CHILDREN'S AUTHOR JOHN CLAUDE BEMIS NAMED 2013 PIEDMONT LAUREATE
Hillsborough children's book author, educator and presenter John Claude Bemis has been selected as the 2013 Piedmont Laureate. His appointment was announced on the Murphey School Radio Show on Saturday, February 23rd. Co-sponsored by the Alamance County Arts Council, City of Raleigh Arts Commission, Durham Arts Council, Orange County Arts Commission & United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County, the Piedmont Laureate Program’s mission is to “promote awareness and heighten appreciation for excellence in the literary arts throughout the Piedmont region.” He will receive an honorarium of $6,500 & serve until December 31, 2013 presenting public readings/workshops.
"John Bemis brought his book and aspects of American folklore alive for our students with a lively and entertaining program," said Dr. Rhonda Zayas-Palmer, a librarian at Ravenscroft School. "He did what has become increasingly difficult in our video age - he inspired them to read!"
An inspiring speaker and entertaining performer, John brings his passion for music, folklore and spinning exciting tales to his novels and presentations. The first novel in his Clockwork Dark trilogy, The Nine Pound Hammer, was nominated for the North Carolina Children's Book Award and was selected as a New York Public Library Best Children's Book for Reading and Sharing. The trilogy continues with The Wolf Tree and The White City and has been described as "original and fresh" and "a unique way of creating fantasy." His latest novel is The Prince Who Fell from the Sky. A musician and educator, John lives with his wife and daughter in Hillsborough, NC.
For John's schedule/blog: www.piedmontlaureate.com
Photo of Michael J. Brown Mural by Laura Shmania
Friday, May 3, 2013
, 6:30-9 pm, West End Theatre at The ArtsCenter (300-G East Main St.), Carrboro. Free
. For artists of all disciplines.
To attend, please RSVP to 919/968-2011 or email email@example.com
. Topic: Copyright & Controversy for Visual Artists
. Presenter: attorney Dan Ellison
. Co-sponsored by North Carolina Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
& Chapel Hill Public & Cultural Arts Office
The Arts Incubation Program strives to create successful local nonprofit arts organizations by offering up to 3 years of financial support.
Past recipients are the Orange County Artists Guild
, Arts Advocates, Inc.
(dba FRANK Gallery
), and Carolina Culture Zone
Congressional High School Arts Competition
This national competition, sponsored by members of the US Congress in their districts, features 2-dimentional work. Winning entries are displayed in the corridor of the US Capital (Washington, DC). Deadline: mid-April, 2013
for Orange County high school visual art students
. Contact your art teacher
; download the form & guidelines.
18 Thumbs Website Images Project
OCAC is replacing the 18 thumbnail images (on upper left side of our webpage) with local artists' images hotlinked to their websites! Submit 1 digital image (emailed or on CD) and the URL to your active website. Local artists in all arts disciplines are welcome. Images are rotated regularly. OCAC reserves the right to resize images, or to reject or suspend links and images due to content. Ongoing.