First Friday brings holiday spirit to the streets

December’s First Friday is the last one before the holiday, and artmakers in both Greensboro and Winston-Salem are finishing off their wares in preparation for a shopping frenzy.

In Greensboro, First Friday marks the Festival of Lights, ushering in Christmas and the coming winter.

Toymaking continues in earnest at the corner of Elm and Lewis streets, where Santa’s set up a temporary workshop replete with karaoke, cookies and photos. And the fat man himself will offer his lap to children at the Greensboro Children’s Museum (220 N. Church St.).

Artmongerz (610 S. Elm), features master ceramicist Kim Burroughs. The Cultural Arts Center (200 N. Davie St.) sees an EMF Fringe event, Rockin’ the Christmas Tree with Lawyers, Guns & Money at 8 p.m. And the Center for Visual Artists holds its ongoing Art & Craft Holiday Gift Sale.

Jules Antiques & Fine Arts (530 S. Elm St.) hosts William J. Hirsch Jr., author of Designing Your Perfect House. Just Be (352 S. Elm St.) showcases Rose Rosely of Rosely Folk Art. Get 15 percent off any of her animal art with two cans of food. Upstairs see the exhibit The Art of the Persian Rug.

Lyndon Street Artworks sets up shop inside the Kress Building (212 S. Elm St.) with food, drinks, music, crafts and a demo by ceramicist Ann Lynch. And as always, the home base (205 Lyndon St.) will be hosting a First Friday jam with live music and live art by potter Po-Wen Liu.

Mary Contrary (227-A S. Elm St.) features a reading by News & Record reporter Lorraine Ahearn from her new book The Man Who Became Santa Claus, and Other Winter Tales. There will also be a raffle.

Down the alley at Studio B (520 S. Elm St.), artists Scott Harris and Dan Routh display their talents.

Winter Light Gallery & Studios (410 Blandwood Ave.) features original small works while Yew Tree Gallery (604 S. Elm St.) spotlights the watercolors of featured artist Helen Shaw.

Over in the City of the Arts, December’s First Friday has been dubbed the “Holiday Hop.” In recognition of this, the district bordered by 6th , Trade and Liberty streets will teem with holiday spirit.

Artworks Gallery celebrates 25 years with an anniversary exhibit by all it members, while Community Arts Café features three artists at Gallery of the Arts (411 W. 4th St.) — painter Gail Roberts, bead artist Ellis Holston and author Leigh Sommerville McMillan, who will read from her book It All Started with a Dog.

Mark Hamby, described in the Winston-Salem Journal as an “emerging artist,” shows his exhibit Shiva Begat Brahma, a title which implies that creation comes from destruction. Ironworker William Rogers brings the fruits of his forge to the Other Half (560 N. Trade St.) along with the oil-on-paper depictions of Antoinette Noble, under the head Noble Works.

Chameleon promises mixed media efforts by Melanie Micale at Urban Artware (207 W. 6th St.) with a reception running concurrently with the one for SEED Gallery’s December group show — both kick off at 7 p.m.

Art happens in downtown Winston- Salem and Greensboro on the first Fri- day of every month. (courtesy photo)