by Jordan Green

by Jordan Green

It’s almost First Friday, that time of month when the galleries along South Elm Street in Greensboro and along Trade Street in Winston-Salem keep their doors open late, the sidewalks teem with buskers and craft fairs sprout up in corner parking lots. But not quite. This Friday happens to be Aug. 31, the last day of the month, so you’ll have to wait another week until Sept. 7. You can be forgiven if you, like me, are suffering from the onset of premature September syndrome.

Weatherspoon Art Museum Curator Xandra Eden leads a special tour of the Zone of Contention: The US/Mexico Border, along with participating artists Todd Drake, Susan Harbage Page and Pedro Lasch on Thursday at 6 p.m. Following that, at 7 p.m., investigative reporter Paul Cuadros talks about the impact of the burgeoning Latino community in North Carolina at the Greensboro art museum near the campus of UNCG. Cuadros, an assistant professor at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at UNC-Chapel Hill, is the author of A Home on the Field: How One Championship Team Inspires Hope for the Revival of Small Town America.

The weekly Thursday artists talk at Elsewhere in Greensboro features Colin Bliss and Peter Maarseveen at 8 p.m. A dinner for members of the arts collaborative begins at 7 p.m.

Artist Mark Rudd holds a reception for his new exhibit, Jetsam, at the Anne Rudd Galyon & Irene Cullis Galleries on the campus of Greensboro College on Friday at 5 p.m. The exhibit runs through Sept. 30.

Of Paper, an exhibit comprised of the work of artists Leo Morrisey and Delio Gennai, opens at the Charlotte and Philip Hanes Gallery at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem on Friday. The exhibit runs through Oct. 7.

The city of Winston-Salem will receive a $30,000 grant from the NC Department of Cultural Resources from the SmART Initiative program, Secretary Linda A. Carlisle announced last week. Milton Rhodes, president and CEO of the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, said the money will be used to fund a study of the area surrounding the arts center bearing his name to create a downtown theater district.

“There is great potential with planning and marshaling of assets to create a campus for a vibrant and unique theater district that will draw even more people downtown, boost our economy, enrich our lives and reinforce our image as the ‘city of the arts and innovation,’” he said.

The gallery space on 4th Street in downtown Winston-Salem that was formerly occupied by Associated Artists is up for lease since the association has taken over management of the Womble Carlyle Gallery.