by Jordan Green

As the holiday season intensifies the arts calendar is thinning out.

This is as good a time as any to note that locally produced paintings, sculpture, pottery and other handmade items make great gifts. The list of galleries would take up this entire column, but suffice it to say you can hit Trade Street in Winston-Salem or South Elm Street between McGee and Lee streets and find what you’re looking for. Off the beaten path but worth a shot in Greensboro are 205 Collaborative on Lyndon Street, Uptown Artworks on Arnold St. and the Creative Center in Greensboro. Delta Arts Center on New Walkertown Road in Winston-Salem is likewise on my list to check out one of these days.

Of special note, Sawtooth School for Visual Art holds its annual sale of pottery, jewelry, baskets, paintings, ornaments, sculptures, wreaths, quilts, pillows and soaps at the Milton Rhodes Arts Center in Winston-Salem through Dec. 22.

And the Winter Show at the Green Hill Center for NC Art in Greensboro features more than 400 pieces for purchase from upwards of 106 North Carolina artists through Jan. 13.

The High Point Area Arts Council holds a ribbon cutting for its new arts center, located at 121 S. Centennial St., on Wednesday at noon.

Steven Matijcio, curator of the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, gives a free talk about a video art festival he recently curated in Gdansk, Poland called art thou gone, beloved ghost? At SECCA on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Musical guests Marcus Hodges, Honey Rider, Miss Eaves and Old People perform at the Delurk Birthday Holiday Hullabaloo at Delurk Gallery in Winston-Salem on Saturday.

Also worth checking out if you haven’t gotten around to it:

Yalik’s Modern Art in High Point has an African-American quilt exhibit on display through Dec. 31.

The Hispanic Arts Initiative presents the Pinto Vista: Latino Perspectives exhibit at the Womble Carlyle Gallery in the Milton Rhodes Arts Center through Jan. 26.

The Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro will have its exhibit On the Path to Abstraction: Highlights of the Permanent Collection on display through Feb. 10.