Monday, April 7, 2014

April 2014: Arts of the Albemarle's Upcoming Events

AOA presents...
A N   E V E N I N G   O F   J A Z Z
The Jae Sinnett Trio featuring Laura Martier
Jae SinnettTwo area jazz greats are hitting the stage of the Maguire Theater next Thursday, April 10th.  The Jae Sinnett Trio, along with Outer Banks jazz artist Laura Martier, will be performing together in what is sure to be a spectacular show for jazz fans of all types.
An award winning jazz recording artist for nearly thirty years, Jae Sinnett has performed with Branford and Ellis Marsalis, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Chuck Mangione, Charlie Byrd, and many others. Both the 1997 release titled “Listen,” as well as the 2006 release "The Sinnett Hearings" reached number one on the Gavin and national jazz charts, respectively.  Hampton Roads area jazz enthusiasts will recognize Sinnett as the producer and host of the popular jazz program “Sinnett in Session” on NPR affiliate WHRV-89.5 in Norfolk, VA, as well as “The R&B Chronicles” on WSNC-FM in Winston-Salem, NC.
Laura MartierThursday's performance will feature the trio consisting of Sinnett, Justin Kauflin, a Thelonius Monk International Jazz Piano Competition finalist fresh off a world tour with Quincy Jones, as well as bassist Terry Burrell. The performance will also feature Outer Banks resident and esteemed jazz performer Laura Martier.  Tickets are $15 and are available at AoA (516 E. Main Street, Elizabeth City) or by calling 252.338.6455.  Downtown eateries Cypress Creek Grill and Sidney’s Bistro will be accepting pre-concert reservations, and a cash bar will be available at the show. 
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J E N K I N S   G A L L E R Y presentsMargie Sawyer, with the NC Coastal Land Trust
Margie SawyerWelcome spring with two of the area’s favorite artists, Margie Sawyer and Katherine Wassink. On April 4, First Friday ArtWalk features the work of Margie Sawyer in a special exhibit, “Preserving the Places We Love.” The exhibit is in collaboration with the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust, which seeks to preserve the resources and traditions of the coastal communities of the state. A portion of the sales revenue from this exhibit will be donated to the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust. Her painting, “Patterns in the Pasquotank River,” is featured in the heading above. Margie is an award-winning artist who teaches painting at College of the Albemarle, as well as providing lessons at her studio.  

READ MORE at, or take a look at Robert Kelly-Goss' article about Margie in the Daily Advance.  Photo of Margie courtesy Robert Kelly-Goss. 

AnnualP H O T O   C O M P E T I T I O N
opens April 15th

Photography Contest

The 2014 Arts of the Albemarle Annual Photo Competition submission period opens Tuesday, April 15th and will be open through Friday, April 25th.  Approved photos will be the Jenkins Gallery featured exhibit throughout the month of May.  Interested photographers may submit up to two photos that are framed and wired for hanging (ring type hangers and tabletop framed are not accepted).  
The competition is in collaboration with AoA’s Photography Club, which is celebrating their 10 Year Anniversary this year. The winners of the photography competition will be announced at an opening reception at AoA during First Friday ARTWalk on May 2nd. All participants and guest are invited to attend.  The juried awards are as follows:

1st Place: $200
2nd Place: $100
3rd Place: $50
10 Honorable Mentions

The entry fee is $30 for AoA members and $40 for non-members.  Photographs will be received at AoA between Tuesday, April 15th and Friday, April 25th during regular gallery hours of 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.  Late entries and incorrectly or unlabeled works will not be accepted.


Encore Theatre presents8 - T R A C K : The Sounds of the 70's
Article courtesy Rebecca Cross,

Are you ready for “8-Track”? Encore Theatre Company is rehearsing now for this 70's musical review with a bit of drama! Talented Elizabeth City thespians are putting the polishing touches on this toe-tapping, smile-inducing show that will have you dancing and singing along. Mark you calendar. Shows are coming up April 25- 26 and May 1-3 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee April 27 at 2 p.m. Tickets are on sale at Arts of the Albemarle’s Maguire Theatre for $16 each.  The cast includes Dale Brandt (tenor), Joel Taylor (baritone), Lauren Luther (soprano) and Pearl Kelly-Goss (alto). The show is directed by  Erin Garrett, musically directed by Steve Raisor and choreographed by Velda Jones. 

Put on your leisure suits, halter tops and platform shoes and get ready to boogie down through 10 years of ground-breaking music! With its propulsive rhythms and dazzling harmonies, “8-Track” is a fast-paced musical romp through one of the most impassioned decades of the 20th century. This Baby Boomers’ dream come true features the music of The Emotions, The Carpenters, Labelle, Barry Manilow, Marvin Gaye, The Doobie Brothers, The Bee Gees, Helen Reddy, K.C. and the Sunshine Band and many more. Rediscover the heart and soul of the 70s with this joyously rousing, moving and often downright hilarious musical in concert! (Graphic and information courtesy of Encore Theatre Company)

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