Found Objects

by Amy Kingsley

This time last week, the portion of this column devoted to holiday-themed theater ran longer than a Hilton sister’s Christmas wish list. This week is going to be a little different. But only a little. Instead of theater, the hot tickets this week are art galleries, museums and crafts shows.

The Marshall Gallery opens its Holiday Exhibit on Thursday with a free reception featuring wine and art by members of the gallery’s co-op. The reception starts at 9 p.m., and the exhibit runs until the end of the month.

Artworks Gallery, a Camel City stalwart, titled its holiday exhibit Art Affair. The opening reception is Friday, which is the same evening as the Art Hop. All Friday purchases will be discounted 10 percent.

For something homespun, visit the Greensboro Farmers’ Curb Market this Saturday between 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for a crafts fair. Pottery, jewelry, paintings, glass and other crafts will be available for purchase or ogling.

Downtown Greensboro, Inc. is sponsoring a December series called Festive Fridays, to which the Blue Diamond Galley is contributing an exhibit by artist Shirley Cadmus. Raku, a Japanese form of pottery, is Cadmus’ métier. Find out what exactly Raku is this Friday at a reception for artist and gallery.

Here’s the deal: Charlotte and Erik Ström are holding a holiday sale in their space at Lyndon Street Artworks. All original prints and paintings will be priced to sell.

Students at UNCG will display their work at the Gatewood Gallery beginning Wednesday. The theatrical types are also offering the fruits of their semester’s labor at the 12th Annual Flannel Shorts. There’s a lecture at the Weatherspoon on Thursday, and a dance concert starting the same night. And the venerable institution is also hosting a screening of Gypsy Caravan.

Sure the art galleries have lurched full-tilt into the holiday season. That doesn’t mean playhouse Christmas spirit is on the wane. Gate City Baptist Church will present the Christmas musical On This Very Night on Saturday and Sunday. The Celebration Choir will perform carols and “fresh musical expression.”

And of course there’s something for the kids. The Children’s Theatre of Winston-Salem presents The Littlest Angel this Wednesday and Thursday. The show is appropriate for any kid old enough to hold it down on a trip to the mall Santa.

This year’s Holiday Hop will begin at 6 p.m. Friday with a “Triad Cultural Arts Holiday Bazaar” at the offices of the Urban League, 201 W. Fifth St. Until 10 p.m., holiday shoppers can browse the offerings of dozens of vendors of Afro-centric clothing, art, jewelry, sculpture and more. There will be gumbo, a wine tasting and live jazz.

In conjunction with the Holiday Hop from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday at Sixth and Trade streets, several downtown galleries will have free exhibition receptions.