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Jennifer Miller's show "in dreams" is on display at Eno Gallery, in Hillsborough, through Aug. 26. After two decades of representational landscape painting, much of it done in open air, Miller has turned inward and indoors, reaching for memorable moments, painting in oils on stretched linen and canvas.


Monica Hunter presents her jewelry collection "Water Required - Fresh or Salt" and Jill Pike shows her paintings in "A Tribute to North Carolina's Native Americans" at Cary Gallery of Artists during July.


Gallery C, in Raleigh, announced an exclusive partnership with the artist Kathy Daywalt. Her work in watercolor on Yupo (polypropylene plastic) has been hailed as groundbreaking.


Kim Werfel, of Pittsboro, won Best of Show for her pastel "The Lookout" at the 2013 N.C. Statewide Juried Pastel Exhibition in the Hickory Museum of Art. At the same exhibition, her "Queen of Swords" won the Pastel Society of Virginia Award. This exhibition, which runs through Aug. 18, comprises juried work from the three pastel societies in the state.


Renata McConnell, Lily Langer, Jennifer Weinberg, Elaine O'Neil and Beth Vickers are among the artists displaying their work at The qi garden, in Hillsborough, noted its proprietor, Lucia Apollo Shaw.





N.C. Central University welcomed Debra Saunders-White as its new chancellor last month. Accompanied by the Marching Sound Machine, the university's new leader entered the student union to a standing ovation. Saunders-White is the first woman appointed to the permanent position of chancellor and the second female chancellor to serve at any of the UNC system's five historically black universities. Before her appointment, Saunders-White served as assistant secretary for the Office of Postsecondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education.


A new Pew study says working mothers are now the primary breadwinners in 40 percent of households with children. But a closer look reveals a stark divide between two groups of working women, says a public policy professor at Duke. Christina Gibson-Davis is faculty fellow at the Center for Child and Family Policy and associate professor, Sanford School of Public Policy. Gibson-Davis studies causes and consequences of changing fertility and marriage patterns, including marriage, cohabitation and single mothers. "'Breadwinner moms' are actually two very different groups of people," she said. "One group consists largely of white, highly educated married moms. The other group is largely minority, not as educated and unmarried. The division in income between the two groups is quite large: $80,000 vs. $23,000." In addition, she noted, "The report reflects other evidence that shows the fault line between the 'married haves' and the 'unmarried have-nots' continues to increase, with both economic and social repercussions."


    William Peace University, in downtown Raleigh, announced:
  • Nancy Eaton Welch, who has 30 years of experience in higher education, was appointed the new registrar.
  • Vera M. Goode was named university receptionist.


Olalah Njenga, CEO of YellowWood Group, a marketing company in Raleigh, announced that Sunita Shouse joined the firm as director of operations. Shouse, who served as a captain in the U.S. Army and a Peace Corps volunteer, brings more than 24 years of corporate operations and business development experience to the firm.


Patsy D. Johnson joined Paragon Bank, in Raleigh, as senior vice president and client development officer. She's responsible for assisting Paragon's private banking clients and developing new business for the financial institution.


The Matthews House received a Pinnacle Award from the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce. The 3,500-square-foot house was built in 1914. Sheila Ogle and her husband, Carrol, bought it in 2001, restored and furnished it to the period in which it was built, and turned it into an event venue.


Linnie Greene is the new marketing and publicity manager at Flyleaf Books, in Chapel Hill.


Brittany Gooch, who specializes in hair design and makeup, joined the staff at Posh The Salon, in Durham.


Lisa Gullette, owner of CreatiVisibility, a marketing and design firm in Wake County, said the firm won bronze in the green marketing category of the 2013 Summit Creative Awards competition. CreatiVisibility won for its creative work for Triangle Foodscapes, in Apex.




    Leadership Raleigh, the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce's leadership development program, announced its 2013 graduates. They included:
  • Emily Atkinson, Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce
  • Heidi Burkett, Skanska USA Building
  • Elena Cainarean, Red Hat
  • Sonja Calabria, Senn Dunn Insurance
  • Jennifer Castillo, N.C. State University
  • Sarah Sims Chesson, United Way of the Greater Triangle
  • Michele Connell, Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog
  • Lisa Marie Ferrell, Junior League of Raleigh
  • Kerry Grace Heckle, Rex Healthcare
  • Susan Hill, Summit Agro USA
  • Liz Jackson, Duke Raleigh Hospital
  • Janine Jones, WakeMed Health & Hospitals
  • Elizabeth Kirby, Kane Realty Corporation
  • Emily Massey, Capstrat
  • Cara McLeod, City of Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department
  • Shawna Peaks, Girl Scouts - N.C. Coastal Pines
  • Amanda Ray, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice
  • Margaret Roberton, N.C. Community College System
  • Abigail Smith, KPMG
  • C. Ellen Washington, Saint Augustine's University
  • Mallory Wojciechowski, Better Business Bureau of Eastern N.C.
  • Catherine Wood, TrustAtlantic Bank


The community teams of the American Heart Association's Triangle Heart Walk named its committee members. They included Lindsey Powell and Riana Smith of Safran Law Office, Ann Smith of Jackson Lewis, Connie Lancaster of TNT Ad Specialties, Joye Mullis of Mended Little Hearts and Karen Calhoun. The community teams committee's goal is to raise $75,000 for heart disease and stroke research and education. Community teams are an integral part of the Triangle Heart Walk, which will take place Sept. 22 at the PNC Arena, in Raleigh.


Mimi Chan, of Cary, is preparing for the second annual Love, Hope & Strength Fundraiser to fight Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), which is the No. 1 genetic killer of children under age 2. This year's fundraiser will take place at Flanders Art Gallery, in Raleigh, on Aug. 10 from 7 to 10 p.m. It will include art, live music and a silent auction. Ticket sales and proceeds from the silent auction will go to Families of SMA, a nonprofit focused on funding research to develop a treatment and cure for the disease. "Last year's inaugural Love, Hope & Strength Fundraiser raised more than $12,000 for the fight against SMA," said Chan, founder of the event, whose son Brady was diagnosed with SMA Type 2 last year.


"What You Don't Know," an original work by local playwright Mora Harris, was selected for 10 BY 10 in the Triangle. The series is presented at The ArtsCenter, in Carrboro, on July 5 through 7, July 11 through 14 and July 18 through 21. This 12th year of theatrical shorts brings to the Triangle the best of the increasingly popular 10-minute format. More than 750 scripts from all over the world were submitted for this year's festival.


Martha L. Blackman-Hughes, a litigation paralegal at Cary's Coats and Bennett, an intellectual property law firm, was appointed co-chair of the publications committee for the paralegal division of the N.C. Bar Association for the 2013-2014 term.


    The Junior League of Raleigh recognized the following members for their outstanding service, leadership and dedication to the league in 2012-2013:
  • Kimberly Linkous - Darlene Shelton Outstanding Provisional Award. Linkous is a buyer for the East Coast region of Ferguson Enterprises.
  • Elizabeth O'Quinn - Outstanding First-Year Member Award. O'Quinn is with Teach for America.
  • Martha Gehring - Foundation Award. Gehring is project manager of education services at Allscripts Healthcare Solutions.
  • Kelsie Johnson - Guardian Award. Johnson is a digital media consultant at Wells Fargo.
  • Lanier McRee and Danielle Shuirman - Legacy Award. McRee is a senior fiscal analyst in the fiscal research division of the N.C. General Assembly; Shuirman is a homemaker and community volunteer.
  • Kathryn West - Lifelong Membership Award. West is a Realtor with Prudential York Simpson Underwood.
  • Inaugural ball team, led by Liza Roney, Emily Funderburk, Shayla Bradshaw and Virginia Yopp - Team of the Year Award. Roney is director of client services at Communicopia Marketing Services; Funderburk is a sales representative at Ivystone Group; Bradshaw is a homemaker and community volunteer; Yopp is president of Strategic Development Resources.
  • Hilary Allen - Member of the Year Award. Allen is the director of alumnae and parent relations at Meredith College.
  • Debbie Pappas - Sustainer of the Year Award. Pappas is a retired teacher and a community volunteer
  • Viginia Yopp - Sustainer Legacy Award.


    The Tammy Lynn Center for Developmental Disabilities, in Raleigh, which offers education, residential and family support services to children and adults with special needs, recognized staff members for their outstanding service, including:
  • Gina Betts, Community Residential Program - Direct Support Professional of the Year
  • Sarah Crawford, Director of Development - Virginia Franks Achievement of Excellence Award
  • Olivia Brodie, Residential Services - Ann Wolfe Outstanding Service Award
  • Elizabeth Billows, Residential Services - James Auten Moore Award for Excellence in Service



Billie Redmond, CEO of Raleigh's TradeMark Properties, announced that Tara Kreider, vice president at the firm, was appointed to the Wake County Planning Board.


Heather Mansfield, a veteran Realtor, joined M/I Homes, of Raleigh, as a new home sales consultant.


Sandra Paul is the new branch leader of Allen Tate's Chapel Hill/Durham office.


    Raleigh's Linda Craft & Team, REALTORS, announced:
  • Muriel Bijeau, a buyer and relocation specialist, was agent of the month.
  • Katie Maliszewski joined its administrative staff.




Lisa Stewart Designs, which creates custom leather bags and accessories, opened a shop on Blake Street in Raleigh's City Market. The shop is owned by Lisa Stewart, who has operated the company for a decade while designing its handcrafted leather products as well as calligraphic artwork. All the items for sale in the shop are made in the firm's Raleigh studios.


Maureen Dolan Rosen, owner of Scarffish, the Scarf with the Starfish, announced that a fourth retail shop, Ocean Annie's in Duck, is carrying its handmade scarves. Scarffish is based in Chapel Hill.


Adele Fine, owner of Shops of Baileywick, a collection of boutiques in Raleigh's Harvest Plaza Shopping Center, announced a new line of products called Best in Show. Up to 20 percent of the proceeds from the sale of the items benefits two nonprofit animal rescue groups, SAFE Haven for Cats and Neuse River Golden Retriever Rescue. Best in Show items at the shops, which focus on interior design, include bowls, collars, beds, lamps, artwork and picture frames.


Carol Toulas and her husband opened Apricot Lane stores in the Triangle. Apricot Lane is a boutique featuring celebrity-inspired, affordable clothing and accessories. Its current Triangle locations are in Raleigh's North Hills and Cary Towne Center. A store at The Streets at Southpoint, in Durham, is expected to open soon.



Outpatient treatment of mental illness significantly reduces arrest rates for people with mental health problems and saves taxpayers money, according to new research. "This study shows that providing mental health care is not only in the best interest of people with mental illness, but in the best interests of society," says Sarah Desmarais, Ph.D. an assistant professor of psychology at N.C. State, in Raleigh, and co-author of a paper describing the research.


Amanda Gorecki, president and founder of Healing Waters Spa & Cosmetic Clinic, a medical aesthetic clinic, announced the hiring of Meghan Williams as a licensed massage body therapist for the spa's Durham facility.


Bobbie Brees joined Active Healthcare, in Raleigh, as an account representative supporting its respiratory Breathe EZzzz programs.


The UNC Diabetes Care Center, in Durham, is looking for volunteers to take part in a study to compare the long-term benefits and risks of four widely used diabetes drugs in combination with metformin, the most common first-line medication for treating type 2 diabetes. The project is called the Glycemia Reduction Approaches in Diabetes: A Comparative Effectiveness Study. Sue Kirkman, MD, is the principal investigator of the study at UNC.


Shanley Lestini, DDS, joined the Raleigh practice of Scott C. Earp, DDS, where she'll practice cosmetic, restorative and endodontic dentistry.



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