by Jordan Green

Art provides an entrée for the study of religion, documentary film and cultural celebration, among other realms. Behold!

Eric Mortensen, who chairs the department of religious studies at Guilford College, gives a lecture on Sedna, the Inuit goddess of the sea, in the Art Gallery at Hege Library on the campus of Guilford College on Wednesday from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. The event also includes live music, food trucks and a children’s art area. The lecture coincides with an exhibit of contemporary Inuit art at the gallery through Dec. 15.

Associated Artists of Winston-Salem holds an artist appreciation party at the Courtyard, located at 111 Reynolda Village outside Linda Weaver’s studio, on Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. All local artists, members and non-members alike, are invited to bring samples of their work.

The Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro screens Greedy Lying Bastards, a film about the politics of climate change, as part of its Sustainability Film & Discussion Series on Thursday from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

The Historic West End ArtsFest at Grace Court in Winston-Salem features the work of 35 juried artists from across North Carolina on Saturday.

Also worth checking out in Winston- Salem on Saturday: The 21 st annual Fiesta sponsored by the Hispanic League includes an arts and crafts plaza, but the festival encompasses much more, including the renowned folk music group Sones de Mexico, Latin food and dance. The festival runs from noon to 7 p.m.

Complex Conversations, a retrospective of Willie Cole’s sculpture, drawing and prints, opens at the Weatherspoon on Saturday.

West End Mambo performs at the kickoff party for the 17 Days Arts and Music Festival at the Weatherspoon. The combo led by Nicaraguan-American bandleader Cesar Oviedo also plays at the aforementioned Fiesta in Winston-Salem the day before. The 17 Days festival takes place at multiple venues in the Gate City from Sept. 20 through Oct. 6.

David Houston, director of the Bo Bartlett Center at Columbus State University, lectures on the shift in art collecting from public trust to private commodity at the Scale Fine Arts Center on the campus of Wake Forest University in Winston- Salem on Sept. 18 at 4 p.m.

The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem temporarily closes to the public on Sept. 16. The center will reopen in late October for the Graphic Design: Now in Production exhibit.