Story by Lindsey Chester, all photos by Brooke Meyer
Cary, NC- The Grand Opening Celebration of the new Cary Arts Center highlighted the diverse offerings available here in Cary.
The building and streets were abuzz with excitement as the parking lots overflowed and visitors streamed into the facility. So many activities were happening simultaneously, you could hardly grasp the breadth and scope of offerings.
In the theater, dance groups included Cary Ballet Conservatory, Hum Sub, and the International Ballet Academy who each had the opportunity to showcase their talents. The Cary Concert Singers, the Cary Town Band, Cary Players, Applause!, Cary Children’s Concert Choir, and F.A.T.E. performed from their recent works.
Carrie Knowles gathered many of the students who participated in the Cary Cross Currents Chamber Music Side by Side intensive to play in Principle’s Hall.
Ongoing throughout the day were artists’ demonstrations. The clay studio in the lower level showcased wheel throwing and hand building. On the Main Floor, artists from Cary Gallery of Artists painted in oils and acrylics and explained fiber arts. The Fine Arts League of Cary (FALC), and the Western Wake Studio Tour folks demonstrated in upstairs classrooms.
The Main Gallery held a show of local talent and played a video slideshow by Cary Photographic Artists which documented the transformation of the building from an empty school to the showpiece it is today.
The program included the use of alternative space as well.. The Triangle Wind Ensemble played on the porch at the entrance. The Playwrite’s Forum held readings in the upstairs conference room.
The Koka Booth Players gave a snippet performance of Mid Summer Night’s Dream to take place later this month at the Amphitheatre.
Other groups who came to show support and showcase what they do included: The capital Quilter’s Guild, Scottish Cultural Organization of the Triangle, triangle calligrapher’s Guild, Filipino-American Dancers, NC Eid, Puerto Rican Association, Greg Whitt Drum For Change, Cary Clay Co-Op, Friends of Page-Walker, and the MLK, Jr Taskforce.
The evening concluded with a presentation of the Cary Youth Video Project. and lastly a concert by Larkin Poe. A full day indeed!
Our photographer, Brooke Meyers captured the mood in photographs. See his website for more