by Jordan Green

First Friday is upon us, good people of the Triad.

That means that participating galleries, particularly in the South Elm Street corridor of Greensboro and Downtown Arts District of Winston- Salem but also at some scattered sites, stay open late, typically until about 10 p.m.

Let’s start with the Downtown Arts District, which centers on Trade and 6 th streets.

Linda and Jim Dalton, ceramic artists from West End, display functional clay works and hung tiles at Piedmont Craftsmen.

As Above, So Below, an exhibit of work by Ty Brown, is on view at Artworks Gallery, along with selected pieces by 2013 graduates from Salem College, Wake Forest University and Winston-Salem State University. In the midst of the visual art, Bear Brown, cofounder of the High Country Poetry Society, gives a reading.

Delae C. Noctra returns with new iterations of his hydroliptic art, including spinning interactive frames, at Studio 7.

Amy Funderburk displays photographs Celtic-inspired landscape oil painting at Inter_Section Gallery & Art Space. Sharon Fogarty provides the soundtrack with Celtic whistles.

Delurk opens a new exhibit featuring works by Julie Rattley, Morgan Mannino and Evan Hawkins, along with selected work by members of the Delurk collective.

Steele Group Architects exhibits paintings by Lea Lackey-Zachmann and Bill Steele.

Optical Descent: Reconstructing the Form, a new exhibit by Artist Dennis Wells, opens at Unleashed Arts Center.

Other stores in the district that stay open late for First Friday include Woven Soul, the Other Half, Willy Nilly, Fiber Company, Paz Boutique, Studios at 625 and Tam Tam Mandingue.

In Greensboro, the action centers on South Elm Street.

Earthworks Gallery exhibits the work of Bakersville artists Gertrude Graham Smith, John Lara and Teresa Pietsch.

Ambleside Gallery showcases an exhibit of oil paintings by Harold Frontz, Richard Niewart, Morgan Samuel Price and Yoko Yoshimatsu, along with pastels by Deborah Squier.

Elements Gallery opens a new exhibit with woodwork by Micky Wright, clay and glass art by Vicki Sawyer and jewelry by Barbara Conroy.

Sculptures by Jay Rothberg celebrating family are on display at JMR Sculptures.

Artist Marnie Wiegel greets the public during an exhibit of her clay work at Just Be.

Poet Josephus performs at the Sweet Shop. The Indie Market, featuring handcrafted goods, springs up in a parking lot at the corner of South Elm Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

The International Civil Rights Center and Museum celebrates the 50 th anniversary of the 1963 march on Washington with poetry and music Other galleries and stores on South Elm Street that will stay open late include Artmongerz, Chakras, Design Archives Vintage and Handmade Emporium, HL Fashion Outlet, Jules Antiques and Fine Art, Mack and Mack.

New York Pizza on Tate Street hosts an exhibit of work by members of the Drmcoat Studios artist collective in tandem with an anniversary party for Amplifier magazine.

205 Collaborative over on Lyndon Street features work by photographer Christopher Marlin Austin.

Not strictly art related, but a free concert by the Dex Romweber Duo in Center City Park significantly sweetens the deal. Center for Visual Artists, Gallery 320 and Greenhill will also be open.

Back to regular programming. Elizabeth Chew, curatorial and education division director at Reynolda House in Winston-Salem, gives a talk about historian and abolitionist Jared Sparks’ correspondence with Thomas Jefferson on Thursday at noon.

A joint exhibit of art by Millicent Greason and Peter Spivak goes up at Earshot Records on Thursday. An opening with refreshments and music takes place at the record store next week. Watch this space for details.

Visiting artists in residence, including Emma Reaves of Brooklyn, NY; Dao Nguyen of Chicago and Taylor Giles Tower of Montreal lead a conversation at Elsewhere in Greensboro on Thursday from 8:30 to 10 p.m.

Creative Movements, an exhibit of recent works by the National Alliance of Artists from Historically Black Colleges and Universities, opens at Delta Arts Center in Winston-Salem on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m.

Reynolda House opens to families for art projects on Sunday, Aug. 4 at 2 p.m.

Congratulations to Courtney Fall Tomchik, whose raku-fired piece “Spirit of the heart” has been selected for posters and T-shirts promoting the Historic West End Arts Fest. The Winston-Salem arts festival is scheduled for Sept. 14.