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The N.C. Association of Arts Councils will explore the direction arts and arts councils will take in the '90s when it meets at the Radisson Hotel in High Point May 9 and 10.

Arts consultant Ralph Burgard of Wilmington will speak at the awards luncheon May 9. He formerly headed the Winston-Salem Arts Council and was a founder of the American Council for the Arts.Others who will address the councils are David O'Fallon, director of the Arts Leadership Council, who will speak on ``Ethics in the Arts,' and Bob Lynch, president of the National Assembly of Local Arts Agencies in Washington. Lynch's topic is the role of arts administrators in advocacy and controversy.

Workshop sessions will deal with government funding and accountability as well as with case studies in crisis management. A concluding session May 11 will celebrate the arts and the region.

Duke University sociologist Dr. John Reed will consider ``What It Means to be Southern,' and the program will feature hammer dulcimer player Dan Gilvary and the Badgett Sisters, gospel vocalists.

'Zelda' to open Wednesday Robin Voiers of Winston-Salem stars as ``Zelda,' a symbol of the Jazz Age, in a one-woman theatrical portrait presented by Corson Productions Wednesday through next Sunday in the Broach Theatre.

Zelda's famous husband, author F. Scott Fitzgerald, created a legend about her in his fiction. The reality, suggests playwright William Luce, was something different.

Also a talented author, Zelda Fitzgerald was schizophrenic. The play takes place when she is 47, a day before her tragic death in a fire at Highlands Hospital in Asheville. In the solo performance, Zelda looks back at her struggle to establish her own identity, apart from her famous husband.

Voiers performed as a dancer in New York and Washington and has taught at the University of Georgia and the University of Maryland. Directed in her one-woman plays by her husband, William Voiers, the actress has appeared with the N.C. Shakespeare Festival and in performances at the Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston-Salem. She tours in the Southeast as has performed in Texas and Michigan.

Tickets for ``Zelda,' which will run this week only, are $10, $7 for senior citizens and students. Senior citizens older than 65 pay $5 for matinees. On preview night Wednesday, all seats are $5. Shows are at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and at 2 p.m. May 6. For reservations or information, call Corson Productions at 378-9300. The theater is at 520 S. Elm St.

Three shows in High Point The High Point Theatre Art Galleries will open new exhibitions Thursday of work by David Loren Bass of Greensboro and Trena Joiner of Winston-Salem.

A show of art works by senior citizens, selected by Harry Peake, who teaches at Guilford Technical Community College, is in the third gallery.

The opening reception will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Bass will show paintings he did on a visit to Morocco, as well as works done in Greece and others painted on Graham Farm near Wilmington. ``Conveying a lived experience, in paint,' is the common theme in all, Bass says.

Joiner uses a technique that allows the original canvas to show through the paint and give a light background to kaleidoscopic images. Painted scenes appear to overlap, giving a kind of collage-like feeling to allegorical subjects and narrative images.

The free exhibits will be on view in the galleries, at 220 E. Commerce Ave., through June 21.

WFDD's tasting returns Wineries from this county, Europe and Australia will be represented at the third annual WFDD Wine Tasting, a fund-raising event for the public radio station at Wake Forest University at 7 p.m. May 11.

The tasting will be in the Atrium of the Hyatt Winston-Salem.

The station also will offer limited edition reprints of a pastel by artist Martha Dunigan of Winston-Salem. ``Fields Prepared' is a pastoral work with an abstract feeling. The reproduction is the third in the ``Vintage Artists Series' offered at each year's wine tasting.

Proceeds go to WFDD (88.5 FM), a listener-supported station. Tickets are sold only to those older than 21. They will be $25 at the door, or may be ordered in advance for $20 by writing to P.O. Box 7405, Winston-Salem, N.C. 27109. For information, call Joan Hatfield at 759-5198.


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