Found Objects

by Amy Kingsley

Starting this Thursday, and running through the rest of the summer, the Weatherspoon Art Museum will be showing films that highlight women artists. The first is Maud Gatewood: Facing the White Canvas, which focuses on the life of the local North Carolina Award recipient; it will be screening promptly at 7 p.m.

If watching women painters isn’t your thing, you can duck over to the Coliseum on Thursday to watch ladies work it in an altogether different kind of way. The Lady Cats, the dance team for the Charlotte Bobcats basketball franchise, is auditioning dancers. Registration starts at 6 p.m., and the auditions begin an hour later.

On Saturday artists and craftsmen from across the state will gather at the foot of the Great Smokies for the 24th annual Dillsboro Arts & Music Festival. The festival runs all day Saturday and will also feature live music and many mountainous beards.

Triad Stage will begin previewing their last show of the season, Tobacco Road, on Sunday afternoon. The play, which was based on the critically acclaimed Erskine Caldwell novel of the same name, was a bona-fide Broadway hit that ran for eight years. Tobacco Road will open officially on June 14 and close on July 1.

Jaime Coggins, the impresario of the Space on Tate Street, will be showing her painting and sculpture until June 27. Also this week: “Sounds”, a weeklong exhibition of works by local artists. You have until Thursday to see that latter show; Coggins opens up new ones every Friday.

Just around the corner from Coggins’ gallery, the Gatewood Building at UNCG will be displaying works by painter Robert Gerhart. Gerhart retired last year after more than 30 years of teaching in the school’s art department. The exhibition includes 13 works on paper and four on canvas – all acrylic – that will hang until Aug. 20.

In other news of local import, writer Terry Locke of Asheboro just signed on to work on Ninja Knights, a major motion picture to be shot in Bangalore. Locke’s got his hands in all kinds of things down there in Randolph County, and the film promises to be an exciting, if self-explanatory, venture.

Charlotte and Erik Ström, who have work hanging at Two Art Chicks (see related story), also have some paintings on display at Port City Java. The show, titled Dreamscapes, will be at the Market Street coffee shop until Aug. 12.

If you need more information on Triad arts and culture, be advised that the June issue of Community Arts Café Magazine hit stands a week ago. The publication is also available online, at

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