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Foxy First Fridays

by Foxy Moxy

I’m sending my sassiest summertime greetings to the fans ofGreensboro’s Gallery Hop. As usual, there’s plenty of great art andentertainment happening on First Friday, so be sure to plan the time totake it all in. One of the events that immediately strikes my fancythis month takes place at Jules Antiques & Fine Art in the form ofa champagne and jazz garden soirée.

With theirCharleston-style garden decked out in roses and blooming magnolias,Jules brings you the jazz stylings of the Nancy McCracken Trio. You cansip champagne in the fragrant air while perusing elegant, newly arrivedEuropean antiques. Sounds like the perfect way to begin the firstweekend of a new month.

If you’re looking for a more hands-onway to enjoy the hop, you may want to check out Basketdoodle for anopen mic night that invites music, spoken word and other types ofperforming talent to shine. If you want to make music but notnecessarily take center stage, Mack and Mack clothing design studio isoffering a musical jam session capped by an improvisationalexperimental performance by the F-Art Ensemble. Even if you don’t play,you should bring your appreciative ear to Mack and Mack, as they pledgeto serve refreshments to those who are willing to listen

GREENSBORO’S JUNE GALLERY HOP LIST:

• Ambleside Gallery; 528 S. Elm St.; www. amblesidearts.com: Offering fine art in a variety of media by artists from around the world. • Artmongerz; 610 S. Elm St.; www. myspace.com/artmongerz: Featuring Bessie Kreidler’s inspired works in large textural acrylic paintings, squares of deep-sided canvas covered in warm, muted desert or seaside shades. Also showing newfound object art, paintings, ceramic decorative and functional glazed ware, framed originals and greeting card sets, professional photography and digital art, collage and bound journals. • Basketdoodle; 317 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive; www.basketdoodle.com: This creative gift basket company is showcasing an open mic night, encouraging music, storytelling, poetry and performance. • Cultural Arts Center; 200 N. Davie St.; www.downtowngreensboro.org: Opening at African American Atelier is a Guilford County minority student exhibition sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. At Art Alliance of Greensboro meet local artists and students and enjoy the exhibit of handmade pottery and paintings on display in the Atrium. Class, workshop and art camp information for summer 2009 will be available. The Green Hill Center for NC Art presents Susan Fancher on saxophone. Celebrating the release of her CD ***In Two Worlds***, she will be performing in the Green Hill Gallery among the works of art in the Plane & Pedestal show. • Elsewhere Artist Collaborative; 606 & 608 S. Elm St.; www.elsewhereelsewhere.org: Elsewhere is a living art museum and collaborative laboratory for artists. • Jules Antiques & Fine Art; 530 S. Elm

St.; www.julesantiques.com: Featuring a champagne and jazz garden party. This Charleston-style garden will be festooned with a multitude of pink roses, magnolias in bloom and much more. A new shipment of antiques from Europe, Asia and the Americas will be showcased. Nancy McCracken and her jazz trio will play in this unique downtown garden. • Just Be; 352 S. Elm St.; www.justbeartsy. com: Just Be is featuring funky, handcarved, colorful and functional work as well as wood-fired pieces from favorite Greensboro potters. The works of Leanne Pizio, Marnie Joyce and LT Hoisington will be shown as well as Earthworks’ potters Jim Rientjes and Molly Lithgo. South Elm Pottery & Gallery owner Jim Gutsell is included as well. • Lyndon Street Artworks; 205 Lyndon St.; www.lyndonstreet.com: Featuring a live demonstration by the Piedmont Wood turners

Association. • Mack and Mack; 220 S. Elm St.; www. mackandmackclothing.com: Offering interactive music for Gallery Hop, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The F-Art Ensemble will close the jam session with an improvisational performance blending classical training and musical absurdity. • Mary Contrary; 227-A S. Elm St.; www. marycontrary.biz: Showing a jewelry trunk show by Amy de Rodriguez. • The Tin Rooster; 602 S. Elm St.; www.www. thetinrooster.com: Offering an expansive display of Eastern European paintings partnered with Molee Fine Art. • Yew Tree Gallery; 604 S. Elm St.; downtowngreensboro.org: A co-op gallery featuring work by 18 native North Carolina artists specializing in watercolor, acrylic, pastel, oil and collage.

HERE’S THE HOT LIST FOR JUNE’S HOP:

•Studios at 625; 625 N. Trade St; 336.724.3000: There’s always a fun mixof art and resident artists on hand for Gallery Hop.

• Atelier Studios;619 N. Trade St.; www. atelierstudiosws.com:Atelier Studios offers a Marilyn Ingram solo CD release party. Ingramis known for her work with trio, Aura3 and is one of the driving forcesbehind Atelier’s themed events. She’s set to perform new material at7:30 and 9 p.m. during the hop. The Atelier collective is under newmanagement. Stop and enjoy newly reorganized spaces with work by memberartists. • Golden Flower T’ai Chi Center; 612 N. Trade St.; www.goldenflower.org: Open for Gallery Hop, offering fine teas, tai chi information and more.

• Earthbound Arts; 610 N. Trade St.; www.earthboundarts.com: Featuring marvelous new works of art in a varietyof media, plus garden jewels to add sparkle to your garden. • Piedmont Craftsmen Gallery; 601 N. Trade St.; www.PiedmontCraftsmen.org:Opening a new member show, “Common Threads: in Nature, Art and Life,”featuing the fiber art of Murray Johnston and clay artist Beth J.Tarkington. • The Fiber Company; 600 N. Trade St.;336.725.5277: Open for Gallery Hop. Fiber Company is a collectivegallery that showcases work by fiber artists and designers. • Artworks Gallery; 564 N. Trade St.; www. artworks-gallery.org: Featuring a twoperson exhibit, Medium and Message,

Junehas arrived and is ready to reclaim a hold on Trade Street, a favoritespace for summertime outdoor performance. First Friday will feature abold line-up of local talent ready to amaze, amuse and delight! Weatherpermitting, First Friday’s lineup offers jugglers, dancers, poetry,music and more to the art-hopping masses. You’ll find the flashy fireperformance of troupe Exuro and live singing on Trade Street at 7:30and 9 p.m. in front of Atelier Studio as part of “Moth to a Flame,”Marilyn Ingram’s new solo CD release party. As you strollthrough this month, I’d like to direct your attention to a very specialexhibit. At Artists on Liberty in the main gallery, the show “ManyMedia” by Susette L. Sides will capture your attention as soon as youstep through the door. While based conceptually on figurative work,this unique exhibition is comprised of art across a wide variety ofmedia, materials and processes, with styles ranging fromimpressionistic to expressionistic, abstract to realism. Sides’skillful portrayal of the grace and beauty that dwells within thefigure is reason enough to make this show a must-see, though there’salso a good cause to do so. Sales from the show will benefit thenon-profit Downtown Arts District Association and help support thevital work they do. Aside from enjoying purely aesthetic pleasure, youcan purchase a piece of your own and experience the satisfaction thatcomes from personally supporting the arts in Winston-Salem.

Summerbegins to sizzle here in the City of the Arts, and this vixen hopes tosee you out there! featuring the cement sculpture and clay work of MiziShewmake and the monotype and woodcut prints of Mona Wu. • The OtherHalf; 560 N. Trade St.; 336.407.5494: Showing Fabulous Objects forGarden, whimsical garden or indoor ornaments, garden lights, birdbathsand hummingbird feeders. • 5IVE & 40RTY Gallery; 541 N. Trade St.; www.5iveand40rty.com: Will be open for Gallery Hop. • Urban Artware/SEED Gallery; 207 W. 6th St.; www.urbanartware.com – www.seedgallery.org: Urban Artware and Seed Gallery will open new showsthis month for Gallery Hop. •Mary Ann Zotto Studio; 202 W. 6th St.;336-575-9850: An open studio featuring new paintings by Mary Ann Zotto.

•Patina/Verdigris; 217 W. 6th St.; 336.725.6395: Patina has new gifts,artifacts and fun items to decorate your home and person. •Artists on Liberty; 521 N. Liberty St.: Featuring new show, “ManyMedia,” by Susette L. Sides, This unique exhibition is comprised ofwork across different materials, processes and forms, while focusing onfigurative subjects ranging in styles from impressionistic toexpressionistic, abstract to realism. • Apercu gallery withinArtists on Liberty building; 521 N. Liberty St.: Showing “Fish WithoutFathers: Philandering Fish and Their Abandoned Spawn,” an evolving andeclectic collection of Frank Russell’s whimsical, colorful, recycledmetal fish sculptures. All fish are adoptable and require a stable homeenvironment to thrive. Adoption fees vary from fish to fish! • DADA Community Center building, 526 N. Liberty St.; www.dadaws.org: Featuring a new exhibit for Gallery Hop.

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