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Van-Orley-Penetecost

Conservation treatment of The Pentecost, circa 1530 (by a follower of Bernard van Orley, oil on panel, 37 1/2 x 43 1/2 in, Purchased with funds from the State of North Carolina).

In the past few years, the N.C. Museum of Art has been making headlines for using cutting-edge technology to conserve art that is often centuries old.

During a webcast next week, we’ll go behind-the-scenes to the museum’s conservation lab and talk with conservators about how they do their work and why it’s important.

Associate Conservator Perry Hurt will review the 21st century process of laser cleaning 16th century artworks (demonstrated in this video), while Chief Conservator Bill Brown and other members of the museum’s conservation team will explain the process of cleaning, varnishing and retouching some of the museum’s oldest paintings.

As part of the program, viewers will have the opportunity to ask questions of NCMA’s conservation staff live.

The webcast will be held Thursday, February 4, at 11 a.m. and registration for school groups and individuals is now open online.

 

Register Now for the Webcast →

 

This program is part of the ongoing DNCRTV series, produced by the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, which brings the state’s cultural institutions and natural treasures to viewers wherever they are across the state, nation and world.

It is organized in tandem with NCMA’s Actual State exhibition, opening February 20, in which conservator Noelle Ocon will work through the conservation process before the public in the museum gallery.

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NCMA Associate Conservator Perry Hurt works on a painting in the museum’s lab.

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A look at the lifesaving service in Beaufort, Beethoven’s Ninth for kids in Raleigh and discussions of a Thomas Wolfe short story in Asheville are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Here are 10 things on our weekend agenda:

1. Discover the storied history of the U.S. Lifesaving Service in North Carolina Thursday at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort.

 

 

2. Join the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh for a lively performance by funk, soul and jazz musician Kim Arrington Sunday.

 

 

 

 

4. Enjoy a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony adapted for kids and families by the N.C. Symphony Saturday in Raleigh.

 

 

5. Explore facts about the majestic black bear Saturday at South Mountains State Park in Connelly Springs.

 

 

6. Help the New Hope Audubon Society count the number of bald eagles at Jordan Lake in Apex Sunday.

 

 

7. Take your kids to Lake James State Park in Nebo Sunday to explore leaves up close with ranger.

 

 

8. Hear about how mammals are reacting in an era of extreme environmental change Thursday at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh.

 

 

9. Learn the basics of using maps and a compass for navigation Sunday at Pilot Mountain State Park in Pinnacle.

 

 

10. Create a cool three-color illusion piece with Perler beads inspired by M. C. Escher Friday at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh.

 

 

Check out DNCR’s calendar for more information on these and other events, and a enjoy a great North Carolina weekend!

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Still looking for a way to ring in 2016? We have a few ideas for both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day across North Carolina:

 

1. Start your new year off Friday with a First Day Hike at one of North Carolina’s state parks. Most parks will have guided programs, and all parks will be open.

 

 

2. Ring in the new year Thursday with First Nigh Raleigh activities at the N.C. Museum of History and N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh.

 

 

3. Commemorate the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution with patriotic music, historical reenactments with costumed characters and a dramatic reading of amendment’s text Friday at Tryon Palace in New Bern.

 

 

4. Swing in the New Year with Camel City Jazz Orchestra and the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem Thursday at the Resolution 2016 Jazz Party.

 

 

5. Celebrate the arrival of 2016 with music by Strauss, Brahms, Tchaikovsky and others as performed by the N.C. Symphony Thursday in Raleigh.

 

 

Check out DNCR’s calendar for more information on these and other events, and a enjoy a great North Carolina weekend!

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A chance to meet Santa by the sea in Kure Beach, a winter birds hike in Southern Pines and performances of holiday music from throughout history in Pineville are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Here are eight things are our weekend agenda:

1. Meet Santa by the sea and enjoy holiday games, crafts and storytelling at the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher in Kure Beach Saturday.

 

 

2. Join Tryon Palace in New Bern for a 1940s, USO-style Christmas show Friday and then return to the site Saturday to celebrate a candlelight Christmas.

 

 

3. Encounter the birds that call the Sandills region home during the winter on a hike through the Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve Saturday in Southern Pines.

 

 

4. Enjoy holiday music from throughout history Saturday at the President James K. Polk Historic Site in Pineville.

 

 

5. Marvel at a Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular with music by the N.C. Symphony throughout the weekend in Raleigh.

 

 

6. Celebrate the season with Escher-inspired art making and games, music by Sandbox, free treats for the kids and a visit from Santa Friday at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh.

 

 

7. Spend an evening under the stars at Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead Saturday.

 

 

8. Take a 90-minute canoe tour of William B. Umstead State Park’s Big Lake Thursday in Raleigh.

 

 

Check out DNCR’s calendar for more information on these and other events, and a enjoy a great North Carolina weekend!

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The annual state tree lighting in Raleigh, a new exhibit of Star Wars artifacts in Asheville and a colonial Christmas weekend at the coast are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Here 18 ideas for making the most of your weekend:

1. Celebrate a Colonial Christmas weekend with activities with open houses at Historic Edenton and Historic Bath, and the annual Candlelight celebration at Tryon Palace in New Bern.

 

 

2. Join Governor Pat McCrory for the annual State Tree Lighting on the grounds of the State Capitol in Raleigh, and then stop by the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences across the street for a special meet the animals program.

 

 

3. Visit a special exhibit of Star Wars artifacts at the Western Regional Archives in Asheville, and take your kids to a special Star Wars Lego class there Saturday.

 

 

4. Meet Santa by the sea Friday at the N.C. Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores and Saturday at the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher in Kure Beach.

 

 

5. Marvel at the Executive Mansion’s elaborate Christmas decorations during its annual holiday open house in Raleigh throughout the weekend.

 

 

6. Step back in time to an 18th century Christmas at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson Sunday in Winnabow. You’ll find colonial refreshments, traditional games, special tours and an authentic period candlelit service.

 

 

7. Enjoy a concert of Duke Ellington’s “Nutcracker Suite” and other holiday favorites Thursday at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem.

 

 

8. See what 18th century life was like along the North Carolina frontier Saturday at Fort Dobbs in Statesville.

 

 

9. Experience a Civil War Christmas Saturday by learning about the holiday traditions from the period at the CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center in Kinston and seeing a period holiday brought to life at Bennett Place in Durham.

 

 

10. Find a gift for the art lover in your life at the Folk Art Center’s Guild Artist Holiday Sale Saturday in Asheville.

 

 

 

 

12. Explore the dramatic landscapes and diverse peoples that have shaped the South at a new exhibit of Southern paintings opening at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh Friday.

 

 

13. Spend a festive Sunday afternoon at Duke Homestead in Durham as part of the site’s annual Victorian Family Christmas program.

 

 

14. Browse of the one largest selections of local pottery in mountains Friday and Saturday at Mud Dabbers of Brevard‘s holiday open house.

 

 

15. Listen to some of your favorite holiday tunes as performed by the North Carolina Symphony Thursday in Jacksonville and Saturday in Wilmington.

 

 

16. Get into the spirit of the season with holiday open houses Saturday at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras, Historic Halifax, House in the Horseshoe near Sanford and the Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort.

 

 

17. Watch the Geminid Meteor Shower Sunday night with N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences at Medoc Mountain State Park in Hollister.

 

 

18. Go on a candlelight tour to celebrate the holiday season. Aycock Birthplace in Fremont will offer tours Thursday, and both Duke Homestead and Bennett Place in Durham will offer tours Friday.

 

 

Check out DNCR’s calendar for more information on these and other events, and a enjoy a great North Carolina weekend!

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A chance to see Santa climb one of the world’s largest chimneys in Chimney Rock, a commemoration of the 13th Amendment’s ratification in Raleigh and opportunities to experience Tar Heel art across the state are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Here are 17 things on our weekend agenda:

1. Watch Santa practice for his big night by climbing down Chimney Rock and then meet him and Mrs. Claus for hot cocoa, cookies, kids’ activities and live music Saturday.

 

 

2. Join the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum in Sedalia Saturday as it celebrates a 1940s Christmas with vintage music, food and ornament making.

 

 

3. Experience a Victorian Christmas Sunday at the 1897 Poe House at Fayetteville‘s Museum of the Cape Fear. Food, caroling and pictures with Santa will all be part of the fun.

 

 

4. See historic demonstrations, play games and enjoy music and food at Reed Gold Mine in Midland Saturday as the site celebrates a golden Christmas.

 

 

5. Step inside the studios of artists working across Chatham County Saturday and Sunday during the 23rd annual Chatham Artists Guild Studio Tour.

 

 

6. Take a candlelight tour of Duke Homestead in Durham Friday or Vance Birthplace inWeaverville Saturday to celebrate the season.

 

 

7. Enjoy a concert of beautiful holiday music by Handel and Bach as performed by the N.C. Symphony throughout the weekend in Raleigh and Southern Pines.

 

 

8. Celebrate the season Civil War-style with living history programs at Bentonville Battlefield in Four Oaks Saturday and Historic Stagville in Durham, and an open house at Somerset Place in Creswell Sunday.

 

 

9. Commemorate the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the 13th Amendment Friday by taking a look at the document on display at the State Capitol in Raleigh.

 

 

10. Browse handmade North Carolina crafts and enjoy local food, music and beer Sunday at The Big Crafty in Asheville.

 

 

11. Make a unique holiday craft Saturday at Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead or Sunday at Pettigrew State Park in Creswell.

 

 

12. See first-hand how archaeologists do their work Saturday at Horse in the Horseshoe near Sanford.

 

 

13. Hear about how North Carolina’s geography affects its literature during a reading and book signing by Bland Simpson Friday at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort.

 

 

14. Test your knowledge of science facts and news during science trivia at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh Thursday.

 

 

15. Get in the holiday spirit by visiting a scale model of the Polar Express train and village and enjoying other holiday activities at the Museum of Albemarle in Elizabeth CitySaturday.

 

 

16. Explore North Carolina pottery in Seagrove Saturday. Jugtown Pottery, Thomas Pottery and Ben Owen Pottery will all have kiln openings.

 

 

17. Marvel at a Christmas flotilla. Cliffs of the Neuse State Park in Seven Springs will host one Friday, and the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort will have a viewing event for one Saturday.

 

 

Check out DNCR’s calendar for more information on these and other events, and a enjoy a great North Carolina weekend!

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A festive holiday kickoff in New Bern, holiday pops concerts in Raleigh and the chance to opt to go outside Black Friday at parks across the state are just a few of the fun experiences to be had this weekend with the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Here are 8 things you should try this weekend:

1. Join REI and #OptOutside this Black Friday by visiting one of North Carolina’s state parksor recreational areas. A guided hike of the Nuwati Trail at Grandfather Mountain State Park in Banner Elk is just one the great programs you’ll find.

 

 

2. Ring in the holiday season at Tryon Palace in New Bern with special tours, music and movies throughout the weekend.

 

 

3. Start your Thanksgiving out right with a Thursday morning hike at Raven Rock State Park in Lillington.

 

 

4. Jam out to bluegrass, gospel and old time music at the Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort on Sunday.

 

 

5. Enjoy classic holiday tunes as performed by the N.C. Symphony Friday and Saturday in Raleigh.

 

6. Travel to the North Pole with a ride on the Polar Express, leaving from the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer on Friday through Sunday.

 

7. Jump start your genealogy project. Thanksgiving is great time to start, and the State Library’s RootsMOOC has tips to help you get your research off the ground.

 

 

8. Escape the cold and explore one of the special exhibits now on view at our Raleigh museums. North Carolina’s Favorite Son at the N.C. Museum of History, The Worlds of M.C. Escher at the N.C. Museum of Art and Extreme Mammals at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences are all getting rave reviews.

 

Note that most historic sites are closed Thursday and Friday for the holiday, and all of our museums are closed Thursday. State parks are open every day this week. Call ahead and before you visit as hours may vary.

Check out DNCR’s calendar for more information on these and other events, and a enjoy a great North Carolina weekend!

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