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Arts Notes: Dec. 11

“Sunflowers” is a painting by Maria Baluis.
“Sunflowers” is a painting by Maria Baluis.

Music in Selma

The next Country Tonight show is scheduled for 7:45 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at the Ice House Theatre, 112 N. Webb St., Selma. Admission is $12. Doors open at 7 p.m. For reservations, call 919-943-1182.

Paintings on display

Works by Maria Baluis and Lin Frye are on display this month at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. Exhibit hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free.

Baluis, who paints in oil, put painting aside for motherhood several year ago. But recently, she was inspired by the Daily Painting Movement and began painting small scenes she could finish in a day or so. Baluis has since moved to larger canvases and to experimenting “en plein air.”

Frye, an ethnobotanist who retired recently from Johnston Community College, works predominantly in watercolor because she likes its spontaneity. She was the People’s Choice award winner at the 2012 Clayton Art Faire.

Faculty art on display

Works by faculty members are on display through Dec. 16 in the Frank Creech Art Gallery at Johnston Community College, 245 College Road, Smithfield. Lena Corter, Ollie Wagner, Jeff Kiefer and Bill Gregory have works on display. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Swing music in Clayton

The Tar River Swing Band will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St. For tickets, which are $20, call 919-553-1737 or visit

Dinner theater

A mystery dinner theater is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 14, at Gregory Vineyards, 275 Bowling Spring Drive, Angier. Dinner is at 6 p.m. The mystery, “Murder at the Holiday Company Party,” follows at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30. For more information, call 919-894-7700 or visit