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Arts Notes: Oct. 19

Children’s author and illustrator Denise Fleming.
Children’s author and illustrator Denise Fleming.

Art contest for teens

The Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield is staging “It Came from a Book,” an art contest for teens. The contest welcomes original works of art inspired by a book. Teens may submit works in a variety of media, including photography, painting, drawing, sculpture and manga.

Through Oct. 31, the library will accept contest entries at its reference desk. The winner will receive a $20 gift card. All entries will be on display Nov. 10-22.

The library is at 305 E. Market St. in downtown Smithfield. For more information, stop by the library, call Emily Campbell at 919-934-8146, Ext. 3, or email her at

Children’s author at JCC

Johnston Community College will host children’s author and illustrator Denise Fleming at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, in Room 1630 of the Public Safety Building on the Smithfield campus, 245 College Road. Admission is free.

Fleming is the author and illustrator of 20 picture books, including “In the Small, Small Pond,” which earned a Caldecott Honor Award, the highest honor in children’s illustrated literature. Her books have garnered numerous additional honors and awards.

Art on display in Clayton

Works by 19 artists are on display through Nov. 3 at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton.

One of those artists is Jim Whitfield, who paints in acrylics. A Colorado native, Whitfield spent much of his life in engineering. When he got laid off from a job in California, he used the commission from painting a mural to move to North Carolina.

The other artists are Jim Brown and his students: Carolyn B. Allen, Maria Blythe, Shirley Booker, Ramona Cash, Joanne Dunn, Carolyn Faison, Faye Lampe, Janet Lampe, Betty Little, Heidi-Lee Peach, Ann Ragland, Don Stephenson, Francine Stephenson, Glenda Toler, Edie Voorhees, Haywood Watson and Betsy Williams.

Brown painted the mural “True Colors” at Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library in Clayton.

The exhibit is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Variety show in Selma

Here’s the next performance of the American Music Jubilee, the Branson-style variety show at the Rudy Theater, 300 N. Raiford St., Selma: 1:40 p.m. Oct. 23. For tickets, call 877-843-7839.

Art for children

The Clayton Parks and Recreation Department invites children ages 3-5 to paint, print and create. The department will offer two sessions of its four-week Young da Vincis class. One will meet from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursdays starting Nov. 1. The other will meet from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturdays starting Nov. 4. The cost is $25 for Clayton residents and $40 for nonresidents. To learn more, call 919-553-1550.

2015 exhibits seek artists

Clayton Visual Arts Inc. invites artists to apply for a month-long exhibition in 2015. The exhibit season at The Clayton Center begins in February.

Paintings, photographs, graphics, printmaking, mixed media, collage, fiber arts – any two-dimensional, hanging art – will hang in the gallery.

The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Oct. 31; the application fee is $10.

Interested artists should apply by sending a resume, a portfolio of four to six images and the application fee to Clayton Visual Arts, Exhibits Committee, P.O. Box 698, Clayton, N.C. 27528.

Performing arts in Clayton

Here’s the remaining schedule for the 2014-15 performing-arts series in Clayton.

Saturday, Nov. 1 – “An Evening With Groucho” with award-winning actor, director and playwright Frank Ferrante. Ferrante re-creates his PBS, New York and London portrayal of legendary comedian Groucho Marx. Tickets are $25.

Saturday, Dec. 6 – Riders in the Sky. Tickets are $28.

Friday, Jan. 23 – storyteller Jeanne Robertson. Tickets are $30.

Friday, March 20 – “Yesterday & Today: The Interactive Beatles’ Experience.” Tickets to this all-request concert are $25.

Saturday, April 11 – Jeremy Davis & The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra. Tickets are $30.

The Clayton Center will also present native sons the Malpass Brothers, who hail from Goldsboro, in a special event on Saturday, Feb. 7. Tickets are $20.

All events presented by The Clayton Center begin at 8 p.m. For ticket prices and for more information on these shows, call The Clayton Center box office at 919-553-1737 or visit The Clayton Center is located at 111 E. Second St. in downtown Clayton. Box office hours are 10 a.m. until noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Dinner theater

“The Haunting,” a mystery dinner theater, is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, at the Johnston County Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield. Tickets are $60 for individuals and $100 for couples. Proceeds will benefit the Tobacco Farm Life Museum in Kenly. For reservations, which are required, call 919-284-3431 or email

Country music in Selma

Here are upcoming shows at the Ice House Theatre, the country music venue at 112 N. Webb St. in Selma: Honky Tonk Experiences, Oct. 24; and Louis Waymore, Oct. 31. All shows are at 7 p.m. For tickets, or for more information, call 919-631-3797.