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.
Tree of Life – copyright Sydney Wellman
The Wake Forest Guild of Artists will hold their 20th Annual Tour of Artists on Saturday, September 19, and Sunday, September 20, 2015. Galleries in Downtown Wake Forest and studios around town will be open both days from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Artists will be in attendance at the galleries and studios to give demonstrations and to talk about their art.
The Wake Forest Guild of Artists supports local artists and promotes the visual arts in Wake Forest and surrounding communities through activities, events, workshops and fellowship. The Guild is comprised of individuals who work in a wide variety of media, including acrylic, oil, and watercolor painting; drawing, ink, and pastels; clay arts; photography; fiber, metal, and jewelry arts; glass; and wood.
For further information about these participating artists, please go to the Guild website here.
The Wake Forest talent-sharing evenings called the “Neck of the Woods Performance Series” starts up again this Friday, June 19, 2015 at the Renaissance Centre in Wake Forest. The show starts at 7 pm, and beer and wine will be available. Cover is $5, a portion of which goes to the performers (from left to right above):
Sarena Harris is an 8th grader at Salem Middle School. She began her singing career performing at an American Cancer Society fundraiser at the age of eight. She’s an award recipient of the North Carolina Conservatory’s Altar Boyz Idol Competition, the Smoky Mountain Music Festival in Gatlinburg 2014, and performed for the Cary Teen Amazement Show. She has performed at multiple open mic nights at West Park Tavern and the Havana Grill. She has participated in countless elementary and middle school performances, including the Salem Blue Notes. Sarena Harris thrives in front of a live audience.
Dan Blaisdell is a local solo guitarist and singer. He is also an accomplished pedal steel guitarist currently playing with CMA recording artist Ryan Daniel out of Nashville, TN. His solo repertoire includes hundreds of songs in a wide variety of genres, including many original songs. His true genre though could be called “storytelling”, based on what his fans have said: “… your own songs tell a life story of some kind…..from funny to serious…”, “… a little blues a hint of jazz and a whole lot of country.” Dan has also released several CD’s of all-original songs.
Gale Buck shared the stories and music of the Great Highland Bagpipes in schools around Wake County but it was not until he shared stories of the Magic of Christmas that he was called “Storyteller.” Author of over 200 short stories and three published books Gale is now an avid storyteller and promoter of the vocal art. He and his wife, Christy, enjoy traveling to festivals and helping others find the magic in our lives. Gale is co-founder of Village Storytellers, a casual group of folks who enjoy improving their skills in Raleigh, and creator of Front Porch Stories, a quarterly storytelling event in Raleigh. Gale won the 2014 Bold-Faced Liars’ Showdown, placing Third in 2015 and first in the 2015 South Carolina State Liars’ Contest. He also enjoys finding and sharing new legends in state parks and campgrounds and will be looking at YOU for his next great tale.
Ronald F. Williams is a native of Wake forest and graduated from Dubois High School in 1959. He holds a BA Degree in Music Performance from NC Central University. Ronald was the accompanist for The Martin Luther King Jr. All Children’s Choir for 7 years. He also served as the Choral Director and Pianist at three Baptist churches in North Carolina. Ronald has had the opportunity to perform for four NC Governors – James B. Hunt, W. Kerr Scott, Terry Sanford and Beverly Perdue. He was also invited to play for Bill Clinton, former President of the United States. Ronald has been a volunteer at the Hillside Nursing Center since 1998. He gives God the glory for his talent and he enjoys sharing his musical gift with those who welcome a spiritual uplifting.
Wake Forest’s Forest Moon Theater will hold open auditions for Ira Levin’s play Deathtrap on July 8 and 9, 2016, from 6:30-8:30pm at the Renaissance Centre in Wake Forest. Actors may audition on either date (no appointment necessary). Performance dates are September 18-25, 2015. For more information, visit the Forest Moon website.
Raleigh native Jeanne Jolly will bring her lovely voice and enchanting original songs to E. Carroll Joyner Park this Sunday, May 24th from 5-7pm. We are in for a treat.
During the intermission, we’ll be staging the fourth and final group of Wake Forest Has Talent! contestants: The Lang Sisters, Justin Fouts, and Henry the Horse will be performing and competing for your votes (which you can place here).
The weather’s going to be perfect: don’t miss this second-to-last Six Sundays concert!
Wake Forest ARTS will host Kids Krafts at Wake Forest Farmers’ Market on each 4th Saturday, May-October this year. Here’s the schedule through July:
- May 23- May Flowers-children will create flowers out of construction paper.
- June 27-Butterflies, Butterflies-children will create butterflies out of clothespins and coffee filters.
- July 25- Patriotic Stars-children will make a star wand out of construction paper and ribbon.
Brings the kids to the market while you shop and let them have some creative fun! The market is open every Saturday, from 8 am until noon in the summer.
Liverpool: Carolina’s Beatles Experience will be performing for our May 17th Six Sundays in Spring concert. The weather’s predicted to be fine, and the music will be fun, so don’t miss this chance to get out and twist and shout.
During intermission, we’ll also be bringing you our third installment of Wake Forest Has Talent. Performing this week will be Karma, South Main Band, and Sonido Planetaire. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite band(s) here!
The Town of Chapel Hill’s Public and Cultural Arts Office, a Division of the Parks & Recreation Department, invites artists to submit proposals for a two-dimensional design for a vinyl wrap of an events trailer that doubles as a solar generator. The selected artist or artist team will receive a $2,000 honorarium to create an artistic design to be adhered on the sides, back, and front of the trailer. The trailer will be shown and used at many festivals and events sponsored by the Town. Full information is here.
ELIGIBILITY: Open to all artists 16 years of age and older residing in Orange, Chatham, Durham, Wake or Alamance County.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: Tuesday, June 30, 2015
The Miriam Preston Block Gallery invites artists, artist teams and curators to apply for the 2016-2017 Block Gallery Exhibition Series.
Applicants must be 18 years of age or older, residing or working in Chatham, Durham, Johnston, Orange or Wake County for at least one year as of July 10, 2015. Application Deadline: Friday, July 10, 2015 at 5pm.
Click here for more information.
The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre and Wake Forest Arts are partnering to rekindle the “Neck of the Woods” performance series!
This quarterly program will feature emerging local artists who are willing to volunteer and share their art in front of a live audience. Each show is different and will feature a variety of artists. We are seeking actors, dancers, musicians, singers, comedians, poets, magicians, mimes and spoken word artists.
Current plans are to stage the event at the Renaissance Centre, 7-9pm on Fridays, June 19 & October 16 and then February 19 in 2016. There will be 3-4 performers each doing a 15-20 min performance. Admission is $5. There will be a cash bar (beer & wine).
If you are an interested artist, please send an email with your contact information and a link to a video of your performance (if available) to Cathy Gouge.
Thunderstorms are predicted for this evening, so today’s Six Sundays concert well be held at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts, 405 S. Brooks St in Wake Forest. The time is, as always, 5-7 pm, and we’ll be having the Casablanca Orchestra, with their big 18 piece band of entertaining musicians.
This weekends Wake Forest Has Talent performances will be held as scheduled at the Renaissance Centre, so come on out and vote for your favorite performers!