lisa Bailey, Amy Beshgetorian, Frank Dziepak, John Farr, Phyllis Harvey, Carolyn Howard, Jill Hunt, Michael Morrison, Kathy Nobles, Medrith Nuttle, Heidi Lee Peach, Janie Prete, Linda Strevig, Jo Tucker and Heidi Wood.

The Clayton Center is at 111 2nd St. It is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays.

Info: 919-553-3152 or


▪ Mark Friday the 13th for a free show at Halle Cultural Arts Center in Apex featuring Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys, a Michigan roots ensemble. Performance starts at 7 p.m. The arts center is at 237 N. Salem St.

▪ Artists’ views of “Hot & Cold” are the focus of a new exhibit, on view through March 28, at Tipping Paint Gallery, 311 W. Martin St., Raleigh. It features artwork with red-hot colors and cool blues; blazing sun and snow; jalapeños and ice cream. The gallery is open 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, and 6-9 p.m. on First Fridays.


▪ Carrboro ArtsCenter is seeking new vendors for its spring crafts fair, an indoor arts and crafts market April 25. The application deadline is March 20. Details are at

▪ Triangle Youth Brass Band and Triangle Youth Academy Brass Band present “Brillante!” at 4 p.m. Sunday at Meymandi Concert Hall in Raleigh. Tickets are available at the door; $10 for adults, $5 for students.


▪ Tickets are on sale for the first four confirmed concerts of the N.C. Museum of Art’s summer concert series. Here’s the schedule:

May 23: Lake Street Dive, a Brooklyn-based quartet.

June 12: Alt-country singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile.

June 25: King Sunny Adé and His African Beats for an African dance party.

July 11: Paris Combo.

Info: 919-839-6262 or