A flea market, theater and receptions: Sept. in the arts world

by Jim Dowell

Welcome to September and the end of yet another great summer in the Triad! The fall is not quite here yet, but already people are gearing up for festivals, holidays and the good times of the upcoming seasons. Evidence of this was the Labor Day Flea Market held each year in Hillsville, Va., just a short drive from the Triad. Huge crowds of people from all over the US came for the four-day event. If you have never been, put it on your calendar for next year. Literally hundreds of vendors and thousands of shoppers were there at any given time. If you can’t find what you’re looking for there, you are not looking hard enough!

Another great benefit of this market is the people-watching opportunity. This is the biggest most diverse group of people in one place that I have ever seen. In the Triad, things are rolling along in autumnal mode. Heart of Living Gallery hosts it’s second annual fundraiser for Red Dog Farm Animal Rescue Network on Thursday and Friday, from 7 to 9 p.m. The gallery is located at 320 S. Elm St. in downtown Greensboro. Visit for more information on this event, and for upcoming receptions and class schedules. Down the street at Artmongerz, they are welcoming Raleigh artist Jane Filer. She has been featured in Art In America and Art Forum magazines recently, and sells well at galleries and exhibitions across the country. She is definitely a must-see for First Friday. The current roster at Artmongerz includes Frank Russell, Kim Burroughs, Jose Rodriguez, Bessie Kriedler, Linda and Glenn Mace, Diane Fielder, TJ O’Connor, Betty Trotter and Katherine Brown, and they all welcome you from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday. Lyndon Street Artworks forges on into fall as well. The Artworks Collective Gallery features 40 painters, potters, sculptors, glass artists, metalsmiths, jewelers and filmakers in individual studios that are open to the public. First Friday features the high energy and emotion of painter Angela Jamison, who will be center stage offering demonstration techniques. Also, Jim Peterson makes music and art together by strumming his banjo while allowing you to select your pottery. He offers bowls, colanders, cookie jars, baking dishes and teapots in functional, hand-thrown stoneware. Can you say Christmas gifts? LSA is open Monday-Saturday for your convenience, and can be accessed at Emmett Williams, also of LSA, is preparing for a group exhibition in Philadelphia in November. He assures me that there is great inventory available for September’s First Friday. His studio is located near center stage in that facility. In Forsyth County, don’t forget the stage presentation of Hello! Dolly. Offered by West Side Civic Theatre and the town of Lewisville, the show is free to the public, and show dates are Sept. 5-7 and 11-13 at Shallowford Square. Showtime is 8 p.m. nightly, and concessions are available. Tickets and more information is accessible at Also, Stratford Place Shopping Center offers Music In The Courtyard each Thursday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. during the month of September. There is no cover charge. The NC Shakespeare Festival in High Point offers King Lear and Much Ado About Nothing for its 2008 MainStage Season. Show runs are Sept. 6- Oct. 5 at the High Point Theatre. More information is available at, and be sure to ask about school matinee performances and preview ticketing.

That gives you quite an assortment of things to do for your First Friday outings in September! Please support all our arts venues. To be included in these listings, e-mail information to by the last week of each month. This column is printed during the first week of each calendar month.

Have a safe and happy September, and I will see you in October!