Found Objects

by Amy Kingsley

Welcome to 2008, my peeps. I hope you don’t mind me calling you that. This year, I’ve resolved to use more slang in this column.

What about you? Did you make any resolutions? If you did, and if they happen to include the words “go see more local art,” you’ve come to the right place. Man.

The art year kicks off on Friday, which coincides with gallery hops in both Greensboro and Winston-Salem. It promises to be a subdued evening of gallery ambling and wine sipping.

Artist JJ Jackson will be showing new mixed media work at the Main Gallery of the Artists on Liberty building. Jackson, who was recently featured in Community Arts Café, makes art out of acrylics and scrap wood, according to his press release. Admission is free and open to the public.

The Artworks Gallery presents Sculpture for a New Year, a group show featuring work by Mary Beth Blackwell-Chapman, Don Green, Nancy Hayes, Virginia Ingram, Kate Magruder, Ben Rouzie, Mitzi and Ed Shewmake and Jody Danner Walker. The artists work in a variety of media, which you can see for yourself if you check out the show on Friday between 7 and 10 p.m.

On Thursday in Greensboro, the Marshall Gallery opens the year with Impressions, a juried art exhibit honoring local work inspired by the Impressionists. The opening reception will include light snacks and beverages, and will start at 6 p.m.

An exhibition of work by Tennessee native Tim McDonald opens this Friday at the Elliot University Center Gallery. That’s on the UNCG campus. McDonald will be showing recent works on paper, and there’s going to be a reception on Jan. 18. It’s free, so go see the show before it closes on Jan. 31.

Speaking of UNCG, its design and photography students have work hanging in the Gatewood Gallery through Jan. 14. That gallery is in the new studio arts building on Highland Avenue, and the show is open to the public, although I can’t guarantee that it’ll be open over the break.

An exhibition of Henri Matisse prints and bronzes from the Etta and Claribel Cone Collection is up at the Weatherspoon this week. It is, as always, free and open to the public. Call 336.334.5770 for hours and information about upcoming exhibits.

Or I could save you the trouble by telling you about the next installment of Noon at the ‘Spoon, the museum’s public tour series. On Tuesday, professional art people will lead visitors on a 20-minute tour of ReVisions: The Appropriated Image. Bring a lunch and comfortable walking shoes.

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