Smithfield: Community

Arts Notes: Aug. 4

Painting at First Presbyterian

The first Visual Artists Paint-In, the successor to Painting at Melody’s, is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Aug. 14, at First Presbyterian Church, 215 S. Third St., Smithfield. Participants can paint a still-life setup or work on their own projects. Bring your own materials. For more information, call 919-965-9785.

Music for lunch

This summer’s “Music for the Lunch Bunch” series continues at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, at First Presbyterian Church, 215 S. Third St., Smithfield. Music teacher Julie Stewart and her students will perform. Stewart is the owner of Kindermusik of Clayton and Voice of Clayton.

Admission is free, with donations accepted. For more information, call the Johnston County Arts Council at 919-938-0306 or email

The summer music series will conclude Aug. 14 with vocalist Shelly Maddox.

Call for artists

Clayton Visual Arts is seeking artists to enter the 15th Art Faire competition.

Prizes are the $750 Margaret Ritchie Award of Excellence in fine art, the $750 Award of Excellence in photography, three Judge’s Choice awards of $100 each and the Sunnie Chance People’s Choice award of $100.

Entries are due by Wednesday, Aug. 28. The entry fee is $35.

Entry brochures are available at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St.; the Coffee Mill, 105 S. Lombard St.; the Clayton Chamber of Commerce, 301 E. Main St.; and Right Angles frame shop, 215 E. Main St. Also, brochures are online at, and they’re available via email at Entries may be emailed to the same address or mailed to Clayton Visual Arts, Art Faire Competition, P.O. Box 698, Clayton, N.C. 27528.

For more information, call 919-553-1242.

Music in Clayton

The Town Square Concert Series continues Aug. 15 with the Johnny Orr Band, which will play from 7 to 9 p.m. on the Clayton Town Square, 110 W. Main St. Admission is free. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Concessions, including beer and wine, will be available.

Concert in Benson

The next Sundown in Downtown concert is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, in the Benson Singing Grove, 406 E. Main St., Benson. James Quick and the Coastline Band will perform.

Grants for nonprofits

Through Aug. 15, the Johnston County Arts Council is accepting applications for grass-roots grants from the N.C. Arts Council.

Applications are available to local nonprofits promoting arts programming in Johnston County. For more information, or for an application, visit

Book club

The Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield welcomes new members to its daytime book club. Meetings are at 12:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month. Club members suggest the titles to read, and the library lends copies of each month’s selection to the members. For more information, call Morgan Paty at 919-934-8146 or email

Johnston Chorale seeking voices

The Johnston County Chorale welcomes new voices. Starting Aug. 26, rehearsals will run from 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays at First Baptist Church, 202 S. Fourth St., Smithfield. Auditions are not required, and members perform in the chorale’s Christmas, spring and Broadway concerts. For more information, email

Drama group seeking members

A drama group is seeking members in the Clayton area. All levels of interest and experience are welcome. The group will collaborate on pieces by playwrights such as Arthur Miller, Clifford Odets, Eugene O’Neill, Henrik Ibsen and more. For more information, call Camille Sprague at 910-315-4529.