Midtown: Community

Arts Notes

Ann Watcher work featured

ArtSource North Hills has added the work of Ann Watcher, who works primarily in oils. For more information, visit www.artsource-raleigh.com or call 919-787-9533. ArtSource is located at 4351-101 The Circle @ North Hills St., Raleigh.

Sunday in the Park Concert Series

Nick Driver Band, which plays acoustic rock, will play at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 22, at Pullen Park, 520 Ashe Ave., Raleigh. Bring chairs, blankets or picnic baskets; no alcohol is permitted. Concerts that are canceled due to inclement weather will not be rescheduled.

Summer Artist Speaker Series

The final event of the Summer Artist Speaker Series is scheduled from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 26, at The Hive, at Busy Bee Café, 225 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh. Photographer Jim Millay will share images of the evolution of baseball parks and his recent experience with high-performance athletes. Some of his work will be available for purchase at The Hive until Aug. 28. During the event, attendees will have a chance to win prizes that include a signed print from the photographer and a $25 gift card to The Hive. For more information, go to triangle.com.

Oak City 7 concert series

Oak City 7, a free summer concert series, also features local craft beers and food trucks from 5 to 9:30 p.m. on alternating Thursdays in City Plaza on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh. Three bands perform for each show, and the next one is Thursday, July 26, featuring Lila, Once and Future Kings and Annuals. For more information, including a schedule of bands, go to oakcity7.com.

Beach music series at North Hills

North Hills presents the Midtown Beach Music Series every Thursday through Aug. 9. The schedule includes the following performers:

July 26 - The Attractions

Aug. 2 - Liquid Pleasure

Aug. 9 - The Embers

Admission to the outdoor concerts is free and chairs are welcome. No outside alcohol. For details, go to www.northhillsraleigh.com.

‘4 x 24’ art exhibition

“4 x 24,” an art exhibition sponsored by the City of Raleigh Arts Commission, is scheduled from Aug. 2 to Sept. 17 at the Miriam Preston Block Art Gallery in the Avery C. Upchurch Government Complex, 222 W. Hargett St., Raleigh. An opening reception is set for 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, at the Block Art Gallery. Music will be provided by Yes! sputnik.

The exhibition will feature photography by Gerri Fernandez, Adam Hajnos, Julian Thomas and Nathan Wellman. “4 x 24,” the fourth exhibition of the Block Gallery 2012 Exhibition Series, will be guest-curated by Georges Le Chevallier, co-founder and executive director of Bloc Projects. As part of the exhibition, the Block2 Street Video Series will air “Between” by Seoun Som. The video series is curated by Neill Prewitt.

For more information, contact the Arts Commission at 919-996-3610, email gallery coordinator Hannah Costner at hannah.costner@raleighnc.gov or go to www.raleighnc.gov/arts.

Sunflower Studio features Burcher

Clotilde Burcher will be the guest artist from Aug. 10 to Sept. 8 at the Sunflower Studio & Gallery, at 214 E. Jones Ave., Wake Forest. Burcher, an acrylic painter, finds much of her inspiration from her travels out West and to Tuscany, Italy. An opening reception for her work is scheduled from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, at the gallery during Art After Hours. For more information, call 919-570-0765 or visit www.sunflowerstudiowf.com.

Piedmont Laureate seeks applicants

The Piedmont Laureate program is accepting applications from authors of children’s literature for 2013. Authors must be residents of Alamance, Durham, Orange or Wake counties, and their literature must be targeted to children 9 and younger.

The laureate program focuses each year on a different literary form. The 2011 Piedmont Laureate was creative nonfiction writer Scott Huler; the current Laureate is dramatist Ian Finley.

The 2013 Piedmont Laureate will receive $6,500 and serve for one year. Activities of the laureate will include presenting readings and workshops, encouraging creative writing and promoting literature at public events.

The deadline to apply is Sept. 28. For an application, visit www.piedmontlaureate.com. For more information, contact Belva Parker at 919-996-3610 or belva.parker@raleighnc.gov.

Music on the Green

Music on the Green, a series of outdoor concerts, is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through October at Lafayette Village, 8450 Honeycutt Road, Raleigh. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Takeout meals available. For more information, go to www.lafayettevillageraleigh.com.

Art in the Village

Art in the Village, a series of artist fairs, is scheduled from 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays through October at Lafayette Village, 8450 Honeycutt Road, Raleigh. For more information or to register to exhibit, go to www.lafayettevillageraleigh.com.