by Jordan Green

by Jordan Green

The arts can remind us of our history (See: Stephen Hayes’ sculpture exhibit) and help us forge our future (See: Occupy Greensboro and Elsewhere’s role-playing game on energy policy).

Most intriguing perhaps is John Coltrane vs. the Jazz Critics, 1961-1966, which opens at Yalik’s Modern Art, located at 710 E. Washington St. in High Point, on Saturday. The gallery is launching the exhibit in advance of the John Coltrane International Jazz & Blues Festival, scheduled for Sept. 1 at Oak Hollow Park in High Point. Conceived by jazz writer David Tegnell and produced by gallery owner Phyllis Bridges, the exhibit explores the contentious relationship between Coltrane, a legendary jazz saxophonist and High Point native, and Down Beat magazine through photographs, letters, record reviews and other artifacts. A narrated audio tour is available to visitors who bring their cell phones and headphones.

Stephen Hayes: Cash Crop, an exhibit of 15 life-size sculptures of human beings in shackles opened on Tuesday in the main gallery of the Hege Library and in library atrium at UNCG. The exhibit, which deals with the trans-Atlantic slave trade, runs through Dec. 16.

Members of Associated Artists are invited to an informal “artist after hours” event to facilitate networking on Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. in the F. Borden Hanes Jr. Conference Room at the Milton Rhodes Arts Center in Winston-Salem.

Curator of Contemporary Art Steven Matijcio leads a tour of the paperless exhibit at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Occupy Greensboro and Elsewhere team up for a role-playing game on energy in which part of the art collaborative’s museum is transformed into a play metropolis. The guise taking and creative problem solving runs from 8 to 10 p.m. on Friday.

An artist reception for Celebrating Creative Teaching: Art by Local and Area Professors and Teachers will be held in the atrium of the Greensboro Cultural Center on Aug. 26 at 3 p.m. The exhibit, which runs through Sept. 28, features the work of Alma Adams, James Barnhill, James McMillan, Sarah Martin, James Langer and Kimberly Varnadoe.

See ya next week!