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The works of Jeanne Bassette and John Amero will be on display at Liquidambar Gallery and Giifts for the month of April. Everyone is invited to meet the artists at the Gallery, 80 Hillsboro Street, Pittsboro on April 3, from 2-4 p.m. for the opening reception, with will featurelive music.
Jeanne is a two-dimensional artist from Raleigh. She is a contemporary abstract artist working primarily with acrylic on canvas. www.jeannebessette.com
The three-dimensional artist is Pittsboro’s very own John Amero. John is an iron worker creating unique functional illuminations and tables. His latest masterpiece was the iron gates at the local Chatham Community Library.
ClydeFEST gears up for Bynum April 16
ChathamArts’ 10th Annual ClydeFEST celebrating legendary folk artist Clyde Jones promises an all-day carnival of art, educational games, music, food and fun for all ages. Festivities take place Saturday April 16 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Clydeville at the Bynum Ballpark, just around the corner from Jones’ famous backyard full of cedar giraffes, ’gators, deer, rabbits and other chain saw “critters.” Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for children under 12. Adult tickets include a chance to win a Clyde Critter. Bynum is located off of U.S. 15-501 between Pittsboro and Chapel Hill. For information: 919-542-0394, www.chathamarts.org (Rain date: April 17.)
This time ClydeFEST focuses on environmental education, including Waste Management’s “Cycler,” a “robot” who teaches kids about recycling waste. There will be booths, exhibits and activities by Chatham Conservation Partners, Triangle Land Conservancy, the Haw River Assembly, Chatham Beekeepers Association, Bynum Community Garden, Pittsboro Montessori School, Chatham Independent School and Friends of Pittsboro Library.
The Bynum Front Porch Stage will feature music by the phenomenal Northwood Jazz Ensemble, Sarah “Honeybee” Osborne, an 18-year-old singer-songwriter from Graham. Sharing the stage will be the Bouncing Bulldogs International Rope-Skipping Team, and Happy Dan the Magic Man.
As always, the kids can play Clyde-themed games, get their faces painted, visit a fortune teller, and make art with Pam Gutlon from Durham’s Outsider Art Gallery and Happy Mess Arts School. At “Critterville” kids paint and glitter their very own Clyde Jones’ wooden animal cut-outs to take home as souvenirs. Georgia Folk artist, Peter Loose will bring the “Clydemobile” and his gigantic African Tortoises for kids to pet.
Children can also enjoy storytelling by Suzanne Robinson, Mary Lee Moore and Chatham Young Authors and balloon art by Mr. Rainbow. You won’t go hungry. Food vendors include: Barney’s Hot Dogs, Triple J Ice Cream, Chatham Marketplace, Shot of ’Spro and Daisy Cakes.
Clyde Jones is best known for the chain-saw “critters” he creates from cedar and found objects. While the self-taught artist’s works have been exhibited all over the world, and are on display all over Bynum, they are not for sale. Jones makes them available for charity auctions, and he’ll create one at ClydeFest to auction off to the highest bidder.
Proceeds will benefit ChathamArts, the nonprofit countywide arts council, which supports arts in the schools and sponsors a range of cultural events and performances throughout the year.
Library talk about sports in North Carolina
The Friends of the Library will host Dr. Alex Macaulay, presenting It’s Not Just a Game: Sports and Society in North Carolina, Thursday, April 14, 7:30-9 p.m. at the Chatham Community Library. Come spend an entertaining evening with author and educator Alex Macaulay, speaking on sports as a prominent aspect of life in the Tar Heel State. His program , It’s Not Just a Game: Sports and Society in North Carolina, will take a look at what sports and which athletes have had a continuing influence on North Carolina, and how our state is affected economically, culturally, politically and socially.
Alex Macaulay is a South Carolina native. He received his BA from the Citadel, his MA from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. He now teaches at Western Carolina University, specializing in Oral History, Sports in American History, and the History of the South. He is also the author of Marching in Step: Masculinity, Citizenship, and The Citadel in Post-World War II America.
This program will be held in the Holmes Family Meeting Room at the Chatham Community Library. The library is located at 197 Hwy. 87 North in Pittsboro, on the campus of Central Carolina Community College. Free and open to the public.
Parade of Playhomes to benefit Child Abuse Prevention
Our children are our future parents, workers, and leaders. The future prosperity of our community relies on their healthy development. When children are raised in stimulating, nurturing environments they thrive and grow up to become successful, contributing members of our community. Investment in programs that build strong families and help children succeed is an investment in our community’s future.
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. It is a time when communities come together to raise awareness of child abuse prevention and show support for programs and activities that help our children become successful in all areas of their lives – at home, at school, and in the community. Research has told us for many years that childhood trauma has long-term negative impact for the child and for society. The rising cost of health care and mental health services, substance abuse, domestic violence, juvenile delinquency and drop-out rates affect all of us and have a negative impact on our community. Programs that offer parents, teachers, child care providers, coaches and anyone who is in a child’s life tools to provide children with positive, nurturing environments have been shown to reverse that negative impact.
The Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange & Chatham Counties is doing its part to help prevent child abuse in our community via the annual Parade of Playhomes Fundraiser. Four beautiful, custom-built playhomes are on display at the American Tobacco District Campus in Durham through May 6. Three will be raffled off (tickets are just $3 each or 2 for $5) and one will be auctioned off on E-Bay. One hundred persent of the proceeds of this event will help prevent child abuse in our community – the money stays local! Visit www.paradeofplayhomes.org for more information, to purchase raffle tickets online, or for a link to the auction which begins in late April.
These playhomes are not only well-designed and custom-built, they are donated by the builders who participated in this fundraiser (see list below) and are valued at approximately $3,500 each. Special features include window boxes, interior trimwork, porches, and more. Each playhome has special features that are sure to provide hours of fun for the child in your life.
Special thanks to our builders: Beazer Homes, McNeill Burbank Homes, Toll Brothers, Inc. and students at Southern High School in Durham. Sponsors of this event are Builders FirstSource, GMA Supply Building Materials, B. Wallace Design & Construction, Hart Palmer Design, The Herald-Sun, Home Design Studio, Peak Steel, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Best Tile, Sign*A*Rama, KeySource Commercial Bank, ProBuild, Sundance Cleaning Company and Renee Aquilino.
For more information, please visit www.paradeofplayhomes.org or call 919.493.8899. Help us help the children of our community!