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Arts and entertainment briefs

The opening reception for “Functional Beauty,” a show featuring works by Sylvia Coppola, Brenda Roberts, and Bill Stewart, will be held Friday, July 29 from 6-9 p.m. in the gallery at Pottery 101.
All three artists work with function in mind while adding their own original perspective, resulting in beautiful and unique work intended for everyday use.
Bill Stewart has a Bachelor of Creative Arts from UNC-Charlotte and is a member of Piedmont Craftsman and Carolina Claymatters. Bill and his wife Holly run Stewart’s Village Gallery.
Sylvia Coppola began working with clay in 1976 and established her own studio, Duck Creek Pottery, in 1989, where she continues to create wheel thrown and hand-built pieces.
Brenda Roberts took a pottery class twenty years ago and immediately fell in love with clay. She often accents her work with textures and stamps made from botanicals native to North Carolina.
Open mic night
Calling all musicians, poets, comedians, and lovers of the same. Looking Glass Artist Collective, 405 N. Lee St., will host its monthly open mic night on Friday, July 29, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Doors open at 7. Come ready to perform or just enjoy the acts.
All performers must sign up at the door. Musicians should be prepared to perform no more than three songs. If you will need more than two microphones, please bring them with you.
There is no cover charge to attend this event and concessions will be available. For more information e-mail salisburyartists@gmail.com or check LGAC’s web site www.salisburyartists.com to see the 2011 open mic night schedule.
See bugs magnified!
CHARLOTTE — During the month of August, get a gigantically magnified look at Discovery Place’s collection and other interesting items through the Scanning Electron Microscope. On loan from Appalachian State University, the microscope can display an image 30,000 times its normal size. Images will rotate and can range from insect eyes and body parts to leaves, feathers and other natural objects.
This exhibit will be available Aug. 1-25, and is free with museum admission. Discovery Place is at 301 N. Tryon St. Call 704-372-6261 x300 for more information.
Salisbury artist in juried exhibit
ROCK HILL — Salisbury artist Robert Crum was recently notified that his oil painting entitled “Melt Down” was accepted into the Arts Council of York County’s 22nd Annual Juried Competition Exhibition. The selection was made by juror Joe Thompson, Visual Arts Department Chair at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities.
The exhibition will take place from Aug. 5 through Sept. 16 at the Dalton Gallery, Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main S., Rock Hill, S.C. There will also be awards announced at the reception being held at 6 p.m. on Aug. 18.
For more information, visit www.yorkcountyarts.org and www.robertcrumfineart.com.
12th Seagrove auction
SEAGROVE — The North Carolina Pottery Center announces the 12th annual Going, Going, Gone to Pots fundraising auction, happening on August 11.
The auction is the main fundraising event of the year and will feature an outstanding selection of contemporary and vintage North Carolina pottery donated by top NC potters and collectors, as well as other exciting participatory and pottery related items.
The lots are available for viewing now at www.ncpotterycenter.com. This provides an opportunity to purchase the work of nationally known NC artists for your collection.
The move of the auction to Hillsborough, and partnering with Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd., offers the opportunity for absentee, advance and telephone bidding.
The actual auction is scheduled for Thursday evening, beginning with a 6 p.m. wine and cheese reception. The auction begins at 7 with raffles and more. Admission is free.
The fundraising efforts are already underway on line, with more being added soon. Visit www.ncpotterycenter.org to purchase raffle tickets for an 18” Donna Craven covered jar valued at $450. This piece will be on display at the NC Pottery Center until August 9 and then again at the auction reception. Tickets are $10, or 3 for $25, and all proceeds will benefit the ongoing operations of the North Carolina Pottery Center.
Blues discount tickets
The Rowan Blues and Jazz Festival discount tickets are $8 until Aug. 5. General admission ticktes will become $15 after Aug. 5. Go to www.rowanbluesandjazz.org to buy ticktes online, and for more information call 704-636-2811.
Marjorie Thompson
GOLD HILL — The Bed and Bike Inn hosts singer-songwriter and fingerstyle guitarist Marjorie Thompson on Sunday, July 31.
Thompson, along with bass accompanist Greg Franklin, will perform beginning at 4 p.m., offering music from her repertoire of original songs plus some traditional blues and roots.
Audio and video clips are accessible at www.marjoriethompson.com. For more information about the inn, visit www.bedandbikeinn.com.

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