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Arts Notes, Dec. 12

Sertoma Arts Gallery exhibit

Sertoma Arts Gallery is featuring works by Nico Amortegui of Charlotte in large-scale abstract mixed media themes and local artists Shannon Newby in encaustics and Helen Seebold in ceramics. Free and open to the public through the month of December at 1400 W. Millbrook Road, Raleigh. For more information, call 919-420-2329.

Blam! exhibit at Cameron Village library

Paintings by Blam! Studio artists Elke Brand, Jen Coon, Sys Oppenlander and Juley Striegel are on display at Cameron Village Regional Library throughout the month of December. The library is at 1930 Clark Ave., Raleigh.

‘Mid-Century American’ at Adam Cave Fine Art

Adam Cave Art is featuring a rare group of original prints from the 1930s through ’50s.

The roughly 25 works, all from private collections, track the progression in American art from the social realism of the WPA years to the full-fledged development of abstract expressionism. Some of the most famous works in this show are by artists that flowed freely from painting to printmaking. “Down the River” by Thomas Hart Benton and “Which Way” by Martin Lewis exhibit the dramatic storytelling that characterized art from the ’30s. From the ’50s comes the pure abstraction of Californian Leonard Edmondson and longtime Brown University professor Walter Feldman.

The exhibit at the gallery at 115 ½ Hargett St., Raleigh, continues through Dec. 31. For more information, go to www.adamcavefineart.com.

Reception featuring Alice Osborn

A chocolate and wine reception featuring author Alice Osborn is set for 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, at The Chocolate Boutique, 8480 Honeycutt Road, Suite 100, Raleigh. Osborn will read from “After the Steaming Stops.”

Call for authors of children’s literature

The Piedmont Laureate program has reopened its call for applications from authors of children’s literature for 2013. Authors must be residents of Alamance, Durham, Orange or Wake counties. The range of literature has been expanded to target children of all ages, up to 18. The deadline to apply is Jan. 11.

The 2013 Piedmont Laureate will be selected by a committee appointed by the sponsoring agencies. The laureate will receive a stipend of $6,500 and serve from March to the end of 2013. Activities will include presenting readings and workshops, encouraging creative writing, and promoting literature at public events.

Applications are available at www.piedmontlaureate.com. For more information, contact Belva Parker at 919-996-3610 or belva.parker@raleighnc.gov.