Arts Notes: April 6

April 4, 2014 

Photographs in Clayton

Photographs by Kyle Wilson of Clayton are on display this month at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St. Clayton. Wilson began taking photos two years ago, but as a college student, he helped his father in his photography business. Admission is free. The Clayton Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

After-school art

An after-school art class for children ages 11-13 will begin April 8 at the Clayton Community Center, 715 Amelia Church Road, Clayton. The class will meet from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays for six weeks. It will use favorite artists as a starting point. Students will keep a sketchbook. The cost is $45 for Clayton residents and $60 for nonresidents. For more information, call 919-553-1550.

A second after-school class, for children ages 8-10, will begin April 10 at the Community Center. The class will meet from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursdays for six weeks. Students will paint, cut, sculpt, draw and print. The cost is $45 for Clayton residents and $60 for nonresidents. For more information, call 919-553-1550.

A class for children ages 5-7 will begin April 9. The class will meet from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays for six weeks. Youngsters will learn art vocabulary and skills while painting, drawing and making collages. The cost is $45 for Clayton residents and $60 for nonresidents.

Comedy in Smithfield

The Neuse Little Theatre continues its season of comedies with “A Little Murder Never Anybody.” Remaining show times are 8 p.m. April 11-12 in the Hut on Front Street in downtown Smithfield. Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 at the door. For reservations, call 919-934-1832 and leave a message.

Comedy in Clayton

Comedian James Gregory will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, April 11, at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. For tickets, which are $25, go to theclaytoncenter.com or call 919-553-1737.

Portrait drawing

A class in drawing portraits will begin Wednesday, April 9, at the Clayton Community Center, 715 Amelia Church Road, Clayton. Designed for both beginners and advanced artists, the class will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday for six weeks. The class is for people 15 and older. The cost is $45 for Clayton residents and $60 for nonresidents. For more information, call 919-553-1550.

Painting class

A painting class for people 15 and older will begin Thursday, April 10, at the Clayton Community Center, 715 Amelia Church Road, Clayton. The class will meet for six weeks. The cost is $45 for Clayton residents and $60 for nonresidents. For more information, call 919-553-1550.

Book signings in Smithfield

Wanda Robinson Lee of will sign copies of her book, “God’s Voice,” from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10, at the Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield, 305 E. Market St., Smithfield. A second book signing is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, at Johnston Community College, 245 College Road, Smithfield.

Easter play in Smithfield

The Fellowship Christian Players will present “Look Back to the Hill” at 7:30 p.m. April 18-19 and 3 p.m. April 20 at The Hut on Front Street in downtown Smithfield. “Look Back to the Hill” is seven vignettes featuring characters affected by the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. Admission is free, but the Fellowship Christian Players will accept donations to help defray production costs. For reservations, call 919-577-9040.

Variety show in Selma

Here are upcoming performances of the American Music Jubilee, the Branson-style variety show: 7:40 p.m. April 5 and 1:40 p.m. April 12 and April 24 at the Rudy Theatre, 300 N. Raiford St., Selma. For tickets, call 877-843-7839 or visit amjubilee.com.

‘Fast Escape’

Author Bonnie Vause, a teacher in the Johnston County schools, is republishing her first novel, “Fast Escape,” the first book in The Davenport Saga. “Fast Escape” is a psychological thriller with a Southern flair. The book follows Dr. Elizabeth Davenport as she returns to her hometown and faces a past she had put behind her. For more information, visit booksauthorsandartists.com.

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 class 919-934-2148.

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