by Foxy Moxy

Returning with reports of yet another funfilled, Greensboro-styled First Friday, I have the hot highlights for April. Under one roof at the Cultural Arts Center at 200 N. Davie St. you can take in the opening of Plane and Pedestal at the Green Hill Center for NC Arts, play artistic putt-putt at the Center for Visual Arts, catch Troup Bellisima’s Bellyjam or enjoy opera in the atrium where performers from the Greensboro Opera will delight with favorites from Mozart, Puccini and more. Coming to enliven the art hop at Studio B at the Broach, 520 S. Elm St., is the work of artist Edwin Gill. Gill, a native of Columbia, SC, now lives in Charlotte and brings colorful, tri-dimensional show (Hi Paint) For Fun, For Love, For Life to Greensboro. The exhibit highlights Gill’s penchant for discovering meaning in the ordinary and for making the extraordinary readily accessible. Adding to the ambiance at Studio B will be live music by Franco Londono. For an entirely different kind of fun, stop by the Tin Rooster, 602 S. Elm Street, for a performance by artist/writer/comedian Sue Seamon. Planning to regale her audience with sophisticated puns from her humorous tale “Letters to Lucky,” Seamon uses over 30 different dog breeds to illustrate human personality traits. Billed as a short story for the grown-up coffee table, it sounds like a thoroughly entertaining stop along this month’s hop. Greensboro’s Gallery Hop List: • Ambleside Gallery (528 S. Elm St.): Offering fine art in a variety of media by artists from around the world. • Artmongerz (610 S. Elm St.): Specializing in found-object art by Artmongerz owner Frank Russell and showing new works in all artist studios by member artists for Gallery Hop. • Area (515 S. Elm St.): Visit the area’s only modern/contemporary home furnishings shop, located in downtown Greensboro. Featuring accessories and furniture with new arrivals from exclusive European product designers. • Cultural Arts Center (200 N. Davie St.): Featuring the openings of Plane and Pedestal at the Green Hill Center for NC Arts and the Golf Show, where you can play artistic putt-putt at the Center for Visual Arts for a $2 donation. Participate in Troup Bellisima’s Bellyjam or watch while browsing their shopping bazaar. Performers from the Greensboro Opera will present classical favorites for your listening enjoyment in the Atrium. • Just Be (352 S. Elm St.): Just Be is openfor First Friday featuring an eclectic collection of artists whose work comes to Just Be locally and from around the country.

Mary Contrary (227-AS. Elm St.): Watch Mary demonstrate flower pounding, an old quiltingprocess to capture the beauty and color of a real flower. This fun forall ages art is a great way to teach young and old the beauty of theirsurroundings. Cider and cookies will be served. • Simple Kneads Bakery (227-B S. Elm St.): European-style bakery features artisan sweet treats for spring with dozens to try.

Studio B at the Broach (520 S. Elm St.): Features Colombian artist Edwin Gil and his vibrant exhibit (Hi Paint) For Fun, For Love, For Life. Enjoy live music by Franco Londono throughout the evening. • The Honey Bun Boutique (219Summit Ave.): Owner Rosalyn Womack will show handmade and embellisheddesigns from her own clothing line and host a trunk show featuring new,handmade jewelry pieces by artist Nichelle Latif with live jazz byAntron Heggie

Jules Antiques & Fine Art (530S. Elm St.): Jules inventory currently boasts a diversified collectionof high-end international antiques. They have pieces from Boston toBali, from Eastern Europe to western North Carolina with an eye for theunusual. • Lyndon Street Artworks (205 Lyndon St.):Lida Witherspoon will be featured in the lounge, with a paintingdemonstration on muslin summer pants. Anne Marie Davis will display aseries of new coastal landscapes. Kris Hohn will present two exhibits, a series of small watercolors as well as unique, hand-crafted wooden jewelry.

At Studio T, in the upper level of Lyndon Street, view the handcrafted jewelry line Copper Chameleon Spring 2009 Collection. Sneakpreview a naval brass sculpture commemorating Greensboro’s Bicentennialto be installed at the corner of Elm and Washington streets created byresident artists Erik Beerbower and Brian Hibbard. Susan Ridenhour willshow pottery adorned in spring colors. Also see paintings by KarenBjork Dischell and Charlotte and Erik Str’m

Mack and Mack (220S. Elm St.): Offering interactive music for Gallery Hop, beginning at7:30 p.m. Bring your own instrument to play or enjoy listening to musicat this fashion design house turned music salon. All levels encouragedat this two-hour jam session with a performance following by F-ArtEnsemble. • The Tin Rooster (602 S. Elm St.): SueSeamon, artist-turned-writer-turnedcomedian, will perform at the TinRooster with the humorous tales of “Letters to Lucky” a short story forthe grown-up coffee table. Filled with sophisticated puns and gentlejabs, she uses over 30 different breeds of dogs to represent manypersonalities. • Winter Light Gallery (410 Blandwood Ave.: Opening reception for Steve Clarke’s photography exhibit Forms and Fantasies

Yew Tree Gallery (604S. Elm St.) See the expanded, gorgeous new gallery and exceptionaloriginal fine art. Now showing watercolors, oils, acrylics, pastels andpottery. Offering gourmet refreshments for Gallery Hop and a chance tomeet some of the gallery’s nineteen represented artists.