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End of summer brings out the art shows in town

by Jim Dowell Jr.

August is rolling right into place for the arts community of the Triad. As everyone preps for the fall and winter season, and yes, the “C” word is right around the corner (Christmas), we are delighted to say goodbye to this hot, steamy summer. All galleries have reported so-so sales for July, which is par for the course, but fall will push the creative spark for both artists and buyers.

For the first time in I don’t know when, we are welcoming three new businesses to the First Friday Art Hops. Borders Bookstore on High Point Road; Just Be downtown on West McGee Street; and The Little Art Gallery on MLK Jr. Drive in Southside are all on board for August, and all future shows. We welcome them to our group and wish them great success.

Here’s what we have going on for August:

At Lyndon Street Artworks, they will be showing works by their resident artists in their newly arranged space. The new look is sleek and contemporary and is very complementary to all the styles they represent. Featured artists for the Dog Daze of August are Larice White, and Anne-Marie Davis. Also, cool tunes from Tony Steen and complimentary refreshments will be available.

Lyndon Street will also have a one-night event at The Flying Anvil on Saturday, August 5, at 8 p.m. at the space on 219 W. Lewis St. Admission is free. Lyndon Street artists are also on display at Solaris Tapas Restaurant and Bar. A new display goes up on August 1. For more info go to lyndonstreet.com; gettapas.com; or theflyinganvil.com.

The wild ones at Artmongerz will be celebrating a new two-week show titled Hot Summer Nights. They are also welcoming talented sculptor Frank Holder to the fold. The folks here are really on to a good thing. Join them for good clean fun, and light refreshments.

At The Space on Tate Street, August 4 opens Fields’… a joint exhibition by Elissa Houghton and Elizabeth Steel. Their hours for receptions are a little different, going from 8-11 p.m. Join Jaime and the gang for an always interesting event.

TwoArtChicks will be featuring new landscapes by Jack Stone, quilts by Judi Bastian, and photography by Stephanie Thomas. Cash bar is available, and a new 40 percent off sale area is in place.

The Upstairs Gallery will feature the works of Greensboro artist Anna Dermatas. In a show titled Summer Blues, Dermatas incorporates a new look and feel to her work. The devastating death of her grandmother moves her to a deeper level of interpretation that is both moving and beautiful. Joining her in the show are Greensboro’s “King Fish” Frank Russell, pottery by Kim Burroughs, and introducing James Joyce from NCSU. Reception is from 6-9, and the show runs through September 29.

The Little Art Gallery, 343 MLK Jr. Drive, will offer the most recent work of Eric Little. Also on display is the work of Annia Alonson of Cuba. More information on hours is available at 336.207.7139.

Borders at 3605 S. High Point Road will take part in their first Art Stop offering complimentary refreshments, and works by Lori Key and Charlotte and Erik Strom. They will be working with Introvert Creative Group for future displays and showings.

Just Be, located at 111 W. McGee St., also joins our fold. This store is every woman’s dream come true. Handmade bags, jewelry, pottery, candles, garden art and stained glass are available, with 90 percent of all items handmade from NC artists. Christina Brown is the owner/operator, and is adding 15 lines from the Rosenthal show in September in time for Christmas. For more info e-mail justbeyou@bellsouth.net

Please support the galleries and artists mentioned in this coming Art Stop. This is a great group, and representative of all that is good in the Triad Art Scene.

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