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MLK Day Celebration Join the Arts Council and the Wilson community as we come together to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through music, song, dance and more on Monday, January 17 at 3:00 p.m. at the Boykin Center. The inspiration and passion of Dr. King’s message and vision will be woven into this Boykin Series XIV Professional Series performance that brings professionals and volunteers together. Hand in hand, they will entertain as well as challenge the audience to be unified in living harmoniously and peacefully as Dr. King lived. The MLK choir, under the direction of Alton M. Mitchell, Musical Director of Jackson Chapel Baptist Church, will once again grace the Boykin Center stage and share their message through song. Tickets are available for $5/$3 for children under 12. The Arts Partner for this performance is the County of Wilson. Following the perfor-

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Exhibition The Arts Council is proud to announce the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Exhibition at the Annie D. Boykin Gallery which will feature the work of two North Carolina African American artists, Barton Hatcher and Cameron Johnson. An opening reception will be held on Monday, January 17, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. and will be hosted by Gamma Beta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. The show will run from January 14 through February 19. Barton Hatcher was born in Clarkton, NC, and is a self-taught artist. His artistic ability and design skills were recognized by his first employer, Cape Craftsmen of Elizabethtown, NC, who promoted him to Art Director. Barton’s designs in furniture, accessories and art were sold in many of America’s top mail order catalogs and accessory retailers for more than twenty years. Barton’s artistic talents also encompass sculpture that utilizes many mediums and acrylic paintings that would best be described as contemporary abstracts. His work has been featured in galleries throughout North Carolina and Georgia. Currently Barton expresses his many passions by designing and installing outstanding gardens through his landscaping business, “Gardens by Barton,” in Wilmington, NC, and by creating custom furniture and unique art in two and three dimensions. Cameron Johnson, a native of Charlotte, NC,

mance, we invite you to attend the 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. reception in the Arts Council’s Annie D. Boykin Gallery for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Exhibition featuring the artwork of African American artists Barton Hatcher and Cameron Johnson.

Photo courtesy of the artist Granny’s Spring Garden, and other works by Barton Hatcher, will be on display during the exhibition.

received his Bachelors and Masters of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from East Carolina University. Cameron has received several awards including “Best in Show” and “First Place Painting” at the Illumina Art Exhibition in Greenville. In conjunction with two other artists, he recently completed a mural for the Princeville, NC, Heritage Park. This mural commemorates the rich history of this Edgecombe county town, which is the oldest town incorporated by African Americans in the United States. Cameron’s paintings typically have highly detailed areas of emphasis, as well as areas that are distorted and subdued. The emphasized areas reflect the most important aspect of the designs to him as well as the values he feels are important, since he strives to examine the systems used to establish values within art and our lives. He believes that his art cannot only fascinate the viewer with the use of color and line, but also motivate and inspire people to think and see life from a different perspective.

Photo courtesy of the artist Cameron Johnson seeks to inspire his audience with works like Renewal.

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Jeanne Swanner Robertson

WAAA Featured Artist, Elisabeth Cohen

Friday, February 18, 2011 at the Boykin Center

Former Miss North Carolina 1963, Jeanne Swanner Robertson, stands 6’2” and still holds the record for being the tallest contestant to ever compete in the Miss America pageant. As she likes to say “she’s also the tallest contestant to ever lose in the Miss America pageant.” However, Jeanne walked away a winner by winning the hearts of her contestant peers who voted her Miss Congeniality. This title was truly a fitting one, as the witty and warm attributes that helped her earn this distinction have served her well in the ensuing years and continued to endear her to acquaintances around the world. Upon returning to North Carolina from the pageant, Jeanne fulfilled her reign as Miss North Carolina and then completed her education at Auburn University. She enjoyed a career for nine years as a physical education teacher in high school and college, while fulfilling requests for speaking engagements as time allowed. In 1976, the pull of the stage and her love of entertaining and storytelling led Jeanne to make a drastic career change and enter the world of professional speaking full time. You’ll be thrilled that Jeanne made this decision when she graces the Boykin Center stage. We promise you’ll be doubled over with laughter and wiping the tears away! Jeanne will recount her early years and all the joys of her Southern upbringing, her Miss America pageant experience, and her travels around the country as a very successful meeting and convention speaker. As multitudes of meeting planners have commented, “The meeting ain’t over ‘til the tall lady speaks.” Make plans now to join us for Jeanne Swanner Robertson at the Boykin Center on Friday, February 18, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25/$22.50 for students and seniors and can be purchased by contacting the Arts Council at 291-4329 or

Photo contributed by the artist Egret, by Elisabeth Cohen.

The Wilson Active Artist Association has selected Elisabeth Cohen as their Featured Artist for a gallery show January 14 – February 19. Her artwork will be featured in the Lowe Gallery, which is located on the second floor of the Arts Council building. An opening reception will be held Monday, January 17, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Elisabeth Cohen is an artist and mother. Originally from Brookhaven, Mississippi, she and her husband, Sam, moved to Wilson in 2009. When not taking care of her three children, Elisabeth enjoys singing with the Tar River Chorus, volunteering in the community and painting. She is currently serving as the Vice President of the Wilson County Medical Society Alliance. Elisabeth is an associate artist at Studio One and a member of the Wilson Active Artists Association.

Join the Arts Council as we toast the New Year with our first Paint and Pour class of 2011! Elisabeth Cohen, Studio One associate artist and WAAA Featured Artist, will be the instructor for a class on Tuesday, January 18, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Bring your favorite libation and paint a winter landscape that you can take home to enjoy. The cost is $35 per person and the class is limited to fifteen people ready to learn AND have fun, so call 2914329 to reserve your space today! On Tuesday, February 8, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., we invite you and your special someone to “Have a Heart for

the Arts” by joining us for a Date Night Paint and Pour with Studio One associate artist Sarah Bowers. Bring a bottle of bubbly, your favorite vino or even chocolate covered strawberries if you like! We’ll supply all of the art supplies needed for you and your honey to create masterpieces to take home and enjoy. The cost is $35 per person and the space is limited to fourteen people, so call 291-4329 to make your reservation right away. More Paint and Pour sessions are being planned, so keep checking our website ( for exciting details and pictures of the Paint and Pour fun!

Shop The Gallery Shop Have you always dreamed of owning a Vollis Simpson whirlgig? Make a New Year’s resolution to own a piece of art by Wilson’s own Simpson by visiting the Gallery Shop, which offers a variety of whirligigs to suit your fancy! Other fabulous finds include handmade jewelry, pottery, pillows, paintings, and much more. Visit The Gallery Shop Tuesday – Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Located at the Arts Council, 124 Nash St. SW, Wilson, NC 27893.

Barry’s Column Hello, Courier Reader, It is time to approach our fund drive season that begins in January. This year I am asking our Fund Drive committee to work for contributions and pledges for the entire year. Hopefully we can end the process in March and have good figures to plan our budget for the next fiscal year, July 1 to June 30, 2012. Your contributions make all of our programs and activities possible and create the wonderful spaces that we work, play, draw and perform. Following a two year cycle of deficits, our board and many of our contributors are ready to put on the armor of The Arts Council of Wilson, Inc., and begin our crusade for the arts. You need to be a crusader, too. Too frequently the public takes for granted what the arts bring to their lives. When you realize that those elements of written language from the earliest of times were designed by an artist with characters and symbols, the light comes on and you understand. The arts are basic to our culture, our history, our communication and our economy and must become an investment for all. There are articles to read, and reams and reams of statistics to prove that the arts, the palette of colors, the dancer, the musician and the dramatist, have made our world what it is today. No one would argue that Leonardo da Vinci’s work was unimportant, and no one would argue that the drama of the political rhetoric helps our leaders make their points known. The music that surrounds us and the visions that we see in structures, clothing or even automobiles are the artists at work in our lives. And for those of us who watch the Super Bowl, or as Andy Griffith’s time-honored 1954 tale “What It Was, Was Football” would correct me to say, worship the Super Bowl, here is that end of January drama. The Super Bowl, on two banks across a pretty green cow pasture painted with white stripes, is in all respects a plethora of art. From the mascots of the teams to the biggest event of the night called the “half time show,” we celebrate art, drama, music and dance. We love watching those helmeted young dancers (players) fight over a “funny lookin little pumpkin,” while men dressed in convict stripes make them play by the rules. And, those wonderful commercials are, of course, the brainstorms of creative artists, photographers, writers and technical crews using their gifts to celebrate the arts. You see, it is art that brings us together no matter what the venue, and that is why you and I must give to secure the future of our community, our world and the imagination that can be encouraged, enriched or entertained for a tomorrow that is brighter for all ages. Yours truly and sincerely,

W. Barrett (Barry) Page, Executive Director

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A message from Sheila Wiggins, Board President The holly jolly jingle has faded and the date on the calendar reminds us that a new year has begun! January, 2011 ...a new month and a new year... beckons us to look forward. The start of a year is often a time when we reflect on where we want to go and what we want to accomplish. It is now that our thoughts and yearnings brim over with fresh exciting ideas and renewed hopes. We are busy here at the Arts Council of Wilson making many Paint and Pour classes, a new ACT for Youth production, a new art exhibit donning the walls of the gallery, new items in the gift shop, and new performances to entertain and enrich us! In January, the Education Committee will be deciding about new summer camps for children as well as planning several new classes designed especially for adults. 2010 was a very good

year, BUT we always dream big dreams in January! Please share your ideas with us. Please share your time and energy. Please give generously. Let’s fill our year with music, drama and art!! We need your support to continue to have a thriving Arts Council! An Arts Council that reflects positively on our community and offers us, the citizens of Wilson, a wide range of opportunities to enrich and improve our lives. Happy New Year and I hope to see you at the Arts Council of Wilson!

Find the Fundraiser Pig

Congratulations to Michele Inscoe, the winner of our inaugural Find the Fundraiser Pig contest. Michele was the first reader to spot the fundraiser pig and call the Arts Council to report its location in the Courier pages. Michele is shown in this photo with Sherry Myers, Marketing Director, receiving her choice of two free tickets to an upcoming performance. Will you be our next winner? Hidden somewhere in this edition is another pig waiting to be discovered. If you locate the pig and are the first person to call the Arts Council at 291-4329 ext. 10 to report its location, you will receive two free tickets to a 2011 Arts Council performance AND be recognized in our next edition of the Courier. Good luck!

Playhouse of Wilson presents Divine Stella Devine The Playhouse of Wilson brings to the stage Divine Stella Devine February 25 – 27 and March 4 – 6. The aging star, Stella Devine, of the popular Ritz Theatre, along with her fellow actors are preparing for the epic play Civil War Darlin’s when her biggest fan pays her a visit. Ginger, a sweet Southern Belle from Georgia visits a rehearsal to watch her favorite star up close and personal. She adores Stella, she idolizes Stella, she worships Stella, and most of all, she wants to steal Stella’s starring role. Ginger lies and cons her way into the part written for the famous star. Meanwhile, Billy, an unscrupulous newspaper reporter looking for a scoop, would love nothing more than to catch Stella throwing a tyrannical fit so he can sensationalize her in a national paper. But in the midst of collecting facts, Billy and his girlfriend Loeta uncover Ginger’s evil ploy and set out to uncover her diabolical scheme. Throw in Brad and Chad, a set of twins played by the same person; Trevor, a bad actor (with a bad toupee) who thinks he really is fighting the Civil War; a dimwitted beauty of the stage; and an overbearing stage mother, and you have a fun, delightful comedy that’s different than anything you’ve ever seen before!

Auditions Auditions for Divine Stella Devine will be held Monday and Tuesday January 3 and 4 at the Boykin Center. Parts will be cast for five males and ten 10 females. Performance dates are February 25 – 27 and March 4 – 6, 2011.

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ACT! for Youth Headlines The Diary of Anne Frank Our third and final ACT! for Youth production of the year will be cast in February. All interested junior high and high school students in Wilson should mark their calendars and prepare to audition for The Diary of Anne Frank on February 14 and 15 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Arts Council of Wilson. By typical AFY standards, this cast of 10 (plus a few German soldiers) is very small. But it is

Tom Sawyer a musical One of America’s best loved authors, Mark Twain, will take the stage at the Boykin Center along with 79 other ACT! for Youth members as they bring to life the antics of Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn and Joe Harper as Aunt Polly and the Widow Douglas try their best to make their boys behave! We will follow them from the time Judge Thatcher’s family arrives on the riverboat and Tom meets his true love, Becky, through the murder of the Doc, their “drowning” and funeral, and getting lost in the cave with Injun Joe. The role of Tom is played by Conner Hale, Huck by Andrew Howard and Joe by Joe Benson. Becky Thatcher is played by Madison Benson, her parents are Josh Dinan and Cassie Helms, and Thomas Helms plays her brother, Jeff. Injun Joe is being played by newcomer, Jason Samuels. The sweet matrons, Aunt Polly and the Widow Douglas, are played by Alex Smith and Karen Groce. Others in the cast include: Aubrey Bowen, Katy Bowen, Megan Buzard, Jahdee Clark, Emily Darr, Hannah Davis, Griffin Dunlap, Rose-Webb Evett, Andrew Finberg, Benji Godwin, Clay Hamilton, Scott Harold, MacKenzie Harris, Megan Hickey, Emily Howard, Blair Kite, Lindsey Lewis, Logan Massey, Carolyn McCarthy, Duncan McHarg, DawsonClaire McHarg, Michaeyla McIver, Carlynn Mercer, Perry Morrison, Mary Anna Newton, Flora Newton, Skyler Norville, Sara Perez-Navarro, Talen Piper, David Piner, Navi

Pooni, Josh Raper, Jordan Rivers, Deanna Samuels, Michael Strange and Nicholas Tew. The crew is led by stage manager Elizabeth Matrejek. Nicolas Saucedo and Casey Potter are assistant stage managers. Others on the crew are: Lily Abells, Callie Barnard, Katie Best, Leah Daniels, Jacob Daniel, Rachel Darr, Bailey Davenport, Diana Feria, Skylar Godwin, Kaitlyn Goodson, Alyssa Handley, Carter Helms, Mary Hocutt, Nadia Holmes, Hannah Honeycutt, Alex Johnson, Megan Jones, Zachary Massengill, Thomas Matrejek, Tanner McCarthy, Jonathan McGarry, Katelyn Nida, Lydia Noonan, Claire Perez-Navarro, Emily Raynor, Erik Saucedo, Andrew Smith, Lilly Thorne, Amy Varnell, Carolyn Vaughan and Faith Witter. Tom Sawyer is based on the movie version done in 1972 by Reader’s Digest, and features the music of Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman. Additional music is by Paul Russell, and it has been adapted for the stage by Paul Russell and Robert Beus. Mark your calendars for one of the performances of our next ACT! for Youth production, Tom Sawyer. It will open January 28 and run through February 6, with shows on both Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30, and both Sundays at 2 pm. Opening night will be interpreted for the deaf and hard of hearing. Tickets can be purchased at the Arts Council or at the door for $12, $8 for seniors and students. Our Arts Partner for the show is Kiwanis of Wilson-All American.

an extremely moving play that will change the lives of those who perform it, and enrich the lives of those who watch it. It tells the story of 14 year old Anne, a Jewish girl, during the Holocaust, and traces what happened to her family and a few friends as they struggled to survive. Our production opens on March 31, 2011, and runs through April 10.

Trip to the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC In connection with the presentation of The Diary of Anne Frank, we are planning a day trip to visit the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. The date and exact cost are still being finalized, but it is likely that the date will be Saturday, March 5, 2011. The trip cost will be kept to a minimum. If you are in the ACT! for Youth family you are welcome to join us for this enriching and moving experience. If interested, please e-mail Martha Nida at acwperforming@ and you will be advised of more details as they are determined. This is a trip that will make a lifetime memory, so please plan to join us.

Did you hear? Elisabeth Cohen of Wilson says: “When searching for a city to move to, my husband, Sam, and I fell in love with many aspects of Wilson. The thriving medical community, great schools and small size appealed to us. An active arts scene was also at the top of our wish list. We were impressed by the wonderful Arts Council and the many cultural opportunities here. The level of support Wilson has for the arts says a great deal about what kind of community it is. We are very happy to be able to call Wilson home!”

Stage Makeup 101Class Ever wanted to know how the professionals on stage look so old when they are really young or the other way around? Well, now you can! On Saturday, February 5, from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Wilson Arts Center, we will be offering a Theatrical Makeup Class. It will be taught by trained Mehron makeup artist Colleen Saucedo. This class will be for middle school age students through adults, and will cover the aspects of skin care, types of makeup, and application. This will

be a hands-on class with each participant actually applying professional and non-stage quality makeup. You will also have the opportunity to order a theatrical makeup kit for your skin type at a reduced price. The cost is $15 per person for Arts Council contributors and $25 per person for those that are not annual contributors. Space is limited so call to reserve your spot today. 252291-4329 X 16 or acwperforming@wilsonarts. com

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Thank you, volunteers! COUNTYLINE BLUEGRASS BAND


Earnest & Jean Collier, Mike McCann, Diana Page, Kathy Skedel, Irene Tyndall and Wendy Winslow

Carola Jones, Eileen Rodri Carter, Velvet Dew, Sandy Mercer and Irene Tyndall

HOLIDAY INVITATIONAL Bill Adams, Keith Barnes, Sally & Watson Barnes, Barbara Barshay, Kim Benton, Carol & Mike Bowen, Sarah Bowers, Susan & Bobby Boykin, Jo Brown, Ruby & Joe Bunn, Martha Lane Camp, Cindy & Jim Cash, Linda & Neill Connor, Katie & John Covington, Mary Beth & Steve Coyte, Lou Ann & Dick Cozart, Sallie & Tom Cozart, Clara Daughtridge, Dot & Frank Eagles, Mary & Jimmy Edmundson, Nancy & Bobby Farris, Wortley & Vance Forbes, Adele Gray, Courtenay & Shelton Griffin, Susan & Tom Hackney, Clyde Harris, Susan Hudson, Hugh Hussey, Peggy Jennette, Deas & Walt Linville, Pearla Ann Lowe, Nancy & Bill Marlowe, Kathryn Meares Catering, Mary Etta & Clark Moore, Pam & David Orcutt, Diana Page, Webber & Coalter Paxton, Beth & Walston Peters, Jo & Tom Rhodes, Nelly Roney, Anna Jane & Bud Ruffin,Will Carr Smith, Holmes Smoot, Burk Uzzle, Susan Webb, Sheila & Jack Wiggins, Judy & Randy Willis, Emma Jean & Leon Wilson, Wilson Woodcarvers, Mial & David Woodard and Bonnie Young

GALLERY SHOP Diana Page, Deenie Purinai, Melanie Statnick, Robert Statnick and Bill Aberle

WHIRLIGIG FESTIVAL Whirligig Gateway to the Arts Volunteers, Bill Aberle, Tammi Barnes, Frances Boomer, Jo Brown, Clara Daughtridge, Nancy England, George England, Pasty Ferrell, Jane Gardner, Mark Gordon, Jean Haas, Lee Homes, Jason Howe, Lara Howe, Michele Inscoe, Lisl Jenkins, Peggy Jennette, Doris Jones, Shanna Kashdan, Rodney Lippard, Julia Newton, Flora Newton, Sharon Pierce, Bucky Robbins, Nelly Roney, Mayor Bruce Rose, Pamela Small, Demetrius Smith, Melaine Statnick, Irene Tyndall, Darcelle Vance, Hayden Vick, Sheila Wiggins, Anna Gates Winslow, John Winslow and Wendy Winslow

WHIRLIKIDZ STAGE VOLUNTEERS Jessica Rogers, Elizabeth Matrejek, Danielle Matrejek, Brianna Small, Wallace Exum, Olivia Exum, Gabby McHarg, Skylar Godwin, Nicolas Saucedo, Maggie Slaughter, Morgan Springs, Wendy Wingrove and Pamela Small

BANKER’S HOLIDAY VOLUNTEERS Bill Adams, Viki Anthony, Jessica Bailey, Matt Bailey, Mary Lynn Barnes, Tammi Barnes, Barton Baseball Team Members & Coach Todd Wilkinson, Dan Blackmon, Dale Bone, Terri Boykin, Wes Brown, Tom & Carol Brugh, Dorothy Bunn, Janelle Clevinger, Beth Davis, Benjamin Delvalle, Gilbert Duarte, Fletcher Duke, Joey & Tonya Evans, Barbara Farmer, Connie Farris, Julia Fielding, Hunter Fleming, Denise Flowers, Sue Furman, Skylar Godwin, Mark Gordon, Elizabeth Groce, Jean Haas, Doug Hale, Robin Hauser, Carter Helms, John & Beth Helms, James Higgins, Debbie Holloman, Kristin Howe, Lara Howe, Hugh Hussey, Doug & Michele Inscoe, Lisl Jenkins, Jon Jimison, James Jones, Dell Joyner, Shanna Kashdan, Matt Keel, Michael Langston, Steadman Lanier, Rodney Lippard, DeeAnn Macomson, Anthony Matrejek, Elizabeth Matrejek, Mike & Jennifer McHarg, John Messer, Ashley Moss, Cameron Myers, Amy Norville, Norm Osborn, Vicki Osborn, Diana Page, Cheryl Parker, Jennie Powell, Zack Pryor, Mikey Rabil, Emily Rhyne, Grady Robbins, Bruce Rose, Jessica Satterfield, Erik Saucedo, Nicolas Saucedo, John Shreve, Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, Hannah Slaughter, Will Slaughter, Morgan Springs, Anna Smith, Page Smith, James Thompson, Trevor Toler, Irene Tyndall, Emma Van Bree, David Vick, Cedric Ward, Dan Whaley, Alan & Wendy Whitehead, Jack & Sheila Wiggins, Diana Williams, Wendy Wingrove, Wendy Winslow, Alan & Elizabeth Winstead

Bus Trip Coming Soon Picasso Exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Mark your calendar for Tuesday, April 12, 2011, when we will journey to Richmond to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts to see Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musee’ National Picasso, Paris. This show will only be exhibited in three museums in the United States, with the VMFA show being the only one on the East Coast. This show includes 176 works from Picasso’s personal collection – art that he kept for himself with the purpose of shaping his own

legacy. Due to the significance of this show, the Wilson Arts Council has reserved twenty tickets which will be distributed to the first twenty who reserve a space. The ticket price is $50 for Arts Council contributors and $65 for those who are not annual contributors. The cost includes transportation, an audio tour, and lunch. Make your reservation today by contacting the Arts Council at 291-4329.

Arts Council of Wilson Contributors

October 16 – December 13, 2010 BUSINESS CONTRIBUTORS Corporate Backer

Bass Corporation – Western Sizzlin Steak House


Dr. Dudley & Lisa Anderson Stephen F. & Laura Jones


Carolyn Brown

Willie L. & Luvenia R. Elliot Dr. Paul R. & Heather Greenlaw Douglas & Michele Inscoe Samuel C. & Patricia Stronach


Mr. & Mrs. Randy Allen Barnes Lee J. & Ginger Gliarmis Judy A. Muirhead Norm & Vicki Osborn Daryl & Mary Margaret Radford Steve & Shelley Sakas Larry & Emily Simmons

Individual Adult

Velma Barnes Charles H. Bridgers

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Calendar for January 1 – February 28 January 1

Galleries / 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

January 4

Board of Directors Meeting / WAC Library / 12 p.m. Wilson Woodcarvers Meeting / WAC Studio One / 7 p.m. Paint & Pour Workshop with instructor Elisabeth Cohen / WAC / 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

NEW YEAR’S DAY / Arts Council Offices Closed Wilson Woodcarvers Meeting / WAC Studio One / 7 p.m.

January 6

MLK Committee Meeting / WAC Library / 12 p.m.

January 8

ACT! for Youth Core Committee Meeting / WAC Library / 10 a.m. ACW Galleries Closed

January 10

Wilson Active Artists Association Meeting / WAC Library / 4:30 – 6 p.m.

January 11

ACW Visual Arts Committee Meeting /WAC / 11 a.m. World of Wilson Meeting / WAC Library / 6 p.m. Wilson Woodcarvers Meeting / WAC Studio One / 7 p.m.

January 12

ACW Executive Committee Meeting / WAC Board Room / 12 p.m.

January 14

MLK Exhibition Opens: Cameron Johnson & Barton Hatcher / WAC Galleries / 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Second Series – Movie Buffs: Comedy…….CANCELLED

January 15

Galleries Open: Cameron Johnson & Barton Hatcher Exhibition / WAC Galleries / 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

January 17

MLK DAY HOLIDAY / Arts Council Offices Closed MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY CELEBRATION / Boykin Center / 3 p.m. MLK Exhibition Opening Reception: Cameron Johnson & Barton Hatcher / WAC

January 18

January 22

Galleries Open: Cameron Johnson & Barton Hatcher Exhibition / WAC Galleries / 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

January 25

Wilson Woodcarvers Meeting / WAC Studio One / 7 p.m.

January 27

MLK Committee Meeting / WAC Library / 12 p.m. ACT! for Youth School Performances: TOM SAWYER / Boykin Center / 9 a.m. & 12:15 p.m.

February 5

Galleries Open: Cameron Johnson & Barton Hatcher Exhibition / WAC Galleries / 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. ACT! for Youth Presents: TOM SAWYER performance / Boykin Center / 7:30 p.m.

February 6

ACT! for Youth Presents: TOM SAWYER closing performance & strike / Boykin Center / 2 p.m.

February 8

ACW Visual Arts Committee Meeting /WAC Library/ 11 a.m. World of Wilson Meeting / WAC Library / 6 p.m. Wilson Woodcarvers Meeting / WAC Studio One / 7 p.m. Paint & Pour workshop with instructor Sarah Bowers / WAC First Gallery / 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

February 9

January 28

ACW Executive Committee Meeting / WAC Board Room / 12 p.m.

January 29


ACT! for Youth Presents: TOM SAWYER opening night performance / Boykin Center / 7:30 p.m. Galleries Open: Cameron Johnson & Barton Hatcher Exhibition / WAC Galleries / 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. ACT! for Youth Presents: TOM SAWYER performance / Boykin Center / 7:30 p.m.

January 30

ACT! for Youth Presents: TOM SAWYER matinee performance / Boykin Center / 2 p.m.

February 1

Wilson Woodcarvers Meeting / WAC Studio One / 7 p.m.

February 4

ACT! for Youth Presents: TOM SAWYER performance / Boykin Center / 7:30 p.m.

February 11

February 12

ACT! for Youth Core Committee Meeting / WAC Library / 10 a.m. Galleries Open: Cameron Johnson & Barton Hatcher Exhibition / WAC Galleries / 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Black History Wax Museum Exhibit / WAC Boykin Gallery / 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. VISION COMMUNITY THEATRE PRESENTS: CROSSROADS performances / Boykin Center / 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.

February 14

Wilson Active Artists Association Meeting / WAC Library / 4:30 p.m. ACT! for Youth AUDI-

TIONS: THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK / WAC Grand Studio / 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

February 15

Board of Directors Meeting / WAC Library / 12 p.m. Wilson Woodcarvers Meeting / WAC Studio One / 7 p.m. ACT! for Youth AUDITIONS: THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK / WAC Grand Studio / 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

February 18

Boykin Series 14: JEANNE SWANNER ROBERTSON / Boykin Center / 7:30 p.m.

February 19

MLK Exhibition Ends: Cameron Johnson & Barton Hatcher / WAC Galleries / 10 p.m. – 5 p.m.

February 22

Wilson Woodcarvers Meeting / Studio One / 7 p.m.

February 24

MLK Committee Meeting / WAC Library / 12 p.m.

February 25

PLAYHOUSE PRESENTS: DIVINE STELLA DEVINE opening performance/ Boykin Center / 8 p.m.

February 26

ACW Galleries Closed PLAYHOUSE PRESENTS: DIVINE STELLA DEVINE / Boykin Center / 8 p.m.

February 27


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Landscapes for Farewell to Brian Wingrove Little Ones Demetrius Smith, Art Instructor at Jones Elementary School, has planned a Wednesday class for children ages 5 to 8. The class will meet for six consecutive weeks beginning January 26 and ending March 1, from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Demetrius is a graduate of the East Carolina University School of Art with a degree in Art Education. His concentration was sculpture, but his love of teaching young people has become his passion. His lesson plans for the class are: Week 1: Primary Colors Collage- create a collage using primary color shapes Week 2: Secondary Colors Finger Paintingcreate secondary colors by mixing their primary colors Week 3: Warm Colors with Pastels- using warms colors. Examples: sun, stars, fire, sunrise, etc… Week 4: Cool Colors with Pastels- using cool colors. Examples: rivers, lakes, oceans, waterfalls, etc… Week 5: Warm and Cool Colors Oil Paintinguse oil pastels to create a landscape painting Week 6: Warm and Cool Water Color Painting- use water colors to create a landscape painting The cost is $35 for Arts Council contributors and $45 for those who are not annual contributors. Call the Arts Council at 291-4329 to save a place for your young artist!

Brian Wingrove, Technical Director, has resigned as a full time employee of the Arts Council of Wilson after accepting a position with BB&T. Brian plans to continue his work with the current production of ACT! for Youth’s Tom Sawyer as set design and construction educator and supervisor. The Board of Directors, staff and the ACT! for Youth techies and actors, both old and new, have fond memories of Brian’s quiet but persistent work to make each ACT! for Youth performance the best it could be. Prior to joining the Arts Council staff, Brian’s first Wilson theater experience was during the production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in the Tucker Furniture building. This was during the transition from a theatre program run by the City of Wilson Recreation Department to the Arts Council. This was also the first show that bore the ACT! for Youth name (Arts Council Troupe for Youth) and was under the watchful eye of interim director Sarah Warden Kushner. In the fall of 2004, Brian began work on Frankenstein and then became the official Technical Director of AFY when The Nutcracker, choreographed by Jose Ochoa, the husband of Performing Arts Director Sara Youngblood-Ochoa, came to the Boykin Center stage. Another

Have a Heart for the Arts Fund Drive 2011 Begins! The Arts Council’s fund drive, Have a Heart for the Arts, kicks off in January of each calendar year. When you receive your Annual Appeal letter in the mail shortly, please respond with your contribution or pledge for 2011, promptly to ensure that we can budget and plan for a

wonderful 2011 – 2012 season. Our drive will come to a conclusion on April 30th, 2011 which also marks the date when 2010 contributor benefits end. Although we receive funds year round, our annual appeal will officially come to a close at the end of April when we will celebrate

Pointillism Gets Holiday Paint & Pour to the Point! Calling budding artists ages 8-12! If you have ever wanted to learn the art of Pointillism, the technique in which dots of color are juxtaposed on a white background so that they form an image from a distance, then join instructor Demetrius Smith for a six week class. Classes will be held at the Arts Council on Thursdays from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. January 20 – February 24. Mr. Smith, who is an art teacher at Jones Elementary, will be discussing famous pointillism paintings, and students will produce their own art by creating self-portraits. The class size is limited to 15. The cost is $35 for Arts Council contributors and $45 for those who are not annual contributors. Call 291-4329 to reserve a space today!

tie that Brian has with Wilson and the Arts Council facilities is his work as a plaster finisher during the renovation of the historic Wilson Theater, which is now the Edna Boykin Cultural Center. Brian’s history with the performing arts in Wilson has been rich, and in truth, we have been blessed with two employees for the price of one. Both Brian and his wife, Wendy, graduated with degrees in theater from ECU. The Wilson community was very fortunate that Wendy, a native Wilsonian, and Brian made their home here following their college years. Wendy’s dedication to the Arts Council and AFY was rewarded in June, 2010 when she received the “Lifetime Achievement” award at The Edna’s award ceremony. We know that Brian and Wendy will be there when needed, and we truly appreciate the countless hours spent by Brian enriching the theater arts education of Wilson youth while also attending to numerous other Arts Council programs. Brian and Wendy would like to say to everyone, “The community has some very talented individuals and the ACT! for Youth Program gives them a place to always call home, and as you know, “There’s no place like home!”

Paint and Pour students and instructor Jo Rhodes proudly pose with their Holiday Polar Bear artwork

our success and thank our faithful supporters with arts programming second to none. We look forward to receiving your generous contribution and sincerely thank you for enriching the quality of life of Wilson and Wilson County citizens through the arts.

Martha Beland

Martha Beland is proud of her young art students Ann Thorne Webb, left, and Ella Barnes Boykin.

8 January 1 – February 28, 2011

A Banker’s Holiday 2010

Arts Council of Wilson 124 Nash St. SW, Wilson, NC 27893 Tuesday thru Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.


Arts patrons laughed and danced the night away while supporting the Arts Council’s largest fundraiser of the year A Banker’s Holiday! Our beloved banking partners, who give so willingly to support the arts in Wilson, deserve the highest praise for their enthusiasm and the fun they bring to this magical evening. Whether partygoers were doubled over with laughter at the Boykin Center from comedian Jerry Carroll’s humorous stories or dancing to the beat of the Black and Blue band in the Arts Center Pavilion, it was a Candyland Christmas to remember and a wonderful kickoff to the holiday season! As many Wilsonians will attest, the countdown to Christmas doesn’t begin until A Banker’s Holiday is here! Photo contributor Join us next year, won’t you! Banker’s Holiday 2010 was a success thanks for our banking partners and patrons! Pictured in front of the Boykin Center (left to right): Steve Hart (BB&T), Wesley Brown (RBC Centura), Arts Council Marketing Director Sherry Myers, Dan Whaley (The Heritage Bank) and Dan Blackmon (First Citizens). Not pictured: Maxie Coker (Wachovia), Norm Osborn (Cornerstone Bank), and Travis Rothman (Bank of America). Photographs appearing below and left are courtesy of Gray Whitley, staff photographer for The Wilson Times.

The mission of the Arts Council of Wilson is to improve the quality of life for all the citizens of Wilson County by providing cultural leadership and opportunities in the arts.


Sheila Wiggins – President Dell Joyner – Vice President Connie Farris – Treasurer Barbara Farmer – Secretary Alan Winstead – Past President


Bill Adams, Matt Bailey, Velma Barnes, Dale Bone, Sue Furman, Mark Gordon, Lisl Jenkins, Peggy Jennette, Jon Jimison, Rodney Lippard, DeeAnn Macomson, Grady Robbins, C. Bruce Rose, Joanna Ross, Jessica Satterfield, Dan Whaley and Wendy Winslow


W. Barrett Page Executive Director | 252-291-4329 x12 Chandra Bolling Office Manager& Box Office | 252-291-4329 x33 Martha Nida Performing Arts Director | 252-291-4329 x16 Sharon Pierce Bookkeeper | 252-291-4329 x11 Sherry Myers Marketing & Adult Education Director | 252-291-4329 x14 Amy Hughes Visual Arts Director | 252-291-4329 x18 Carolyn Melton Receptionist | 252-291-4329 x10 Denise Flowers Saturday Receptionist 252-291-4329 x10 Bob Owens After Hours Security


Christian Homeschoolers of Wilson Art Fair Exhibition Visit the Arts Council’s Cooke Gallery to admire the artwork exhibition of Christian Homeschoolers of Wilson on display January 14 – February 19. Christian Homeschoolers of Wilson serves as a resource and support to homeschooling families and promotes homeschooling as an edu-

cation alternative. The Student Art Fair is open to all ages and levels of artistic ability and will feature a variety of mediums and artistic talent. An open house will be held on Saturday, January 29th from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

All submissions should be e-mailed to Sherry Myers at acwmarketing@wilsonarts. com by January 14. The Arts Courier is funded in part by a Grassroots grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency.

Arts Courier: January/February 2011  

The Arts Courier is the official newsletter of the Arts Concil of Wilson County.

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