Arts Notes: Nov. 6

November 4, 2013 

“Desert Moonrise” is a fiber art piece by Maureen Wartski, who has works on display this month at The Clayton Center.

Music Association to meet Nov. 14

The Johnston County Music Association will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, at the home of Mary Raver, 50 Beech Trail, Garner. For more information, call Julie Stewart 919-359-3473.

‘Home for the Holidays’

Carolina Music Showcase and the Benson Foundation for the Arts will present “Home for the Holidays,” a Christmas show, Nov. 22-24 at the W.J. Barefoot Auditorium, 303 E. Church St., Benson. Show times are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. For tickets, which are $12, call the Benson Chamber of Commerce at 919-894-3825. For more information, visit

Concert in Clayton

Barbara Bailey Hutchinson, the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students. They’re available online at, by phone at 919-553-1737 and in the box office, which is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. To learn more about the singer, visit

‘Music Man’ at JCC

The Neuse Little Theatre will present “The Music Man,” a musical by Meredith Wilson, at 8 p.m. Nov. 15-16 and 3 p.m. Nov. 17 in the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium at Johnston Community College, 245 College Road, Smithfield. For tickets, which are $18, visit or call 919-209-2099.

Local dancers in Raleigh production

The Raleigh Dance Theatre will present “Tea for Ruby” at 3 p.m. Nov. 9 and 1 and 5:30 p.m. Nov. 10 in the Fletcher Opera Theatre at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. The cast includes a number of dancers from the Garner and Smithfield areas. They are Allison Tormey, Camille Carroll, Chloe Driver, Grace Mook and Doria Mook.

“Tea for Ruby” is based on the popular children’s book, and the book’s illustrator, Robin Preiss Glasser, will be on hand to sign copies of the book. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. For more information, call 919-834-1058 or

Jubilee’s Christmas show opens Nov. 8

The American Music Jubliee will debut its 2013 Christmas show at 1:40 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, at the Rudy Theater, 300 N. Raiford St., Selma. Other shows that weekend are scheduled for 1:40 and 7:40 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9. For tickets, call 919-202-9927.

Photos, fiber art on display in Clayton

Works by photographer Rhonda Peters and fiber artist Maureen Wartski are on display this month at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. A reception for the artists is scheduled from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, at The Clayton Center.

Peters is a retired optometrist who moved to Goldsboro in 2007 after spending most of her career in Chicago. She has been behind a camera since 1987. In 2012, she won the Clayton Art Faire Award of Excellence in photography.

Wartski, a Raleigh resident who was born in Japan, has studied art in Japan, Thailand and the United States. In addition to creating fiber art, she has written nearly 50 novels.

The exhibit runs through Dec. 1. Admission is free. The Clayton Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Art class for toddlers

Doodlebugs, an art class for children ages 18 months to 3 years, meets from 9:30-10:15 a.m. Fridays at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. Children 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, the cost is $7 or $27. Registration is due the Wednesday before a Friday class. For more information, call 919-934-1408.

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