Arts & Culture

Asides: News of Triangle arts, in brief

Cady Driver showcases her new watercolors with Susan Soper at J.J. Jiang’s Village Art Circle Gallery through April.
Cady Driver showcases her new watercolors with Susan Soper at J.J. Jiang’s Village Art Circle Gallery through April. CADY DRIVER

Dance program for boys

Every year, when Carolina Ballet holds auditions for the “Nutcracker,” only a handful of boys try out. Artistic director Robert Weiss aims to do something about it.

The ballet is launching the Robert Weiss Boys’ Scholarship Program, which will offer ballet instruction to 8- to 12-year-old boys who aspire to dance.

“I hope, if we can grab the boys’ interest early enough, they will not only want to be in the ‘Nutcracker’ but also pursue dance for many years to come,” Weiss said, in announcing the scholarship.

The audition for acceptance into the program is 5 p.m. April 19 at Raleigh School of Ballet, 3921 Beryl Road.

The scholarship provides full tuition for one season, September to May, with class meeting at 6 p.m. Mondays at Raleigh School of Ballet. Students will have the option to withdraw after Dec. 31. Boys selected are required to audition for the “Nutcracker” and participate in the 2015 production, if accepted.

Carolina Ballet soloist Yevgeny Shlapko will teach the boys with the help of several other men in the dance company.

Info: 919-747-8452 or

Recycled into art

Artist Nghi Vollmer uses mosaic and collage techniques to transform discarded magazines, cardboard and food packages into art that expresses a love for nature. Her work is featured in “Absolute Green,” an exhibit on view at the Cameron Gallery in Durham through April 11.

The gallery is at The Scrap Exchange, a creative re-use arts center, at 2050 Chapel Hill Road. It is open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily, except during weeks when a new show is being hung.

Info: 919-688-6960 or

Watercolors and lithographs

An exhibit of Cady Driver’s watercolors and Susan Soper’s lithographic prints opens with a reception from 6-9 p.m. Friday at Village Art Circle Gallery in Cary.

Driver, an award-winning children’s book author from Raleigh, is a self-taught painter. Soper, who has a studio at Raleigh’s Artspace, has been creating lithographs since 1988.

Their work will be on view through April at the gallery, 200 S. Academy St. It is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday.

Info: 919-210-0398 or

Museum fundraiser

The Small Museum of Folk Art holds its first fundraiser Friday in Pittsboro.

The event will feature art from the museum’s collection, music by blues guitarist Eric Sommer, a pig roast and art raffle. Proceeds will go toward construction of the museum, which is expected to cost $100,000. Organizers hope to open later this year. It will include pieces from critter artist Clyde Jones and whirligig creator Vollis Simpson, among others. Jim Massey of Moncure, N.C., donated more than 400 folk art pieces from his collection to the museum’s organizers.

The benefit will be at the Small B&B Cafe, 219 E. Main St., from 5-9 p.m. Tickets are $50 and are available at the cafe or online.

Info: 919-537-1909 or

N.C. Heritage Award

Nominations are underway for the N.C. Heritage Award, the highest honor for traditional artists. The deadline is May 1.

Artists who help tell North Carolina’s story through the traditional arts of their communities, such as craft, music and storytelling, are eligible. A program of the N.C. Arts Council, the awards have honored 125 artists since 1989. Selection criteria include authenticity, current and past record of excellence, and significance of the nominees within their cultural tradition. Each winner receives a cash prize and will be honored at an awards ceremony in Raleigh.

Winners of the 2014 award included bluegrass fiddler Bobby Hicks, jazz and R&B musician William “Bill” Myers, potter Sid Luck, weaver Susan Morgan Leveille, and Haliwa-Saponi artist Arnold Richardson.

To nominate, visit

Outdoor sketching lessons

Instructors from the Cary Arts Center will be stationed at various sculptures in the Cary Visual Art Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, offering 30-minute sessions on how to sketch with various mediums, including graphite, sharpie, colored pencils, charcoal and pastels.

Sketching with the Sculptures is free and open to the public. Check in at the Cary Visual Art welcome table at 101 Dry Ave. and make a paper hat sculpture for the kids before the tour.

For a detailed itinerary, visit

New exhibit reception

An opening reception for “Hanging by a Thread,” an exhibit of mixed-media paintings at the Hillsborough Arts Council gallery, is on tap from 6-9 p.m. Friday.

Rose Warner’s works combine slices of abstract acrylic paintings that are woven back together with threads on a loom. The threads conceal and obscure areas of the original painting, adding additional layers of color and texture.

The gallery is at 102 N. Churton St. It is open noon-4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and for special events.

Info: 919-643-2500 or

Cary’s Paint the Town

Artists are invited to register for Cary’s En Plein Air: Paint the Town through 5 p.m. April 10.

Painting will take place May 2 (rain date is May 3). Once registered, artists can choose the location, building or object in downtown Cary that they want to paint. Finished pieces will be displayed at participating downtown businesses May 5-26, after which the artwork will be on view at Cary Arts Center and during a silent auction and gala May 29.

Search for “En Plein Air” at to download the registration form. Or contact arts program specialist Jewel Kichak at Registration fee is $30.

Info: 919-469-4061 or

Duke Performances

Duke Performances presents Chapel Hill native Ari Picker of orchestral indie rock band Lost in the Trees in the premiere of a newly commissioned song cycle “Lion and the Lamb” Friday and Saturday in the Nelson Music Room at Duke.

“Lion and the Lamb” brings together 11 indie rock and classical musicians in a new work inspired by “Book of Hours,” Rainer Maria Rilke’s work of devotional poetry.

Nelson Music Room is in the East Duke Building on Duke’s East campus. Performances begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $28; $15 for ages 30 and under; and $10 for Duke students.

Info: 919-660-3356 or


▪ The Mallarmé Chamber Players presents a program Sunday that follows the progression of Cuban classical chamber music to Danzón, a musical and dance style with roots in European classical and Afro-Cuban music. The performance is at 7:30 p.m. at Motorco Music Hall, 723 Rigsbee Ave. Tickets are $25 at the door; $5 for students with ID.

Info: 919-560-2788 or

▪ The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle and Concert Singers of Cary perform Pergolesi’s “Stabat Mater” and Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Magnificat in D” at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Carolina Theatre of Durham, 309 W. Morgan St. Featured soloists are soprano Andrea Edith Moore, alto Mary Gayle Green, tenor Aaron Carlyle and bass Donald Milholin. Tickets are $25; free for students.


▪ The Ciompi Quartet performs at 7 p.m. Saturday at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Hillsborough. The program will feature Schubert’s String Quartet No. 12 in C Minor, D. 703 “Quartetisatz,” Jaffe’s String Quartet No. 3 “A Tapestry,” and Dvorak’s String Quartet in F Major, “Americana.” The church is at 210 St. Mary’s Road.

Advance tickets are $30; $35 on the day of the event. The price includes a post-concert reception. They are available at Hillsborough Arts Council gallery, 121 N. Churton St.; Eno Gallery, 102 S. Churton St.; or online.

Info: 919-643-2500 or

▪ The C.G. Jung Society of the Triangle hosts “Big Dreams, Visions and Active Imagination,” a lecture by Jungian analyst Chris Beach, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, and a workshop 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Binkley Baptist Church, 1712 Willow Drive, Chapel Hill. The lecture is $10; $5 for students with ID. The workshop is $30 for members; $48 for nonmembers; and $15 for students with ID.

Info: 919-619-8947 or