FRITZ JANSCHKA’S PORTRAIT MUSEUM AND SELF-PORTRAITS BY 33 NC ARTISTS AT GREENHILL

Fritz Janschka, S.A. Commissioned to Paint F.J.¸
2011, acrylic on illustration board, 17 x 14 inches
"Greenhill announces Fritz Janschka’s Portrait Museum and Self-Portraits by NC Artists on display January 30 – April 2, 2015. This dual exhibition explores contemporary approaches to self-representation in painting, sculpture, photography, video and installation.

Fritz Janschka’s Portrait Museum will contain Janschka’s collection of fifty portrait oil paintings in which he has emulated the styles and techniques of famous artists he has admired during his lifetime of painting. Janschka taught for 36 years at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania and was named Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts as well as Fairbank Professor Emeritus of the Humanities. While teaching and creating art, he often created works inspired by literature including numerous drawings relating to the writings of James Joyce, a selection of which toured Europe and the United States in the 1970’s. Like other parts of Janschka’s works which include sculpture, painting, collage and drawing, the works in the exhibition reveal his classical training with Albert Paris Gutersloh at the Academy of Fine Arts in his native Vienna. 

Janschka began his homage to the masters and mistresses during his ninth decade. The relationship between artist and model is the prevalent theme in this collection whereby Janschka often interjects himself into paintings. For example, in his painting “Fritz Janschka, as Sofonisba Anguissola, S.A. Commisioned to Paint F.J.”, Janschka is being painted by 16th century artist, Sofonisba Anguissola, one of the most accomplished women artists of her period.  In the work, the figure looks out at the viewer as if she has just been disturbed while painting a portrait of Janschka in modern dress, effectively linking the centuries that separate them. According to curator Edie Carpenter, in these works, viewers “overhear a wonderful conversation between artists from different ages in works that as a collection comprise a pictorial equivalent of the process of reimagining and reinvention that itself has a long history.” In a later work in this collection “Self Portrait as a Moonflower” (2012) Janschka paints himself “emerging from a flower at some indeterminate age in the past,” claiming that he has “not always succeeded in ‘mastering the masters,’ I hope they will forgive my lack of skill and continue revealing their secrets to me.”

In a separate portion of The Gallery at Greenhill, Self-Portraits by NC Artists will present works by 33 NC artists who explore self-perception in traditional and conceptual self-portraits. Artists include: Dean Allison, Michael Ananian, Hagit Barkai, Saba Barnard, James Barnhill, Katherine Bernstein, William Bernstein, Deneé Black, Steven M. Cozart, Maia Dery, Alia El-Bermani, Rebecca Fagg, Richard Fennell, Darren Douglas Floyd, Tim Ford, Tony Griffin, Michael Klauke, Elizabeth Matheson, Darlene Mcclinton, Don Morgan, Michael Northuis, Mark Nystrom, Maureen O’Keefe, Eric Olsen, Alla Parsons, Juie Rattley III, Barbara Schreiber, Leah Sobsey, Brad Spencer, Jack Stratton, Richard Stenhouse, Michael Van Hout, and Betty Watson.

In the work of Hagit Barkai, the figure is recognizable, yet portrayed as vulnerable through the use of erasure blurring and ambiguous spatial settings. In striking contrast, Rebecca Fagg’s crystalline realism represents the artists’ quiet interior scenes, using absolute calibrations of color. Respectively, artists Steven M. Cozart and Juie Ratley III use the self-portrait as a platform to pose questions about preconceived stereotypes or to as described by Carpenter “evoke personal narratives which reveal a larger sense of social, political or psychological conflicts.” Mark Nystrom represents the portrait conceptually by incorporating digital technologies in his work “Personal CO2 Emissions” which is composed of 435 balloons whose inflated volume represents the artist’s daily CO2 emissions.  In a painting, Saba Barnard represents a QR code which when accessed on a viewer’s phone reveals an elaborately painted portrait.

Associated Programs
Take a Selfie #1512SelfiePortrait
Friday, January 30 – Sunday, April 2, 2014
Starting at the Public Opening, viewers are invited to help mark the 1512 hours the exhibition is up by submitting a selfie through Instagram or Twitter by using hashtag #1512selfieportrait to @greenhillnc.  Printed versions of the self-portraits will be on display in Greenhill throughout the exhibition.

Public Opening
Friday, January 30
Greenhill will host an opening reception, where guests can join the artists for the opening of this dual exhibition. Free and open to the public.

Fritz Janschka and Friends
Wednesday, February 18 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm
Join artist Fritz Janschka and a gathering of very talented friends for an hour interactive music, poetry and performances of all kinds in “homage” to the master. Free and open to the public.

February 26, 2015, 1-4 PM or 6-9 PM
Jaymie Meyer, Director, Youth and Adult Education Programs at Greenhill will be instructing this adult workshop, “Self-Portrait Tapestries.” The workshop is offered at two different times,  a “Tea Time” session from 1-4pm and an “After Hours” session from 6-9 pm. After Hours sessions includes wine and light refreshments. Tea Time sessions includes coffee, tea and light refreshments. $45 for members/$50 for non-members. To reserve your space go to: www.greenhillnc.org/adult-workshops.


Greenhill is located at 200 North Davie Street, in the Greensboro Cultural Center.  Greenhill promotes the visual arts of North Carolina by engaging a broad community of artists, adults and children through dynamic exhibitions and educational programs while providing a platform for exploration and investment in art. For more information visit www.greenhillnc.org."

- A Press Release

GCS Finds Athletic Issues at Seven High Schools

Dudley, Andrews forfeit games, three schools on probation

"Guilford County Schools found violations with football programs at seven high schools, after conducting a detailed review of North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) requirements. GCS reported the violations to the NCHSAA on Monday, Nov. 24.

As a result of the review and the violations found, three football programs – Dudley, Andrews and Southeast High schools – were placed on probation for one year and their head coaches were reprimanded by the NCHSAA.

Four other high schools – Northeast, Western, Ragsdale and Page – were fined for failing to complete required paperwork. The NCHSAA also reprimanded the football programs at Western, Ragsdale and Page.

District Athletic Director Leigh Hebbard and other staff did the review of all 15 high school football programs after discovering eligibility issues at Dudley High School earlier this month. After the review, GCS learned at least one ineligible player dressed out for all Dudley High School’s varsity games; Dudley will now forfeit its entire 2014 football season.

The player was on the junior varsity team, but also dressed out for all 10 varsity competitions and took the field in at least four. According to NCHSAA rules, student-athletes who are juniors may not participate in more than one game within one week. NCHSAA rules say that dressing out for a game is the same as participating.

These nine violations are in addition to the one reported after the Southeast High game on Nov. 7, which Dudley forfeited and which kept the school out of the playoffs. Dudley will pay a $500 fine for each violation (for a total of $4,500 in additional fines; the school already paid a $500 fine for the Nov. 7 violation) and will forfeit those games, which means the school forfeits the entire season. In addition, the NCHSAA reprimanded the head coach and placed the football program on probation for one year.

“I’m disappointed to discover these additional violations,” said Jesse Pratt, Dudley High’s principal. “At Dudley High, I expect our staff and students to play by the rules in the classroom and on the athletic field. I will be taking immediate action to ensure these issues will not happen again. This is unfair to our students, our student-athletes, our staff and community, and I am sorry for everything we have learned over the past few weeks.”

Dudley and the six other high schools – Andrews, Southeast, Northeast, Western, Ragsdale and Page – failed to complete required paperwork related to the NCHSAA’s eight-quarter rule.

The eight-quarter rule allows freshman and sophomore junior varsity football players to participate in the JV game as well as the varsity game in the same week. The NCHSAA requires two forms to be filled out as part of the process: the first form must be submitted before the student plays in the varsity game.

In addition to being signed by the student’s parent, athletic director and coach, the team’s licensed athletic trainer or physician also has to evaluate the student and sign the form to ensure there are no health concerns before the student may play in a second game in one week.

Failing to fill out the advance form results in a $500 penalty per game. The association will not reduce the fine related to the advance paperwork, because it is critically important to ensure students are evaluated physically before taking the field in two games in one week.

The Monday after the game, an additional form must be completed on the NCHSAA website, listing any players who participated in the eight-quarter program, as well as the number of quarters in which the student-athlete played.

Andrews did not fill out the pre- or post-game paperwork for nine games, for a total of $4,500 in fines. The NCHSAA also reprimanded the head coach and placed the football program on probation for one year. In addition, the school forfeits all nine games and must return to the NCHSAA any money earned during the 2014 playoffs.

Southeast reported seven violations for failing to complete the pre-game paperwork, for a total of $3,500 in fines. The school did complete the post-game paperwork. The head coach was formally reprimanded and the football program was placed on probation for one year.

Four other schools – Northeast, Western, Ragsdale and Page High schools – also reported violations for the post-game paperwork, but all four did complete the important pre-game forms, which include the medical evaluation. Western, Ragsdale and Page face a one-time $500 fine and their football programs were reprimanded. The NCHSAA waived Northeast High’s fine due to internal changes the school made before the football season ended.

The eight-quarter athletic violations by school are as follows:

School
Violation – Pre-Game Paperwork
Violation – Post-Game Paperwork
Total Fines
Andrews
Nine games: $4,500
Nine games
$4,500
Southeast
Seven games: $3,500
No violation
$3,500
Northeast
No violation
$500 flat fee
Waived
Western
No violation
$500 flat fee
$500
Ragsdale
No violation
$500 flat fee
$500
Page
No violation
$500 flat fee
$500

“I’m disappointed to find schools were not following the rules,” said GCS Athletic Director Leigh Hebbard. “This is not new information, and we expect coaches and athletic directors to know and follow NCHSAA rules governing their sports.”

All head football coaches are required to attend a mandatory NCHSAA rules clinic every summer. Athletic directors receive updates, information and reminders about association rules throughout the year, and the district athletic director reviews any changes with athletic directors prior to the start of each season as well. Athletic directors are expected to present an NCHSAA powerpoint to all coaches every year; the presentation provides a review of attendance, academic and residency rules, as well as regulations governing eligibility.

As a result of these issues, school athletic directors will now receive additional training on the NCHSAA policies and procedures. Hebbard also will work individually with the schools that had the greatest number of issues. In addition, Hebbard will develop a district-wide protocol to handle the eight-quarter rule and how it is reported and tracked in the future.

About Guilford County Schools

Guilford County Schools, the third largest school district in North Carolina, serves nearly 72,200 K-12 students at 127 schools. With approximately 10,000 employees, the district’s mission is to graduate responsible citizens who are prepared to succeed in higher education or the career of their choice. Guilford County Schools is a national leader in providing specialized schools and instructional programs designed to meet the educational needs of a culturally diverse citizenship. For more information, visit the district’s website at www.gcsnc.com."

- A Press Release

Police Holding “Stuff the Patrol Car” Toy Drive

         The Winston-Salem Police Department is holding a “Stuff the Patrol Car” toy drive Dec. 6 - 11 to serve needy families in Winston-Salem. A police officer will be at the Oak Summit (Walmart) Shopping Center at 320 E. Hanes Mill Road from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, and Monday through Thursday, Dec. 8 - 11, to accept donations of new, unwrapped toys.

        Police Chief Barry Rountree said the toy drive is yet another way the Police Department can serve the citizens of Winston-Salem, and it provides a new avenue for improving relations between police officers and the community. “I would like to encourage all citizens to help ‘stuff the patrol car,’ ” Rountree said. “Together, we can provide some Christmas cheer to the less fortunate in our community.”

BUCK O’HAIREN’S LEGENDARY SUNSHINE SET TO SHINE AT CROSSROADS @ SECCA #011

Local Craft “Pick-Me-Up” to Serve as
Presenting Sponsor for Dec. 13th Concert Featuring Justin Townes Earle & Caleb Caudle

The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) is proud to welcome Buck O’Hairen’s Legendary Sunshine on board as Presenting Sponsor for Crossroads @ SECCA #011 featuring Justin Townes Earle and Caleb Caudle.

“We’re local entrepreneurs who are invested in our city and want to see our arts community thrive,” said Joe Parrish, founder, Sunshine. “We created Sunshine for creative types who help make this the City of Arts and Innovation, and consider our partnership with SECCA a great way to help our city continue to attract and inspire them.”

Sunshine is the first craft “pick-me-up” beverage born and raised in Winston-Salem that has true southern heritage. It re-fuels the body the natural way through hydration, using electrolytes, vitamin B12, natural ginger, and some caffeine. With nearly 100,000 unit sales in its first year, and distribution to more than 350 locations, Sunshine is quickly gaining traction in the Southeast. The local beverage company is focusing its initial sales and distribution in North Carolina, with a strong emphasis here in Winston-Salem.

Sunshine joins long-time sponsors and supporters Great Outdoor Provision Company, Foothills Brewing and Excalibur Direct Marketing as sponsors for the final concert of the fourth season of SECCA’s critically acclaimed music series.

“The Crossroads audience is no stranger to Sunshine,” said Andy Tennille, curator of the Crossroads series. “We’ve served it at past concerts, so it made a lot of sense to grow our relationship for this concert with this great local brand.”

Crossroads @ SECCA #011 will be held on Saturday, December 13, 2014. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and the show will begin at 7:00 p.m. Sunshine, Foothills Brewing’s beer, wine and food from The Porch will be available for purchase beginning at 5 p.m.
Tickets are on sale now through Eventbrite accessed through SECCA’s website at http://crossroads011justintownesearl.eventbrite.com.

SECCA, located at 750 Marguerite Drive, is an affiliate of the N.C. Museum of Art, within the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. 

About Buck O’Hairen’s Legendary Sunshine
Sunshine is the first craft “pick-me-up” beverage born and raised in the south, bringing people true southern character and charm, straight from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Without sacrificing its great signature taste, Sunshine re-fuels the body the natural way – through hydration with electrolytes, vitamin B12 and natural ginger – alongside some caffeine. For more information, visit www.drinkthesunshine.com.
About Justin Townes Earle
Once compared to a man who wears many suits, in thirty-two short years, Justin Townes Earle has experienced more than most, both personally and professionally. Between releasing four full-length, critically-acclaimed albums, constant touring, multiple stints in rehab, a new-found sobriety, being born Steve Earle’s son, amicable and not-so-amicable break-ups with record labels, and facing the trials and tribulations of everyday life, it’s safe to say JTE has quite the story to tell. His fifth album (and first ever on Vagrant Records) serves as the perfect platform for such narrations.
Entitled Single Mothers, the album is comprised of ten tracks that showcase exactly why Justin Townes Earle is considered a forefather of contemporary Americana. As a recently married, sober man, JTE writes from a point of maturity and content we’ve not seen before on past records. “One day I just realized it’s not cool to die young, and it’s even less cool to die after 30,” Justin states as he reflects on a life past and his newly found clarity. What he’s created is an album that’s raw, honest and personal in a way he hasn’t touched upon since his debut EP, Yuma.
Following the success of his critically-acclaimed-fifth-studio-album, Single Mothers, Justin is pleased to announce the release of the companion album, Absent Fathers. Comprised of 10 tracks, Absent Fathers was recorded alongside Single Mothers as a double album, but as Justin began to sequence it, he felt each half needed to make its own statement and they took on their own identities. Absent Fathers will be released January 13, 2015. 
About Caleb Caudle
In just the last year, Caleb Caudle has played over 300 shows in 30 plus states, performed on the web-radio sensation Daytrotter, and even found time to pack up all of his belongings to make the move from North Carolina to New Orleans and back.
Caudle’s last album, Tobacco Town, brought him national exposure upon its release in 2012, with Blurt Magazine noting “…jaw-droppingly fine songs steeped in classic Earle, Clark, McMurtry and Van Zandt.”
For his new album Paint Another Layer On My Heart, which was written out on the road, Caudle decided to record at Echo Mountain studios in Asheville, NC. Along with his producer and engineer, Jon Ashley (Dawes, Band Of Horses, The Avett Brothers), Caleb manages to craft a beautiful composition of his road-worn songs with some help from Lydia Loveless (harmony vocals), Whit Wright (pedal steel), Jordan Powers (bass), Greg Herndon (piano), Tommy Scifres (guitar), and Jack Foster (drums).
About Crossroads @ SECCA
Launched in 2011, the Crossroads @ SECCA concert series aims to provide attendees with an extraordinary evening of music, art, food and drink featuring world-class musicians in an intimate concert environment. To date, the series has hosted Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Jim White, The South Memphis String Band, Charles Walker & the Dynamites, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Dean & Britta, William Tyler, Patterson Hood, Hiss Golden Messenger, Odyssey 5, Love Language, Estrangers, Chris Stamey and the Blind Boys of Alabama. 

“SECCA’s Crossroads concert series has secured a firm foothold as one of the Piedmont’s most innovative – and maybe even the Triad’s premiere – concert series.” Ryan Snyder, Yes! Weekly"

-A Press Release

Holidays at Reynolda Features Candlelight Tours, Decorations, and Exclusive Overnight Packages

"Reynolda House Museum of American Art will celebrate the 2014 holiday season with decorations throughout the historic house, after-hours candlelight tours, a performance by the Carolina Brass and a play by Truman Capote.
Through Dec. 31, the historic 1917 home of R.J. and Katharine Reynolds will be decorated with magnolia leaves, nandina berries, and other natural greenery inspired by the decorations that Katharine Reynolds might have used. Holiday greeting cards from the museum archives will be on display, and carols will be played on the original Aeolian organ Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday afternoons at approximately 2:45 p.m. Group sales for tours of the museum for eight or more visitors are available at a discount admission rate. Call 336.758.5394 to arrange a guided tour during the holiday season.
New this year, starting Dec. 4, the museum will display a full place setting of Katharine Smith Reynolds’s Tiffany & Co. china in the historic house’s dining room.
Candlelight tours of the historic house will be Thursday Dec. 4, Friday Dec. 5 and Saturday Dec. 6. Tours begin on the half-hour from 5 to 8 p.m., are guided by museum staff and docents, and feature stories about the Reynolds family holiday traditions, period decorations and an organist playing carols on the historic home’s original Aeolian organ.
The ticket price for the candlelight tours includes light refreshments and live entertainment each night by a children’s chorus. Tickets for the candlelight guided tour are $15 for members and students (18 and under) and $20 for non-members. Advance purchase is recommended.
Reynolda House will present the popular Carolina Brass for a holiday concert on Thursday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. From the elegance and grace of classical pieces to the hard-driving sound of the Big Band era, Carolina Brass takes audiences on a musical sleigh ride through favorites of the season. Formed in 1997, the group engages the audience through humor and virtuosity infused throughout their performance. Admission is $15, $10 for members and students.
Finally, a longstanding Reynolda House holiday tradition returns, the one-woman play “A Christmas Memory” on Sunday, Dec. 14 at 3 p.m. Children and adults are sure to be warmed by Truman Capote’s tale of his own humble childhood holiday traditions. Admission is $15, $10 for members and students.
Advance purchase to all holiday events is recommended; tickets are on sale now at reynoldahouse.org or by calling 336.758.5150.
For visitors looking for an overnight getaway for the holidays, Reynolda House is partnering with Old Salem Museums & Gardens to offer the “Make Your Holidays Historic” package. Visitors can choose from two accommodations—the Graylyn Estate or Historic Brookstown Inn —and included in the package is admission to both Reynolda House and Old Salem, along with several added amenities. For more information on the package and to book, visit holidaysinwinstonsalem.com.

About Reynolda House
Reynolda House Museum of American Art is one of the nation’s premier American art museums, with masterpieces by Mary Cassatt, Frederic Church, Jacob Lawrence, Georgia O’Keeffe and Gilbert Stuart among its collection. Affiliated with Wake Forest University, Reynolda House features changing exhibitions, concerts, lectures, classes, film screenings and other events. The museum is located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in the historic 1917 estate of Katharine Smith Reynolds and her husband, Richard Joshua Reynolds, founder of the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. Reynolda House and adjacent Reynolda Gardens and Reynolda Village feature a spectacular public garden, dining, shopping and walking trails. For more information, please visit reynoldahouse.org or call 336.758.5150. Connect at facebook.com/rhmaa or @CurateReynolda."

- A Press Release

JASON ALDEAN BURN IT DOWN TOUR 2015 - Coming to Greensboro

"JASON ALDEAN
WITH SPECIAL GUESTS

COLE SWINDELL & TYLER FARR

JASON ALDEAN will bring his 2015 Burn It Down Tour to Greensboro Coliseum on Friday, February 13.  Tickets go on sale Friday, December 5 at 10am at LiveNation.com, via the Live Nation app, at the venue box offices, all Ticketmaster outlets or by phone at 800-745-3000.

For more info or to purchase tickets visit www.ticketmaster.comPresented by Live Nation."

- A Press Release

One Man in Custody, Another Wanted in Connection with Elm Street Shootings

           
           "On Nov. 24, Detectives with the Greensboro Police Department have identified two Asheboro men in connection with the exchange of gunfire on Elm St. on Nov. 8 that left one person dead and four others wounded.
            Leonardo Vences, 23, was arrested without incident on Nov. 18 in after a motor vehicle stop in Rock Hill, S.C. He is charged Accessory After the Fact for the murder of 28-year-old Mark Shayne Davis who was fatally shot during the incident.
Vences was arrested with the assistance of the York County (S.C.) Sheriff’s Department Anti-Crime Team and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division. Vences waived extradition and will be transported to Greensboro in the near future.
            Police have identified Gosafat Rodriguez, 22, as the suspect in Davis’ murder. He has an active warrant for arrest for First Degree Murder. He also faces two counts of Assault with a Deadly Weapon with Intent to Kill or Inflict Serious Injury, and one count of Assault with a Deadly Weapon Inflicting Serious Injury in connection with the incident. Rodriguez is not believed to be in the Triad area.
           Witnesses stated that Davis was involved in an altercation between two groups of people in the area of S. Elm St. and Lewis St. at approximately 2:35 am on Nov. 8. The incident began after patrons had left several clubs at closing time, and became engaged in a verbal dispute that escalated to a shooting.
           Officer J.M. Chavez who fired his weapon at one of the shooters remains on administrative duties while the investigation is ongoing.

           Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers at 336-373-1000, or by texting 274637 (CRIMES) with the keyword badboyz.  Calls and texts are anonymous and confidential."

- A Police Report

THE TRIAD CW20 ANNOUNCES UPCOMING CHEERS FOR CHARITY EVENT

"The Triad CW20, one of the top CW affiliates in the nation, has partnered with local non-profit organization The Out of the Garden Project, to welcome locals to the first annual Cheers For Charity event on December 6, 2014.  The event will be hosted by the Robert G. Shaw Piedmont Triad Farmers Market from 3-6pm.

“We really see a need to help feed hungry school children in our area. We’re happy to partner with The Out Of The Garden Project to raise awareness and donations to help feed these hungry children,” explains Matt Pumo, the general manager of the Triad CW20.

The Cheers for Charity event requires a $25 donation, with the option to pre-purchase tickets before the event, online at outofthegardenproject.org, for only $20. This donation includes admission for beer and wine tasting, live music, food from local vendors, and entry into a raffle to win a Christmas tree.

“One of our primary goals of this event is to not only raise money, but also make it fun for people to come together as a community, for a good cause.”


Triad CW20 has aired top-notch programming in the Piedmont Triad area for years.  In addition to network stand-outs like The Flash and The Vampire Diaries, the Triad CW 20 carries a host of syndicated hits, such as Modern Family, Family Guy and Meet the Browns."

- A Press Release