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

Monday, August 29, 2011

NCMC Events From Around the State… August 29, 2011

1). Joel Lane Museum House The Joel Lane Museum House is proud to announce a lecture on "18th-Century Cemetery Practices in North Carolina” by John Clauser on Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 7 pm in the Visitors Center at 160 South Saint Mary’s Street, Raleigh, NC 27603. Admission will be $15 for the general public and $10 for members of the Joel Lane Historical Society. Refreshments will be served. Seating is limited, and advanced payment is required.

2). Museum of Anthropology
presents “Días de los Muertos (Days of the Dead)”, exhibit running Sept. 13 – Dec. 16, Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00am – 4:30pm. MOA’s annual exhibit will feature a traditional Mexican “ofrenda”: a home altar with sugar skulls, colorful tissue paper cutouts, food and beverage offerings, marigolds, and photos of deceased relatives to honor the dead. A children’s “ofrenda” and photographs illustrating different aspects of the celebration will also be on display. This exhibit features text in English and Spanish. Admission is free.

3). Marbles Kids Museum presents “Leggo Your LEGO at Marbles” on Saturday, September 10. Calling all LEGO lovers…this day is for YOU! Come build bridges and towers with LEGO masters while learning engineering techniques that allow you to build strong and high structures. In partnership with LEGO KidsFest.

4). SEMC announces the 2011 Annual Conference: October 25-27 in Greenville, SC. SEMC and the South Carolina Federation of Museums welcome you to a vibrant cultural experience. Join us at the 2011 SEMC Annual Meeting in Greenville nestled in the foothills of the Upstate South Carolina Mountains! Heritage Green has a wealth of museums and historic sites--all waiting to add to your experience. Don’t hesitate…register now! What better way to visit the Carolina’s? Come join Southeastern museum professionals at the SEMC 2011 Annual Meeting, October 25-27!

5). Asheville Art Museum The Asheville Art Museum is pleased to announce the opening of “The Elemental Arts: Air Earth Fire Water” on Friday, September 2, 2011. Featuring works by Douglas D. Ellington, Ke Francis, Elizabeth J. Peak and Paula Stark, among other noteworthy artists from the Museum’s Permanent Collection, The Elemental Arts examines the way in which artists have treated or incorporated the four essential elements—air, earth, fire and water—into their work.

6). N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher presents “Behind the Scenes Tour” every Sunday in September at 1:00 pm. Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at an Aquarium? Space for animal holding, husbandry, life support systems, and access to exhibits is hidden behind the aquarium walls. Accompany aquarium staff on a guided tour of animal quarantine, life support, food preparation, and access areas. Fee: $15.00 for ages 13 and up, $13.00 for ages 8-12. Aquarium admission included. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

7). HandsOn! Come try your hand at an old game with a new spin, at Hands On! – A Child’s Gallery, the children’s museum located in downtown Hendersonville with “Pin the Apple on the Tree”. This old fashioned game is designed for all ages and will take place Thursday, September 1 through Friday, September 2nd all day at Hands On! Cost to participate is free with $5 museum admission fee and free for museum members.

8). Museum of the Albemarle Gather at the Museum of the Albemarle on Thursday, September 1, 2011 at 2:00 pm for a matinee. The Museum will show “Wild Caught: The Life and Struggles of an American Fishing Town”. The documentary takes viewers into the life of small-scale commercial fishermen living in Snead’s Ferry. The fishermen in the documentary take you through the struggles they face today due to globalization, imports, rising fuel prices and coastal growth. This documentary is part of the Unheard Voices Project that tells the stories of people in the working world.

9). The Bascom On Thursday, September 8 from 5-7 pm, enjoy “Stella by Starlight - Stella’s Working Space: from protractors and polygons to printmaking and sculpture”, a reception and talk by Susan Robert (B.A. Emory University; J.D. Woodrow Wilson School of Law and B.F.A. Atlanta College of Art). A longtime enthusiast and student of Stella’s work, Robert is a painter and printmaker who will share her enthusiasm in the context of The Bascom’s current exhibit Frank Stella: American Master. Admission is free, but seating is limited.

10). Hickory Museum of Art The Hickory Museum of Art will host a gallery talk with internationally renowned ceramic artist Mark Hewitt on Thursday, September 1 in the Museum’s second floor Coe Gallery. The doors open at 6:00 p.m. for light refreshments, followed by the program at 6:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. After a brief introduction by Vale potter Kim Ellington, Mark will begin his presentation, “Going to Carolina in My Mind: Imagination and Reality in North Carolina Pottery”. A question and answer period will follow.


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