As ghosting season ends, giving begins

by Jim Dowell, Jr.

Ghosts, goblins and ghouls are recovering from their night of terror and restructuring in preparation for the year-end holidays. As fall festivals wind down, the season of giving is right around the corner, and usually it’s a great time for art lovers and buyers to add to their collections. Check out your local fave, and don’t be shy about asking for year-end deals or closeouts. Remember, most artists are struggling and would rather sell their inventories instead of hanging on to the stuff for another new year.

At Lyndon Street Artworks, Erik Beerbower has a one-night show entitled “All About Sculpture” for First Friday. The collection features a wide range of sculpture in varying materials and sizes. There are also over 40 in-house artists and their studios that are open to the public. Open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 336.370.0025 for more information.

Artmongerz November show is entitled “Beneath The Surface” and features all of the in-house artists with fresh art, food and drink. They are extending their hours for the holidays by opening on Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. and by appointment other times. Please call 336.389.0398 for more information. The resident holiday elf, Lori Key, also informed me that most of the resident artists are in the holiday spirit mood’… so check them out. Affordable art is always available in this space. These guys are some of the most talented in the city too, in addition to just being plain nice! Artmongerz artists are also showing at Southern Lights Bistro through Nov. 18.

Upstairs Gallery is continuing “Mamie and Friends” through the end of the year. For those who missed the first show, and anyone interested in art history, check this out. Upstairs is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Where else but Greensboro would you find Smithsonian quality art above a carpet store? Call 336.288.9369 for more information, and for the framing department ask for Addison’s Loft when calling. A special bonus for the holidays is the collection of authentic Christmas cards available from the 1930s through the ’70s, and the found art by Jon Meadows is especially fun.

The Emmett Williams Gallery is offering 10 percent off all originals and giclees from Nov. 1 through Dec. 15. Call 336.987.4209 or visit Emmett Williams’ studio is located at 620 S. Elm St., Suite 375.

Also remember the Art in the Air contest is still ongoing. The deadline is 5 p.m. Dec. 6, at the United Arts Council offices. For more information go to

And please support the Art Auction to benefit the Friends of Gateway Foundation. FOGF was founded in 2001 to provide financial support and volunteerism for Gateway Education Center in Greensboro, and for children with disabilities. The main focus is to raise funds to support projects at Gateway Center, a school for severely disabled children, and to support other community programs for children with special needs.

The event this year is on Nov. 19, from 7 to 10 p.m. At 7, guests will arrive and register, preview the Live Auction, enjoy the jazz of Wally West and sample heavy hors d’oeuvres and beverages from Village Tavern, Saffron Indian Cuisine, Villa Rosa Italian, Mahi’s Seafood, Roly Poly, Rioja Wine Bar, Natty Greene’s, Green Bean, Maxi B’s and Backyard Barbeque.

Introductions begin at 8 p.m. featuring Friends of Gateway Chair Kelly Stephens, host Tracey Marshall and awards presentation by Diane Lynham. The live auction begins at 8:15 with celebrity auctioneer Rosemary Plybon at the helm, along with William Mangum, Suzanne Woodard and Lindsey Nail. Raffle tickets are only $1, and the prizes are awesome. This is one of the best auctions produced every year, and this year looks to be especially good.

The arts community sends their thoughts and prayers this week to Stephanie Thomas, who lost her mother this week. Please know we are thinking of you.

Hope you all have a wonderful November, and happy Thanksgiving. Here’s to the season of all that is fat and wonderful!

I’ll see you in December

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