Art events loosely connected to season

by Jim Dowell, Jr.

Spring is in the air and everywhere else as Greensboro artists unfold new works to celebrate the season. Usually a busy time of the year in general, this spring is holding its own for productions and new works to crop up all over the city.

Southern Lights Bistro and Bar presents “It’s A Girl Thing” featuring artists Courtney Hemphill, Nanny Foster, Lori Key, Bessie Kreidler, and Betty Nagel. The show includes photography, paintings and mixed media works and runs through May 19.

Port City Java, a local fave coffee house on Market Street, introduces “Fresh Art, Fresh Fish.” This show also features the works of Hemphill, Key, Kreidler and Lawrence Feir. This show offers fun metal fish, paintings and mixed media works and runs through May 20.

Marshall Art Gallery offers a new take on art: “Wearable Art” features all kinds of funky and fun clothing, accessories and the like. Participants include Dawn Ashby, Cynthia Dittrich, Mona, Rag Poets Boutique and Adored by Lonnie. The collection includes sweaters, scarves, handbags, shoes and handcrafted jewelry. The show opens March 1 and is only offering a five-day duration. Check it out – a girl can never have too many shoes!

Upstairs Gallery and the Society for the Protection of Animals of Greensboro will be offering two different events in April. Shelterdogs author Traer Scott will be in town the weekend of April 13-15, along with Netop, a dog “artist” from Wilmington. Netop will offer 80 paintings that he has created over the past couple of months, and Scott will be on hand to sign copies of her book, and also selling beautiful black and white photos of the actual Shelterdogs. On April 15, a wine tasting and concert will be held at a private residence. Martha Wash, of the group Two Tons of Fun, a big disco sensation in the ’80s will perform her hit “It’s Raining Men” and other works. Ticket prices have not been disclosed yet, but will be known later in the week. The event will be from 2 to 5pm, and will be emceed by Rosemary Plybon from WFMY News 2. For information or tick.e.ts, please call 336.288.9369, and they will be happy to help you.

Enjoy your spring weather and flowers… it is a beautiful time to be in Greensboro. Any galleries wishing to be listed in YES! Weekly should e-mail me at We welcome any information you wish to share with the public, and will be happy to publish it in this monthly column.

I’ll see you in April, and gallery managers and owners should note that most participants in First Fridays will be doing their openings on the second Friday of April due to the Easter holiday on the first weekend. Let me know what your gallery will be doing for that month.