Fine Arts Lecture Series

Spring, 2021

Sponsored by
Representative Jamie Boles | Sophie D. Moyle | Gwen C. Murray

“The Scream” (1893) by Edvard Munch


DATE: Tue., April 13, 2021
TIME: 5:30 PM
LECTURER: Ellen Burke
LOCATION: SCC’s McPherson Theater

“In prison, they called me Picasso” ~ John Myatt

In 1982, John Myatt was a struggling artist and part time art teacher in Straffordshire, England. In desperation he placed an ad in a local paper offering “Genuine Fakes,” well executed copies of masterpieces. His ad was answered by John Drewe, a seasoned swindler and this partnership became one of the 20th century’s most audacious art frauds. In the decade-long art scam, the integrity of museum archives and expert reputations were sullied in the desire to discover the next great work of art. About 120 of Myatt’s forgeries are still at large in museums like the Tate and Institute of Contemporary Art, the auction houses of Christies and Sotheby’s and dealers in London, Paris and New York. Join us as we explore some of the art world’s great thefts and forgeries.

“Madame X” (1884) by John Singer Sargent


How John Singer Sargent
Shape the Culture
of Modern Celebrity

DATE: Tue., May 11, 2021
TIME: 5:30 PM
LECTURER: Ellen Burke
LOCATION: SCC’s McPherson Theater

“There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.” ~ Oscar Wilde

LECTURER: Ellen Burke is an art educator with 37 years of experience as a studio instructor and fine and performing arts administrator. In addition to teaching in Massachusetts, she was an adjunct instructor in art education at the New Hampshire Art Institute. One of her great passions is engaging students in careful observation, reflection and discussion of works of art. Since moving to Pinehurst three years ago she has presented art appreciation discussions at Hollyhocks Gallery in Pinehurst and teaches small group art lessons to children and adults.


Fashioning Senegalese Women

DATE: Tue., May 18, 2021
TIME: 5:30 PM
LECTURER: Amanda Maples, Ph.D.
LOCATION: SCC’s McPherson Theater

This lecture will focus on the first major exhibit of Senegalese gold jewelry and the history of Senegal’s gold, as well as the beauty and complexity of the way Senegalese women use ornament and fashion to present themselves. The exhibit of approximately 120 exceptional pieces of jewelry is supplemented by photographs, reverse glass paintings, and a contemporary haute couture fashion ensemble designed by Oumou Sy, Senegal’s most celebrated designer.

LECTURER: Amanda Maples is the Curator of African Art at the North Carolina Museum of Art and a guest curator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art. She earned her B.A. in Anthropology at University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, M.A. in Visual Anthropology at University of Kent in Canterbury, U.K., and Ph.D. in Visual Studies at University of California in Santa Cruz. Some of her research interests include African visual culture, African performative arts and Senegalese gold jewelry.

COST: $35/person for each lecture (or $90/person for all three lectures)

The lectures will be presented in Sandhills Community College’s McPherson Theater
(Across from Owens Auditorium in Wellard Hall at 3395 Airport Rd., Pinehurst)

Space is limited.COVID precautions expected (masks required & physical distance).

Reserve your space now with full payment at the Arts Council’s offices (Campbell House, 482 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines) or call 910-692-ARTS (2787).

Free Art Symposium


DATE: Fri., April 9, 2021
TIME: 9 AM – 12 PM
LOCATION: Livestreamed Event

Marking the 500th anniversary of Raphael’s death, Academy of Classical Design director, D. Jeffrey Mims, will join a distinguished international panel streaming from Rome, Italy. The symposium will address the artist’s impact in his own and succeeding centuries (in Europe & America), modes of engagement by his artistic successors (from imitation to emulation to invention). Emphasis will be given to lesser appreciated aspects of his achievement, and aspects that were most adventurous. Don’t miss it.