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Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Architecture and Design

Fearrington Friends of the Arts is dedicated to encouraging greater interest in the arts, and to experiencing different aspects through our programs, trips and special events. We take pride in our programs and outings which have attracted enthusiastic and large audiences. Join us as we explore visual arts, performing arts, architecture and design.

September 16th., 1:00 p.m. at the Gathering Place



1:00 p.m. To kick off the new season. Refreshments and presentation of the season's programs.

1:30 p.m. Billy Stevens “Sincere Forms of Flattery: Blacks, Whites, and American Popular Music.”

Stevens has thirty years of professional performance experience speaking all over the world on the evolution and diversity of American popular music. He tours for the U.S. State Department and has presented his lecture/demonstration “The History of the Blues: The Roots of Rock and Roll" in more than forty countries including India, Kenya, Israel and Palestine. He has many years’ experience as a solo artist with a variety of bands. Stevens is a lecturer for NC Humanities Forum and holds an MA in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi.

         October 7th., 1:30 p.m.

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Ramsey Terhune, “Architectural Woodwork in the renovation of Baldwin Auditorium”

Terhune is a master woodworker, and designer of furniture for his company Woodpecker Enterprises. Working with sound engineers and architects, he was instrumental in the reconstruction and wood paneling on the stage and balcony of the old Baldwin Auditorium on Duke’s East campus to turn it into an acoustically superior room for music. Striving to incorporate key features of the building’s historic 1927 Georgian architecture, yet provide a contemporary concert hall, his company “inserted” a new, intimately shaped room into the original volume of space, preserving the room’s symmetry while accenting the long forgotten classical dome.


November 11th, 1:30 p.m

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 John Eckblad, “Stone Upon Stone; Construction, Destruction, and Evolution in the Built World”



Eckblad, an art collector and exhibition producer, will present photographs and commentary from his new catalog depicting industrialization and ‘organized work’. His collection includes prints of coal mining, iron and steel making, textile and machine manufacture, ship building, and of labor and life. Some of the tensions depicted in the works include the “pitting of capitalist pride against social unrest and the groundbreaking industrial development against the profound human and environmental consequences” noted Patricia Phagan of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center.

February 3rd. 1:30 p.m. Paul Fackler and Julie Gorka, "The Traditional Music of French Canada."

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Fackler, a fiddler since his teens, plays from musical traditions of New England, French Canada, Cape Breton, and Ireland. In his non-musical life, he works at NC State University doing mathematical and computer modeling. Julie Gorka has a wide range of musical interests, playing contra dance, Scottish, English, and Irish music on piano, harp, and fiddle. In addition to teaching piano, she leads a Celtic band, The Highlanders.

French-Canadian folk music is generally performed to accompany dances. The fiddle is the most common instrument utilized along with the diatonic button accordion. A part of the French Canadian sound is podorythmie (foot rhythm}, which involves using the feet to tap out complex rhythmic patterns.


March 2nd. 1:30 p.m. Jacqueline Bartlett “All Things Harp”


Bartlett has played harp since childhood and studied harp and piano at Oberlin College. She has performed with major orchestras in the U.S. including many years with the NC Symphony. She has been on the faculties of Duke, UNC School of the Arts, and Appalachian State University. A dedicated and passionate educator, Ms. Bartlett is much sought after as a teacher, chamber music coach and presenter for master classes and seminars. Her students have garnered top prizes at international and national competitions and have been featured in Europe at the World Harp Congress. A champion of chamber music, she was a founding member of the Fire Pink Trio.


April 6th. 1:30 p.m. Howard Sawhill “Cone Blue Pottery - the Secrets of Ceramic Glazes”


HowardSawhill, a materials scientist, has embarked on his second career with his company Cone Blue Pottery, Ceramic Glaze Research and Development Studio. He is using his technical background for understanding the scientific basis for successful glazes. Raw materials of ceramic glazes generally include silica, which will be the main glass former. Various metal oxides, such as sodium, potassium, and calcium, act as flux and therefore lower the melting temperature. Alumina, often derived from clay, stiffens the molten glaze to prevent it from running off the piece. Sawhill collaborates with potters on difficult glaze issues.