< January, 2020 >


Floating Lantern Ceremony

Sunday, 1/12/2020
Free and open to the public, donations are appreciated
Lantern messaging and decorating begins at 4:00 pm
Floating begins at 5:00 pm through 7:00 pm
Museum, CAM Café and Exhibitions open until 7:00 pm

See hundreds of paper lanterns floating on water and glowing warmly from their individual source of flickering light – a candle’s flame. Together, they become a soulful display of community spirit. CAM’s Floating Lantern Ceremony is an opportunity for expressions of remembrance, reflection and gratitude. And express your hopes and dreams for the new year. Participants are encouraged to personalize a paper lantern sleeve to float on CAM’s reflecting pond. Lantern sleeves available for purchase ($12 through Jan. 11, $15 on Jan. 12) throughout the ceremony.

Live music and demonstrations inside the museum and on the grounds enhance the late afternoon/early evening activities. This is an outside activity; the museum and exhibitions will remain open until 7pm. CAM Café will have veggie chili, hot dogs, hot chocolate, coffee and full bar service available for purchase. All exhibitions including "Illumination" are open at no charge, donations are appreciated.

Artists and Performers Include: Mitzi Ito, Origami Demonstration
The Casserole, acoustic trio, David Key, Shakahachi Flute, Julie Rehder, Harp
Perry Smith, Drums and Dianna Zaccaria, Drums.

Educators Night

Thursday, 1/16/2020
Educators, enjoy a Night at the Museum! Spend a fun and relaxing evening at Cameron Art Museum with free admission during this exclusive event for educators and view our current exhibitions "The Eye Learns: Modernist Prints from the Louis Belden Collection"; "Structure in Space in Time: Photography by Phil Freelon" and "Unfolding Noguchi".

Our Educators Night will provide information and materials about tours, workshops, and other free resources for area educators. All educators and administrators - from Pre-K to College - welcome and encouraged to attend and explore fun ways to bring art into your classroom and spark creativity in your students.

One complimentary drink ticket for all registered participants! To register: Full bar and half price bottles of wine and light bites provided by CAM Café. Full Café menu with extended appetizer options available while listening to music by guitarist Justin Jernigan.

In addition there will be 30 Minute Docent Tours: 5:30 PM - "The Eye Learns: Modernist Prints from the Louis Belden Collection:, 6:00 PM - "Unfolding Noguchi". For more information, email Georgia Mastroieni,, Director of Youth and Family Education, or call 910.395.5999x1019. This program is sponsored by the Joseph and Elsa Flowers Davies Fund.

CAM Café MUSIC: Justin Jernigan

Thursday, 1/16/2020
Enjoy music by Justin Jernigan while you dine at CAM Café. The restaurant serves dinner Thursday evenings from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm and offers half-price bottles of wine.

North Carolina native, Justin Jernigan (, plays the guitar and vocals mixing elements of Rock & Roll, Blues and Country. Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix & Johnny Cash are some of the artists he enjoyser. Justin has been playing music for 24 years and is currently a member of the local band Just Yesterday. Reservations are always suggested and appreciated at the Café phone, 910.777.2363.

Kids@CAM - Quilt Art with Bobbi Fitzsimmons

Saturday, 1/18/2020
FAMILIES: Kids@CAM - Quilt Art with Bobbi Fitzsimmons
Suggested donation: $5.00 per child
We make quilts to show friends and family how much we care, to remember those we love and to celebrate events. Guest artist and quilter Bobbi Fitzsimmons will show children how to create a quilt block with fabric and fabric markers. The blocks will become part of the “Kids @ CAM 2020” quilt to be displayed for all to enjoy. While you’re here, explore our exhibitions with one of our fun family guides (ask for one at the front desk) and stay for lunch at CAM Cafe!

Kids@CAM is fun for all ages! Parental supervision required at all times. No pre-registration necessary. Kids@CAM is an opportunity for families to spend a fun and creative afternoon at Cameron Art Museum. Offered once a month on select Saturdays, each Kids @ CAM provides an enriching museum experience for all ages through gallery exploration and hands-on art projects inspired by the works on display.


Saturday, 1/18/2020
Listen to poets puttin’ down the true spoken word, hosted by Bigg B and Sandra, the Midday Miss and music by DJ Mike Lang of COAST Radio (97.3 FM). This special edition of the Poetry Jam has a theme tied to commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Purchase seats the night of at the door; CAM Cafe cash bar and light bites available for purchase. Proceeds benefit the North Carolina Black Film Festival. For details or to participate as a poet email: or call the studio line: 910.763.0973.
Admission: $10.00. Weyerhaeuser Reception Hall.

Dance Works-in-Progress Showcase

Sunday, 1/19/2020
The Dance Cooperative, in association with CAM, provides informal showings to give working choreographers and dancers a place to present works in progress for review and critique in a nurturing environment. The public is invited to witness the creative process through its many stages and provide assistance to help the creator grow the works to realize their concepts to the fullest potential.

If you are interested in presenting work, e-mail: no later than the Monday preceding each showcase. Free and open to the public.

CAM Café MUSIC: Raphael Namé, guitar

Thursday, 1/23/2020
Enjoy music by Raphael Namé ( while you dine at CAM Café. The restaurant serves dinner Thursday evenings from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm and offers half-price bottles of wine.

Originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Namé has been performing in the Cape Fear region since 2010. He is a singer and guitarist whose set list includes bossa nova, samba, Brazilian, Latin, jazz and classical music. CAM Café reservations are always suggested and appreciated 910.777.2363

GROUP SINGING: Wilmington Sacred Harp Singers

Sunday, 1/26/2020
Wilmington Sacred Harp Singers ( presents a traditional Sacred Harp Singing and invite you to join in the music and raise your voice in song! This dynamic form of a cappella social singing dates back to Colonial America, using a modern reprint of the 1844 songbook "The Sacred Harp".

Sacred Harp and related shape-note styles are the oldest continuous singing traditions in the United States. Surviving as a living tradition in parts of the South, notably Georgia and Alabama, Sacred Harp music has been discovered by new generations of singers who have spread the heritage across North America and to Australia and Europe.

The music is loud, vigorous and intense. It is meant to be sung, not just observed. No previous experience is necessary. 1:30 pm: Instruction for beginners, 2:00 - 4 pm: Group Singing, all. Songbooks provided, beginners welcome! Learn more about Sacred Harp singing at

Free and open to the public. Weyerhaeuser Reception Hall.

CAM Café MUSIC: Toby Levin, piano

Thursday, 1/30/2020
Enjoy music by pianist Toby Levin from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm while you dine at CAM Café. CAM Café is open for Thursday dinner 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm Thursdays enjoy half-price bottles. Toby Levin studied piano at Oberlin, then went on to play guitar in a rock band for several decades. In the last few years he has been playing piano in downtown Wilmington every weekend, and still keeps a guitar within reach. CAM Café reservations are always suggested and appreciated phone:910.777.2363.

Gallery Talk: "The Eye Learns" and Hears Music

Thursday, 1/30/2020
Join in this informal conversation with Wilmington area contributors to the music selections heard in CAM’s current exhibition The Eye Learns: Modernist Prints from the Louis Belden Collection. Speakers will include Luis Adorno, experimental electronic musician and performance artist, Nina Repeta, singer and actress, Primus Robinson, Cape Fear Jazz Society president and Susan Savia, musician, singer and songwriter discussing what inspired their selection and connection to works in the exhibition and the music they paired with the art, led by Luc Travers, Museum Interpretation, CAM.

CAM Members: Free, Non-Members: Museum admission. Brown Wing.