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Three local artists, Margo White, Keanna Artis and Linda Kimball, debut their collaborative exhibition titled "Tutti Frutti: An Exploration of Color" during the opening reception at the First Friday Gallery Walk, in Raleigh, on June 6.


Catherine Crumpton opened a fine art gallery, Alizarin, in Durham. Crumpton had an extended career in pharmaceuticals before opening Alizarin in her hometown.


FRANK gallery, in Chapel Hill, displays the selected prints and drawings of several artists, including Kelly Adams, Tamie Beldue, Jillian Dickson, Jenny Eggleston and Pati Scobey in a new exhibit called "Graphic: Drawings & Prints."


Serena Ebhardt directs Theatre Raleigh's presentation of "Blood Done Sign My Name" this month. The crew includes Lauren Kennedy as artistic director and Michele Weathers as managing director. The performance features Mary D. Williams, a gospel singer and Durham native.


    The Durham Arts Council announced:
  • Cynthia Aldrich's "The Still Life Reinterpreted" is on display in the Ella Fountain Pratt Legacy Gallery through July 6. Her work focuses on the forms of ancient goddesses and reflects on women's social issues. Aldrich is a two-time recipient of the council's Emerging Artist Grant.
  • Judy Keene's collection "Resonant Abstraction" is on exhibit in the Durham Convention Center through Oct. 12. Her work highlights the contrast between vivid colors and muted tones, leaving little evidence of brushstrokes.




N.C. State University, in Raleigh, accepted 41 high school seniors into its Park Scholarship class of 2018. Eva Feuchet, director of the Park Scholarship, said, "The class of 2018 joins us at a transformational time. As the Park Foundation has launched a new endowment for the program with its extraordinary $50 million commitment this year, the class of 2018 will be part of an exciting new chapter for Park Scholarship."


    N.C. Central University, in Durham, announced:
  • It has collaborated with Bejing Language and Culture University, in China, and signed an agreement that will lead to a training program. It will focus on student and faculty exchanges, joint research and educational preparation and research contracts. Debra Saunders-White, chancellor of N.C. Central, led its delegation.
  • Lezli Baskerville spoke at commencement exercises. Baskerville is the president and CEO of the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education. The organization represents the interests of historically black colleges and universities across the United States.


BB&T and the Lucy Daniels Center, in Cary, collaborated to complete the final phase of the Lucy Daniels Center Teaching Garden. Kelly Sain, market president for BB&T, in Cary, said, "We wanted to work with the Lucy Daniels Center because of the great work they do in Cary. We're proud to team up with them and help in any way we can."



Leslie Underwood Marion, an attorney, joined the Raleigh firm Smith Debnam. Marion is part of its family law practice area. She's an alumna of Campbell University School of Law and N.C. State University, both in Raleigh.


Raleigh resident Heidi Beaudoin launched Lifestyle Limousine, a firm that provides transportation for both private and corporate events.


Kerry Burleigh, an attorney who's a partner in Springfield Collaborative Divorce, in Raleigh, was recognized as a certified divorce financial analyst. Burleigh is one of 5,000 professionals with the designation in the United States and Canada. She is an alumna of UNC's law school.


Debra Morgan served as emcee for the annual InSpire Awards given by the N.C. chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. The awards recognize achievement in public relations and communications in the central and eastern parts of the state. Morgan is a WRAL news anchor and six-time Emmy award winner.



Alison Frey, owner of Cary's UnVine'd Wine Bar, announced the addition of a craft beer bar that features more than a dozen selections.


Ashley Christensen, a Raleigh chef and restaurant owner, was recognized by the James Beard Foundation as best chef in the Southeast. Christensen owns Poole's Downtown Diner as well as Beasley's Chicken + Honey, Chuck's, Fox Liquor Bar and Joule Coffee. Plans are in the works to open Death & Taxes and Aux Kitchen.



Linda Saturno was appointed director of NC Child. The nonprofit group for child advocacy is a product of a merger between two organizations, Action for Children NC and the Covenant With North Carolina's Children. Previously, Saturno managed health care clinics for low-income families in the state.


Beth Wood, N.C. state auditor, spoke at the Business of Women luncheon of the Cary Chamber of Commerce last month. The event was held at Prestonwood Country Club.


Susan Braun, CEO of The V Foundation for Cancer Research, said the group raised more than $300,000 at the Rock 'n' Roll Raleigh Marathon and 1/2 Marathon. More than 450 runners participated in the event.


GlaxoSmithKline and Triangle Community Foundation partnered to host the 2014 GSK IMPACT Award winners. The awards honored 10 local nonprofits with $40,000 each in recognition of their achievements. Lori O'Keefe, president of Triangle Community Foundation, said, "Through the GSK IMPACT Awards, local nonprofit organizations can maximize their important work and make our region a healthier place for all of us to live, learn, work, and play."


Sheila Ogle and Jennifer Robinson, co-founders of The Cary Women's Giving Network, announced that the giving circle awarded $17,000 to four area nonprofits. The recipients were Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, The Mariposa School for Children with Autism, BEGINNINGS and Community Alternatives for Supportive Abodes.


Developing Housing Improving Communities, known as DHIC, announced that its Water Garden Village, a Raleigh neighborhood, won the Champion award from Triangle Commercial Real Estate Women. Natalie Britt is the vice president of rental development at the housing organization.


At its annual conference, the Association for Home and Hospice Care of N.C. presented its Honoring Outstanding Merit & Excellence Awards. Among the recipients were Jillian Daye, Bonnie Burney, Pamela Cowin, Shonda Leigh, Susan Wheeler, Christine Petzing, Jennifer Boggs and Deborah Fowler.


    Volunteers from Durham and Orange counties were honored at the Volunteer Center's annual Key Volunteer Recognition Luncheon in Durham. Winners of the Governor's Medallion Award include:
  • Mary Berman, Senior Category - Habitat for Humanity ReStore Durham/Orange counties
  • Wanda Brown, Director of Volunteers Category - Durham First in Families
  • Sandy Demeree, Senior Category - Durham Community Land of Trustees
  • Betty Leach, Lifetime Achievement Category - Movement of Youth
  • Elizabeth Maxwell, Individual Category - Executive Service Corps
  • Deborah Blake, Perseverance in Volunteerism - Paws4Ever
  • Christal Cerrone, Individual Category - Augustine
  • Sheryl Forbis, Outstanding Mentor Category - Augustine
  • Patsy Harrison, Family Category - SECU Family House
  • Kathy Mihlek, Family Category - Carolina Tiger Rescue
  • Patricia Poret, Individual Category - Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools
  • Ambika Viswanathan, Youth Category - KidzNotes


Molly Jordan, a junior at Carrboro High School, was one of 50 young women in the country selected as an ANNpower fellow. ANN Inc., the parent company of Ann Taylor and LOFT, and Vital Voices Global Partnership sponsor the fellowship program. This month, Jordan participates in a three-day leadership training and mentorship program in Washington, D.C.



    M/I Homes in Raleigh announced:
  • Joye Silverman joined the company and represents it in Traditions at Heritage Wake Forest.
  • Sheila Dockery was recognized as Salesperson of the Year at the Marketing Excellence Awards of the Triangle Sales and Marketing Council.
  • Reyna Estrada was named Internet Sales Counselor of the Year by the same organization.


Rebecca Ainsworth joined Fonville Morisey Realty, in Raleigh, as a sales associate in the Stonehenge office.


The Greater Chapel Hill Association of REALTORS announced the recipient of its annual Fix-A-Home project. Fix-A-Home plans to renovate Barbara Foggie's house to make it handicapped accessible and replace plumbing, appliances and flooring.



Zankhna Parekh, of Raleigh, premiered her new spring/summer fashion line that is designed for busy mothers.


Boston Proper opened its first boutique in the Triangle at Raleigh's Crabtree Valley Mall. Sheryl Clark serves as brand president of Boston Proper.



    N.C. State University, in Raleigh, announced:
  • Lynsey Romo, an assistant professor of communication, is the lead author of a paper on research about how parents talk to their children regarding finances. "The takeaway here is that even young kids are aware of financial issues, regardless of whether parents talk with them about money," Romo stated.
  • Sarah Diamond, an assistant professor at Case Western Reserve University, in Ohio, and former postdoctoral researcher at N.C. State University, in Raleigh, is the lead author of a paper describing research in butterfly emergence patterns. The paper, published online in the journal "Ecology," concludes that a subset of common butterfly species emerge later than usual in urban areas in warmer parts of a state.
  • Golsa Naderi, a Ph.D. student in the engineering department, is the lead author of a paper describing a study that found the size of impurities can hurt or help a superconductive material's performance.


First Lady Michelle Obama joined Susan H. Hildreth, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, to present the National Medal for Museum and Library Service to the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, in Raleigh. The medal is the highest honor given to museums and libraries for contributions to the community.


Madison Macon, a UNC-Chapel Hill doctoral graduate, is one of 20 students recently presented with an Impact Award. The annual honor is given by the UNC Graduate Education Advancement Board to students whose research generates knowledge and solutions to societal needs.



    UNC-Chapel Hill announced:
  • Ann Braun, a developmental medicine professor, became president of the Medical Foundation of North Carolina and associate dean for development of the UNC School of Medicine.
  • UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Duke Cancer Institute became part of a national network to accelerate the pace of drug development in the fight against cancer. Claire Dees, co-leader of the Clinical Research Program at UNC Lineberger, said, "We hope to make oncology drug development smarter, faster and more successful."



Ruth Moose, of Pittsboro, won $10,000 after entering a novel she wrote 25 years ago in the annual Malice Domestic Best First Traditional Mystery Novel contest. "Doing It at the Dixie Dew" was Moose's first novel. The contest is sponsored by Minotaur Books and Malice Domestic.


Maureen Sherbondy, of Raleigh, released her seventh book of poetry. "Beyond Fairy Tales, poems in concrete and flesh" was released by Main Street Rag Publishing. Sherbondy teaches at Alamance Community College, in Graham.


Christine Hedges, director of nursing quality and research at UNC Health Care in Chapel Hill, co-authored "Anatomy of Research for Nurses" with fellow nurse scientist Barbara Williams. The book offers tips to develop and strengthen research skills in a clinical setting.


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