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Come face-to-face with the arts in Durham.

EVENTS

Dinners a l’ Art succeeds as a benefit for the Durham Arts Council because of the generosity of individuals and organizations who donate 100% of the resources and services to make these dinners possible. We are tremendously grateful to the featured artists, hosts, chefs, caterers and sponsors listed.

From the entire DAC Board of Trustees, thank you for supporting DAC and the arts in Durham.

There are some great events coming in 2018. Please check back here often for details or JOIN OUR MAILING LIST to get email updates on events and more.


2018 Organ Crawl - Tickets on-sale now!

Friday, June 8, 2018
5:30 PM–9:00 PM
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An exclusive event showcasing thrilling organ music and architecture of three Durham churches of historical significance, paired with three courses of fine food and drinks.

The 2016 Organ Crawl sold out quickly – purchase your tickets today!

Note: Event designed for a short stroll from church to church. Golf cart shuttle provided for those with limited mobility.

This event benefits the Durham Arts Council

Tickets: $60 include:

  • Delicious three course meal with wine
  • Private organ performances and
  • architectural highlights of three Downtown Durham churches

Architecture expert and church renovator Terry Byrd Eason will share insight on each church

STOP 1: Trinity United Methodist Church

Durham’s oldest continuous congregation. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres then a private performance by organist Tom Bloom.

Trinity United Methodist Church can trace its history to an 1830 revival at a place called Orange Grove on the Hillsborough-Raleigh road in present-day East Durham. William R. Herndon donated a house for a place of worship in 1832, when the congregation had 30 members.

Still known as Orange Grove Church, the congregation relocated to its present site in 1861, erecting a wood-frame church with seating for 200 and adopting the name Durham Methodist Church in 1866. The name became Trinity Methodist Church with dedication of a new brick building, complete with its landmark spire, in 1881. The present Gothic Revival church, designed by the famous and influential Ralph Adams Cram, is the third at the Church Street location, built after a fire destroyed the 1881 building in 1923.

STOP 2: St. Philip’s Episcopal Church

Enjoy dinner at the Gothic Revival St. Philip’s Episcopal Church along with a performance by organist Paula Harrell.

Located at 403 East Main Street, St. Philip’s Episcopal Church is actually the congregation’s second building which replaced the original wood-frame church first built in 1880. The building’s massive street-front tower is emblematic of the architectural style, inspired by medieval parish churches in rural England. Church architect Ralph Adams Cram designed the church; Durham architect George Watts Carr Sr. designed the adjoining Parish Hall which was added in 1945.

STOP 3: First Presbyterian Church.

Enjoy dessert, coffee and a performance by organist Kathy Cain Parkins.

Organized on New Year’s Eve 1871, First Presbyterian Church has for nearly 140 years been a beacon of Christian faith and hope where “cross the crowded ways of life” in downtown Durham. Its first frame house of worship rose at the corner of Second (Roxboro) and Main streets in 1875–76, only to be supplanted in 1890 by a larger steepled brick edifice needed to accommodate a growing congregation drawn from the residents of the burgeoning industrial city of the New South.


Music in the Night: House Concert and Dinner

Friday May 25, 2018 at 6:30–9pm

Join us for this exclusive Dinner a l’ Art. This is a unique event not to be missed! This event benefits Durham Arts Council

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Join us for an intimate evening of delicious food, live music, and art appreciation at the Dunbarton home of DAC Board Vice President Mark Higgins. Enjoy a full catered meal while getting to know new friends and fellow art enthusiasts, followed by a unique performance by dulcimer player Helen Wolfson accompanied on guitar by Eric Thomas. Homeowner Mark Higgins will also perform a special cameo!

Artists:

  • Helen Wolfson, hammered dulcimer
  • Eric Thomas, guitar

Constellation is the exciting musical duo of Eric Thomas and Helen Wolfson. Eric is a singer/songwriter/guitarist. Helen plays the hammered dulcimer. Eric’s influences are predominantly Rock ’n Roll and Rhythm ’n Blues, heavily seasoned with a number of other popular musical genres including Old Time/Bluegrass, Country, and Blues. Helen’s influences range from classical to Celtic to popular. Their blended style is as engaging as it is unusual.

You will have the chance to view an incredible art collection, which includes an eclectic assortment of painting, photography and sculpture, from figurative to abstract. Several pieces of “outsider” southern folk art; work of well-known regional artists, including Jacob Cooley, Gayle Stott-Lowry, Lisa Creed, Scott Upton; and a selection of the extraordinary plein-air paintings of Lynn Boggess.

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a l' ART Culinary Series

sponsored by The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham to support Durham Arts Council

Tickets On Sale Now! Click here to purchase tickets or call 919-560-2707

Tickets are $65 per single ticket or $100 for two tickets.

A Tour of the Mediterranean

Saturday, June 2, 2018, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Classes at the Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham kitchens on the American Tobacco Campus.

This class highlights the rich culinary history along with many popular regional ingredients, cooking techniques and dishes of the Middle East. Learn to identify the very same ingredients used in class at local grocery stores and markets. Students prepare, taste, serve, and evaluate traditional, regional dishes. Menu will be based on seasonal availability of foods.

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Tickets include:

  • Three-hour hands-on cooking class (special wines or alcohol provided if applicable)
  • A personal introduction from one of the chefs and a full walk-through of all the dishes on the menu.
  • Demonstrations given on any special techniques that will be used to make the recipes.
  • A recipe packet with all the recipes prepared so you can recreate the tastes in your own kitchen.
  • The chance to eat your tasty creations!

These events benefit the Durham Arts Council.

All courses are suitable for those 21 years of age or older.
Every participant must complete a waiver of liability and release.
* All menu items subject to change.


Durham Arts Council sincerely thanks The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham for hosting this culinary series and their generosity.

Situated in the historic American Tobacco District, their campus, which opened in 2008, is a vibrant area complete with outdoor waterfalls, outdoor lounging and studying areas, and an overall creative vibe which matches the unbridled creativity of their students.

Their programs are focused on creative careers featuring Design, Media Arts, Fashion, and Culinary.

We encourage you to visit the campus and see their creative learning environment first-hand.

Be sure to visit the campus at 410 Blackwell Street, Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701 or online.


2018 Downtown Loft Progressive Dinner

Saturday, April 21, 2018
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM

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Thank You to Our Sponsors:

The appetizers for this event are generously sponsored by: Whole Foods Market

Whole Foods Market has been a proud member of the Triangle community for more than 25 years. Seeking to constantly provide the highest quality local and organic foods, they set the bar for what is possible as a healthy grocery store.

Durham Arts Council sincerely thanks Alpaca Peruvian Charcoal Chicken for providing the entree for this evening.

Alpaca Peruvian Charcoal Chicken is recognized for its unforgettable rotisserie chicken, cooked in a special marinade, then roasted in our imported oven. This oven uses natural wood charcoal and its the source of the mouth water smells as you approach the restaurant. We pair our chicken with traditional south American sides - from plantains to yucca fries or black beans.

Visit them at 302 Davidson Aveue or 703 9th street in Durham or online.

Durham Arts Council sincerely thanks Freddy’s for providing the dessert for this evening.

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers is proud to be serving you at two locations in the Durham area: 3303 Watkins Road and 3812 N Roxboro Street. We also have nine other Freddy’s in North Carolina, with a tenth set to open this fall in Wake Forest.

Co-founded in 2002 by brothers Bill and Randy Simon, and their friend and business partner, Scott Redler, the three men named the restaurant after Bill and Randy’s father, Freddy Simon, a World War II veteran. Today, Freddy’s restaurants from coast-to-coast serve a menu reminiscent of the all-American meals Freddy prepared for his family. From steakburgers to sundaes, Freddy’s makes food fresh after you ask for it because that’s the kind of quality you deserve. Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers is a proud to be a supporter of the Durham Arts Council.


There are some great events coming in 2017. Please check back here often for details or JOIN OUR MAILING LIST to get email updates on events and more.

We wish you bon appetit!

Click here to view previous Dinners a l’Art events. They included rare opportunities to celebrate some of Durham’s incredible artists, remarkable homes, landmarks and beloved food.


2017 Trinity Park Art and Architecture Progressive Dinner

Amazing food and stunning private art collections at three historic Trinity Park homes…and all within walking distance!

Saturday December 2, 2017, 5:00–9:30.

Tickets are SOLD OUT.

Thank you to our sponsors of the Trinity Park Progressive Dinner:

Durham Arts Council sincerely thanks The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham for hosting this culinary series and their generosity.

Situated in the historic American Tobacco District, their campus, which opened in 2008, is a vibrant area complete with outdoor waterfalls, outdoor lounging and studying areas, and an overall creative vibe which matches the unbridled creativity of their students.

Their programs are focused on creative careers featuring Design, Media Arts, Fashion, and Culinary.

We encourage you to visit the campus and see their creative learning environment first-hand.

Be sure to visit the campus at 410 Blackwell Street, Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701 or online

A big thank you the Little Dipper for providing the appetizers. The atmosphere is warm, energetic, colorful and will make you feel at home from the moment you step foot in the door. Fondue is an experience, meant to be enjoyed slowly with friends, family and loved ones all sharing one common pot for cooking. Many customers have commented that it's the only time they are able to step away from life, slow down and enjoy good conversation with the one they're with.

They have friendly, outgoing servers who are able to guide you throughout the evening as you enjoy the fondue adventure. Come soon and get hooked!

Be sure to visit them at 905 West Main Street, Suite 21A, Durham, NC 27701 or online.

Thank you to the Blue Note Grill for providing the entrée for this event. The Blue Note Grill is one of the Triangle’s premier live-music venues, complete with full-service restaurant and bar. Family-owned and operated, the Blue Note Grill was voted by readers of the INDY as Best Place in the Triangle 2017 to hear Blues and finalist for Best Place to hear Bluegrass. And the barbeque and ribs are second to none!

Be sure to visit them at 709 Washington Street, Durham, NC 27701 or online.

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