< October, 2019 >


CAM Café MUSIC: Perry Smith, guitarist

Thursday, 10/24/2019
Enjoy music by Perry Smith ( 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.

Perry is a multi-instrumentalist specializing in guitar and including hand percussion, oud, mandolin, Native American flute, key boards and vocals. Perry accompanies dance classes at UNCW, facilitates drumming programs for special populations, and teaches lessons from his studio at the Art Works. He plays regularly with Cosmic Groove Lizards, Axiom, Zion, Sea Pans and Narayani.

CAM Café reservations are always suggested and appreciated phone:910.777.2363.

Frank Harmon “Native Places: Drawing..."

Thursday, 10/24/2019
Illustrated Lecture: “Native Places: Drawing as a Way to See” with Frank Harmon, FAIA

Celebrated Raleigh architect and author Frank Harmon wants to change the way we observe the world around us. That’s why five years ago he started his online journal . Many posts from that journal became his new book "Native Places: Drawing as a Way to See", published by ORO Editions. Harmon shares excerpts from his book as well as examples of his own architectural work to illustrate how sketching “as a way to see” enhances the grace with which we observe and appreciate all sorts of “native places”. Purchase seats on CAM’s website, by phone, and at CAM’s Visitor Services desk. CAM Members: $12.00, Non-Members: $17.00 and Students with valid ID: $8.00. Weyerhaeuser Reception Hall.

ALSO: Take a drawing class, "Urban Sketching: Drawing As A Way To See" with Frank Harmon 9:00 an - 4:00 pm through CAM’s Museum School. Visit the Museum School page for details. Registered workshop students can attend Harmon’s illustrated lecture on at no cost.

Behind the Scenes Gallery Talks

Friday, 10/25/2019
Hear the stories behind the acquisition and selection of the artworks included in "Stories in Print" (on view Oct. 22, 2019 – Apr. 26, 2020), with CAM’s Chief Curator, Holly Tripman Fitzgerald. CAM Members: Free, Non-Members: Museum Admission. Brown Wing.


Friday, 10/25/2019
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). For details or to participate as a poet email: or call the studio line: 910.763.0973. Purchase seats the night of at the door; cash bar and light bites available for purchase. Proceeds benefit the North Carolina Black Film Festival.
Admission: $10.00. Weyerhaeuser Reception Hall

Ben Billingsley On the Louis Belden Collection

Saturday, 10/26/2019
ILLUSTRATED LECTURE: On the Louis Belden Collection - Ben Billingsley, artist

A discerning and popular lecturer, painter and printmaker Benjamin Billingsley will give insight into Modernist prints and print making techniques through highlighting select works from CAM's newest exhibition, "The Eye Learns Modernist prints from the Louis Belden Collection". Billingsley is the third-generation artist and art instructor in his family, currently teaching studio art and art history at Cape Fear Community College where he has worked full-time since 2001. He is a regular participant in large scale woodcut print events, printing woodblocks with a steamroller, most recently in April 2019 at UNCW. Ben is also a frequent guest lecturer for CAM's docent program and the Wilmington Art Association. He was a visiting artist at East Carolina University in February 2019.

Held in conjunction with CAM's new exhibition: "The Eye Learns Modernist Prints from the Louis Belden Collection" (on view through Apr. 26, 2020).
Purchase seats on CAM’s website, by phone, and at CAM’s Visitor Services desk. CAM Members: $12.00, Non-Members: 17.00 and Students with valid ID: $8.00. Weyerhaeuser Reception Hall and Brown Wing.

Ben Billingsley has exhibited work in the Southeastern United States as well as in Estonia, Russia, Japan and at the Pedvale Open Air Art Museum in Sabile, Latvia (summer 2013 and 2015). In 2006 he received the Marilyn Goodman Anderson Endowed Award for Excellence in Teaching. His artwork has appeared in several publications, including the "Chautauqua Literary Journal" (2013), "Cutthroat, A Journal of the Arts" (2012), and on the covers of "…hide behind me…" (Main Street Rag 2011) from poet Jason Mott, and "Days of Dark Miracles" (Seven Kitchens Press 2011), and "Waxwings" (Lethe Press 2012) both by poet Daniel Nathan Terry.

Sunday Exhibition Tours

Sunday, 10/27/2019
Explore, discover and discuss the art work currently on view with docent-led tours.
CAM Members: Free, Non-Members: Museum Admission

Wed. Exhibition Tours

Wednesday, 10/30/2019
A different touring experience each Wednesday. Learn more about the artwork on view, process of selection and installation with tours by CAM staff every Wednesday.

CAM Members: Free, Non-Members: Museum admission

CAM Café MUSIC: Bill Kerr, guitar

Thursday, 10/31/2019
Enjoy music by Bill Kerr 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm 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.

Bill learned to play the guitar at the age of seven and began playing professionally at the age of twelve. Over his career he has played with numerous rock, country, funk and jazz bands in Denver and Wilmington with his ability to cross between genres with ease, and brings with him an extensive background in the music industry. He also owned and operated Kerr/Macy Music Group, one of Denver’s top recording studios, during the 90’s. His primary influences include Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Larry Carlton, Lee Ritenour, Al Di Meola, John Scofield and Allan Holdsworth. Bill brings a wealth of experience with him and his passion for the guitar is evident in every performance.

CAM Café reservations are always suggested and appreciated 910.777.2363.

Jazz@CAM: Ron Brendle Quartet

Thursday, 11/7/2019
Ron Brendle ( is a freelance bassist who has performed and recorded with many notable jazz artists of international stature, he is also the recipient of two North Carolina Arts Council Jazz Composer Fellowship Grants. The quartet, which includes Ron Brendle on bass, Troy Conn on guitar, Keith Davis on piano and John Spurrier on drums is making their first appearance in the Jazz @ CAM series.

Purchase seats on CAM’s website, by phone and at CAM’s Visitor Services desk.
CAM/CFJS Members: $17.00 for, Non-members: $25.00, Students with valid college ID $12.00 (tax and fees not included). Weyerhaeuser Reception Hall. The eight-concert series is presented by Cameron Art Museum and the Cape Fear Jazz Society.

Enjoy dinner and drinks at CAM Café (910.777.2363) before or after the concert. Café reservations are always suggested and appreciated.

This concert is a tribute to the often-unsung heroes of the band, the bassists, drawing from his album “A Tribute to the Bassists of Jazz Vol. I”. Each of the songs is written by a different iconic jazz bass player, and each of these bassists has a distinctive style of playing and composing. The set will contain an amalgamation of jazz genres. This is a project Brendle has been working on for several years now and is looking forward to sharing this great music with CAM’s wonderful audiences.

The popular eight-concert series celebrates its tenth season! Offering great music from Wilmington area favorites and musicians from around the state in concert playing a range of jazz genres in an intimate listening room "close up and personal" performance setting for your pleasure.

Not a member of CAM or CFJS? Not a problem, become a member of either--or support both!--organizations and enjoy cost savings on the jazz series as well as other member benefits offered by each. Don't delay concerts routinely sell out!

Bruce Bowman On Architect Phil Freelon as Artist

Sunday, 11/10/2019
GALLERY TALK: On Architect Phil Freelon as Artist - Bruce Bowman, Architect and Painter

Well known Wilmington architect and painter, Bruce Bowman developed and honed his belief in the powerful enrichment and creativity of aligning the visual arts with architecture while earning his degree at NC State University’s School of Design in environmental design in architecture, attending the school a few years after Phil Freelon. In this informal gallery talk Bowman will explore Freelon’s work as a photographer and how being artist influences the work of architects. Currently, Bruce Bowman is a principal with Bowman, Murray, Hemingway Architects and locally his paintings are in New Elements Gallery.

Held in conjunction with CAM's current exhibition "Structure in Space and Time Photography by Phil Freelon" on view through April 26, 2020. CAM Members: Free, Non-Members: Museum Admission. Brown Wing.