Posts Tagged ‘Visiting Chapel Hill NC’

Homestead Aquatics Center in Chapel Hill, NC, Unveils Installation of Photographs by Barbara Tyroler – June 28, 2014

June 14, 2014

Meet artist Barbara Tyroler, with Rockin’ photo printer and renown photographer, Wojtek Wojdnyski, June 28, 2014, from 4-6pm at the Homestead Aquatics Center in Chapel Hill, NC, to preview “Rockin’ the Spectrum”, a permanent installation of large-scale, abstract photographic water portraits of children in the Chapel Hill Park and Recreation Department Adapted Aquatics swimming classes.


The work is a project of Into the Streets, a community residency program of the Park’s Division of Cultural Arts and the Chapel Hill Public Arts Commission. Editorial assistance from curator and art historian Dr. Michael Mezzatesta and artists Katherine Armacost and Sandy Milroy.

The Homestead Aquatics Center is located at 300 Northern Park Drive.

Phone 919/968-2799 for directions. For info about the project e-mail Barbara Tyroler  at (

Town of Chapel Hill, NC’s Park and Rec Department Announce Line Up for Music and Art Series – Beginning Apr. 11, 2014

April 8, 2014


The Town of Chapel Hill, NC’s, Park and Rec Department, in conjunction with the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership, are pleased to announce our spring line up for the Live and Local! Music and Art series for the Plaza at 140 W Franklin Street in downtown Chapel Hill. The Plaza is “A Place for Everyone” and is a facility where recreation, leisure and the arts can all be accessed. Downtown begins here!

Apr. 11, 2014, 6-9pm – Enjoy the spring awakening of “Exhale”/ 2nd Friday Art Walk; dance performance by Studio A Dancers, musical performance by Tucker Street, and Comedic Emcee provided by DSI

Apr. 25, 2014, 6-9pm – Live and Local Music and Art on the Plaza kickoff and musical performance by Tea Cup Gin

Apr. 26 2014, 3-7pm – Get up and Dance! National Dance week, musical performance by I Was Totally Destroying It; and enjoy short demos by various community dance groups

May 2, 2014, 6-9pm – Live and Local Music; Art on the Plaza; and musical performance by John G Franklin

May 9, 2014, 6-9pm – Live and Local Music; Art on the Plaza/ 2nd Friday Art Walk; and contemporary dance by Justin Tornow and COMPANY

May 16, 2014, 6-9pm – Live and Local Music; Art on the Plaza; and comedic performance by DSI

May 17, 2014, 3-7pm – Go Chapel Hill Bike Day – Bike In Events and competitions and musical performance by the Acoustic Bandits

May 23, 2014, 6-9pm – Live and Local Music; Art on the Plaza; and musical performance by Gregg Gelb’s jazz trio

May 30, 2014, 6-9pm – Live and Local Music; Art on the Plaza; and musical performance by the Capital Transit

June 6, 2014, 6-9pm – Live and Local Music; Art on the Plaza; and musical performance by Steph and the Boyfriends

June 13, 2014, 6-9pm – Live and Local Music; Art on the Plaza / 2nd Friday Art Walk; musical performance by A Mad Affair; Grab a sketch book and a pencil and draw alongside the Triangle Sketch group; and Art Images Live

June 20, 2014, 6-9pm – Live and Local Music; Art on the Plaza; and musical performance by The Rousters

June 21, 2014, 2-6pm – Summer Fest, with musical performance by The Waterlilies children’s band and enjoy family friendly activities

June 27, 2014, 6-9pm – Live and Local Music; Art on the Plaza/ End of the spring series; and musical performance by Thelonious A Cappella group

For further info visit (

FRANK Gallery in Chapel Hill, NC, to Give Away Thousands of Dollars Worth of Art – Apr. 12, 2014

February 20, 2014


FRANK Gallery, nonprofit artists’ collective showcasing the work of local and regional fine artists, in Chapel Hill, NC announces that tickets are now on sale for its fourth annual birthday bash and fundraising gala, OFF THE WALL. The gala will kick off at 6 pm at FRANK Gallery on Saturday, Apr. 12, 2014. This popular and highly anticipated event has sold out well in advance during the past three years.

The gala’s focus is its wall of original artist-donated fine art, including paintings, woodwork, sculpture, pottery and jewelry, among other media.  Each art ticket holder will have a chance to select a piece of art OFF THE WALL or from the display cases and take it home. Generous local restaurants provide food and drink.  Proceeds from ticket sales will help support FRANK’s educational and community outreach programs and exhibits.

How it works:
FRANK artists and other well-known area artists have donated 100 works of art, valued from more than $300 to $3,000. Only 100 Art Tickets will be sold, equal to the number of artworks, ensuring that each Art Ticket holder will take home a work of art valued at considerably more than the cost of the ticket.


During the event, excitement builds as the gala host, WUNC radio’s Frank Stasio, draws names randomly and then allows the lucky individuals to take their selections OFF THE WALL.

Donated artwork will be on display before the fundraiser, beginning Tuesday, April 1st, at FRANK. Art donated to date can be viewed on the Web at (

Off THE WALL Art Tickets are now on sale for $250 each and are available at FRANK Gallery, 109 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill; by phone at 919/636-4135; and online at ( Companion tickets are available for $50 when accompanied by a $250 art ticket purchase.

FRANK gallery is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit operated by member artists of the Franklin Street Arts Collective, with support from community leaders and art lovers.

The mission of the Franklin Street Arts Collective is to support the arts community of Chapel Hill and the region, strengthen community appreciation of the arts through educational outreach, and promote Chapel Hill and North Carolina as a major arts destination. FRANK offers workshops, salons, and innovative programs that reach out to diverse groups within the community.

For more information about FRANK, go to (

Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill, NC, Switches to LED Lighting

June 20, 2013


The renowned museum at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC, will celebrate its transition to 100 percent LED lighting – a money-saving, energy-conscious move that also enhances spectators’ views of the exhibits – with a June 20 Open House from 6 to 8pm. It is free to the public.

“Our staff did a great deal of research to make sure that the switch to LED would not only save energy, but would also be the right decision for our works of art,” said Emily Kass, Ackland’s director. “The new LED lighting dramatically improves our visitors’ experience, as the art works’ colors are more accurate and vivid.”

The museum worked with the campus’s Renewable Energy Special Projects Committee over the past two years to explore ways in which the Ackland could reduce its energy consumption. RESPC paid approximately $52,000 dollars to fully fund the transition of gallery lights to more efficient light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs from Durham-based LED innovator Cree, Inc.

With less heat being produced by the more than 400 Cree LED lights, the Ackland’s HVAC systems run much more efficiently, especially in the summer months, further reducing its electricity consumption and carbon emissions.

Cree estimates the new lights will use 117,000 fewer kilowatt hours per year and will save the museum, and thus UNC, more than $13,000 dollars annually.

“The Renewable Energy Special Projects Committee is always looking for new areas of the UNC campus in which to reduce energy consumption,” said RESPC co-chair Piya Kerdlap, whose student organization manages the funds raised by the $4-dollar-per-semester Student Renewable Energy Fee. “Not only did the Ackland have great potential for saving energy, but it presented an opportunity for our organization to reach out to a more diverse audience and raise awareness about the importance of energy efficiency and conservation.

“What made this project unique were the additional benefits of improved display conditions for the art works. The Ackland’s need for LED lighting clearly resonated with the mission of the RESPC and was well worth the investment.”

In addition to a significant energy reduction, the LED lamps enhance the visual appearance of art in the museum. Featuring Cree TrueWhite Technology, the new bulbs provide exceptional color accuracy and rendering, enabling a fuller spectrum to be visible and color contrasts to be seen more accurately with the human eye as compared to most other artificial lamps.

Also key to the Ackland: LED lighting emits essentially no infrared or ultraviolet light, both of which can damage all kinds of works of art — particularly works on paper (drawings, prints and photographs) and textiles.

“As a local Triangle business, we are pleased to help the Ackland Art Museum transition to 100 percent energy-efficient LED lighting, offering an enhanced visual experience for museum visitors while delivering significant savings on energy and maintenance costs,” said Greg Merritt, vice president of lighting at Cree. “The Cree LRP-38 and LBR-30 LED lamps installed offer a unique combination of technical innovations to deliver enhanced color quality, efficacy and lifetime to the Ackland, where beautiful, high-quality lighting is essential.”

The museum estimates an energy savings of 87 percent per year over the previous lighting, resulting in a reduction of 73 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.

Ackland Art Museum’s new lighting system is both energy efficient and cost-saving. A quick look:

Previous incandescent and halogen lights:
· Watts per bulb: 65 to 90
· verage life span: 7 to 9 months

New Cree LED lights:
· Watts per bulb: 12 to 13.5
· Estimated average life span: 11 to 15 years

For further information contact Emily Bowles by calling 919/843-3675 or e-mail to (

FRANK Gallery in Chapel Hill, NC, Offers Panel Discussion on Setting up an Art Business – May 30, 2013

May 29, 2013


Are you an independent artist in the Triangle area of NC? Are you thinking about scaling your work into a full time small business? Join our panel of artists and business experts to learn more about the resources and tools that are available to you in our community. We will discuss the obstacles and opportunities of independent artists over wine and finger food provided by FRANK Gallery.

Featured panelists include:

Beth Yerxa – Triangle ArtWorks
Heather Allen – Capital H Creative
Kim Kirchstein – Leopold Designs
River Capel – River Basin Outfitters
Christina Brennan – Sofia’s
Ed Timberlake – Trademark & Copyright Lawyer

Date: Thursday, May 30th

Time: 6pm – 8pm

Location: Frank Gallery, 109 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC.

Cost: $5 at the door (cash or cards accepted)

If you have specific questions you’d like answered during the panel discussion, please e-mail those to us at (

FRANK Gallery in Chapel Hill, NC, Offers “OFF THE WALL” Fundraising Gala – Apr. 20, 2013

March 15, 2013


FRANK Gallery, a non-profit collective in Chapel Hill, NC, featuring the work of local and regional fine artists, today announced that tickets are on sale for its third birthday celebration and fundraiser, “OFF THE WALL!” Tickets to this popular annual event have sold out well in advance in the past two years. The event will be held at the gallery on Franklin Street on Saturday, Apr. 20, 2013, starting at 6 pm, and will be unique and fun – much like FRANK. The evening’s focus will be artist-donated original fine art that FRANK will literally take “OFF THE WALL” and give to lucky new owners! Delightful food and drink will be provided by generous local restaurants.

How it works – 100 pieces of art (each valued from over $300 to $3,000) will be donated by FRANK artists and other well-known local artists. Only 100 tickets are available for purchase, equal to the number of artworks donated, ensuring that every ticket holder will take a piece home. The tension will build as our host, WUNC & NPR’s Frank Stasio, draws each name randomly, allowing that person to make an art selection – right off the wall!

The donated artwork will be on display prior to the fundraiser starting Wednesday, April 10, at FRANK.  Art donated to date is now available for viewing on the web at (

Silent auction now open – “OFF THE WALL” attendees will also have the opportunity to make the final bids in FRANK’s annual silent auction, which will close with the event. A variety of items ranging from a wine tasting for friends, to dinner with journalist Hal Crowther and author Lee Smith, to an autographed picture of the recipient with former UNC basketball star Lenny Rosenbluth have been donated for the auction. Bidding is now open online at ( Online bidding will conclude on Friday, Apr. 19, and live bidding will close at the “OFF THE WALL” event.

To purchase tickets – “OFF THE WALL” tickets are on sale now at $225 each and are available at FRANK gallery, 109 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill; by phone at 919/636-4135; and online at ( Companion tickets are available for $75 when accompanied by a $225 art ticket purchase. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit FRANK and its educational programming, exhibits, and community outreach programs.

FRANK gallery is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization operated by the volunteer effort of the Member Artists of the Franklin Street Arts Collective, its staff and with the support of community leaders and art lovers.

The mission of the Franklin Street Arts Collective is to support the arts community and promote a vibrant downtown Chapel Hill through the exhibits, events, programs and educational outreach offered through  FRANK  Gallery.

More information about FRANK is available at (

Chapel Hill Public and Cultural Arts Office Calls for Entries for 10th Annual Sculpture Visions Exhibition in Chapel Hill, NC – Deadline Apr. 22, 2013

March 6, 2013

The Town of Chapel Hill’s Public and Cultural Arts Office, a Division of the Parks & Recreation Department, invites artists to apply for the “10th Annual Sculpture Visions Exhibition”. Between July 2013 and June 2014 original three-dimensional artwork by selected artists will be displayed in publicly-accessible outdoor spaces belonging to the Town of Chapel Hill and other participating sponsors. Selected artists will receive a $1,500 honorarium for the exhibition of their work.

Work by Adam Walls in the current 2012-2013 exhibit

The exhibit is open to all artists creating original three-dimensional artwork of a scale and material suitable for outdoor display. North Carolina artists are encouraged to apply. Participating artists must carry liability insurance.


For full details visit (

If you have questions or need additional information please contact the Town of Chapel Hill’s Public and Cultural Arts Office:

Chapel Hill Public and Cultural Arts Office, 200 Plant Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27514, e-mail to ( or call 919/968-2749.

Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill, NC, Offers Art for Lunch – Dec. 5, 2012

December 3, 2012


The Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill, NC, will offer an Art for Lunch event on Dec. 5, 2012, from noon-1pm, entitled, “The Art and Politics of Samurai Sociability” by Morgan Pitelka, UNC-Chapel Hill – Asian Studies

Bring a bag lunch (yes, people do!) and enjoy an hour of inspiration and information about art currently on view at the Ackland.

Utagawa Kunisada, Japanese, 1786-1864, Actor: Samurai in Black, color woodblock print. UNC Art Department Collection

Although usually thought of as individualist swordfighters and rigid adherents to the honorable Bushido code of ethics, Japan’s pre-modern warriors, the samurai, were profoundly social animals. This talk will illustrate the role of art in the interactions between elite warriors in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, with a particular focus on banqueting, gift-giving, and other forms of politicized sociability.

Presented in connection with the exhibition Pictures of Vanity Fair: The Traditional Japanese Print, on view through Jan. 6, 2013.

RSVP to by e-mail to ( Free to members and valid UNC One Card holders or $5 for all others.

Art For Lunch is supported in part by Drs. Leena and Sheldon Peck.

Ackland Art Museum at UNC- Chapel Hill, NC, Presents Lecture by Eric L. Muller on Japanese American Incarceration During WWII – Oct. 10, 2012

October 8, 2012

Ackland Art Museum at UNC- Chapel Hill, NC,  will present the lecture, “Colors of Confinement: Rare Color Photographs of Japanese American Incarceration in World War II”, by Eric Muller, of University of North Carolina School of Law, on Oct. 10, 2012, at 2pm.

In 1942, Bill Manbo (1908-1992) and his family were forced from their Hollywood home into a Japanese American internment camp at Heart Mountain, Wyoming. While there, Manbo documented both the bleakness and beauty of his surroundings, using Kodachrome film, a technology then just seven years old, to capture community celebrations and to record his family’s struggle to maintain a normal life under the harsh conditions of racial imprisonment. In this talk, Eric Muller will present a number of Manbo’s photographs and talk about what they show – and what they conceal – about the wartime imprisonment of Japanese Americans.

Eric L. Muller is the Dan K. Moore Distinguished Professor in Jurisprudence and Ethics at the University of North Carolina School of Law and director of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Center for Faculty Excellence. He is author of “American Inquisition: The Hunt for Japanese American Disloyalty in World War II” and “Free to Die for Their Country: The Story of the Japanese American Draft Resisters in World War II”.

Free to Ackland Members and $10 each for Members’ guests. Reservation required; e-mail to (

Following his talk, Muller will be signing his new monograph of the same title at the Ackland Museum Store.




FRANK: InFocus Festival Taking Place Throughout the Triangle Area of NC Adds New Events for October 2012

September 30, 2012

The FRANK: InFocus Festival taking place throughout the Triangle Area of NC (Chapel Hill, Durham, & Raleigh) have added new events to its offerings in October.

Image by Christopher Sims

On Oct. 4, 2012, at 4pm – Kids are getting in the photography action with a special workshop led by FRANK member artists Nerys Levy and Sudie Rakusin.

On Oct. 11, 2012, at 4pm – Ackland Museum Guided Tour of Hiroshi Sugimoto’s stunning “Lightning Fieldsled by museum educator, Betty Carr. Limit 10. RSVP to reserve a space with FRANK by e-mail at ( or call Torey Mishoe or Barbara Tyroler at 919/636-4135.

On Oct. 13, 2012, from 6-10pm at the Wallace Parking Deck in Chapel Hill – Guest musician Alison Weiner with Mahalo Arts and Friends to perform improvizational jazz to FRANK:InFocus outdoor slide show. Bring your slides. More information on FRANK Blog at (

On Oct. 20, at 1pm at Kidzu Museum in Chapel Hill – Parent workshop on creatively photographing your child with FRANK artist photographer Barbara Tyroler.

“Water in Our World,” UNC Water Institute sporsored international exhibition on view at the Friday Center and FRANK gallery in October

To keep up with changes or further additions visit the FRANK: InFocus Festival blog site at (





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