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Visual Art Exchange, in Raleigh, celebrates the 25th annual Young Artists Exhibit on Nov. 1 during the First Friday Gallery Walk, noted Sarah Powers. The exhibit features work from 250 talented students in Wake County's elementary, middle and high schools. In addition, the gallery is hosting awards presentations for each level.


Before Outsiders Art & Collectibles closes its doors, owner Pamela Gutlon is presenting The Last Waltz: Four Years of Outsiders in Durham. The farewell community gathering, which includes a silent auction, live music and food trucks, takes place Nov. 1 from 6 to 9 p.m.


Emily Eve Weinstein announced that her open studio, featuring 12 months of new paintings, takes place in Chapel Hill on the weekends of Nov. 2 and 3 and Nov. 9 and 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


The annual open studio show and sale at Cathy Kiffney Studio, in Chapel Hill, takes place Nov. 2 and 3 and Nov. 9 and 10. It features colorful, collectable handmade ceramics and paintings, including platters, birds, vases, tiles, wall works and bowls.


Unfound: The Glass Rains of Planet Azure, featuring the work of Sally Resnik Rockriver, takes place at Gallery C in Raleigh through Nov. 8.


Eileen Batson is producing the second annual Artists and Authors Showcase on Nov. 10 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Bosetti Art Tile Studio and Showroom, in Raleigh. Marina Bosetti, Missie McReynolds, and Margaret Harrell are among the 14 local artists and authors talking about their wares and works.


The annual holiday showcase at Raleigh's ArtSource, featuring new works from its artists, takes place Nov. 14 from 7 to 9 p.m., noted Madison HJ Turner.


The featured show at Cary Gallery of Artists is Before Your Very Eyes, work by ceramist Marina Bosetti of Bosetti Art Tile and paintings by Elizabeth Lee. The exhibit runs through Nov. 22.


Artspace hosts this year's Collectors Gala on Nov. 23 starting at 6 p.m. at its building in Raleigh, says Rae Marie Czuhai, director of development. The gala benefits Artspace's artists and exhibitions, educational programming and community outreach. The soiree includes a chance to bid on local artwork in live and silent auctions as well as to purchase artwork displayed throughout the building.


Durham Holiday Market, which celebrates the creative energy of local artists by showcasing their work at the Durham Arts Council and other downtown locations, takes place Nov. 23 and 24, noted Lindsay Gordon, artist services manager.


A harvest of hand-blown glass pumpkins, gourds and fruit by nationally recognized artists are featured in the lower gallery of Eno Gallery, in Hillsborough, through Thanksgiving. In addition, "On and Off the Wall," new sculptural ceramics by Alice Ballard & Roger Dalrymple are in the upper gallery through Nov. 15.


Willie Green-Aldridge, an artist in Holly Springs, is now working with World Art Group, which is planning to license her work for use on many types of home furnishings, such as fabrics and rugs as well as calendars and cups. "The best thing about this partnership," Green-Aldridge said, "is that the artist gets worldwide exposure and gets to keep her original work."


Raleigh artist Meg Smither is showing her work in her studio, by appointment, as well as at three galleries, including Deco-Raleigh and NOFO market cafe. The mediums she uses most often are textiles – silk painting and batiks. She also works with "paper painting," which involves dying papers and then tearing them up to make collages.


Five North Carolinians from diverse artistic traditions will be awarded the state's Heritage Awards in May at the A.J. Fletcher Opera House in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, in Raleigh. They include Susan Morgan Leveille, a weaver and grand niece of Lucy Morgan, founder of the Penland crafts school in the Blue Ridge Mountains.





Businesswoman Allyson Siegel was elected to a four-year term on the board of trustees of N.C. Central University, in Durham. Joan E. Higginbotham, a Lowe's executive, and Karyn S. Wilkerson, founder and executive director of a Durham nonprofit group, were appointed to four-year terms on the board.


    William Peace University, a private four-year university located in downtown Raleigh, announced:
  • Kiara F. Allison was named area coordinator of residence life and housing.
  • Alethea J. Byrd, a certified athletic trainer, was named assistant athletic trainer.


N.C. State University, in Raleigh, will use a $4.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to expand its efforts to train principals and assistant principals for hard-to-staff school districts in the northeastern region of the state. Thirteen districts will benefit from an expanded North East Leadership Academy, which offers specialized instruction in school administration, a weeklong summer institute and expert coaches for principals. "It's hard to attract and retain leaders in areas where you have geographic isolation, high poverty rates and low-performing schools. You have to build your own leadership team," said Dr. Bonnie Fusarelli, associate professor in the College of Education and principal investigator for the grant.



Kim Saunders, president & CEO of Mechanics and Farmers Bank and M&F Bancorp, speaks on Executive Presence and the View From the C-Suite at a dinner on Nov. 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the bank headquarters in Durham.


    CFO Enterprise, a consulting firm in Raleigh, announced:
  • Aradhana Aggarwal, CPA, is a new partner in the firm, which provides executive searches in finance and accounting and also offers fractional, interim and project chief financial officer and controller solutions. Previously, she was executive vice president and chief operating officer of Center for Social Change, a Maryland nonprofit that supports children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
  • Lorna Nahil, managing partner, was named a finalist in the 10th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business in the lifetime achievement business category. Ultimately, she'll be named a gold, silver or bronze award winner in the national program.


Cheryl Sova has moved to Ameriprise Financial Services on Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh.




MercuryGate, a global transportation management company, announced that it will expand its Cary presence by 28,234 square feet. Since first leasing space in Cary, MercuryGate has nearly tripled its size, demonstrating an increased need for transportation management software to accommodate the booming logistics industry. "Cary has been a great location to attract top talent," said Monica Wooden, CEO of the company.


    Cynthia White & Associates, a leadership development and personal branding consultancy, based in Cary, announced:
  • Cynthia White presented "What's Your Brand? Attire That Matters" to college students from the Research Triangle Park chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants at N.C. State University, in Raleigh.
  • White is now a member of the Association of Image Consultants International, the largest professional organization of image consultants, promoting appearance, behavior and communication.


Geanine Thompson, CEO of professional organizing firm Live Your Personal Legend, was featured on "My Carolina Today" as an organizing expert. She helped host Volanda Calloway and her daughter get organized for back-to-school.


Rachael Engleking was hired as a project manager at Capital Sign Solutions, in Raleigh.



    Ragsdale Liggett, a law firm in Raleigh, announced:
  • Sandra W. Mitterling, a partner and litigation lawyer, was named to the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers.
  • Melissa Dewey Brumback, an attorney, was invited to join the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance. Membership is extended to select attorneys by invitation only from current fellows of the group.
  • Dorothy Bass Burch, an attorney, was chosen as a Leader in the Law by N.C. Lawyers Weekly magazine.




    The Raleigh Public Relations Society, a professional development organization for Triangle communications professionals, announced its board of directors. The board's term will run until November 2014 and includes:
  • Kelly Propst (Largemouth Communications), president
  • Christa Leupen (S&A Cherokee), vice president
  • Crystal Roberts (Mountaintop Productions), secretary
  • Eva Hornak (S.T. Wooten), treasurer
  • Sarah Walston (Marbles Kids Museum), membership chair
  • Lauren Brown (S&A Cherokee), publicity chair
  • Sarah Findle (IMRE), social media chair
  • Lindsay Priester (Bolt PR), awards chair
  • Margot Horgan (Clairemont Communications), banquet chair
  • Katy Hipp Burgwyn (Marbles Kids Museum), member at large
  • Stephanie Llorente (Butterball), member at large and immediate past president


Lisa Dowell joined queue, an advertising and marketing agency with offices in Raleigh and Columbia, S.C, as director of business development, said Juana Quick, president of the firm.


MMI, a public relations firm in Raleigh, announced two new hires. Alyssa Brass is an assistant account executive. Hannah Cohen joined the firm as a video specialist/digital designer.


Amanda Orfitelli joined the team at Christina Motley, a marketing firm in Raleigh.



Katherine Baer is the new director of conservation at the Triangle Land Conservancy, which is headquartered in Durham. Previously, she worked for eight years at American Rivers' national office, where she led policy efforts to ensure clean and reliable water in the United States.


Sephideh S. Asefnia, PE, president and owner of SEPI Engineering & Construction, was named Career Woman of the Year by Business & Professional Women of Raleigh. Her company, founded in 2001, is in civil engineering, surveying, planning and construction management.


    Jennifer Tolle Whiteside, president and CEO of the N.C. Community Foundation, based in Raleigh, announced:
  • Katie B. Crumpler joined the organization as a regional associate for the Northern Piedmont, an area comprised of Franklin, Granville, Johnston, Person, Vance and Wake counties.
  • This year's grant recipients from the statewide Women's Fund included Guiding Lights Caregiver Support Center in Wake County.


JoAnn Shepard, of Raleigh, won the Wayne Daves Award for Outstanding Achievement in Workforce Development, presented by the governor. As a valued member of the Capital Area Workforce Development System, Shepard has served JobLink Career Center customers since 2003.


Sarah Crawford, of Tammy Lynn Center for Developmental Disabilities, and Karen Zeldon, of WakeMed Foundation, joined the board of directors of Band Together N.C., a Triangle-based organization that uses live music as a platform for social change.



    Members of the Raleigh-based Luxury Home Marketing Group welcomed Ida Terbet, of the Ida Terbet Group at Howard, Perry and Walston - Coldwell Banker, as a returning member. The group was formed in 2004 as a coalition of luxury home real estate experts.


    Leslie Liebert joined Fonville Morisey Realty as a full-time sales associate at the Inside The Beltline office, in Raleigh.


    Michelle Fox, president of Raleigh's Fox Rental Management Associates, an investment property management company serving eastern North Carolina and the Triangle, announced the listing of Greenwood Townhomes. The townhomes are part of a 40-unit complex off U.S. Highway 70 in Clayton.




Dr. Christine Lee, of the Eye Institute of N.C., in Durham, is using the LenSx Femtosecond Laser for bladeless laser-assisted cataract surgery and was the first female surgeon to perform this new procedure at Duke Medicine's Davis Ambulatory Surgical Center.


    UNC Medical Center, in Chapel Hill, announced:
  • A new study of women ages 50 and older examined the 12.2 percent who say they are satisfied with their body size to unlock the secrets of body satisfaction. This minority of midlife women who report being satisfied with their body size appear to exert considerable effort to achieve and maintain this satisfaction. In addition, they are not impervious to dissatisfaction with other aspects of their physical appearance, especially those aspects affected by aging, said Cynthia Bulik, Ph.D., corresponding author of the study. "Of course, the fact that so few women are satisfied with their body size is concerning," said Cristin Runfola, Ph.D., first author of the study. "But we were interested in how some women remain happy with their size and shape, given ubiquitous social pressures to retain a youthful, thin appearance."
  • A laboratory testing kit that estimates the risk of breast cancer relapse in spite of anti-hormone treatment has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This technology is based on a gene signature known as "PAM50," originally discovered at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center by Chuck Perou, PhD, professor of genetics and pathology and UNC Lineberger member. Additional UNC inventors included Dr. Maggie Cheang, a research associate in the Perou lab.
  • Researchers at UNC plan to sequence the entire genome of 400 infants to determine what useful clinical data can be acquired through the tests. One of the two leaders of this project is Cynthia Powell, MD, MS, professor in the UNC departments of Genetics and Pediatrics and member of the Carolina Center for Genome Sciences.
  • Sandraluz Lara-Cinisomo, Ph.D., psychologist in perinatal disorders at the UNC School of Medicine, is the co-editor of a new book, "Perinatal Depression Among Spanish-speaking and Latin-American Women: A Global Perspective on Detection and Treatment." Her book notes that this malady affects Latinas three times more than the general population. "Latina are a vulnerable population that often suffer in silence," said Lara-Cinisomo.




Local authors of "27 Views of Raleigh: The City of Oaks in Prose & Poetry" read and discuss their work Nov. 13 at N.C. State University's African American Cultural Center, said Gita Schonfeld of Eno Publishers. Participating writers include Tracie Fellers, Bridgette A. Lacy, Dorianne Laux, Elaine Orr, Sheila Smith McKoy, Juliana Nfah-Abbenyi and Eleanora E. Tate.


    The N.C. Writers' Network announced:
  • Marjorie Hudson shares stories about her research for the new edition of "Searching for Virginia Dare: On the Trail of the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island" at McIntyre's Fine Books, Fearrington Village, Pittsboro, on Nov. 3.
  • Nancy Peacock reads from and signs her new book, "The Life & Times of Persimmon Wilson," Nov. 14 at the Chapel Hill Public Library and Nov. 20 at the Burwell School in Hillsborough.


Dr. Evelyn Wicker wrote "Voices: Lincoln Hospital School of Nursing," based on the Durham institution that operated from 1903 to 1972. In her book, one of only a few full-length books about such a school, Wicker captured an era largely forgotten to modern readers.


North Carolina food writers are visiting Wake County Public Libraries in November to talk about their experiences in the field.  Each woman brings a unique perspective to the art of food writing. Debbie Moose is at Cameron Village Library on Nov. 3 and North Regional Library on Nov. 16. Andrea Wiegl is at Southeast Regional on Nov. 6 and East Regional on Nov. 17. Amy Rogers is at both West Regional and Eva Perrry on Nov. 9.



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