We’re a week out from First Friday, when many galleries in Winston-Salem and Greensboro roll out their new exhibits, so this might be the time to catch up on something that you missed the first time around, especially if it’s coming down at the end of the month.
Heidi Bartlett, Kristen DeGree and Sarah Goetz hold forth at a weekly salon-style talk at Elsewhere, the Greensboro art space, on Thursday from 8 to 9 p.m.
Kooky, a feature film that uses puppetry and live action to tell the story of a teddy bear that makes a perilous journey from a rubbish dump to his 6-year-old human companion, screens at the Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro on Thursday at 7 p.m.
Wake Forest University professor Margaret Supplee Smith discusses the architect who designed the Reynolda estate and homes for other tobacco and textile magnates in Greensboro, Charlotte, Durham and Concord on July 29 at 3 p.m. Entitled From the Main Line to Tobacco Road: The Architecture of Charles Barton Keen, Smith’s talk focuses on “how Keen’s traditional designs legitimized the ambitions and aspirations of the New South elite while softening the impact of their new wealth by transplanting the unpretentious and restrained traditions of the domestic architecture of the Main Line of Philadelphia.”
Ambushed, an exhibit about different forms of persecution curated by Millicent Greason-Spivak at Delurk Gallery, closes on July 30. The title of the exhibit is taken from a statement by tea party activist Pattie Curran, who told the Winston- Salem Journal she felt “ambushed” by a depiction of a vagina by Greason-Spivak on display in the lobby of Piedmont Opera earlier this year. The last hurrah is from 6 to 9 p.m. Featured artists include some of the usual suspects at Delurk, including Chad Beroth, Nicole Uzzell, Dane Walters, Woodie Anderson, Patrick Harris and Shanthony Exum.
Other closings on Saturday include the juried member showcase of Associated Artists of Winston-Salem at Milton Rhodes Art Center and Life Is a Beach at the Studio & Gallery in Greensboro.
The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem announced a 25-percent increase in attendance from January through June, compared to the same period last year. Executive Director Mark Leach attributes the positive numbers to first-rate exhibits and new lighting, along with films and artist talks that add interest.