An occasional list of exhibits, programs, and events at North Carolina museums. Sponsored by the North Carolina Museums Council.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

On Thursday, March 22, award-winning photojournalist Don Sturkey will speak in connection with the exhibit of his photographs in the North Carolina Collection Gallery, Wilson Library, UNC-Chapel Hill. The Gallery will host a reception starting at 5 p.m., with Sturkey's program beginning at 5:45 p.m. For more info, e-mail

The current exhibit at Discovery Place, Charlotte, is Jelly Belly Presents CANDY UNWRAPPED. The tasty exhibit explores the science behind sweets and sours, now through April 29, 2007.

Internationally-known cave diver Sam Meacham will visit the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences on Thursday, March 15, with presentations at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. (free and open to the public.)

The Mountain Heritage Center, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee currently has Migration of the Scotch-Irish People in Gallery A, Cherokee Baskets and their Makers in Gallery B, through April 30; and After the War: Conflict and Domestic Change in the North Carolina Mountains remains in Gallery C through December.

Historic Oak View Park, Raleigh, is currently showing Let's Play: Pastimes from the Past, through April 28. Also, ask about free guided tours on 2:00 p.m. Sunday afternoons -- 919-212-7695.

Old Salem Museums & Gardens, Winston-Salem is introducing a new Spend the Night in Salem program for children 6-14 and their parents. The first Friday nights for the event will be March 16, 23 and 30, starting at 7 p.m.. For reservations, fee information and more, call 336-721-7331.

The demonstration on tap at the High Point Museum for March 24 and 25 is Blacksmithing. Drop by for this free event!

Upcoming events at the Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington, include: March 23 at 7 p.m., dance with Waraba Sanou Dance Ensemble; April 1, 3 p.m., Gallery Talk; Friday, April 6, Cape Fear Contra Dancers (7-8 p.m.); and music by the Cosmic Groove Lizards on Friday, April 13th (7 p.m.).

A traveling exhibit, The Horse, a Mirror of Man: Parallels in Early Human and Horse Medicine, will visit the Country Doctor Museum, Bailey, from March 20 to March 29. The Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; for more info, e-mail

The Asheville Art Museum will sponsor Art Adventurers: Make It New all day on Tuesday, March 20, and on March 23rd from 6-7 p.m, the Up for Discussion subject will be Make It New Artists Roger Parramore and Tome Turner.

The North Carolina Maritime Museum, Beaufort, will host a slide lecture on Adventures in Tikal and Belize by Jim Craig at 3 p.m. on April 10th.

The annual Easter Sunrise Service will be held on the east grounds of Union Square at the N.C. State Capitol from 6:30 to 8 a.m. on April 8.

The N.C. Museum of History, Raleigh, will host a lunch lecture, History a la Carte: Scottish Heritage, by Bill Caudill, Wednesday, April 11th at 12:10 p.m. Bring lunch; beverages provided.

Tryon Palace Historic Sites & Gardens, New Bern, will present its Box & Cox: A One-Act British Farce on April 7 (Visitor Center Auditorium) and April 21 (Hollister House), at 11 a.m.

NC ECHO has announced a new initiative, NCBHIO (North Carolina Biographical & Historical Information Online). This statewide program will seek to collect information, particularly biographical details on people, families and corporate bodies, that is submitted for consideration by individuals like you. It will be particularly suitable for providing biographical sketches of historical individuals who were affiliated with your museum's background or story. For more information, you can e-mail Kathy Wisser ( or visit the working website.

The Rosenzweig Gallery, Durham will open its 5th Juried Art Show, If I Forget Thee..., on March 18th with an opening reception from 3-5 p.m. The show will remain in the gallery through May 20th.

The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, will host a forum on Climate Change in North Carolina on Wednesday, March 14 starting at 4:30 p.m. More information is available here. Also, Reptile and Amphibian Day is scheduled for 9-5 on Saturday, March 17th.

The Gregg Museum of Art & Design, Raleigh, will host the Exquisite Entomology exhibition from March 15 through May 13, with an opening reception from 6-8 p.m. on March 15, including a gallery talk at 7 p.m., plus a 7 p.m. gallery talk on March 22.

The winners of the Third Annual Rhein Medall Prize for Community Art will be announced at 8 p.m. on March 8th at the McColl Center for Visual Arts.

The Hickory Museum of Art is extending four exhibitions, including Everest not Everest: A Himalayan Journey with Jeff Botz (through March 18); plus three other exhibitions currently on view, through May 6th.

The Asheville Art Museum has performances by the Merce Cunningham Dance Company at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, March 9 and 10, and the opening reception for Make it New: Western North Carolina Artists Exhibition will be from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, March 16. All day on Tuesday, March 20, "Make It New" will be the focus of Art Adventurers at the museum.

The North Carolina's Tour of the Bill of Rights reaches the Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington from 11 am. to 9 p.m. on Friday, March 9, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, March 10 and 11. An admission-by-donation lecture by Dr. Alan Watson will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, and a panel discussion with various local religious leaders is set for 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 11 (also admission by donation). Still life artist Martha Mayer Erlebacher will lecture at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14 about her work.

The State Capitol Photo Contest Entry Deadline, for History Happens Here, is March 23rd. Details and rules available here.

The Green Hill Center for N.C. Art, Greensboro, will open its Textile Monuments exhibit on Saturday, March 10, including an opening reception from 5:30 to 7:30 that day. The exhibit will run through April 28th and is free and open to the public.

The Mint Museums, Charlotte, will feature thirteen pieces from the Barnett Aden Collection of Charlotte Bobcats majority owner Robert Johnson, in honor of Black History Month. The works will be on view from Feb. 26th through March 11th.

Reynolda House Museum of American Art will open its Abstract/Object: Mid-Twentieth Century Art from the Reynolda House Collection exhibit on Tuesday, Feb. 27th. The exhibit will remain through June 17.

The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences will host a lecture by David Hurst Thomas on Those Elusive Spanish Missions: Romance and Reality in America's Mythical Mission Past, at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 3. The lecture is free, but space is limited -- RSVP to or (919) 807-7858.

Discovery Place
will hold its Second Annual Health Festival, All About You, on Saturday, Feb. 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the museum in Charlotte.

On Saturday, Feb. 24, Old Salem, Winston-Salem, will celebrate Black History Month with a concert by the Ambassadors for Christ Choir at the St. Philips African American Church Complex. The 7:30 p.m. concert is open and free to the public.

Ink Making and Quill Pen Writing will be the demonstrations in the High Point Museum historical park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, and from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 11. Free; drop-in.

The Mountain Gateway Museum and Heritage Center, Old Fort, will hold Collectors' Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 17 (free admission).

At the Olivia Raney Library in Raleigh, at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 18, the subject of Professor John Shelton Reed's lecture will be What's Southern about the South? Hosted by the Wake County Historical Society.

Events at the N.C. Maritime Museum, Beaufort, include Sustainable Seafood (March 8, 11 a.m.); Encyclopedia of North Carolina book signing by Dr. William S. Powell (March 15, 2 p.m.); and Collectors Day (March 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

Art historians and curators David Brauer and Jim Edwards will lecture on the impact of British and American Pop artists at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 3 at the Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington -- admission by donation. On Sunday, March 4, there's a Gallery Talk with quilter Karen King Carter at 3 p.m. -- admission by donation.

The Honorable Patricia Timmons-Goodson, State Supreme Court, will lecture at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, in the Senate Chamber, N.C. State Capitol, Raleigh -- free and open to the public.

The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences will open a new exhibit, Hunters in the Sky, on March 10th; it will remain through Monday, May 28th. Special programming includes The NC Falconry Guild's "The Sport of Falconry" at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 24; and The Carolina Raptor Center with live birds, from 5-9 p.m. on Friday, May 4 and 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 5.

The Kings Mountain Historical Museum's current exhibit is Here Comes the Bride: Wedding Attire and Accessories, with wedding gowns, dresses, photos, invitations and other items from the 1880s to the 1950s. The exhibit runs through April 14 (704-739-1019).

The Asheville Art Museum will open Make It New: Western North Carolina Artists Exhibition 2007 on March 9, running through July 1. The opening reception honoring the selected artists will be from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, March 16 -- free for museum members, or with museum admission. Special events are set for March 23, April 22 and June 10.

Tryon Palace, New Bern, will host Days of Jubilee: African Americans and the Reconstruction Era in Eastern North Carolina, opening on March 9 and remaining in the visitor center for one year.