Hewitt wins fellowship
Mark Hewitt has been making extraordinary pottery in North Carolina for more than 30 years. Last week, he was one of 37 artists across various disciples named a USA Fellows for 2015.
The award comes with $50,000 to support his work and professional development.
This year’s winners were selected from more than 400 nominated artists living in the United States and its territories and were chosen by panels of expert peers in each artistic discipline.
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Hewitt lives and works in Chatham County where he has gained national renown for his large storage jars and vases.
In a statement accompanying a release about the award, Hewitt said: “(I) couldn’t have found a more supportive community in which to practice my craft. Pottery is, after all the ‘Art of the State,’ and it’s exciting to represent our state on a national stage. I still love being in my workshop every day, making useful and affordable pots for people to enjoy in their daily lives.”
In addition to using the money to experiment within his own work, Hewitt said he wanted to establish a revolving low interest loan fund for his apprentices to help them get established in their own businesses.
The public can see Hewitt’s work during a holiday kiln opening on Dec. 5-6 and 12-13. Get more details about that and directions to the kiln at www.hewittpottery.com/
Ballet offering free tickets
In an effort to get more young people to the ballet, Carolina Ballet is starting a pilot program offering high school students free tickets to its upcoming performances.
The first is to “Beethoven: Symphony No. 9” in November, followed by its Shakespeare series, beginning in February.
The Carolina Ballet is joining the world wide commemoration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death during its spring season with four productions based on his plays and sonnets.
The performances are in downtown Raleigh at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in either Raleigh Memorial Auditorium (RMA) or the A.J. Fletcher Theater (AJF).
The dates and productions that this special offer includes are:
▪ Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 /Petruschka, through Sunday, RMA
▪ “Loves Speaks,” Feb. 4-21, 2016, AJF
▪ “Tempest Fantasy,” March 3-20, 2016, AJF
▪ “Macbeth” (world premiere), April 14-17, 2016, RMA
▪ George Balanchine’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” May 12-15, 2016, RMA
All tickets are based on availability for select performances at the discretion of Carolina Ballet. Students may call the ballet box office at 919-719-0900 to reserve a seat. The tickets will be held at the Will Call window at the theater and the student must present a student ID to pick it up. Students may also get their tickets at the theater on the day of the show one hour before curtain.
If you’re wondering what to do with the family other than shop after Thanksgiving, consider a holiday concert.
The North Carolina Symphony, led by Associate Conductor David Glover, will perform holiday music in Meymandi Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27, and 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28.
Also featured will be the North Carolina Master Chorale, soprano and narrator Lisa Jolley, soprano and Raleigh native Jeanne Jolly, and baritone Alfred E. Sturgis.
Included in the program: “O Come All Ye Faithful,” It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “Farewell of the Shepherds from L’Enfance du Christ, all sung by the North Carolina Master Chorale, “The Night Before Christmas,” narrated by Lisa Jolley, “O Holy Night,” performed by Jeanne Jolly,” “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch,” sung by Alfred E. Sturgis, selections from Frozen and “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” performed by Lisa Jolley and Jeanne Jolly, and much more.
There will also be some audience sing-alongs to “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town,” “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas,” “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and “White Christmas” (song sheets will be provided).
For the kids, Santa will be in the lobby before each concert performance.
Student tickets are $33; all other tickets range from $42 to $72. Tickets at all performances are also available at the door one hour prior to concert start time. Or may be purchased at the box office or online at www.ncsymphony.org/events/
In addition, the Symphony is partnering with the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle to keep kids from going hungry over the holiday. Audience members are rquested to bring food items for InterFaith’s BackPack Buddies Program to the concerts. They’ll be collected in the lobby.
Items can also be dropped off at Symphony headquarters, 3700 Glenwood Ave., Suite 130, in Raleigh. Participants will receive a coupon for $20 off a pair of tickets for a concert of their choice in January (some restrictions apply). Go to www.ncsymphony.org/backpackbuddies to learn more.