by Jordan Green

You know the drill: On the first Friday of the month art galleries and other downtown businesses stay open late. Exhibits launch. Artists show up to meet their public. Musicians bring the noise. And occasionally there’s food and booze on hand.

In the Winston-Salem Downtown Arts District, Cheryl Ann Lipstreau exhibits a collection of new classical paintings celebrating the beauty of women with body art at Ember Gallery.

The Sacred and the Ancient: Night and Day, an exhibit of photographs by James C. Williams, opens at Inter_Section Gallery at 7 p.m.

Photographer Mike Smith will be on hand for an exhibit of original photography depicting scenes of Winston-Salem at Studio 7 from 7 to 10 p.m.

And Kelsey Melville, a multimedia artist from Chapel Hill, and Jennifer Wynn O’Kelley, an artist whose current work relates in various ways to cords and knots, share double billing at Delurk Gallery this month.

Heading east to Greensboro, most of the action goes down in the South Elm Street corridor.

John & Scottie Post of Hog Hill Pottery in Catawba County are the featured artists at Earthworks Gallery.

Flight into Abstraction, an exhibit by sailor Reid Stowe — who sets records for days at sea — shows at Ambleside Gallery.

James Williams exhibits abstract paintings at Edward Jones Investments.

Meg Smither, who works with painting, collage and fiber, exhibits alongside Debbie and Randy Sells, who deal with clay, at Elements Gallery.

Jay Rothberg’s sculptures are on display at his studio across from Mellow Mushroom.

Theresa Borders displays her painted, stained and reupholstered furniture at Thrill of the Hunt.

The Imagination Installations Project, described as “an awe-inspiring interactive project about dreaming risk-taking and the power of […] imagination,” will be parked in front of Triad Stage.

And Elsewhere celebrates the launch of I Don’t Do Boxes, a magazine for and about queer youth in the Southeast. The festivities begin with performance of “queered” music in the storefront theater at 6 p.m. and a public reading at 7:30 p.m.

Over at the Cultural Arts Center, ArtQuest at Green Hill opens its doors to adults for a felt-making workshop with artist Paige Cox.

Light food provided by the Fresh Market and a cash bar. Contact ArtQuest for details, including the nominal cost. And the Center for Visual Artists closes its Materially Sensing exhibit.

In other parts of the Gate City, Uptown Artworks holds an open house. And Gallery 320 at Center City Church exhibits paintings by local artists that explore clouds, rain, light and shadow.

Other happenings fall outside of the First Friday paradigm.

Danai Vlachou and Karen Niemczyk give a remote, online co-performance presented as a lunch meeting at Elsewhere in Greensboro on Friday from 1 to 3 p.m.

Joyce Teta offers a workshop on the paste papers technique at the Sawtooth School for Visual Art in Winston-Salem on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The workshop is part a series of events scheduled in conjunction with the Billy McClain:

Decades exhibit running at the Sawtooth through June 21.

Leigh Rodenbough is the featured artist in a new exhibit at Uptown Artworks in Greensboro on June 9.

Native burlesque talent Smokin’ McQueen — I knew him back in the day when he was but a wee teen in Guilford County Schools’ middle college program — returns to the Gate City for the Bong Show, where as the promotional literature promises, “the stakes are high, and so are the judges.” The fun takes place on June 9 at 9 p.m. at the Flatiron. The event is restricted to adults 21 and over.

The Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro provides a free docent-led tour on June 11 from noon to 12:20 p.m.

Mural, Minds and Communities, a twoweek arts camp for youngsters ages 5-16 begins at African American Atelier on June 10. Visit for an application. Priority will be to students attending Title I schools in Guilford County.

Ellie McFalls, whose Masterworks outfit operates out of the Creative Center in Greensboro, is offering a free eight-week course of creative activities for people who are experience cancer or other chronic illnesses. The course includes Guided Imagery and Art Class, “Taking Out the Trash” Grief Recovery Program, and Basic Drawing and Introduction to Painting. Contact 336.362.4170 for more information and to register.