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by Jordan Green

If you’re like me, Thanksgiving week has snuck up on you. Plowing through my e-mail inbox on Monday night, I learned this means that arts-related events are mighty thin. Everyone’s staying put this week, but come early December the galleries will start hopping as the Christmas shopping season gets underway. So this week forget about social circuits or making the scene.

Go buy art or books from Glenwood Coffee and Books in Greensboro or Barnhill’s in Winston-Salem. Pull out a sketch pad. Grab a camera and photograph the geese in the Bog Garden near the Friendly Center. Write a poem, write a song.

Wednesday is the last day of free admission for veterans and their families for the Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey exhibit at Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston-Salem.

The Special Events Center at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex showcases hundreds of fine artists and craftspeople at the 39th annual Craftsmen’s Christmas Classic, which runs from Friday through Sunday. Visit christmasclassic.com for more information.

And that pretty much covers the arts calendar for the week.

The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County has named nine new members to its board of trustees, including Carmen Russell Bonham, funeral director at Russell Funeral Home; Jennifer Collins, assistant provost for academic initiatives at Wake Forest University; Craig Gunkel, executive vice president and general manager at TockTenn; community volunteer Beverly Jennings; Jeff Lindsay, president of Forsyth Medical Center; Rick Moss, chief financial officer at Hanesbrands; Mark Peters, chief financial officer at RJ Reynolds Tobacco Co.; Greg Scott, founding partner at Brock & Scott law firm; and Cynthia Williams, senior vice president and chief communications officers at BB&T.The arts council also reelected Milton Rhodes as president and CEO, Tom Ingram as chair, Steve Berlin as vice chair for administration, Peggy Joines as vice chair for board development, Cheryl Lindsay as vice chair for agency relations, Bill Benton as vice chair for facilities, Marybeth Wallace as secretary, Rick Moss as treasurer, Andrew Gilchrist as at-large executive committee member, Errol Wint as at-large executive committee member and Merritt Vale as member group representative.

Curator Barbara Cullen is seeking submissions from Associated Artists of Winston- Salem members for a show at the Spine Gallery at Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem running from Jan. 8 through March 28. The deadline for digital submissions is Nov. 27. Cullen is also putting together an exhibit at Davidson County Community College in Lexington. E-mail her at barbcul@aol.com for more information.

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