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Arts Notes

Medal of Arts recipients

The City of Raleigh Arts Commission selected two individuals and two organizations for the 2012 Raleigh Medal of Arts, the city’s highest arts honor.

This year’s winners are Nancy Lambert, executive director of the Raleigh Chamber Music Guild; Parker, Poe, Adams, & Bernstein law firm; The Philharmonic Association Inc.; and Laura Raynor, a founding member of Carolina Ballet.

Lambert has been the executive director of the Raleigh Chamber Music Guild since 1995. With the goal of providing the highest-quality artistic experiences for the citizens and guests of Raleigh and Wake County, her contributions to the cultural community through her work as a volunteer, staff member and patron of the arts are extraordinary, the commission said.

Parker, Poe, Adams, & Bernstein plays an integral role in strengthening the arts in Raleigh through leadership as well as financial contributions.

The Philharmonic Association Inc. serves in the cultural life of Raleigh and Wake County in the field of orchestral and jazz youth music education. With the highest levels of artistry and professionalism as its goal, the association’s excellent conductors and educators serve as powerful role models of integrity, organization and commitment, the commission said.

Laura Raynor, one of the founding members of Carolina Ballet, has served the arts commission for seven years as both a member and chairwoman.

The Medal of Arts ceremony is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, in the Fletcher Opera Theater at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts.

Tony Award-winning Broadway costume designer William Ivey Long will serve as master of ceremonies.

Beach music series at North Hills

North Hills presents the Midtown Beach Music Series every Thursday through Aug. 9. The last two concerts will feature Liquid Pleasure on Aug. 2 and The Embers on Aug. 9. 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.

Steel drum concert in Joyner Park

A free concert in the park featuring Sensory Expressions Steel Drum Band is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road, Wake Forest. Bring a lawn chair and a picnic. In the event of rain, the concert will be moved inside the Flaherty Park Community Center, 1226 N. White St., Wake Forest. Weather-related updates will be available on the Wake Forest Weather Line at 919-435-9569.

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 through Aug. 23 in City Plaza on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh. Three bands perform for each show, and the next one is Thursday, Aug. 9, featuring Archbishops of Blount Street, Jack the Radio and Hobex. For more information, go to oakcity7.com.

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.

Grace Note Music Studio open house

The Grace Note Music Studio will hold its fall registration open house from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at 6801-104A Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh.

The open house will include teacher performances, food and sample activities. The studio offers a variety of music lessons for students through teenagers including piano, guitar, percussion, flute, clarinet and saxophone, voice and pre-K music for children from birth to age 6.

For more information, visit www.thegracenote.com or call 919-890-5055.

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.