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Greenville is one of the largest cities in eastern North Carolina.  Its changing landscape is the focus of a new exhibit which opened June 5th and will run through August 27th.  Sarah Finch has more.

This week on the Down East Journal, we speak with the Chairman of Intersal, the company engaged in a legal battle over Blackbeard's flagship, The Queen Anne's Revenge.  And, an art exhibit in Greenville reimagines abandoned parts of the city.  Plus, we highlight a complex program aimed at understanding, predicting, and mitigating the impacts of hurricanes and tropical storms.

The Jacksonville/Onslow Council for the Arts is presenting their first ever arts and crafts festival.  The event, Uptown Art Block, will feature demonstrations, interactive arts, and entertainment.   Today, Mac McKee speaks with Executive Director Connie Wenner about the festival happening Saturday, April 18th.

This week on the Down East Journal, we detail the 550 mile tri-state Atlantic Coast Pipeline.  Supporters say the natural gas project will bring jobs to the “Tar Heel State.”  Opponents worry about decreased property values and the environment.  We talk about the pipeline’s proposed path and hear how it may impact eastern North Carolina.  And, the first ever Art Block event in Jacksonville.  The Down East Journal, Fridays at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturdays at noon on all of the News and Ideas stations.  

The saying what goes around comes around is true for marine debris and plastics that end up in the coastal waters of North Carolina and eventually wash up on beaches or are ingested by fish, sea turtles and other aquatic animals.  A traveling exhibit makes a stop in Morehead City December 1st through the 4th to raise awareness of the impact marine debris has on wildlife.  Jared Brumbaugh speaks with professor at University of North Carolina's Institute of Marine Sciences Dr. Rachel Nobel about the exhibit and the featured artist.

This week on the Down East Journal, the results are in from the latest wild turkey observation survey.  We speak with wildlife biologist Chris Kreh about the annual report and about North Carolina’s rebounding turkey population.  And, we highlight a free event commemorating the 92nd anniversary of the Great Fire of New Bern in 1922.  The Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas. 

North Carolina Museum of Art

"Small Treasures" is a new exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, the first major exhibition to focus on small scale paintings from the Dutch and Flemish Golden Age of art.  Mac McKee speaks with curator of northern European art and specialist in 17th century Dutch and Flemish art Dennis Weller about the exhibit which includes 66 paintings by old masters, such as Rembrandt, Hals, and Vermeer.

This week on the Down East Journal, we visit a tarheel based theme park to witness new construction of what will be one of the tallest and fastest rollercoasters in the world.  We also spotlight the New River Player's local production of Dracula, and details on the current exhibit of small scale Dutch and Flemish paintings at the North Carolina Museum of Art. 

Pitt County Arts Council

The Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge is seeking artists for their first ever Artist In Residence Program.  The deadline for applications is August 8th.  The winner will receive a nine month residency with free studio access and $2,000 instructor stipend.  Mac McKee speaks with Executive Director Holly Garriott about the program and the responsibilities of an Artist in Residence.

"Abstract Avacado" by Sarah Finch

The Wayne County Arts Council is collecting art work from local and regional artists to display as part of an exhibition celebrating the food traditions of Wayne County.  PRE's Mikel Peterson spoke with Executive Director Sarah Merritt, "The Art of Food."

We talk about a local community art project promoting creative awareness and leaving random acts of artistic kindness around town.

The North Carolina Museum of Art has it’s first-ever design exhibition, featuring the largest and most diverse group of Porsche automobiles ever on display in a U.S. art museum.  The exhibit features 22 cars from the 1930’s to present day.  This week, I spoke with Director of Publications and co-curator for Porsche By Design Barbara Wiedemann about the featured cars and how the idea for the exhibit came about.

This week on the Down East Journal, we talk about a local community art project promoting creative awareness and leaving random acts of artistic kindness around town.  And, it’s the largest and most diverse group of Porsche automobiles ever on display in a U.S. art museum.  We speak to the North Carolina Museum of Art co-curator about the Porsche By Design exhibit.  The Down East Journal airs Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.

After being vacant for two years, the iconic Turnage Theater will soon open its doors again for theater performance and live musical entertainment.  We talk to the executive director of the Beaufort County Arts Council about the non-profit's plan for the century old venue for the arts. 

Backdrops and props for theater productions are normally temporary and change frequently.  But a 155 year-old hand painted curtain at Thalian Hall in Wilmington has survived – and is thought to be the oldest stage curtain in the United States.

L.C. Morris introduces us to a local woman all too familiar with the stages of early onset of Alzheimer's disease. We hear from her perspective what effect this devastating disease had on her family, and how doctors are often diagnosing dementia in tandem with other illnesses. 

There is a saying that when life smacks you down; get back up.  But what do you do when you’re down and have no recollection of how you got there better yet where you are or who you are?  As we age, our bodies, naturally deteriorate, so do our minds.  It happens especially rapidly for some people.