Arts Notes: May 8

Auditions in Clayton

Auditions for “The Little Mermaid” are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. May 20 and 10 a.m. May 21 at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. Auditions are open to students in grades 7-12 and to 2016 high school graduates. For more information, go to

Comedy in Smithfield

The Neuse Little Theatre will present the comedy “Always a Bridesmaid” at 8 p.m. June 3-4, 3 p.m. June 5 and 8 p.m. June 10-11 at the Hut on Front Street in downtown Smithfield. Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 at the door. For reservations, call 919-934-1873.

Variety show in Selma

Here are upcoming performances of the American Jubilee, the variety show at The Rudy theater, 300 N. Raiford St., Selma: 1:40 p.m. May 14, 19 and 28. For ticket information, call 877-843-7839 or go to

Country music in Selma

Here are upcoming musical guests at the Ice House Theatre, 112 N. Webb St., Selma: Michael Cosner, May 13; the Jonathan Parker Band, May 20; and Andy Vaughan and The Driveline, May 27. Doors open at 7 p.m. for shows at 7:45. For reservations, go to

Photography contest seeking entries

Clayton Visual Arts Inc. is seeking entries for “Capture the Town 2016,” a photography contest. To learn more, go to

‘Paint out’ May 11

From 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, May 11, the Johnston County Arts Council invites the public to paint outside at the the Wool family farm, 330 Pine Level-Micro Road, Selma. The “paint out” is an opportunity for artists of all skill levels to come together to share conversation and work on art. For more information, call the Johnston County Arts Council at 919-938-0306 or email

Summer art camps

The Clayton Parks and Recreation Department will offer two art camps this summer.

A teen art camp, for ages 13-17, will meet from 9 a.m. to noon July 18-22. Young artists will explore different mediums to challenge their creativity. The cost is $70 for Clayton residents and $85 for nonresidents.

A pottery camp for ages 9-12 will meet from 9 a.m. to noon June 20-23 and July 7. Kids will create functional and decorative items inspired by summer gardens. The cost is $70 for Clayton residents and $85 for nonresidents.

For more information, call 919-553-1550.

Art Faire seeks entries

Clayton Visual Arts is seeking entries for this year’s Art Faire. The annual competition accepts works in two categories: fine arts and photography. The winner in each category receives $750. The entry fee is $25 for Clayton Visual Arts members and $40 for nonmembers, and the deadline to enter is 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26. More information will be available soon at

Sundown in Downtown

Here’s the remaining lineup for this year’s Sundown in Downtown concert series in Benson: May 12, The Embers featuring Craig Woolard; June 9, The Attractions Band; Aug. 11, Jim Quick and the Coastline Band; and Sept. 22, Justin West Band and The Jonathan Parker Band. Concerts are at 5:30 p.m. in the Singing Grove, 406 E. Main St. Note: The Sept. 22 concert will start at 6 p.m. In case of rain, concerts move to the American Legion Building, 605 N. Wall St., Benson. Admission is free.

Student art at JCC

Artwork by Johnston County high school students is on display through May 14 in the Frank Creech Art Gallery at Johnston Community College, 245 College Road, Smithfield.

Art studio

The art studio at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center is open from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays. The fee is $100 for six months. For more information, call 919-934-1408.

Art class for kids

Doodlebugs, an art class for children, meets weekly at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 E. Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. Sign up for a single class or a four-week session. For Smithfield residents, the cost is $5 per class or $19 for four classes. For nonresidents, the cost is $8 or $30. To learn more, or to register for a class, call 919-934-1408.

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