Arts Notes: May 18

May 16, 2014 

Millstock returns to Clayton June 7

Millstock 2014, Clayton’s summer art and music festival, returns to downtown’s Horne Square on June 7. Artists are invited to show and sell their works from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The deadline to enter is May 30; the booth fee is $40. Millstock will be held rain or shine. The festival welcomes works in painting, graphics, printmaking, drawing, photography, sculpture, ceramics, glass, fiber, jewelry, woodwork and mixed media. All work must be original. A brochure/application form is available at claytonvisualartsnc.org/calendar/2014-millstock. The festival will have several music acts, a free kids’ art booth and a chalk-art contest. Other downtown activity that day includes music at the nearby Flipside restaurant, sales of local food at the Clayton Farmers’ Market and an antique tractor display.

Comedy in Smithfield

The Neuse Little Theatre’s production of “The Red Velvet Cake War” continues this week with shows at 8 p.m. May 23-24 at The Hut at the corner of Front and Market streets in downtown Smithfield. Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 at the door. For reservations, call 919-934-1832.

Art After Dark

Art After Dark, a new series by Clayton Visual Arts, will debut at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 28, at the Wagner House, 120 E. Main St., Clayton. Artist/philosopher Daniel Nie will speak. Admission is $10. To register, visit ClaytonVisualArtsNC.org.

Auditions in Clayton

Auditions for “AIDA,” a Clayton Youth Theater production, are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. May 30 and 10 a.m. May 31 at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St. The show has roles for students in grades 7-12, including recent high school graduates. For more details, call claytonyouththeater.com.

Free vocal camp in Benson

A free vocal camp will take place July 28-Aug. 2 in the W.J. Barefoot Auditorium, 303 E. Church St., Benson. Recording artist Amanda Daughtry, a North Carolina native, will conduct the camp for young people ages 6-14. The deadline for applications is May 31. To learn more, go to amandadaughtry.com and click on the vocal camp link.

Paintings at library

Watercolors and acrylics by Heidi-Lee Peach are on display this month at the Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield, 305 E. Market St., Smithfield.

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. 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 info@jcartscouncil.org.

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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