Wake Forest ARTS

Our mission is to support and enhance a strong, vibrant community through the development, promotion and coordination of arts and cultural activities.

Upcoming/Ongoing Events: Check our postings below and our Calendar for news on arts-related events in and around Wake Forest.

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Forest Moon Theater: regional premiere of Helium on September 19, 2014

heliumlogo_with_clock.1Forest Moon Theater opens its 2014-15 season with the regional premiere of Helium on September 19 at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre. Performance dates are September 19, 20, 26, and 27 at 7:30pm, and September 21 at 3pm.

Helium is an emotional comedy about eighty-year-old Molly Kingsley and her family as she struggles with aging. Her mind has begun to wander, no longer bound by space and time. With the help of colorful helium-filled balloons, her flights of fancy take her family and the audience to the seashore of her youth, the high-school chemistry classroom where she once taught, and even an old episode of Star Trek. While her daughter tries to keep her grounded in reality, her two grandsons and her nurse watch as this mischievous and spirited grandmother and friend slips away day by day into the clouds of dementia.

With original theme music composed for our theater by Joe O’Keefe, a gifted musician and owner of Wine 101 in Wake Forest, this funny, moving play by Julian Wiles is one of those rare small theater experiences you should not miss. Make plans to attend this Triangle premiere.

Advance tickets are available online at a discounted price through the Forest Moon  website, where you will also find complete show information, including directions to the Renaissance Centre.

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Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojos at Joyner Park Sept. 7, 2014

Mel MeltonSpend an evening at Wake Forest’s beautiful E. Carroll Joyner Park with Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojos, a smokin’ Zydeco/Cajun flavored blues band from right here in North Carolina. They’ll perform a free concert on Sunday, Sept. 7 as part of Wake Forest’s annual “Wake Forest Unplugged…Get Connected” initiative. The concert is presented by PineCone, the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, and co-sponsored by the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department, the United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County, and Wake Forest Arts. The event features free games and activities beginning at 4 p.m., with the concert beginning at 5 p.m. See the town’s web page for more information.

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Wake Forest Tour of Artists

WFGATour2014The Wake Forest Guild of Artists will hold their 19th Annual Tour of Artists on Saturday, September 6, and Sunday, September 7, 2014. Galleries in Downtown Wake Forest and studios in various locations around town will be open both days. Hours on Saturday are from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and on Sunday from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Artists will be in attendance at the galleries and studios to give demonstrations and to talk about their art.

Among this year’s studios/galleries on the Tour are the Artists’ Nook at Mimosa Home and Gift, Wake Forest Art and Frame Shop, and Sunflower Studio & Gallery. Within the three (3) venues, twenty (20) artists will be exhibiting and in attendance. Most will be demonstrating techniques in their chosen medium.

You can find out more about this year’s tour, the artists participating in it and tour locations at the Wake Forest Guild of Artists website.

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“Bloomin’ Hot”: watercolors by Bonnie J. Becker at Wake Forest Art and Frame Shop

“Bloomin’ Hot”, an exhibit of original watercolors by Bonnie J. Becker, will be the Art After Hours feature at Wake Forest Art and Frame Shop, 139 S. White Street on August 8. The show runs until September 9, 2014.

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Free concert in the park: The Branchettes, Wilbur Tharpe, and Lena Mae Perry

Enjoy an evening of hymns and gospel music at Joyner Park in Wake Forest with Johnston County’s own The Branchettes, Wilbur Tharpe and Lena Mae Perry. They’ve performed at the New Orleans Jazz Festival, Merlefest and more!

5:00- 7:00, Sunday, August 3rd

Joyner Park in Wake Forest

Rain venue is Wake Forest Renaissance Centre.

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19th Annual Weekend Tour of Artists Expands Again: More Artists, More Sites, More Fun

For the second consecutive year, the Annual Tour of Artists, sponsored by the Wake Forest Guild of ArtistsWFAA-Logo, has grown in size and scope. The two-day event to be held Saturday, September 6, and Sunday, September 7, 2014, now boasts a significant increase in the number of participating artists (62 versus last year’s 24) and sites (16 versus last year’s 10). In 2013, the Tour opened up to remote sites, and in 2014, there will be nine remote studios/galleries, a 300% increase.

The number of galleries and studios in Historic Downtown Wake Forest has remained the same with seven, including the new Artists’ Nook at Mimosa and Artists’ Loft & Gallery at Wake Forest Coffee Company.

“We are really excited about the number of artists participating this year,” stated Wake Forest Guild of Artists President Beth Massey. “There is just so much incredible talent. We will have something of interest for everyone.”

Galleries and studios in locations in and around town will be open both days. Hours on Saturday are from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and on Sunday from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Artists will be in attendance at the galleries and studios to give demonstrations and to talk about their art. These demonstrations include oil, acrylic, and watercolor painting; portraiture; ink; metalworking and jewelry making; and wood working. The schedule of demonstrations (specific times, places, media, and artists) will be available during the tour at all participating locations. See the Guild website for the latest information.

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Forest Moon Theater Auditions for Helium

HeliumForest Moon Theater will hold auditions by appointment for their upcoming production of Helium on Wednesday, July 16 and Thursday, July 17 from 6:30-9:30pm at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 Brooks St. Wake Forest.

Actors will have an opportunity to present a short comedic or dramatic monologue (one minute or less). The monologue is optional but encouraged. There will also be cold readings from the script.

Auditions will be scheduled in groups of 15 people or less. For more information, and to reserve your time, please visit the Helium audition page on our website.

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Call for Artists: Fine Contemporary Craft of the Southeastern US at Artspace (deadline 9/22/2014)

FCASEArtspace in Raleigh is now accepting entries from artists with ties to the Southeast for this biennial exhibition. Fine Contemporary Craft of the Southeastern US is juried by Stefanie Gerber Darr, Gallery Manager at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, TN. Information, and an application link may be found here.

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the Forest Storytelling Festival in Wake Forest, Saturday, August 9, 2014

forest-storytelling-festival-logoJoin in a celebration of the art of storytelling—an age-old form of entertainment. At the Forest Storytelling Festival on Saturday, August 9th, 2014, four renowned storytellers will perform rousing concerts for children and adults. Learn how to tell your own story by participating in one of the children’s or adult workshops. Workshop participants are invited to share their stories during free open mic sessions.

The Forest Storytelling Festival, featuring Priscilla Best, E. Gale Buck, Robin Kitson and Claire Ramsey, will be held in Downtown Wake Forest, NC at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre and the Storytellers Bookstore. Day-long festival activities begin at 10 a.m. Workshops are $5; children’s concert is $5; adult concert is $10.

The Forest Storytelling Festival is sponsored by Storytellers Bookstore, the Town of Wake Forest, Wake Forest Arts, and United Arts of Raleigh and Wake County. Visit the town website for event details and ticket information.

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For Artists: bazaarSpark 2014 call for vendors ( deadline July 16,2014)

bazaar_sparkWhat if the mall were cool and celebrated local goods? It would be bazaarSPARK. bazaarSPARK is a two day street festival during SPARKcon in downtown Raleigh September 13 +14, 2014. Over 50,000 people attended SPARKcon last year and it is a great opportunity for local artists and vendors to get their name out there! Reserve yourself a booth! More information is available here.

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