Arts happenings, Aug. 28

August 27, 2013 

Free farm sculpture show returns

For the 12th year in a row, sculptors will display their creations at the “Come Out and Play” sculpture show at JimGin farm just outside Carrboro. Many of the works will be for sale. Artists keep 100 percent of the proceeds.

Picnic receptions will be held Saturday, Aug. 31, and Sept. 7, 14, and 21 from 4 p.m. until dark. There is no admission and all are welcome, including dogs if they are on leashes.

Sculptures of many media and form, created by more than 65 artists, will dot the landscape of this 17-acre farm at 150 Wild Horse Run. For directions, go to carrboro.com/comeoutandplay/

This show began in 2002 as part of a group of shows put on by Hunter Levinsohn, Jackie Helvey, Anke Gassen, Hollie Taylor and Debbie Meyer to honor the victims of 9/11. Attendees, who loved seeing sculpture in an outdoor setting, and artists, who often don’t have a place to display larger sculptures, asked for it to continue. More than 1,800 people attended last year’s show during its five-week run.

Gallery show speaks truth to power

“Truth to Power: Communicating Messages of Social Justice Through Visual Art” is a juried group show focusing on matters of social justice running now through Sept. 15 at Pleiades Fallery, 109 E. Chapel Hill St. in Durham.

The title, derived from a 1955 Quaker pamphlet, “Speak Truth to Power” illustrates a commitment to voicing our diverse truths to the systems and individuals who shape the society in which we live. Visual art has been utilized as a vehicle for social and political commentary throughout history, and continues to communicate a wide array of ideals, opinions, and criticisms from a spectrum of voices.

From the large number of submissions, the jury committee selected works by 29 N.C. artists in various media, joined by the 10 member artists of Pleiades Gallery. The stunning and emotional works in the exhibit provide powerful commentary on a wide array of social justice concerns.

The show is curated by Pleiades Gallery member artists with Guest Juror State Senator Mike Woodard (District 22: Caswell, Durham and Person counties). Woodard is a Wilson native, Duke graduate and a longtime Durham resident. He is not only a patron of the arts, he has been a leader in civic and arts organizations for the past 30 years, including serving on the Durham City Council from 2005 to 2013.

Town, Yep Roc unite for festival

The Downtown Merchants of Historic Hillsborough is partnering with Yep Roc Records to host its second Fresh Roots Festival, Saturday, Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m.

Yep Roc is presenting the afternoon’s musical lineup, including recording artists Kim Richey and Josh Rouse. The event is free and open to the public.

Fresh Roots is a daylong music, arts and food celebration in historic downtown Hillsborough and marks the community’s official kickoff to autumn. Yep Roc, founded in 1997 by Tor Hansen and Glenn Dicker, moved its operations to downtown Hillsborough in December 2012.

In addition to music, there will be children’s events and local shop and restaurant specials. Event details and updates are available at FreshRootsFestivals.org or at facebook.com/ShopHB.

As is typical for “Happening Hillsborough,” there are many other events that same weekend, such as the Hillsborough Arts Council Last Fridays and the 7th Annual Historic Speedway Group “Celebration of the Automobile” Racers Reunion & Car Show Car. To see a full listing of upcoming events in Hillsborough, visit historichillsborough.org.

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