April 2015

Join us May 2: Artsplosure Birdhouse Building Day

We need YOUR help to decorate and build!

Birdhouse Building Day
Saturday, May 2
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Outside Market Hall in City Market: 215 Wolfe Street

Become a part of this wonderful community art project – see your work shown as part of the Community Birdhouse Project as it fills the air in Moore Square during Artsplosure – The Raleigh Arts Festival 2015!

Families and artists (professional and aspiring) are invited to come help us decorate small and large-scale birdhouses; we need everyone’s help!

Roots in Clay: Ben Owen at Nature Exploration Center

The weekend of May 15 just keeps getting better for art lovers! During Artsplosure – The Raleigh Arts Festival, NC Potter Ben Owen, III will be at the Nature Exploration Center on May 15.

Roots in Clay: NC Potter Ben Owen, III
Dig It! Sneak Peek

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ Nature Exploration Center

Friday, May 15
Tickets are $15, $10 Members

Special Exhibition and Museum Store open: 5 pm – 7 pm
Pottery demonstration: 6 pm -6:45 pm, 8 pm – 8:45 pm
Lecture, Q&A: 7 pm – 8 pm, WRAL 3D Theater

Join us for a special evening featuring NC Potter Ben Owen, III, to celebrate the opening of our newest special exhibition, Dig it! The Secrets of Soil.
Enjoy a live pottery demonstration as Owen makes pots on a traditional kick wheel from 6 pm – 6:45 pm and 8 pm – 8:45 pm He will the present Roots in Clay at 7 pm in the WRAL 3D Theater. Learn how form and utilitarian qualities of pottery influence common styles for works of the Owens and other families in the eastern United States. See how pottery is crafted on the wheel, glazing techniques and firing processes, as well as the influence of natural resources in North Carolina. Join the discussion on the importance of preserving traditions in clay and how to encourage continued interest in this art and craft media for future generations.

Be the first to explore Dig it! The Secrets of Soil from 5 pm – 7 pm The exhibition reveals the complex world of soil and how this underfoot ecosystem supports nearly every form of life on Earth. Developed in conjunction with the Soil Science Society of America and Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, this exhibition includes interactive displays, hands-on models and 54 soil monoliths representing each U.S. state, territory and Washington, D.C. Exclusive bonus elements highlight North Carolina agriculture, pottery and research projects from our Museum.

Visit the Museum Store to see Owen’s exhibit of work, Earth, Water & Fire: Works in Clay. The exhibit and sale continue through the month of May. The Museum Store and the Special Exhibit Store will be open from 5 pm – 7 pm on this evening.

Tickets are $15, $10 for members. Space is limited. Reserve your tickets online or purchase them from the Museum Box Office. Get tickets!

About the Speaker

Ben Owen III is an American studio potter working in Seagrove, North Carolina. Born into a traditional pottery family, he was first introduced to clay by his grandfather when he was eight years old.

Owen has exhibited his work continually since 1993 in both group and solo shows in North Carolina at the Mint Museum, Charlotte; Blue Spiral Gallery, Asheville; Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington; North Carolina Art and History Museums, Raleigh; Gallery of Art and Design, NCSU, Raleigh; and Art Museums in Hickory, Greenville and Fayetteville and of course, the North Carolina Pottery Center, Seagrove. Venues outside our state include the Chrysler Museum, Norfolk; Alfred University, New York; the Berman Gallery, Atlanta; and in Tokoname, Japan. His work has been collected by several museums including the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Dallas Museum of Art. He has received numerous awards including North Carolina Living Treasure in 2004 and has been featured on “Good Morning America,” PBS, Japan-TV, Korean-TV and several TV shows in China.

Full Lineup Announced for Artsplosure – The Raleigh Arts Festival 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. – Artsplosure, the presenter of Artsplosure – The Raleigh Arts Festival, today announced the festival’s lineup of visual and performing artists. New this year: The festival has expanded to three days, from Friday, May 15 through Sunday, May 17. Additionally, due to the long-planned renovation of Moore Square, the festival is moving the Art Market and musical stages to Fayetteville Street. Kidsplosure will remain in Moore Square and take place on Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17.

As it has been for 36 years, admission is free for Artsplosure. The festival in planned and presented for the whole community to enjoy.

This year’s Art Market will open at 11 a.m. on Friday, featuring nearly 180 visual artists from across North Carolina and the nation. These artists and crafters exhibit and sell their original works of art in the following categories: ceramics, fiber art, glass, jewelry, metal, painting, photography, wood, other 2D and 3D works. Three expert judges will award $3,500 across six merit awards to the top artists in the market.

Fayetteville Street will be filled with music beginning Friday at 5 pm on the Main Stage at City Plaza, with performances by Dana Leong, Matt Andersen and Those Darlins.

Saturday, Artsplosure will open the North Carolina Stage on Fayetteville Street toward Morgan Street. Irish songstress Karan Casey opens, followed by Porch 40, Girls Guns and Glory, and folk headliner Israel Nash. The Main Stage opens at 2 pm with Brazil’s own ChoroBop, followed by The Town Heroes and blues legend-in-the-making Jarekus Singleton. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Elvin Bishop will headline at 8 pm

On Sunday, the North Carolina Stage begins at noon with Fairmont Gospel Revue, followed by the Triangle Community Orchestra and jam band The Mantras. Rock and outlaw country pioneers, The Congress, will kick off the N.C. Stage’s headlining set at 5 pm The Main Stage begins at 1 pm with music by Robert Jospe Express, The Stray Birds and Marty O’Reilly & the Old Soul Orchestra. Artsplosure is thrilled to welcome local up-and-comers American Aquarium as the finale to the festival’s 36th anniversary.

Kidsplosure opens in Moore Square at 11 a.m. on Saturday with special performances by Puppeteer Tarish Jeghetto Pipkins, One Tribe Drum Circle and a slew of local young talents from across the Triangle. As always, Moore Square will be filled with crafts and other interactive activities for children to enjoy and learn from!

The 36th anniversary of Artsplosure’s spring arts festival brings a Community Birdhouse Project, the return of Art on the Move and art installation “Birdtown” by Paperhand Puppet Intervention.

Also open Friday through Sunday is a very special China Arts Festival in City Market’s Market Hall. In partnership with Carolina China Council Arts Festival Foundation, Artsplosure will welcome performing and visual artists from China to show off their work right here in Raleigh with the fine art exhibit in Market Hall and “Impressionist China” performance at Meymandi Concert Hall (Duke Energy Center) on Saturday evening.

A complete list of the full line-up of visual artists, special activities and music can be found at RaleighArtsFestival.com.