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

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

NCMC Events From Around the State… May 27, 2013

1). A Special Invitation from the North Carolina Humanities Council: Host Smithsonian Institution's Hometown Teams in 2015.  The North Carolina Humanities Council and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service are pleased to announce Hometown Teams” — an exciting Museum on Main Street (MoMS) exhibition to tour North Carolina beginning in February 2015. Rural NC museums, libraries, historic sites, and historical societies are invited to apply as host sites by July 10, 2013. Sites will be determined by the end of September 2013. “Hometown Teams” is comprised of six content sections and an introduction; it requires 900 square feet of floor space, a ceiling height of 8.5 feet, and access to electrical outlets. More information, including the request for proposals is available at  Questions about “Hometown Teams”? Contact the North Carolina Humanities Council Program Director Darrell Stover at or 336.334.5723.

2). Hunter Library at Western Carolina University has launched a new digital collection in collaboration with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  A collection of early 20th century photographs, “Picturing Appalachia” provides a glimpse into the life, culture, and natural landscape of the southern Appalachian Mountains, in and around western North Carolina. The collection includes images by popular Great Smoky Mountains National Park photographers George Masa and Jim Thompson, as well as lesser-known photographers, like T.H. Lindsey, R.A. Romanes, A.L. Ensley, and George Sherrill.  Read more about the collection and new partnership at

3). Waterworks Visual Arts Center presents its new exhibit “Memory – Nature and Nurture” which will run from May 25 – September 7, 2013.  Join them for the Opening Reception on Friday, May 31.  Informal gallery talks with the artists begin at 5pm.  Reception is from 6-8pm.  Free and open to the public. This exhibition brings together four female artists who examine the function and meaning of memory and its role in nature and nurture in shaping cultural norms for women.  Diana Greene (Winston-Salem) presents A Dozen Dresses:  The ReCollection, a photographic narrative featuring different dresses from various stages of her life that she kept stored.  Allison Luce’s (Mooresville) exhibit Primoris Ortus uses clay as a metaphor for the body which explores concerns about fragility and femininity.  Kristi Ryba (John’s Island, SC) uses vintage photographs to create paintings based on the iconography and sacred messages of Medieval Renaissance altarpieces and manuscripts in Significant Moments.  Kathy Sosa (San Antonio, TX) creates a powerful series of portraits in a celebration of women inspired by the rich cultural heritage of Mesoamerica titled Adornment and Identity.  For more information, visit  Admission is free, donations are appreciated.

4). North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort invites you to come to the Museum after school to learn about coastal fish and recreational fishing! Learn how to fish with a cane pole, practice the art of fish printing and get to know some of the most popular game fish in North Carolina. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Free, Ages 8-12, May 30, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

5). Cape Fear Museum presents “Stormfest” on Saturday, June 1st from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Meet meteorologists from area news stations; learn about weather phenomena, how to predict it, and what it’s like to be on TV! Find out how to prepare for dangerous weather, and discover the resources local governments offer to help with storm response and recovery. Organized by Cape Fear Museum and the National Weather Service. Free and open to the public!

6). Hands On! the children’s museum in downtown Hendersonville, presents “Create a Rose!” Tuesday, June 4th – Friday, June 6th. All day. June is National Rose Month. Learn to create tissue paper roses and learn to draw a rose in our Art Area. Give your rose to someone you love! Free with $5.00 admission/free for members.  All ages. Sponsored by Todd Webb, CPA PC.
7). The Museum of the Albemarle, in conjunction with their newest exhibit Real to Reel:  The Making of Gone with the Wind, will present a History for Lunch program on Wednesday, June 5th from 12:15 - 12:45 p.m.  Presented by Education Coordinator, Charlotte Patterson, the discussion will center on clothing used in the film and clothing in the exhibit and clothing of the 1860s.  Bring your lunch and join the discussion, MOA will provide the beverages. For more information concerning the event call 252-335-1453.

8). Spencer Doll and Toy Museum presents “Theatre Class for Beginners Summer Day Camp” on Thursday, June 6th from 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  A child’s first introduction to performing arts! Learn self-esteem, confidence, and good listening skills.  Cost is $35 (limited to 10 campers).  Pack your lunch.  Snacks provided. RSVP by June 5th.

9). Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art presents “Fire Pink Trio” on Thursday, June 6th at 7 p.m.  A not-to-be-missed performance of a trio that is dynamic and poetic. The members play violinist, harp and flute and mix in their voices. The performance will feature Ice Counterpoint, views the Earth’s Polar Regions through the artistic collaboration of music, art, environmental soundscapes, film, and photography.  Tickets are $15 and are available online at

10). Cameron Art Museum presents “Music in the Courtyard Series:  Elijahs’s Best, soul, R&B, rock, beach, jazz, blues and country” on Thursday, June 6th from 7p.m. – 8:15 p.m.  Elijah's Best 2012 summer series concert was great and memorable fun and they’re sure to top themselves with this return. A soul dance and concert band that pulls out all the stops showcasing a range of music that makes you tap your feet and want to get up and dance. Come enjoy an imaginative mix of music from Elijah's Best, led by Elijah Boney (keyboards, songwriter and music arranger) with Donald (Dino) Age, (bass guitar, vocals), Christopher L. Boney (bass), and Albert Gaines, Sr. (drummer and vocals). Ensure you have a seat, purchase on CAM's website, by phone or in person. Music held in CAM’s lovely Courtyard weather permitting, indoors if not. CAM’s café is open for Thursday evening meals and refreshments featuring a signature drink celebrating the Courtyard series.  CAM Members and Students: $5.00, Non-members: $10.00.

11). Asheville Art Museum is delighted to host a Night at the Museum: A Black & White Soirée held on Saturday, June 22nd from 6 – 9:30 p.m. Guests are invited to join us for an elegant evening in celebration and support of our award winning Museum. Attendees will experience an exciting evening of fine dining and a live auction featuring a choice selection of travel, fine wine and art, to benefit the Asheville Art Museum’s vision to transform lives through art. Tickets are $125 per person ($45 tax deductible) and may be purchased online at or by calling the Museum at (828) 253-3227.  All proceeds benefit the Museum’s exhibitions and educational programming. Black and white cocktail attire is recommended. RSVP by June 7, 2013.

12). Historic Oak View County Park has partnered with Shaw University Radio, WSHA 88.9 FM, to present Jazz in the Park, a live jazz concert featuring the Raleigh Jazz Orchestra on Saturday, June 8th from 4 – 7 p.m. Also, a public jam session opportunity allows area performers to bring their instruments and join in!  This event is free and open to the public.  For more information, call 919-250-1013 or visit

13). High Point Museum presents “Here Comes the Bride! A Quaker Wedding Reenactment in the Historical Park” on Saturday, June 8th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Discover the beauty and simplicity of a traditional Quaker wedding. Our historical interpreters will reenact a typical ceremony from the early American period and explain how it exemplifies Quaker beliefs. All ages welcome. Make an herbal sachet to take home. $1 per person. Limit two per person. Free for Historical Society Members.

14). N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher invites you to celebrate our greatest resource on World Oceans Day 2013, Friday, June 8th.  The public is invited to take to the sand for a two-hour beach sweep in Carolina Beach at 8 a.m. Meet Aquarium staff (in blue polo shirts) at the Carolina Beach boardwalk by the gazebo to pick up trash and debris and help keep our ocean and beaches clean. Volunteers should bring and wear gloves and dress for the weather with hats, sunscreen and closed-toe shoes. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. In addition to the beach sweep, the aquarium hosts a fun, day-long event featuring hands-on activities and informational exhibits emphasizing the ocean’s effect on us, and how we affect the ocean. Visitors can learn about protecting sea turtles and other marine animals, reducing marine debris and more. Dr. Seuss- and youth-themed events also include a special film and crafts.

15). The Greenville Museum of Art is accepting entries from North Carolina visual artists 18 years and older for the GMA's Biennial Juried Art Exhibition.  Entry fee and cash rewards.  Deadline is June17th.  For more information and to download prospectus, visit 

Monday, May 20, 2013

NCMC Events From Around the State… May 20, 2013

1). A Special Invitation from the North Carolina Humanities Council: Host Smithsonian Institution's Hometown Teams in 2015.  The North Carolina Humanities Council and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service are pleased to announce Hometown Teams — an exciting Museum on Main Street (MoMS) exhibition to tour North Carolina beginning in February 2015. Rural NC museums, libraries, historic sites, and historical societies are invited to apply as host sites by July 10, 2013. Sites will be determined by the end of September 2013. Hometown Teams is comprised of six content sections and an introduction; it requires 900 square feet of floor space, a ceiling height of 8.5 feet, and access to electrical outlets. More information, including the request for proposals is available at  Questions about Hometown Teams? Contact the North Carolina Humanities Council Program Director Darrell Stover at or 336.334.5723.

2). Mount Airy Museum of Regional History opens its new changing exhibit “The Luthier’s Craft:  Instrument Making Traditions of the Blue Ridge”.  The exhibit explores and documents the traditional arts of fiddle, guitar and banjo making in southern Appalachia and the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Featured craftsmen include the guitar maker Wayne Henderson, fiddle makers Audrey Hash Ham and Chris Testerman and banjo maker Johnny Gentry.  The exhibit offers visitors a hand-on, interactive exploration of the rich history of this traditional craft.  For more information contact the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History 336-786-4478.

3). North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort  - Join us on May 23rd  at noon for a free lecture presented by Natural Science Curator Keith Rittmaster. Keith will tell you all about the sea turtles that come ashore every year to lay their eggs on North Carolina’s beaches. This lecture about protected sea turtle species happens to fall on World Turtle Day, come enjoy the show!

4). Hands On!, the children’s museum in downtown Hendersonville, has several events coming up!  Join them Thursday, May 24th for “Critter Craft – Squawking Parrot.  All day and for all ages.  Practice shape and color recognition, counting, and fine motor skills with gluing. Drop-in, self-directed activity in our Party Room. Sponsored by Etowah Valley Veterinary Hospital. On May 27th, Hands On! Is open for Memorial Day from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Make a Memorial Day Garland while you visit. On Tuesday, May 28th, check out the new Scavenger Hunt at Hands On!  All these events are Free with $5 admission/Free for members.

5). Cape Fear Museum of History and Science presents “Civil War through WWII” on Tuesday, May 28th at 7:00 p.m. Learn about the Confederate defense of Wilmington, up to coastal defense measures in the region during World War II. Lecture by Chris E. Fonvielle, Jr.   Fee is $10. Contact the Historic Wilmington Foundation at 762-2511 or

6). New Winston Museum presents "The Hyphen and the Moravian Revival," Gray Auditorium, Old Salem Visitor Center on Wednesday, May 29th at noon. John Larson, vice president of restoration at Old Salem Museums & Gardens, will discuss the history of the merger of Winston and Salem. Free.

7). Museum & Archives of Rockingham County -  Looking for a bite to eat? Looking for something interesting to do after work? Do trains intrigue you? If you answered yes, join us at the MARC for dinner and history Thursday, May 30th from 6 – 8 p.m., when County Historian, Bob Carter presents “The History of Railroads in Rockingham County.” Admission to the program is $12.50 for adults, $10 for seniors and students. Entrance to the museum is included in the program price. Order your tickets and choose your box dinner at the MARC or on-line at

8). Joel Lane Museum House - Earl Ijames will speak on “Freedom Coming, Freedom for All: The Emancipation Proclamation in NC” on Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 7 pm at the Visitors Center of the Joel Lane Museum House 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. Please call 919-833-3431 with your MasterCard or Visa, or mail a check to P O Box 10884, Raleigh NC 27605. Be sure to include the names of all in your party; nametags will serve as tickets. Tickets are non-refundable unless we must cancel the event. For more information, visit the Joel Lane Museum House website at, call (919) 833-3431 or e-mail

9).  Museum of the Albemarle will host Dale Pollock, Professor of Cinema Studies and Producing at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, on Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 1 p.m. in the Gaither Auditorium.  Mr. Pollock will present “Filming in North Carolina:  An Alternative to Hollywood”.  His topic will focus around movies such as The Guardian, Nights in Rodanthe, Brainstorm, Lucky Life, Mississippi Damned, and Rescue Men:  The Story of the Pea Island Lifesavers that were filmed in Northeastern North Carolina and why North Carolina has become a place of interest to producers.

10). Greensboro Science Center will open “Carolina SciQuarium” on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 9 a.m.  From the dark ocean abyss to the warm Caribbean waters, visitors will soon be able to explore the wondrous undersea world and experience up-close encounters with amazing animals.  The 22,000 square-foot, museum-aquarium complex will be North Carolina's first inland aquarium and the first AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums) accredited aquarium in the U.S. to be LEED certified. The Carolina SciQuarium is the first expansion project in the Center's $32 million, three-phase Science City, USA Master Plan that unites the finest features of an aquarium, museum and zoo in one attraction.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

NCMC Events From Around the State…May 13, 2013

1). Special Project from the National Endowment for the Humanities - To mark the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the National Endowment for the Humanities has developed a special project, Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle. Up to 500 communities across the nation will receive a packaged set of four NEH-funded films on Civil Rights history, accompanied by programming resources to guide public conversations about the changing meanings of freedom and equality in U.S. history. Applications are open to museums and historical societies; humanities councils; public, academic, and community college libraries; and nonprofit community organizations. Participating venues will also receive an award of up to $1,200 to support related public programming. The films included in the set are: The Abolitionists, Slavery by Another Name, The Loving Story, and Freedom Riders. New Application Deadline: May 15, 2013. Please click here for more information and to apply: or email if you have questions.

2). The Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum in collaboration with Terry Sanford High School, will host a commemorative centennial exhibit from April 30 through November 30, 2013. The exhibit highlights 100 years of scholastic and social life at what is now Terry Sanford High School. Beginning with the first graduating class of Central School in 1913, the various locations of the school and monumental experiences of students there have helped shape our community. This nostalgic look back at a century of high school days in our city will certainly remind us all of that pivotal time in every student’s life.  The Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum is located at 325 Franklin St. in Historic Downtown Fayetteville. Admission is free. The museum is open to the public Tues. through Sat. 10 am to 4 pm. For more information call (910) 433-1457, 1458, or 1944, or visit

3). Greensboro Historical Museum opened it new exhibition “Draped in Legend: A Velvet Dress, A Carriage Trunk, and A First Lady”. See Dolley Madison's red velvet dress, recently returned from an exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery. The newly-conserved Madison carriage trunk and other highlights from the Dolley Madison Collection will also be on display.  Exhibition runs from now to June 16th.  Free Admission.

4). Waterworks Visual Arts Center hosts the NC 12th Congressional District High School Art Competition. The exhibition will run May 4 – 25, 2013.    This competition encourages and recognizes the rich artistic talents of our nation’s young people.  The reception was held May 4.  Congressman Watt announced the winning entries and presented the awards.  Gallery hours are MWF 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., TT 10 a.m. -7 p.m., S 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Admission is free, donations are appreciated.  For more information, visit or call 704-636-1882.

5). Museum & Archives of Rockingham County - Looking for your ancestors? Let’s find them together. Join us at the MARC Thursday evening, May 16th, 6-8 p.m. at the MARC and learn more about finding your ancestors with the help of experienced genealogists. Debbie Dunlap Cummings, a native of Rockingham County who has extensive knowledge of both Rockingham and Stokes Counties and a Certificate of Genealogy from Boston University will lead the program.  Representatives from the Daughters of the American Revolution and LDS Heritage Center will be on hand to help you with your search. Admission to the program is $5 for adults, $3.50 for seniors and students. Entrance to the museum is included in the program price. Order your tickets at the museum or on-line at or at the door.

6). The Asheville Art Museum is pleased to present PLAY, opening in the Museum’s East Wing on Friday, May 17 with a reception from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. (free with membership or regular Museum admission). As the name suggests, PLAY explores themes of leisure, play and creativity and includes many works from the Museum’s Permanent Collection. The family-friendly opening reception will include special entertainment provided by the Asheville Hoops Troupe, face painting by Asheville Face & Body Painting and interactive games by O.P. Taylor’s of Asheville. Sweet treats and refreshments for all ages will also be provided. Children, families and visitors of all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend.

7). Historic Edenton will be celebrating Edenton’s 300th on Saturday, May 18th.  The celebration will start off at 11:30 a.m. at the waterfront where Governor Eden will greet present day Governor McCrory.  After a short parade, a ceremony will take place on the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse green.  That afternoon, participate in colonial games and crafts and enjoy colonial music on Iredell lawn, and tour the historic Iredell House, 1767 Courthouse, 1758 Cupola House, and the Barker House all free of charge.  Families welcomed!

8). High Point Museum - “Alexander’s Battalion Field Hospital – Civil War Reenactors Living History Day” – 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. Saturday, May 18th, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  All ages welcome to drop-in for the event. Free.

9). Charlotte Nature Museum - Pint-sized pixies are invited to put on their wings for a whimsical playdate that celebrates nature, nymphs and more. Fly in to experience the magic of the natural world when Charlotte Nature Museum hosts its May Creature Feature, Fairy Festival, Saturday, May 18, from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  

10). Ava Gardner Museum will be screening the film "Pandora and the Flying Dutchman" at the Howell Theatre on May 18 &19 in Historic Downtown Smithfield.  Visitors to the event will also receive FREE admission to the Ava Gardner Museum during special hours over the weekend.  Tickets are $10.00 per person and times for the movie are:  Saturday, May 18 - 7:30pm and Sunday, May 19 - 2:30pm. Tickets are available at the Theatre and the museum.

11). The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences newest exhibition “Dinosaurs in Motion” fuses art with science and runs May 18 through September 8 at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh.  Visitors engage with — and learn from — 14 magnificent, life-size metal dinosaur sculptures inspired by actual fossils.  Prices: Free for Members; $10 for Adults; $6 for Children (3-12); $8 for Students, Seniors (65+) and Military. Dinosaurs in Motion is produced by Imagine Exhibitions Inc.

12). Cape Fear Museum - “Cape Fear Skies: Sky Mapping” Where is Cassiopeia? The Big Dipper is part of what constellation? Find out when you build your own star-finding planisphere and test it out in the Starlab. Sunday, May 19th at 1:30, 2:30 & 3:30 p.m. Free for members or with admission. Parental participation is required.

13). Hands On!, the children’s museum in downtown Hendersonville, presents "Teachable Twos-day” on Tuesday, May 21st 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Come explore educational boxes from the Early Learning Center of the Children & Family Resource center specifically designed for 2-5 year olds. This will be a 30 minute program with lots of Hands On! fun & learning with your little ones.

14). New Winston Museum presents “Twin City Story Time” – Four Winston-Salem storytellers will share their tales of the city with musical interludes on Thursday, May 23rd at 5:30 p.m.  Free Admission.

15). Historic Oak View County Park – Barnyard Birthday Bash on Saturday, June 1st from 10 a.m. -  12 p.m.  Come celebrate our goats’ 8th birthday with us! Kids will enjoy games and activities, eat some cake, and of course, sing “Happy Birthday” to Boyd and Quint!  Free admission.  Historic Oak View is located at 4028 Carya Drive, Raleigh. (919) 250-1013.