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

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Iowa museums - call for assistance

Suggested Supplies for Flood Clean-up - Iowa Museum Association

Clean-up people will need: rubber gloves; Latex-free rubber gloves; work gloves; dust masks; flashlights and batteries; sunscreen; bottled water; first aid kit; masking tape; duct tape; cardboard boxes; Sharpies – markers; mop buckets; rags; scrub brushes of all different sizes, including toothbrush size; tool box – screwdriver, hammer, pliers, etc.; heavy duty garbage bags; Zip lock bags to collect small pieces; bubble wrap for packing glass items; Murphy’s Oil Soap; dishwashing detergent; bleach; steel wool; 3-in-1 oil; notepad & pens.

Equipment Needs: generator; work lights on stands; power washer; hoses; a dumpster; wet/dry vac; heavy duty electrical extension cords; pick-up, moving truck, etc.; brooms; shovels; dustpan; demolition tools – reversible battery operated screw gun, drill, crowbar, saws, etc.

Monetary Needs: If you wish to donate funds to help Iowa museums recover, please send them to Iowa Museum Association, 1116 Washington Street, Cedar Falls, IA 50613 for distribution.

(Message distributed by the North Carolina Museums Council.)

Thursday, June 19, 2008

1). Ackland Art Museum: The Ackland Art Museum and the North Carolina Botanical Garden at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill present a Family Celebration of the Summer Solstice at the Forest Theatre on Saturday, June 21, from 7:00 - 8:30 pm. Featuring storyteller Faye Stanley, this event is presented in conjunction with the Ackland's major summer exhibition “In and Around the Garden: Perspectives East and West,” and will celebrate the longest day of the year with songs and stories from around the world.

2). Asheville Art Museum: Penland-based potter Cynthia Bringle will talk about her four decades as a ceramicist as well as the different techniques and influences used to create her work during her “Up for Discussion” lecture at the Asheville Art Museum on Friday, June 27, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. Bringle is an extraordinary ceramicist, a highly sought-after teacher and a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild. In 2002, she received the North Carolina Governor’s Award for Fine Art.

3). Greensboro Children’s Museum is proud to host the city’s World Refugee Day Celebration on Friday, June 20th from 9am-1pm. This special event will celebrate the cultures and courage of the journeys of refugees from around the world and is brought to you by the following organizations: Lutheran Family Services in the Carolinas, African Services Coalition, World Relief, Montagnard Dega Association, Save the Montagnard People, Greensboro Jewish Federation – Constituent Agency of the Greensboro Jewish Federation, UNCG Center for New North Carolinians, the Greensboro Public and the Greensboro Children’s Museum. Included in the celebration will be dance and musical performances, storytelling, games, foods to sample, a community art project all can participate in and a short film about refugees. Also, local refugees will be demonstrating and selling their crafts at the event.

4). N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences: Experience the most remarkable archaeological discovery of the 20th century from June 28 to December 28 at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. The Dead Sea Scrolls — objects of great mystery, intrigue and significance — are our bridge to a period that laid the foundation of western traditions, beliefs and practices throughout the past two millennia. Among the Scrolls, some of which are more than 2,000 years old, are 207 biblical manuscripts that represent every book in the Hebrew Bible (Christian Old Testament), and predate any previously known copies of the Bible by more than 1,000 years.

5). Museum of the Albemarle: Join us for a week long summer camp entitled “Yo Ho Ho: Pirates of North Carolina,” June 23 through June 27, 2008 at 9:00 am until 12:00 noon. Students that have completed kindergarten through second grade will experience a high seas adventure at the Museum of the Albemarle with this exciting day camp. Discover the pirates that sailed the coast of North Carolina.

6). The Orange County Historical Museum is happy to introduce the first ever Colonial Kids Writing Contest. Co-sponsored with the News of Orange County, this contest encourages students in grades 1-8 two write creative essays about children living in Hillsborough during the 1770s. Entry forms will be available at the Orange County Historical Museum and online. Entries are due by July 15. Winners will have their story published in the News of Orange County and will receive other great prizes. The winning stories will also be used in preparation for the Colonial Girl Event (formerly Felicity Day) scheduled for September 13.

7). Cameron Art Museum presents a lecture on Sun., June 29 at 2:00 pm featuring Roy Strassberg, Department of Art and Art History Chairperson and Professor of Art, UNC Charlotte. Program admission is by donation. Professor Strassberg will present an overview of his ongoing series “Holocaust Bone Structures,” a portion of which is on view in the exhibition “Art and Social Conscience: HOLOCAUST.” Strassberg has been making art which consistently references the Holocaust since 1992.

8). North Carolina Maritime Museum: Find out who will be King during “Shrek the Third,” the feature film on June 20 for “Cinema by the Sea, ” the outdoor film series for the family. Films are offered every other Friday night through the summer. Bring a blanket or chair and join the fun at the North Carolina Maritime Museum’s expansion site at Gallants Channel, next to Town Creek Marina. Movie-goers who enter the grassy lawns when the gates open at 7 p.m. will find a choice of refreshments and snacks for purchase as well as a stunning view. A comedy favorite, “Shrek the Third” is tops on the “kids favorites” list. Tickets include admittance from 7-8 p.m. to the Repository for Artifacts exhibit “Our Sunken History: Archaeological Treasures for North Carolina Shipwrecks.”

Friday, June 06, 2008

1). UNC-G Weatherspoon Gallery presents “Class Pictures: Photographs by Dawoud Bey” June 15 - September 7, 2008. For the past fifteen years, Dawoud Bey has made striking, large-scale color portraits of students at high schools across the United States. Depicting teenagers from a wide economic, social, and ethnic spectrum, Bey creates compelling portraits of contemporary youth that transcend stereotypes. The forty photographs included in this exhibition are accompanied by personal statements that are alternately touching, humorous, and harrowing. Together the words and images in Class Pictures deepen our appreciation for young adults and the challenges they face in the twenty-first century.

2). High Point Museum presents “Alexander’s Battalion Field Hospital” on Saturday, June 14, 10 am to 4:00 pm (rain date: June 21). Find out what would have been in store for you if you were a wounded Civil War soldier. Re-enactors will be interpreting the life of a Confederate Army surgeon and other medical personnel as well as demonstrating 19th century medical procedures and equipment. All ages welcome; free.

3). Historic Bethabara Park will host a French & Indian War Encampment on Saturday, June 14, from 10:30 until 4:30, featuring NC Provincials from Fort Dobbs State Historic Site and the Rowan County Mounted Militia. Join costumed re-enactors as they interpret the French and Indian War, a conflict that had a great impact on colonial Bethabara and the Moravians living there. During the day the NC Provincials will demonstrate infantry drills, the mounted militia will discuss their role in the conflict, and civilians will describe how their life was changed by the war. Randell Jones, author of “In the Footsteps of Daniel Boone and In the Footsteps of Davy Crockett”, will speak on Daniel Boone in the Historic Bethabara Park Visitor Center. The event is free to the public and is being held in partnership with Fort Dobbs State Historic Site.

4). The King’s Mountain Historical Museum is pleased to announce the opening of our newest exhibit, “A Stitch in Time: Quilts and Needlework Pre 1960.” The exhibit features decorative as well as utilitarian quilts dating from the 1840s. Needlework examples include embroidery, crewel, crochet and needlepoint. The exhibit runs through August 23, 2008.

5). Cameron Art Museum presents “Art and Social Conscience: Holocaust” from May 2 – October 19, 2008. An exhibition of art work in all mediums created or submitted in response to the theme of the mid-twentieth century genocide known as the Holocaust, this exhibition is the first in a series of projects entitled “Art and Social Conscience”. The exhibition includes work by art faculty members from 16 institutions of the University of North Carolina system---work addressing or responding to the Holocaust and its larger context of mankind’s inhumanity to man. This initiative, a collaborative project of the UNCW Office of Cultural Arts, UNCW Art & Art History and the Cameron Art Museum, represents the important contribution made by artists to our understanding of our collective humanity, and the political and social issues of our times.

6). Port Discover —“Fabulous Fossils” is the focus of Port Discover’s Make-It-Take-It for June. Visit Port Discover and learn all about fossils. What are fossils? How do they get left behind? Children visiting Port Discover can examine fossilized specimens, search for fossils in fossil “dirt,” and make their own fossil imprint. Make-It-Take-Its are available during the hours Port Discover is open and is free, thanks to a grant from the City of Elizabeth City.