Fall color brings out the artists

by Jim Dowell, Jr.

Another glorious fall season is upon us. If you don’t think this city is gorgeous in the fall, take a ride down Cornwallis or Elm Street and have a look. It is one of the prettiest times of the year, and we are right in the thick of things in the Triad arts community.

The 2006 Tate Street Festival was Saturday, Sept. 30. Packed with dance and music, this annual UNCG-area event grows larger each year. Among the items available for purchase this year were stained glass, pottery, jewelry, clothing, soaps and candles. Bands included the Mantras, Andrea Kayde, the Sam Frazier Band, Jaimee Thomas and Peter May and the Rough Band. This is another project fueled by the endless energy of Jaime Coggins, who also brought us the Space on Tate Street.

Sunday was the date for the Art in The Arboretum Festival and contest. Fifty participants vied to win prizes of cash and ribbons. The park is gorgeous this year with luminous greenery and flowers still heartily in bloom. Vendors, dancers, musicians and onlookers pack this event with no signs of slowing down in the future. Last year an estimated 10,000 were in attendance. Kudos to Mebane Ham and company for their tireless efforts in pulling this off.

Art in The Air is back to celebrate and display the works of local artists in the Triad. The event is a partnership of the United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro, the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, the High Point Area Arts Council and Fairway Outdoor Advertising to promote and raise awareness for the arts. The result will be the work of six local artists displayed on billboards throughout the Triad. The exhibition will begin in the spring of 2007 and last until the spring of 2008. Each piece will be rotated among six billboards located throughout the Triad.

Triad area artists are encouraged to submit work to the arts councils of High Point, Winston-Salem or Greensboro by Wednesday at 5 p.m. Submissions are limited to one per person. For submission guidelines and entry forms, please visit Artists will be notified of the status of their entry by Jan. 30, 2007.

Lyndon Street Artworks will feature the Art Up There by newcomer Chrystal Owens and Reidsville photographer Nadine Cobb for First Friday Oct. 6. Owens will offer over 100 paintings in her debut. Cobb focuses on her love of the outdoors with photographs of beauty found in the mountains and the Outer Banks. Lyndon Street also features over 40 artists in their working studios that are open to the public.

The Upstairs Gallery debuts more of the extremely popular works of the late Mamie Harmon in a holiday show entitled Mamie and Friends. In addition to Harmon’s works, unseen works by Leslie Crawford, William Gropper, Kathe Kollowitz, Alfredo de Laura, and René Pinchuk. Also available will be artifacts and personal items from Harmon’s home. Popular Greensboro artists Jon Meadows and Mary Welch Austin round out the show. Opening reception is First Friday, Oct. 6 from 6-9, and the show runs through year’s end. For more information or to schedule group tours, please call 336.288.9369.

Artmongerz’ October show is entitled Bridges, and runs through Artstock weekend, closing on Oct. 26. Artmongerz is pleased to offer “fresh art” in a fun and funky atmosphere. There are now 12 in-house artists with working studios.

Emmett Williams will open his show titled Negative Space from 4 to 8 p.m. on Artstop Friday. Light refreshments will be available. Any questions please call 336.987.4209.

Marshall Art Gallery offers Traveling The World Through An Artist’s Eyes, featuring artist Tracey Marshall. The show opens Thursday, Oct. 5, and runs through month’s end. The show features 40 original works with various styles, subjects, and mediums. Tracey is offering a contest with the prize of a $250 gift certificate for Tracey’s work. Drawing will be held Nov. 1. To enter e-mail

The Heart of Living Gallery is promoting a fundraiser to be ongoing through the month of October. A portion of all art sold in the gallery will be donated to Alight, a non-profit organization established to support local breast cancer survivors and their families. Opening reception is Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. Wine and refreshments are available. This show features over 35 local artists, and is a wonderful cause to endorse.

And finally, tie one on with the Apron Chronicles Art Exhibit now showing at the Nussbaum Center. The show runs through Oct. 29. For information call 336.272.1800, or visit

Certainly it will be a busy time for the arts now and throughout the end of the year. If you have any scoop or “poop” you would like included, please send it on to

Have a wonderful autumn!