Smithfield: Community

Arts Notes: Aug. 20

This painting is by Martha Thorn, who has works on dislay at Johnston Community College.
This painting is by Martha Thorn, who has works on dislay at Johnston Community College. JOHNSTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Chorale seeking voices

The Johnston County Chorale is seeking voices for its 2014-15 season. From Aug. 18 through Sept. 15, registration is from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Mondays at First Baptist Church, 202 S. Fourth St., Smithfield. No audition is required, the chorale is open to adults and high school students. The chorale will present two shows this season – a Christmas show in December in Smithfield and a spring musical in Clayton. For more information, email or

JCC concert series

Johnston Community College has announced the lineup for its 25th anniversary concert series.

The series opens at 7 p.m. Sept. 13 with a concert celebrating JCC’s 45th anniversary. The Nu-Tones, JCC President David Johnson, The Hall Sisters and others will perform Billboard hits from the late 1960s and early 1970s. Tickets in advance are $20.69.

Also on the 2014-15 schedule are:

An Evening with Molly Ringwald – 7 p.m. Sept. 19. The stage and screen actress will present an evening of jazz vocals. Tickets are $26 in advance and $27.50 at the door.

The Annie Moses Band, with The Hall Sisters – 7 p.m. Oct. 11. The Annie Moses Band fuses Americana, folk rock and jazz. The Hall Sisters have appeared on JCC’s Country Music Showcase. Tickets are $23.50 in advance and $25 at the door.

Pianist Emile Pandolfi with vocalist Dana Russell – 7 p.m. Jan. 23. The two will perform popular standards and Broadway hits. Tickets are $23.50 in advance and $25 at the door.

Charlotte’s Web – 1 p.m. March 7. Theatreworks USA will present the popular children’s story. Tickets are $13.50 in advance and $15 at the door.

Season tickets are on sale now. Individual tickets go on sale Aug. 5. To purchase tickets, call 919-209-2099 or go to

Art on display

Works by Raleigh artist Martha Thorn are on display through Sept. 9 in the Frank Creech Art Gallery at Johnston Community College, 245 College Road, Smithfield. From noon to 5 p.m. Aug. 28, the artist will demonstrate her work in Room B113 in the college’s Fine Arts Building. Families are welcome.

Pour It & Paint

The next “Pour It & Paint” is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 Booker Road, Smithfield. The SRAC supplies the canvas and paint; participants supply the wine. The class is open to adults 21 and older. The cost is $35. For more information, call 919-934-2148 or 919-934-1408.

Johnston man pens novel

Carl Wile of the Bentonville community has penned a novel, “Baqir.” The novel is set in Fayetteville, where detectives Jason Roberts and Ken Niles are chasing an elusive criminal bent on terrorizing the residents of this military. The book is available through

Arts Faire seeking entries

The 16th annual Clayton Art Faire is seeking entries. The juried art show will award a total of $1,900 in two categories – photography and fine arts. The fine arts category will accept entries in painting, graphics, printmaking, mixed media, collage and fiber arts.

Artists may submit just one entry, and the show is limited to 50 entries. The deadline to enter is 11:59 p.m. Aug. 26; art delivery date is Sept. 2. The entry fee is $25 for members of Clayton Visual Arts and $35 for all others. Make checks payable to Clayton Visual Arts Inc. or pay at

For a brochure with information and rules, email a request to Also, brochures are available at The Clayton Center 111 E. Second St.; the Coffee Mill, 105 S. Lombard St.; Right Angles Framing Shop, 215 E. Main St.; and the Clayton Chamber of Commerce, 301 E. Main St.

Mail paper entries and checks to Clayton Visual Arts, Art Faire Competition, P.O. Box 698, Clayton, N.C. 27528.

Pottery, paintings at chamber office

Pottery pieces and paintings are on display this month and next at the Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce office, 1115 Outlet Center Drive, Smithfield. The works are by members of the artists’ studio at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center.

Art on display

Works by photographer Deborah Coates and artist Jacqueline Balog are on display this month at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. The exhibit is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Coates, who taught for 31 years before retiring from Clayton Middle School, finds inspiration in her travels. She recently returned from China.

Balog, who taught high school for 30 years, works in many media, though colored pencils are the focus of her Clayton show.

Gaylon Pope returning to Selma

Gaylon Pope and SweetWater will perform Sept. 6 at the Rudy Theater, 300 N. Raiford St., Selma. Pope is a former vocalist and emcee for the American Music Jubilee, which makes its home in the Rudy Theater.

“I have fond memories of my years in Selma and the American Music Jubilee Show, and I hope all our friends in Johnston County and surrounding areas will come out to visit with me,” Pope said.

Pope’s Selma show will mix country, Motown, gospel and humor.

For tickets, which are $16 for adults and $12 for children 12 and younger, call 919-202-9927.

American Music Jubilee

Here is this month’s remaining performance of the American Music Jubilee, the Branson-style variety show at the Rudy Theater, 300 N. Raiford St., Selma: 1:40 p.m. Aug. 21. For tickets, call 877-843-7839.

Country music in Selma

Here are upcoming shows at the Ice House Theatre, a country-music venue at 112 N. Webb St. in Selma: Without Further Ado, Aug. 22; free bluegrass show, Aug. 28; Louis Waymore, Aug. 29; Stetson, 7 p.m. Sept. 5; and Kathrine Aycock and Legend Road, Sept. 12. All shows are at 7 p.m. For tickets, or for more information, call 919-631-3797.

Brewing Up Some Art

The second annual Brewing Up Some Art is scheduled from 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at Deep River Brewing Co., 700 W. Main St., Clayton. Local artists will display their works, Wade Hill will perform, and the afternoon will feature activities for children and adults.

Organizers invite artists to display. The entry fee is $60, and the deadline to enter is Aug. 27. All entry fees will go to Pretty In Pink Foundation, which supports breast-cancer patients. For more information, or to reserve a spot, call 919-532-0532 or email

Summer concerts

Here’s the remaining schedule for “Concerts at the Crossroads” at Flowers Crossroads, the Harris Teeter-anchored shopping center at 4880 N.C. 42 East, Clayton: the Band of Oz, 6 p.m. Sept. 4; and The Embers featuring Craig Woolard, 3 p.m. Oct. 12. Admission is free.