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First Friday ’09 kicks off the year in Winston-Salem arts

by Foxy Moxy

First Friday ‘09 kicks off the year in Winston-Salem arts

Welcome to a bright new year to gallery hoppers and Arts District denizens alike, bringing the very First Friday of 2009 to life in Winston-Salem. You’ve had a whole day to let the hangover wear off and what could be more inspiring than a fresh new First Friday full of art? Make an attainable resolution this year to support the arts or just come out to commune and feed your own creative beast. Either way, you’ll embark on a more enlightened course and you’ll be far less crabby than swearing to another crash diet! Practically brimming with aforementioned enlightenment is an ongoing show at 5ive and 40rty Gallery, I’ve Got Issues. This show touches on topics from the personal to the controversial and the issues range from addiction and mental illness to race, gender, politics, culture, the environment and suicide. Curator Scott Eagle cites dedication, perseverance and the depth of sincerity in which artist chosen for this exhibit has faced down or examined their own personal or social issues. Be certain to stop and take in this important show on First Friday, running through Jan. 31. Participating artists include Nancy Baker, Audrey Combs, Jennifer Drinkwater, Tim French, McArthur Freeman, Jason Mitcham, Kymia Nawabi, Janie Askew, Michelle Roberts and Victoria Sexton. You’re certain to find some a fresh perspective and perhaps some inspiration to put your own best foot forward in 2009. Here’s the Hot List for January’s Hop:

Studios at 625; 625 N. Trade St.; 336.724.3000: Always new work on display in resident artist studios throughout the space. • AtelierStudios; 619 N. Trade St.; www.atelierstudiosws. com: Studios open for Gallery Hop with exciting artful New Year specials for January. • Golden Flower T’ai Chi Center; 612 N. Trade St.; www.goldenflower.org: Offering delightful new teas for the new year at the Bubbling Well Tea & Tonic Bar, located inside Golden Flower T’ai Chi Center. • Earthbound Arts; 610 N. Trade St.; www.earthboundarts. com: Featuring inventive and beautiful works in clay, metal and a variety of other media by Gordon Jones and Lucy Duncan. • Piedmont Craftsmen Gallery; 601 N. Trade St.; www. PiedmontCraftsmen.org: Winter recess, Piedmont Craftsman Gallery does not put out a new exhibit for the month of January. • The Fiber Company; 600 N. Trade St.; 336.725.5277: Open for Gallery Hop. Fiber Company is a collective gallery that showcases work by regional fiber artists and designers. • Artworks Gallery; 564 N. Trade St.; www.artworks-gallery. org: Artworks Gallery presents Portraits, a new member artist show for January. • The Other Half; 560 N. Trade St.; 336.407.5494: Open for Gallery Hop and showing beautiful new works for the New Year by a variety of regional and national artists. • 5IVE & 40RTY Gallery; 541 N. Trade St.; www.5iveand40rty.com: I’ve Got Issues, curated by Scott Eagle (featured above), is a group show featuring artists dealing with issues of a personal, social or political nature and is an ongoing exhibit for the month of January. • Urban Artware/SEED Gallery; 207 W. 6 th St.;www. urbanartware.com. www.seedgallery.org: Open for Gallery Hop and featuring eclectic artwork in a variety of media including painting, jewelry, metalwork and pottery by artists from around the region. • Mary Ann Zotto Studio; 202 W. 6 th St.; 336.575.9850: An open studio featuring the colorful work of painter Mary Ann Zotto. • Patina/Verdigris; 217 W. 6 th St.; 336.725.6395: Featuring new gifts, artifacts and fun items by artists from around the region and beyond to decorate your home and person. • Artists on Liberty; 521 N. Liberty St.: Various member studios will be open throughout the building during Gallery Hop from 7 to 10 p.m. • Apercu Gallery within Artists on Liberty building; 521 N. Liberty St.: Apercu Gallery is currently exhibiting Frank Russell’s whimsical reclaimed metal fish sculptures at 6 th & Vine Bar & Café and Chelsee’s Coffee & More in the Winston-Salem Downtown Arts District, Milner’s American Southern Restaurant at 630 S. Stratford Road in Winston- Salem and Aquaria Seafood Grill in High Point. • DADA Community Center; 526 N. Liberty St.: The Community Center on Liberty will feature a new show for Gallery Hop.

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