by Jordan Green

The big table this week includes painting, public art, conversation and lobbying.

Woodie Anderson, Ian Bredice, Mike Duggins, Millicent Greason, Peter Spivak, Laurie Russell, Cindy Taplin, Dave Urena, Nicole Uzzell, Clark Whittington and Ed Young exhibit at the Community Arts Café in downtown Winston-Salem on Thursday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. during the café’s regular jazz session.

Melissa Vandenberg, described as “a maker of objects, public maps and middle grounds” from Richmond, Ky. will be at Elsewhere in Greensboro, along with Lauren Bullock, to interact with the public on Thursday evening. A “flash talk” transpires at 6 p.m., followed by a standard “artist talk” at 8:30 p.m., with a dinner for members interspersed.

The Greensboro Mural Project is working on a mural outside of the Interactive Resource Center on any given Saturday afternoon when the weather permits for the foreseeable future.

Edward McKay Used Books & More in Winston-Salem will host three writers for readings and storytelling on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. Colleen Lanier reads from Miles from Home, a true story about a cross-country trip. Carol Roan reads and tells stories from When Last On the Mountain: The View from Writers Over 50. And short story writer Tony Lindsay reads from his first book, Tattletale Roadhouse and Social Club.

Artist Scott Harris, who paints on aluminum, opens the inaugural art exhibit at Winestyles at Friendly Center in Greensboro on May 29 from 6 to 8 p.m.

“Saw Dog,” a whirligig sculpture by North Carolina artist Vollis Simpson, is on loan to Wesley Long Hospital through a grant from the Public Art Endowment of the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro. The sculpture is located near the hospital drive and can be seen from Friendly and Elam avenues.

The arts are a significant and ballyhooed component of the economies of Winston- Salem and Greensboro, much as hospitals and healthcare are — the largest industry in each city, and like the arts, part of the nonprofit sector. So no surprise that efforts by the Republican leadership in Raleigh to rewrite the state tax code have caused uneasiness in the arts world. The Carolina Theatre in Greensboro did its part to publicize a campaign to have constituents contact state lawmakers and urge them to not support any proposal that includes the elimination of sales tax refunds to nonprofit organizations and mandating that nonprofits collect and pay 6.5 percent sales tax on performances, classes and memberships.