Monday, February 10, 2014

February 2014: February at Arts of the Albemarle

F I R S T   F R I D A Y  A R T W A L K
turns three!

First FridayThis Friday will be the 3rd birthday of the First Friday ArtWalk! Eleven locations will be participating in this month's walk, taking place from 5:30 - 7pm throughout Downtown.

Several venues will be offering special birthday-themed art and activities.  Starting at AoA, welcome our February featured artists John Peel and Barbara Wachter, have a birthday cupcake and enjoy "The OBX Firebreather" Brett Dennison!

At Spoonful of Sugar, 
Kelly Thorsby, President of the Elizabeth City Area Chamber of Commerce, will be showcasing her whimsical artwork, as well as a brand new piece created to honor the ArtWalk's 3rd birthday! Be sure to bring items for the SPCA of Northeastern NC.  You can see their wishlist here.

Floor 2 Ceiling Designs will present “In a Galaxy Far, Far Away," a Sci-Fi inspired show featuring model artists Josh Frink and L. E. Spry and other related artwork. Dress up as your favorite Sci-Fi character and win a prize for best costume, while enjoying "cosmic" refreshments and wine tastings.

For the parents, Port Discover will offer “1st Friday Kids Art-In."  Let your children create some kid-friendly art and watch a movie, while you enjoy an evening on the town! This is available to Port Discover members only; however, memberships can be purchased at the door.  Admission is $10 for first child and $5 for each additional child (per family), includes pizza and fruit, for children ages 5 to 12-years-old.  Space is very limited for this event so reservations are encouraged.

See what else is scheduled for this week's First Friday ArtWalk here!

J E N K I N S   G A L L E R Y
featured artists
B A R B A R A   W A C H T E R
B WachterFor two decades, Barbara Wachter has been capturing life on canvas.  Spending her time between her homes in Charlottesville, VA, and Elizabeth City, Wachter's body of work includes landscapes and city street scenes, as well as touching scenes of human interaction.  In her current body of work, titled "Seeing the Invisible," her impressionistic style is clearly inspired by the great masters such as Renior and Monet.  Wachter's work will be on display at AoA through February.  To learn more, visit her website or read Anna Goodwin McCarthy's interview with Wachter in the Daily Advance.

J O H N   P E E LJ Peel
Photo courtesy of The Daily Advance

Arts of the Albemarle is excited to present local potter John Peel as one of this month's Jenkins Gallery featured artists.  Peel will showcase his collection of beautiful, fully functional, ceramics throughout the month of February. Much of Peel's inspirations comes from Japanese and Korean folk pottery, but something for every taste and need can be found his his vast collection.

A long-time member of the local arts community, Peel is also an art teacher at Northeastern High School.  While Peel's body of work is the focus this month at AoA, his student's work will be on display next month, when the Food Bank of the Albemarle hosts their first Empty Bowls event in the Maguire Theater.  The lunchtime event, taking place March 19th, will offer soups from area restaurants served in a take-home bowl handcrafted by an area art student.  Peel, along with several other area art teachers, embraced the event as an opportunity to both showcase their student's work and support an important local fundraiser. 

E N C O R E   T H E A T E R  presents
Love Loss logoComing later this month, Encore Theater will present Love, Loss and What I Wore at the Maguire Theater. This series of monologes started as a best-selling book by Ilene Beckerman, then became an Off-Broadway sensation as adapted by Nora Ephron (Silkwood, When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless In Seattle) and sister Delia (You've Got Mail, Hanging Up). Five years later, it is still playing to packed houses! It mixes the satirical, the tender, and the downright silly into a wonderfully witty evening of fun. Tickets are on sale now at the AoA Box Office.  Check out the details on Encore's Facebook page here

"This show illustrates what one wears to the party is sometimes more memorable than the party itself."  

The  C E N T E R   P L A Y E R S 
bring home top festival honors(Article courtesy of Rebecca Bunch, The Daily Advance)
Natalie Foreman of Edenton couldn’t be happier. When the Arts of the Albemarle’s Center Players returned home in triumph on Jan. 20 after capturing an Outstanding Performance award during the Junior Theater Festival, she and her two daughters were celebrating right along with them.
Foreman is a dance instructor with the group; she joined the Center Players in September. Her daughters Newbern, 14, and Carson, 10, were part of the group that competed for the first time at the festival held in Atlanta. Their friend, Sam Densmore, formerly of Edenton, joined them at the show, Natalie Foreman said. Densmore now lives in South Carolina.
Natalie Foreman said being a part of the whole experience was exciting.
“This was a new experience for us,” she said. “The kids had a wonderful time.”

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