Arts Notes: April 27

April 28, 2014 

Hospital seeks artwork

The Johnston County Arts Council is helping Johnston Health select and buy original art for the 50 patient rooms and family waiting areas at Johnston Medical Center in Clayton. The new wing will open early next year.

Johnston Health is looking for works that are either 16 by 20 inches or 18 by 24 inches. Works may include acrylic, chalk, crayon, watercolor or pen and ink.

The Johnston County Arts Council will collect entries at its office 1115 Industrial Park Drive in Smithfield. A committee will select works based on artistic merit and suitability for patients and visitors. The committee will give preference to artists who grew up in Johnston County or who now live or work in Johnston. The artwork must be uplifting and inspiring. Artists may enter as many as five works.

Johnston Health will pay $50 for each entry selected and will install a plaque next to each artwork with a short story of the artist’s inspiration for the work and his or her connection to Johnston County. Also, Johnston Health plans to publish a catalog that would include a scanned image of the artist’s work.

For artists interested in submitting work, a tour of the hospital construction project is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 21.

Artists must submit their work by June 20. The committee will notify artists by email or phone by July 11. For more information, call Darlene Williford at 919-938-0306 or email

Student art on display

Artwork by Johnston Community College students is on display through May 8 in the Frank Creech Art Gallery on the Smithfield campus, 245 College Road. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The following students have works on display: Miguel Fonseca, Theresa Scott, Cecili Ward, Donovan Woods, Rebecca Mall, Lauren L. Hicks, Jason Sundin, Savannah Matthews, Lindsey Currin, Beaux Brogden, Eboni Campbell, Arianna Chappell and Mario Calderini. An open house is scheduled for 2 p.m. May 8.

‘Wizard of Oz’

West Johnston High School will present the “Wizard of Oz” May 1-3. Show times are 7 p.m. May 1-2 and 2 and 7 p.m. May 3. On May 1, student tickets are $5. Other shows are $10. For more information, call 919-934-7333.

Chorale in Clayton

The Johnston County Chorale will present “Blast from the Past” at 8 p.m. Friday, May 9, at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St. The concert will feature music from the 1950s and 1960s, including Motown, country and gospel. The following will join the chorale in performing: a jazz ensemble, the Rendance Company Cloggers and the Knightdale High School gospel choir. For tickets, which are $12, visit or call 919-553-1737.

‘Oliver’ in Benson

The Benson Foundation for the Arts will present the musical “Oliver” in May. Show times are 7:30 p.m. May 2-3 and 3 p.m. May 4 in the W.J. Barefoot Auditorium, 303 E. Church St., Benson. Tickets are $11 in advance and $12 at the door. For more information, call 919-894-3825.

Sundown in Downtown

Sundown in Downtown, a concert series, returns to Benson on May 6. The Embers with Craig Woolard will perform in the Singing Grove on Main Street. DJ Steve Hardy will play dance music starting at 5:30 p.m. The Embers will take the stage at 6. Concessions will be available. For more information, visit

‘Pajama Game’ at Clayton High

The Clayton High School Players will present “The Pajama Game” at 7 p.m. May 8-10 in the school’s auditorium, 600 S. Fayetteville St., Clayton. Tickets at the door are $10 for adults and $6 for students. For more information, visit

Art for kids

Doodlebugs, a weekly art class for kids and their parents, meets from 9:30-10:15 a.m. Fridays at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 E. Booker Dairy Road. Children 18 months to 3 years experiment with dough, pudding gelatin, crayons, watercolors and more. For Smithfield residents, the cost is $5 per session or $19 for four sessions. For nonresidents, it’s $7 per session or $27 for four sessions. Register two days in advance by calling 919-934-2148.

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