A baby, a play and art, always art

by Jim Dowell

Welcome to summer in the Carolinas! This is the type of summer I grew up with many years ago with most days staying relatively pleasant temperaturewise, and the ever-changing flower scene always amazing in presentation. The Triad is certainly not hard on the eyes, and as we near August the arts community is humming right along.

First off, congratulations are in order for one of Greensboro’s busiest ladies in the arts world. Baby news greeted Tracey Marshall a couple of months back, and word is she is happy, scared and doesn’t want to gain too many pounds… all the emotions a first-time mom-to-be should have. Tracey is one of the owners of Marshall Art Gallery at North Elm Village, and we are sending best wishes to her entire family. We know that child won’t be spoiled! The NC Shakespeare Festival 2008 Family Series presents A Thousand Cranes through Sunday at the High Point Theatre. The play takes place in Japan 10 years after WW II, and is a true story of the fright and hope associated with war. The play is not

recommended for children under 6. Tickets are $8-$12, and more info is available at of Life, anexhibition of works by Winston-Salem photographer Christine Rucker runsthrough Aug. 25 at the Ogburn Station Shopping Center in Winston-Salem. Subjects include faith, family, relationships, community andquiet moments in between as it explores some of life’s intimate momentsshared by all from birth to death. Please call 336.830.2012 for showing times and information. Herbert Gentry: The Man, The Music, The Master ison exhibit through Aug. 14 at the Diggs Gallery in the O’Kelly Libraryat WSSU. It is located at 601 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. inWinston-Salem, and hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5p.m. The Yadkin Valley Craft Guild features a new exhibition of potterythrough Aug. 21. This exhibit is from the inaugural graduates ofClayworks Ceramic Studios in Elkin. Hours are Tuesday through Fridayfrom 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and otherinformation available at Happenings in Greensboro for August include:

First Friday at Lyndon Street Artworks: SculptorErik Beerbower and the incomparable glass and cement works of Dais Reestake center stage for a live demonstration from 6 to 9 p.m. This is thelatest in a popular series taking place each month, and featuringdifferent artists from the in-house bonanza there. Also, EmmettWilliams joins the dynamics of LSA with his own studio front and centernear the stage in the old location of Ernie and Lois Rich’s studio, whohave relocated in-house. Welcome to LSA Emmett, and best of luck. (Talk about a marriage made in heaven!)

Jaime Coggins of the former Space of Tate Street presents Elissa Houghton’s Life In Landscape series at the Green Bean in downtown Greensboro. • Heart of Living Gallery introduces the

“SummerSale” on First Friday from 6 to 9 p.m., and running through the end ofthe month. They are located at 320 S. Elm St., and openTuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and online at and landscapes by Jack Stone areavailable for purchase at Leon’s Style Salon Radiance, 1618 W. FriendlyAve. in Greensboro through Aug. 11. Phone 336.275.7071 for operatinghours and information. • Final selections have been made for the annual Art in the Arboretum showand contest. Held annually the first Sunday in October, the actualexhibitors and contestants are limited to 50. They feature sculpture,painting, jewelery, crafts, textiles and other fine art. Theafternoon-long event usually attracts between 6,000-9,000 attendants,and is served well by attentive volunteers and an international foodcourt. This is one of the many projects that are under thedirection of Mebane Ham. Watch this column and other media outlets formore coverage. Please submit any information you would like to have included in this column to Canvas The City is printed before the first Friday of every month, and I welcome your input. Have a great August, and I will see you in September!