02-22-12--4th-fridayvoors.jpgThere is plenty to see and do this month at 4th Friday. The Arts Council celebrates local talent with the Fayetteville Technical Community College Education for Life Exhibit. This juried show celebrates the 50th anniversary of FTCC. Look for a variety of 2-D original art works including watercolor, oil, pastel, acrylic and mixed media.

The top three pieces of work will be recognized with $1,750 in prize money during the shows opening.

Down the block at Cape Fear Studios, Excursions — Drawings by Michael Voors features the work of the internationally known artist. Voors is a professor of art at the School of Art and Design at Eastern Carolina University. He’s been a visiting artist or artist-in-residence at schools throughout Europe and the United States. Voors’ work has been shown around the world, including Amsterdam, Taiwan, New York and Ireland; it is also housed in many public and private collections including the Library of Congress, the Fogg Museum at Harvard University, the Diozesanmuseum in Cologne, Germany and the University of Hawaii at Hilo.

Much of his work has been nourished by travel, in particular, locations that have an ancient or sacred character. The changing qualities of light and surfaces that reveal the passage of time and variations of architectural passages move the viewer toward larger associations and meanings. Voors is scheduled to teach a special workshop at Cape Fear Studios on March 17 and 18. Contact Cape Fear Studios at 433-2986 for more information.

The Downtown has some fun festivities planned this month, too. “February is going to be a blast for Fourth Friday! Between the Puppy Parade, the Mardi Gras-inspired pub-crawl and costume contest, no one will be in want of activities for the evening. In addition, Fayetteville’s own Greg Hathaway will be demonstrating the techniques that have made him a legend in this town at the Annual Bread and Bowls Event at Hay Street United Methodist Church. Even our fabulous downtown merchants are getting into the spirit with stores like So Chic Bebe offering mask making for the kids and Pierro’s offering a Mardi Gras themed martini! The event kicks off at 6 p.m. and goes until 10 p.m.,” said Kimberly Powers, event coordinator – 4th Friday Fayetteville.

Headquarters Library hosts and evening of drumming with Fayetteville’s drumming circle. This unique group has been drumming in the downtown area for 10 years. Founding members Ray King, Mithra Maraj, Neil Ray, Tom Hedgepeth, Corky Jones and others will fascinate listeners with many complex drumming sounds. Audience participation is welcome. Please bring your own percussion instruments. Refreshments are provided. This event runs from 7 to 9 p.m. and is going to be in the Pate Room. Contact the library at 483-7727 for more information.

Gallery One13, located at 113 Gillespie St., opens the Fayetteville Photography Club’s Just Photo’s exhibit, a juried photography competition. The opening reception is from 6-9 p.m. Awards will be announced at 8 p.m. Call Gallery One13 for more information at 223-2787.

Photo:  Ascend, charcoal image by Michael Voors, East Carolina University.

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