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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Triangle ArtWorks Kicks Off Monthly Series of Legal Practicums for Artists

ArtWorksDo you work in the arts and have questions about copyright? Trademark? Taxes? Contracts? Business law? Are you tired of attending “legal issues in the arts” talks and going home with more questions and no tools to help you?

Members of the new Law + ArtWorks group at Triangle ArtWorks were tired of giving those talks too. So they have designed a series of workshops, or Practicums, that will provide hands-on targeted learning for the arts community. These monthly workshops will have limited enrollment, allowing attendees to learn from each other, as well as the Practicum facilitators.

Practicums will take place the Second Tuesday of each month from 4-6 p.m at the Frontier in RDU. The program will kick-off in March with a Practicum on copyright for visual artists with local attorney to the creative community, Pamela Chestek.

Get all the info, and sign up, here.

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Wake Forest Has Talent! competition is underway

Move over, American Idol: Wake Forest Arts is looking for local talent to perform at its signature Six Sundays in Spring concerts.

As part of our 25th Anniversary Celebration, Wake Forest ARTS is announcing Wake Forest Has Talent!, our first-ever talent competition. Designed as a showcase for the myriad of talent in the area and a fundraiser, we’re inviting performers of all ages and genres to enter the competition.

“We’re excited to launch this inaugural competition during our 25th year,” said Mary Petretich, president of the board of Wake Forest ARTS. “We think it’s a great way to give area performers a chance to show off their talents. So whether you’re a singer, a band, a juggler, or a comedian — we want to hear from you!”

The competition will begin with performers submitting videos to Wake Forest ARTS. Contestants simply upload their audition video to YouTube, and email the link to: info@wakeforestarts.org. The deadline for submissions is midnight EST on March 31, 2015. A jury of arts professionals and Wake Forest ARTS board members will select finalists from the videos submitted. Finalists will be notified by April 15.

Wake Forest Has Talent! is not limited to residents of the Town of Wake Forest. The contest is open to any performer or group who is able to perform live during one of the first five concerts in the Six Sundays in Spring concert series (April 26 – May 24). Wake Forest Has Talent! finalists will perform prior to the professional musicians who take the stage at 5:00 p.m. These concerts are free to the public and held at E. Carroll Joyner Park in Wake Forest.

Audience members will vote for their favorite contest finalists via the online fundraising site, “Crowdrise”. Each finalist will have their own page on the site and supporters will cast “votes” for $1 each. Voting will begin on April 24 and will close at midnight on May 24. The performers or groups that earn the most votes (and money for Wake Forest ARTS) will be named the winners. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three finalists.

Rules and deadlines_Wake Forest Has Talent

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Wake Forest “Meet in the Street” Festival applications now available

MITSThe Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for vendors, non-profits and downtown merchants for the Meet in the Street arts and crafts festival. Applications are available online and at the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce, 350 S. White St.

The 35th Annual Meet in the Street festival will take place Saturday, May 2, in downtown Wake Forest. The festival offers a day filled with food, fun and entertainment, including dozens of artisans’ booths featuring handcrafted arts and crafts along South Taylor Street, South Brooks Street, and South White Street starting at 10 a.m. The event also will include multiple entertainment venues and a beer garden.

For sponsorship opportunities, contact Corey Hutcherson at corey@wakeforestchamber.org. Volunteers are also needed throughout the day of the event. To learn more, contact Volunteer Coordinator Sherry Forbes at sherry@wakeforestchamber.org.

Meet in the Street is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.wakeforestchamber.org or contact Corey Hutcherson at corey@wakeforestchamber.org or 919-229-8506.

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Call for Artists: 4th Annual North Carolina Statewide Juried Pastel Exhibition (deadline March 2 , 2015)

psncON COMMON GROUND: 2015 PASTEL PAINTINGS FROM THE MOUNTAINS TO THE SEA The 4th Annual North Carolina Statewide Juried Pastel Exhibition will be held at The Art Shop, Greensboro, NC MAY 16 – JUNE 16, 2015. Presented by the Pastel Society of North Carolina, a North Carolina nonprofit organization, in conjunction with the Appalachian Pastel Society, and the Piedmont Pastel Society. The show prospectus is available on the Pastel Society website.

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In Wake Forest: A Night of Improv: “It’s Funny to Be Scared!” Saturday, October 25

A Night of Improv: “It’s Funny to Be Scared!”
Halloween Treat for the Family

Forest Moon Theater is excited to bring improvisational theater to Wake Forest. On Saturday, October 25, for one night only and just in time for Halloween, you’ll find out why “It’s Funny to Be Scared!” Enjoy a  Halloween-themed evening of unscripted performances at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, beginning with The Estessentials , a student improv group from Estes Tarver’s Moonlight Stage Company, and followed by Transactors Improv: For Families, a professional troupe that has been entertaining people of all ages in the Triangle area for a number of years.

“It’s Funny to Be Scared” is family friendly show appropriate for ages 8 and older. If you’re familiar with improvisational theater, you know you can expect an energetic, fun show that is created before your eyes as it is being performed (think Saturday Night Live). For this reason, no two shows are ever the same. Be prepared for hilarity, but also be prepared to watch improv games made up on the spot based on your suggestions.

You can purchase discounted tickets in advance here. Buying your ticket in advance guarantees you a seat. Advance tickets are $10 adults/seniors and $8 students (ages 8-17). Tickets the day of the show are $2 more and may be purchased online or in person at the Renaissance Centre’s box office, subject to availability. For additional ticket information, you can call the Renaissance Centre’s box office at  (919) 554-1379.

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Kids Krafts at the Wake Forest Farmer’s Market October 25, 2014

WFFM-SignWake Forest ARTS will bring its Kid’s Krafts program to the Wake Forest Farmers’ Market on Saturday, October 25 from 8 a.m. until Noon. Look for the Wake Forest Arts booth, where volunteers will help kids create paper bag puppets. This program is presented free-of-charge to encourage youth participation in arts activities.

Youngsters who attend the October 25 Farmers’ Market in costume can collect a treat at each participating vendor’s booth. The Farmers’ Market is located in the Renaissance Centre parking lot at 405 S. Brooks St. in Wake Forest. For Farmers’ Market information, visit www.wakeforestfarmersmarket.org or call 919-671-9269.

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Today: pianist David Kim at the Renaissance Centre

kim4Wake Forest ARTS and the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre present pianist David Kim, winner of numerous musical and academic prizes, who will perform works by Mozart and Beethoven on his 5 octave Viennese piano, with a talk and demonstration. The concert is Sunday, October 12 at 3PM at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 Brooks St. in Wake Forest .For information and tickets visit Wake Forest NC.gov or call 919-435-9458.

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Free Lecture for Artists: How to Get Noticed

Artspace in Raleigh is hosting a free lecture-and-networking event focused on getting your work noticed and exhibited. Led by Edie Carpenter, Greenhill and Laura Ritchie of The Carrack Modern Art. Learn tips and best practices on how to have your art chosen for exhibitions and network with experts who curate and organize exhibitions. Friday, October 10 6-7:30pm. More info on the Artspace website here.

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Wake Forest Renaissance Centre Classical Music Series – October 2014

Wake Forest ARTS and the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre are presenting a Classical Music Series in October, starting with a concert tomorrow afternoon. Here’s the lineup; for more information on any of the concerts, please visit the Renaissance Centre web page, or call 919-435-9458.

Sunday, October 5, 2014; 3PM: Close to Home featuring the Free Spirit Ensemble of the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra, with works of area recognized composers including: Lawrence Dillon, Bryan Putnam, Lanette Lind, Ann Pearce and Daniel Poissant.

Sunday, October 12, 2014; 3PM: Pianist David Kim, winner of numerous musical and academic prizes, will perform works by Mozart and Beethoven on his 5 octave Viennese piano, with a talk and demonstration.

Sunday, October 19, 2014; 3PM: Edward Burke, will perform a solo guitar concert. Works include Fantasie on Themes from Verdi’s La Traviata, Five Impromptus by Bennet, Fantasie Chevaleresque, OP 15 by Coste and Selections from 24 Caprichos de Goya by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco.

Friday, October 24, 2014; 7:30PM: The Free Spirit Ensemble of the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra will explore classic folk tunes in new forms. Featured works include arrangements by Nofinofo, Corigliano and Lind plus several works by Copland.

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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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