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Found Objects: 5.16.07

by Amy Kingsley

Ever wondered how paintings of flowers stack up against the real thing? Well wonder no longer. The local art boosters at the Heart of Living Home Gallery have teamed up with New Garden Village Nursery for an exhibition titled “Art in Bloom” that will pair floral paintings and landscapes with outdoor sculptures and fresh flowers. Dozens of local artists are participating in the sale, which will happen on Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at New Garden Village Nursery.

Directly afterward – if you leave the art event early – is a screening of the film Kilowatt Ours at Earth Fare. Usually the natural foods store is Brian’s bailiwick, but independent film falls squarely under my (rather expansive) purview. The screening will be held in Earth Fare’s community room on Thursday at 7 p.m. The cost is $3, and all the proceeds will benefit NC Green Power.

Storyfest, featuring Leeny Del Seamonds, Kelly Swanson, Logie Meachum and Cynthia Brown, will be happening all day on Saturday in the Downtown Cultural District. A kick-off party for the event is planned for Friday starting at 5:30 p.m. in Center City Park and will feature live music and (of course) storytelling. All the events are free; you can find out more by visiting ncstoryfest.org.

If you like painting, but detest surfaces like canvas, paper and wood, Madelyn Greco and Scott Fray may have the cure for your media blues. The Vivid Skin Show, “a gallery filled with interactive art on human canvasses,” will be at Two Art Chicks this Saturday at 8 p.m. Cost is $10.

Speaking of human canvasses, modern dancers will be strutting their stuff at the Greensboro Cultural Arts Center during the Saturday Series. The performance, which costs $5, will feature new experimental choreography from local dancers. People who hang around after the 8 p.m. show will have an opportunity to talk to the artists.

On Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., the Carolina Theatre will host a screening of the 2007 Oscar-nominated short documentary films. The short films cover subjects as diverse as AIDS orphans in China, poverty in the Guatemala City garbage dump, young dancers and crippled pianists. The films will be showing for one night only; tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for students and seniors.

Lincoln Financial Foundation recently awarded the Weatherspoon Art Museum a $50,000 grant to expand their educational outreach to underserved populations. The money will fund initiatives to bring the Weatherspoon’s fantastic collection to schoolchildren from all economic strata and representing a wide range of physical abilities.

Registration for the NC Writers’ Network Spring Conference, cosponsored by the Center for Creative Writing in the Arts at UNCG, is officially open. The all-day affair on June 2 will match aspiring fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction writers with seasoned faculty from UNCG’s creative writing department. Visit ncwriters.org for more information.

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