Lots of big doings in the arts as the weekend kicks off with First Friday gallery hops in Winston-Salem and Greensboro, as usual. In the Twin City, Associated Artists of Winston-Salem hosts an opening reception for Art of the Environment, a group exhibit centered on ideas of environmentalism and sustainability, at the Womble Carlyle Gallery at the Milton Rhodes Arts Center from 5 to 7 p.m. Two openings on Trade Street in the heart of the Arts District grabbed my attention. Artworks Gallery opens a two-person exhibit featuring acrylic paintings by Cindy Taplin and video by Lea Lackey-Zachmann. And the work of Olga Noes, a portraitist inspired by the intersection of beauty and tragedy, and Keith P. Rein, an illustrator from Athens, Ga., is featured at Delurk Gallery. The galleries in the Greensboro Cultural Arts Center will be in full throttle. The Green Hill Center for NC Arts in the Cultural Arts Center hosts a free dance rehearsal by the Jan Van Dyke Dance Group from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Across the hall, the Center for Visual Artists hosts an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. for the Materially Sensing exhibit showcasing the work of Jonathan Anderson and Andrew Etheridge, along with several UNCG students. On South Elm Street, Charlotte and Erik StrÃ¶m demonstrate painting techniques at Bliss & Co. from 6 to 9 p.m. Their art work is on sale at a 10 percent discount. Earthworks Gallery, owned by potters Molly Lithgo and Jim Rientjes, celebrates its one-year anniversary. Music provided by Andrew Comstock. Elements Gallery opens a new exhibit featuring fiber artists Jerry O’Donnell and Carolyn Raines, along with clay and glass artist Marcy Reid-Smith from 6 to 9 p.m. Elsewhere is funding “curiosity driven, courageous and clever” storytelling projects. The arts collaborative hosts a public supper from 6 to 10 p.m. Participants pay $5 to $20 (sliding scale) for a locally sourced meal, and then vote for the project of their choice. The winning project receives the proceeds from the dinner. Mack and Mack stays open late to showcase its newest fashion and provide musical entertainment from the Walker Family Band. Moving beyond First Friday, artists Nicole Uzzell, Millicent Greason and Woodie Anderson present Amalgamated Transmutations: Flight, Growth and Breaking Open at the Electric Moustache Gallery, located in the same building that houses Krankie’s Coffee in Winston-Salem, on Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. Dia de los NiÃ±os, Dia de los Libros goes down on Saturday from 12:30 to 5 p.m. at Festival Park in Greensboro. It features free books, Mexican ballet folklorico, face painting and a concert by West End Mambo. The Greensboro Curb Market opens its stalls for the Spring Arts & Crafts Show on May 5 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Great Escape food truck will be on location to provide vittles. The United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro has received a matching gift of $10,000 from Wells Fargo. The bank has agreed to match contributions for several projects, including renting music and recording rights for the Greensboro Youth Orchestra’s performance of “The Light,” extending African American Atelier’s summer camp for an additional week, and renovations for the Community Theatre of Greensboro. Visit power2give.org/Greensboro for more information. In other arts philanthropy news, the Green Hill Center for NC Arts has received a $20,000 grant from Lincoln Financial Group to support its Read, Yellow and Blue program that caters to under-served pre-school children.