Travel with Friends of Visual Arts to the N.C. Museum of Art

WILSON, N.C. – If you have been looking for an opportunity to visit the North Carolina Museum of Art, traveling with the Barton College Friends of Visual Arts on its fall excursion on Saturday, September 13, may be a perfect day trip. Participants will depart from the Kennedy Family Theatre parking lot at 1 p.m. Highlights of the trip include a guided museum tour at 2 p.m., a special exhibition viewing at 3 p.m., a 5 p.m. personal introduction by the Paperhand puppet troupe with dinner served, and a live performance by the group at 7 p.m. inside the museum amphitheater, before returning to Barton College.

The cost to attend this event is $75 for current FOVA members. For non-members, the cost is $100, which includes membership to FOVA at the Friend level. Transportation to and from the College, museum entrance fees, a catered box meal, and admission to the live performance are all included in this cost.

“Line, Touch, Trace” opened at the North Carolina Museum of Art on August 30, and is on display until March 8, 2015. Organized by the Greenhill Center for North Carolina Art in Greensboro, this exhibit features hand-drawn works by 13 North Carolina artists who use graphite, ballpoint pen, conté crayon, ink, or charcoal to explore drawing in its relationship to thought processes. Line may be used to precisely render contours or as calligraphy on the drawing’s surface; touch builds tonal values or erases edges; and traced marks may suggest elements of an imagined topography. The artists use line, touch, and trace in works that communicate mental states, project invented worlds, or portray moments of contemplation. The range of approaches presented attests to the effervescence of drawing and its contribution to contemporary art.

“Paperhand Puppet Intervention” is a Saxapahaw, N.C.-based, award-winning performance troupe. Since 1998, its members have used cardboard, cornstarch, bamboo, old house paints, and other assorted junk to create giant puppets, masks, shadow plays, and performances for all ages. For its 15th annual spectacle, Paperhand introduces “The Painted Bird.” This immersive live performance explores the realms of imagination and creation through color. Rabbits, moles, mice, and hedgehogs live in harmony in a magical world until a great grayness begins to spread across the land.

For additional information about the FOVA fall excursion, please contact the Barton Art Galleries at (252) 399-6477 or