Duggins presents Mr. Bones and His Pals

by Foxy Moxy

Fireworks are the traditional display of choice this coming Friday, but in Winston Salem’s Arts District, visual aficionados can enjoy beauty adorning both the skies and the walls. Gallery Hop this month happens to fall on July 4th, giving you twice the reason to celebrate. Compound that even further with the annual madness of the Heavy Rebel Weekender, happening at The Millennium Center. Come out for this well-timed First Friday coincidence and enjoy the juxtaposition of homegrown art, heavenly sparks and rockabilly-fuled antics.

I’m excited to focus in this month on wonderfully offbeat area artist Mike Duggins. His new show, titled Mr. Bones and His Pals opens Friday at Urban Artware Gallery. Influenced by what Greil Marcus termed “the old, weird America”, Duggins’ work incorporates elements of antique signage, carnival art and freak show banners. Cartoons and popular imagery from the 1920s and ’30s, laced with modern punk and/or transgressive cultural items also appear.

Duggins cited varied sources of inspiration for his work. These include George Herriman, Max Fleischer, SJ Perelman, Cliff “Ukulele Ike” Edwards, Sir Max Beerbohm, silent films and old 78-rpm records. Artworks for this show were created in acrylics, pen and ink and pencil.

July’s Gallery Hop brings more terrific outdoor performances as well. Check out Open Mic Night with Country Dan Collins, happening on Liberty Street outside the Artists on Liberty Building. Artist demos this month include pine needle baskets by Jim McCreery at the Edge Gallery on Trade Street. You can also enjoy drumming by the Living Rhythms Drum Circle happening between 7:30 until 8 p.m. at the intersection of 6th and Trade streets.

Here’s the hot list for July’s Hop:

• Timothy Nichols Gallery; 629 N. Trade St.; Featuring the works of Garrett Speirs for the months of July and August. Come by and see Speirs’ beautiful oil paintings of Tuscany. Also showcasing new works by other local artists as well as several new pieces of furniture.

• Studios at 625; 625 N. Trade St.; 336.724.3000: New work on display in member studios throughout the building plus a meet and greet with new member artists.

• Atelier Studios; 619 N. Trade St.; Tyne Hedrick, an emerging artist and former YES! Weekly Local Talent model, opens her one-woman show entitled Under Her Thumb at Atelier Studios at 7 p.m. Hedrick, a Greensboro resident, completed this new series of artworks by literally applying all the pigments in the various works with her thumb. The music of the Rolling Stones will be featured during the Gallery Hop and Three Graces Entertainment will also perform out front.

• Golden Flower T’ai Chi Center; 612 N. Trade St.; Offering delightful new teas at the Bubbling Well Tea & Tonic Bar for July. Stop in and chill out with Blended Cool Teaz flavors: Chai Spice and White Tea Latte. Also offering fine loose teas including: White Tea Rose Melange, Organic Yerba Mate and many more. The Bubbling Well Tea & Tonic Bar is located inside Golden Flower T’ai Chi Center.

• Earthbound Arts, 610 N. Trade St.; Beautiful new works by Gordon Jones and Lucy Duncan including a special raku firing demonstration during Gallery Hop by Gordon, AKA the “Hairy Potter”.

• Piedmont Craftsmen Gallery; 601 N. Trade St.; Presenting new works by member artists in all media for Gallery Hop.

• The Fiber Company; 600 N. Trade St.; 336.725.5277: A collective gallery that showcases work by fiber artists and designers features new work for Gallery Hop.

• Artworks Gallery; 564 N. Trade St.; July brings a new exhibit by member artists Nanu La Rosee and Inez Ruchte.

• The Other Half; 560 N. Trade St.; 336.407.5494: Offers new works for home and garden by Ron Propst Pottery. Also featured are Kopperwood Boxes by Phil Holbrook of Asheville and Guardian Globes by Loretta Eby of Watkinsville, Ga.

• 5IVE & 40RTY Gallery; 541 N. Trade St.; Current exhibition, Draggin’ Some Ink is on display through July 18.

• Urban Artware/SEED Gallery; 207 W. 6th St.; Featuring Mr. Bones and His Pals (see review above) by Advance, NC artist Mike Duggins at Urban Artware Gallery. The SEED Gallery offers Textures by Kendall E. Doub.

• Mary Ann Zotto Studio; 202 W. 6th St.; 336.575.9850: An open studio show featuring colorful new works by painter Mary Ann Zotto.

• Patina, 217 W. 6th St.; 336.725.6395: Open during Gallery Hop with new art, artifacts and fun items to decorate your home and person.

• Artists on Liberty; 521 N. Liberty St.: The AOL building showcases new work in the Main Gallery by DEEPA, an emerging artist who specializes in painting and printmaking from Richmond, Va.

• apercu gallery at Artists on Liberty; 521 N. Liberty St.: July’s show features two artists, the first on display at apercu gallery. Brian Hibbard: Paintings… Major Works and Minors Not Served represents the many different subjects and styles of the painter from landscapes to abstracts to murals. Also showing, apercu gallery is exhibiting Frank Russell’s whimsical fish sculptures crafted of reclaimed metal at 6th & Vine Bar & Café and Chelsee’s Coffee & More in the Arts District as well as other area locations.

• DADA Community Center building; 526 N. Liberty St.: The Community Center on Liberty will be open for Gallery Hop.

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