Garden Party Exhibition on Display in The Galleries

The exhibition, “Garden Party,” will be on display through May 17 at The Galleries.

When you think of an exhibition called “Garden Party,” you probably expect to see paintings of landscapes, flowers and gardens with lots of color. This exhibition has them – and they are spectacular — but that’s just the beginning of this Garden Party. This fun and diverse show also includes exquisite glass pieces, intricate carved wood birds, phenomenal pottery planters, rustic birdhouses, richly painted pottery, delicate glass pieces, beautiful fiber art and huge garden sculptures made from recycled car parts that are as tall as an NBA player.

Garden Party includes works by 24 artists: Margaret Agner, silk paintings; Stan Andersen, pottery; Sandy and Ann Batton, pottery; Elizabeth Bradford, paintings and ceramics; Joyce Bramwell, photographs; Jim Carpenter, wood bird carvings; Walt Cottingham, wood birdhouses; Chery Cratty, pulp painting; Bre Barnett Crowell, pastel paintings; Jane Daub, weavings; Mike Durham, whimsical sculptures; April Flanders, prints and collage; John Garland and Mary Paul, pottery; Michael Hamlin Smith, pottery; Murray Johnston, stitched fabric collages; Allison Luce, ceramic sculptures; Holden McCurry, ceramic sculpture; Stephanie Neely, oil pastel paintings; Jay Pfeil, etchings; Pat Pilchard, photography; Susannah Ravenswing, jewelry; Stuart Roper, paintings; Joseph Sand, pottery; and Yaffa and Jeff Todd, glass.

Folk Singer Clyde Derberry and Muse Fellows Project at Davis April 26

The Davis Theatre’s 2011-12 season will close Thursday with a performance by folk singer Clyde Derberry with the Muse Fellows Project.

The Muse Fellows Project includes Derberry, a singer-songwriter and guitarist; Frank Albert, violin; and Tony Baker, percussion. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased 24 hours a day by clicking “Davis Theatre” and “Tickets” and Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at the box office in person or via telephone, 704-920-2753.

Derberry doesn’t like to put his songs into any one genre, but he was nominated for 2011 Folk Artist of the Year with the Charlotte Music Awards. He also says he’s influenced by rock and roll, R&B and gospel.

The Muse Fellows Project is one of Derberry’s three current endeavors. He also plays solo and with a duo called Elder. “I’m thoroughly enjoying playing with the trio because we perform mostly my own original material. Frank plays the ‘Wood’ brand violin 6 or 7 string (fretted and fretless) models that produce cello range lows as well as regular violin ranges. With Tony providing a solid foundation on percussions, Muse Fellows Project comes together quite nicely.”