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by Jordan Green

The High Point Enterprise reports that Yalik’s Modern Art, the trailblazing gallery on Washington Street, is closing at the end of this month. Yalik’s has been a bright spot in a High Point’s otherwise moribund art scene, and was featured three times last year for exhibits on jazz saxophonist John Coltrane’s testy relationship with critics, documentary photos of the Occupy Wall Street protests and African-American quilting. The phone number for the gallery was disconnected on Wednesday.

The Enterprise reported that owner Phyllis Bridges was unable to generate enough sales income to keep up with rent and utilities. Foot traffic on the street has remained light, and condemnation orders on the historic Kilby Hotel and First Baptist Church have cast a pall over the district.

In the meantime, Yalik’s Modern Art is displaying the work of Victoria Christie, a fifth-grader at Oak View Elementary, through Jan. 27.

Meanwhile, museums and galleries are beginning to put up new exhibits after the holiday breather.

Associated Artists of Winston-Salem’s member show at the Spine Gallery at Baptist Hospital was scheduled to open Tuesday.

A new exhibit of Falk Visiting Artist Yoshua Okón’s work opens at the Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro on Saturday. Okón, who divides his time between Mexico City and Los Angeles, “creates staged and improvised situations that challenge notions of reality and truth,” according to an exhibit note on the museum’s website. One of his recent multimedia projects, Canned Laughter, explores the idea of maquiladoras, Mexican factories operated by multinational companies that, in this particular case, produce television components. Okón talks to UNCG students, faculty and staff on Jan. 16 from 4 to 5 p.m., and then to the general public on Jan. 17 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

The In Deed: Certificates of Authenticity in Art exhibit also opens at the Weatherspoon on Saturday. Co-curators Susan Hapgood and Cornelia Lauf talk about the traveling exhibit on Jan. 13 from 2 to 3 p.m.

Elsewhere, the Greensboro arts collaborative, is accepting applications for residencies with “Southern Constellations,” an effort “to advance, in a curated and critical fashion, creative opportunities to diverse artists experimenting in and among our southern landscapes.” The residency is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. Applications must be received by Jan. 15 and can be found at goelsewhere.org.

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