Last week I received an urgent missive from the Asheville Chamber of Commerce letting me know that dire predictions about this year’s fall foliage might be overstated. So don’t cancel that trip to Biltmore just yet, folks.
There’s plenty to get an eyeful of around the Triad this weekend as the gallery season shifts into high gear. Curators at the Marshall Gallery will be opening the exhibition Ebony & Ivory on Thursday, which is a collaboration of local artists Brian Hibbard, Peter Driscoll, Ray Martin and Leanne Pizio. The show runs through Oct. 1.
Also on Thursday, at the Weatherspoon, artist Jane South will speak in conjunction with an exhibition of her work. On Sunday at the museum, guest lecturer Dean Swanson will hold forth on Sol LeWitt for an opening of an exhibit of the late artist’s work. And finally, on the following Tuesday, the ‘Spoon will open its doors at noon for a public tour of The Liberated Eye: American Modernisms.
In Winston-Salem on Friday, artists Tiffany O’Brien, Eddie Roderick and Kerry Ellington will open the show Dearly Departed in the SEED Gallery on Liberty Street. The monthly Gallery Hop coincides with that opening, and an event, Young’s Vintage Home and Garden on Trade Street, will feature acrobats, DJs and a yogic mandala.
The Reynolda House Museum of American Art will be opening its fall exhibition, Wings of Adventure: Smith Reynolds and the Flight of 898 Whiskey, this weekend as well as celebrating the 40th anniversary of the American art collection. That’s in Winston-Salem, by the way.
Collectors take note: Gallery 115 will open up an exhibition titled Collectors Sharing Collections on Friday. It will give enthusiasts an opportunity to view and purchase works that have heretofore been privately held.
Greensboro sculptor (and sometime YES! Weekly contributor) Erik Beerbower is opening an exhibition of his work this Friday at Lyndon Street Artworks. The reception for the show, Seeking Buddhas, starts at 6 p.m.
Not all of this week’s news is art related. The Bookmarks Festival of Books is happening this Saturday in Winston-Salem. The free event features some pretty big names, including Elizabeth Edwards, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Gene Roberts and humorist/hostess extraordinaire Amy Sedaris. You can find more information at bookmarksbookfestival.org.
The Carolina Theatre in Greensboro is rolling out the classics this week. First up, The Wizard of Oz on Sunday. Organizers are planning family events to precede the 2:30 p.m. screening, so show up early. The following Tuesday, the theater will host a screening of On the Waterfront, the gritty 1950s classic starring Marlon Brando.
The Blue Diamond Gallery will host oil painting workshops by Pat Walker-Fields, whose works are hanging in the gallery, starting Monday. Interested artists should call the gallery for more information.