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NCMC Events from Around the State... June 20, 2016

Posted: June 20, 2016, 12:50 pm

1). Mount Airy Museum of Regional History ( invites you to their upcoming Weekend Exhibit and Tours.  Historic Mount Airy Ghost Tours take place at 8:00 p.m. every Friday and Saturday evening and begin at the Museum.  Wear comfortable shoes and bring your camera and umbrella, if needed.   Tickets are $13 (tax included) and pre-paid reservations are required. Join the Museum for an exciting 90 minute, lantern-lit walking tour through Mount Airy's streets and its historic past.  The Downtown History and Architecture Walking Tour is a 90-minute tour and runs every Friday and Saturday evening at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $11 per person and can be purchased by calling the Museum at 336-786-4478. Summer Saturday Costumed Guided Tours of the Museum take place on Saturdays at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. This 90-minute guided tour will be led by a costumed character from the area's history and will be filled with personal narrative and interesting stories. An additional $4 charge for these tours will be added to the regular admission price.  The Traveling Exhibit, We Are the Music Makers: Preserving the Soul of America’s Music from the Museum Makers Relief Foundation, is on view through August 15thWe Are the Music Makers features photo and audio documentation of Southern Roots musicians active in the past 20 years, all photographed by Tim Duffy, in his quest to preserve Southern traditional music by partnering with the artists who make it happen.
2). Fort Fisher State Historic Site’s ( Civil War history comes alive on Saturday, June 25th when the site hosts the summer artillery program “Fire, Smoke, and Deadly Showers of Cast Iron: Artillery at Fort Fisher” from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The program will feature period firings of field artillery pieces, including the site’s 12-pound bronze Napoleon reproduction cannon. Costumed interpreters will be on hand to interpret the drill and military equipment used during the battles of Dec. 1864 and Jan. 1865. Rounding out the day’s activities will be costumed tours of the fort’s remaining earthworks, as well as two special paid tours. At 2:00 p.m., historian Cliff Tyndall will discuss the home front in eastern North Carolina during the Civil War. The artillery program is free and open to the public. Fort Fisher State Historic Site is located at 1610 Fort Fisher Blvd S, Kure Beach, N.C. 28449.  
3). The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences ( invites you to see the Sun in a new light at International SUNday! Learn more about our amazing star, the Sun, when the Museum of Natural Sciences hosts International SUNday on Sunday, June 26th, 12:30–3:30 p.m. Safely view the Sun through solar telescopes, find out how the Sun will change our planet in the future, and learn what spacecraft can tell us about the Sun, from the surface to the center. International SUNday is held annually on the Sunday nearest to the summer solstice, which is the day with the most hours of sunlight during the entire year, marking the beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. The event is free. For the full event schedule, please visit
4). The Weatherspoon Art Museum ( at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro is pleased to announce three exhibitions opening in June 2016. The main exhibition, Matisse Drawings: Curated by Ellsworth Kelly provides the unique opportunity to view the work of a modern master through the eyes of one of the greatest abstract artists of the twentieth century. Through a selection of 45 works, Ellsworth Kelly surveys Henri Matisse’s drawings from 1900 through 1950—from sketches to finished pieces—and reveals Matisse’s process and creativity as a draftsman.  To accompany Matisse’s drawings, nine works from Kelly’s own Suite of Plant Lithographs (1964–66) will be shown in an adjacent gallery in an exhibition entitled Plant Lithographs by Ellsworth Kelly 1964-1966. The coupling suggests both the sympathies and distinct differences between the two artists.  In conjunction with Matisse Drawings and Plant Lithographs by Ellsworth Kelly 1964-1966, the Weatherspoon will present works from its permanent collection in an exhibition, Henri Matisse: Selections from the Claribel and Etta Cone Collection. This focused exhibition of bronzes and lithographs will explore one of Matisse’s enduring themes, the female body.
5). Hickory Museum of Art ( hosts Folk Artist Reception and Annual Members Meeting on Thursday, June 23rd.  Meet Boone, NC folk artist, Arlee Mains, during a reception and book signing from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. at the Museum. Memories of Appalachia: Paintings by Arlee Mains will be on exhibit through July 24, 2016 in HMA’s Regal and Gifford Galleries. The exhibition, which showcases the memory paintings of Arlee Mains, was made possible by The Art Cellar Gallery in Banner Elk, NC, and local collectors.  Cost to attend the reception is free for HMA members and a $5 suggested donation for nonmembers. Call 828-327-8576 to make reservations.  Prior to the opening reception, HMA members and the public are invited to attend the Museum’s Annual Members’ Meeting at 5 p.m. in Coe Gallery. The meeting will include committee reports, a presentation and election of new board members. For more information about the annual meeting, call 828-327-8576.
6). Hands On! (, the Children's Museum in downtown Hendersonville, invites you to come celebrate National Rose Month at Hands On! Make a tissue paper rose or two to enjoy. Supplies will be available Tuesday, June 21st - Friday, June 24th. This self-directed activity takes place in the party room and is free with $5 admission/free for members. The mission of Hands On! is to provide “hands on” educational experiences that stimulate the imagination and motivate learning in a fun, safe environment.  For additional information about their educational programs and facility, please visit their website at or call 828-697-8333.
7). The Asheville Art Museum ( is pleased to announce the following public programs. Art Break: Stories from the Vault will take place on Friday, June 24th at 12:00 p.m. and is free with membership or Museum admission.  As the Museum undertakes the processes of inventory, packing, and moving before its expansion, staff members are making new discoveries about the Museum’s collection every day. In this series, curators, educators and special guests tell tales of connoisseurship, conservation, collecting and conundrums as we delve into the recesses of the Museum’s storage vaults. On Saturday, June 25th you are invited to the Make It Last Workshop “How to Document Your Artwork” from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  The program is $20 for members; $30 for non-members.  Keeping accurate and complete records for artworks helps track changes in value, ownership, and condition over time. Documentation is often required to ensure smooth sales, loans for public display and for insurance and tax purposes. In this workshop, participants learn about condition-reporting, measurement, markings, provenance and more to build documentation for artworks. For more information on either program, visit or call 828.253.3227, ext. 122.
8). Museum of the Albemarle ( invites you to the upcoming book signing on Saturday, June 25th from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.    Author Dawson Carr will be available to sign his newest book NC 12:  Gateway to the Outer Banks and answer questions.  Mr. Dawson’s book provides the history of North Carolina Highway 12 that connects communities for Corolla to Ocracoke Island that makes up the Outer Banks. Throughout its lifetime, however, NC 12 has faced many challenges—from recurring storms and shifting sands to legal and political disputes—that have threatened this remarkable highway’s very existence. Through the unique lens of the road’s rich history, Mr. Carr tells the story of the Outer Banks as it has unfolded since a time when locals used oxcarts to pull provisions from harbors to their homes and the Wright Brothers struggled over mountainous dunes.
9). The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA ( invites you to Celebrate the Legacy, Friday - Saturday, June 24 – 25 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Celebrate the ships named NORTH CAROLINA! They have been serving our country from the 1824 ship-of-the-line to the fast attack submarine currently stationed in Hawaii. From the Mediterranean to the Atlantic to the Pacific, our state’s namesakes have traveled the globe. Come enjoy a major display of Civil War, WWI and submarine arms, clothing, and equipment from enthusiastic costumed collectors and submarine veterans. FREE with Battleship admission.
10). North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort ( invites you to Summer Science School: Seashore Life I on June 29th – 30th from 9 a.m. – Noon.  Investigate coastal marine life of the tidal flats, salt marshes and sounds on local islands on this 2-day class. Field-based classes include ferry ride, barrier island hiking and animal identification.  Program by NC Coastal Reserve/National Estuarine Research Reserve.  Fee: $50.  Entering grades 1 & 2.  Advance registration.  252.728.7317. The Summer Science School offers students the opportunity to learn about the natural and maritime history of coastal North Carolina through creative, hands-on experiences.  For over 50 years, the program has taught children the wonders of the maritime environment.  Additional dates: July 28-29.