Arts Center set to open ‘sweet’ new summer exhibits


From Staff Reports

Friday, June 8, 2018

The Maria V. Howard Arts Center has a sweet summer planned with ice cream sundaes, cupcakes and more.

A sweet treat theme will include photo-realism paintings of desserts of all kinds and delicious looking metal sculptures of cupcakes and ice cream cones. The exhibits, both opening today are “Sweet Surrender” by Margaret Morrison and “Metalicious” by Alison Pack.

“Summer is the sweetest time of year,” said Alicyn Wiedrich, the city's art curator. “I wanted to bring a lot of fun, whimsy and desserts to the arts center this summer.”

To kick off the shows there will be a free Lunch & Learn with artist Margaret Morrison at noon today.

The exhibits are part of the 61st National Juried Art Show, juried by Annah Lee of ArtSpace in Raleigh. Artists from around the country submitted works to be judged with 50 works selected for display.

“A Retrospective” by Robert Irwin, a North Carolina native who lives in Beaufort, will be on display simultaneously to the juried show.

The opening reception for the exhibits and the juried show will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

The family-friendly event is co-hosted by the Young Professionals of the Twin Counties and will include live music, arts and science activities, refreshments and a real ice cream sundae bar. Winners of the show will be announced during the opening reception, said Tameka Kenan-Norman, the city's chief communications and marketing officer.

The art center is located in the Imperial Centre for the Arts & Sciences at 270 Gay St. in downtown Rocky Mount. For more information call 252-972-1266.