Barton Art Exhibitions Feature Creation from Destruction and Meditations on Motionless Video

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WILSON, N.C. – The Barton Art Galleries is pleased to announce two new exhibitions: Leslie Fry: ReCreation and Stasis: Motion from Stillness. Both exhibitions offer something previously unseen in the Barton galleries: video. Leslie Fry: ReCreation and Stasis: Motion from Stillness will open with a reception on Sunday, Feb. 28 from 2 to 4 p.m. Artists Leslie Fry and Michael Wyshock will be present for the opening. This event is open to the public free of charge, and the community is invited to attend. These exhibitions will run through April 2. Fry’s artwork, displayed in the Virginia Thompson Graves Gallery, can be viewed as a response to humankind’s impact on […]

Barton Welcomes Fiction Writer Pam Durban for Victor R. Small Writers Series

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Wilson, N.C. – Barton College will welcome Pam Durban, fiction writer and the Doris Betts Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,  for the upcoming Victor R. Small Writers Series this spring semester. The program is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 7:30 p.m., and will be held in The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center on campus.  This event is open to the public at no charge, and the community is invited to attend. Durban’s books include two novels, “So Far Back” (2000), winner of the 2001 Lillian Smith Award for Fiction for its tale of two Charleston, S.C., families, one white  and […]

Barton Hosts The Scholastic Art Awards For Eastern/Central N.C. Region

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WILSON, N.C. – Barton College will welcome students from across the state to celebrate their creativity at the annual Scholastic Art Awards ceremony scheduled for Sunday, January 24.  This marks the 32nd year that Barton College as served as host and regional sponsor for the National Scholastic Art Awards for the Eastern/Central North Carolina Region. The featured speaker for the awards ceremony is Kat Hendrix, senior manager of the Affiliate Network of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the national not-for-profit organization that presents The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Following an ice cream social for awardees and their families in Wilson Gymnasium on the Barton campus at 1:30 […]

Service Learning: Another Aspect of the Barton Experience

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WILSON, N.C. – Wondering how Barton College students are involved in service to their community? Look no further than the Office of Volunteer Service on campus to find the answers. Victoria Gonzalez, class of 2009, is serving as coordinator of this new program at Barton, and she hit the ground running with ideas and programs this past semester. The Office of Volunteer Service at Barton, housed in the Division of Student Affairs, is supported by the AmeriCorps*VISTA Program and the North Carolina Campus Compact Program. “Barton College has a long and proud history of regional service through education and volunteerism,” shared George Solan, vice president for student affairs.  “In its […]

Children’s Book Author and Illustrator Bonnie Christensen Scheduled for Book Signing on Dec. 8

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WILSON, N.C. – Children’s book author and illustrator Bonnie Christensen returns to the Barton College campus for a book signing and reception, celebrating her latest work “Django: World’s Greatest Jazz Guitarist.” Sponsored by the Friends of Hackney Library, the event will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 8, from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. in the library.  Light refreshments will be served. Copies of “Django” and Christensen’s other works will be available for purchase and signing at the event. The event is open to the public at no charge, and the community is invited to attend. “Django,” which debuted in September 2009, tells the story of Django Reinhardt. During his childhood, […]

Barton College Ushers In the Christmas Season on Dec. 1

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WILSON, N.C. – The Lighting of the Luminaries, a long-standing tradition for the Barton College community, will usher in the Christmas season on Tuesday, Dec. 1. The College family invites the surrounding community to join them for this festive celebration. The celebration will begin with a festive candlelight dinner served in the Hamlin Student Center Dining Hall at 5 p.m.  Cost for the meal is $6 for adults and $3 for children and students not on the meal plan. At 5 p.m., students will begin lighting over 1,700 luminaries across 32 acres of the main campus, and at 6 p.m., students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the College, and […]

Barton College / Wilson Symphony Orchestra Welcomes Pianist Boaz Sharon

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WILSON, N.C. – Internationally renowned concert pianist, educator, and recording artist Boaz Sharon will perform Beethoven’s first piano concerto as guest soloist with the Barton College / Wilson Symphony Orchestra, as members make their debut performance in the new Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell Theatre. The annual Fall Concert is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 22, at 3 p.m. The orchestra will also perform Haydn’s symphony no. 100, the “Military Symphony,” so titled because of Haydn’s unusual use of wind and percussion instruments. “We are so excited about presenting this concert with such a dynamic soloist in our wonderful new performing venue,” shared conductor Mark N. Peterson. “The acoustics, sight lines […]

Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting For Godot” Arrives on the Barton Stage Thursday, Nov. 12

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WILSON, N.C. – On Thursday, Nov. 12, the new Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell Theatre at Barton College will open its doors for the theatre’s inaugural student production, “Waiting for Godot” by Samuel Beckett.  Evening performances will be held Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 12-14, at 8 p.m. and on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 15, at 3 p.m. “Samuel Beckett’s complex and magnificent ‘Waiting for Godot’ is a challenging work that has been called “the greatest play of the 20th century,” and is by all accounts a modern classic,” shared Adam Twiss, director of Theatre of Barton. Twiss explained that Beckett lived, worked, and wrote in France and Ireland during both world […]

North Carolina Landscapes Featured In Painting Exhibition

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WILSON, N.C. — Barton Art Galleries will host the work of acclaimed painter J. Chris Wilson in an exhibition titled “From Murphy to Manteo-An Artist’s Scenic Journey.” Although a native of Georgia, Wilson has resided in North Carolina since the early 1970s and brings to the audience a serene visage of natural wonder found in the state. “From Murphy to Manteo-An Artist’s Scenic Journey” will be on display from November 8 to December 9. The opening reception is Sunday, Nov. 8, from 2 – 4 p.m. This event is open to the public free of charge, and the community is invited to attend. J. Chris Wilson will present a lecture […]