Greensboro First Friday takes to the streets

by Foxy Moxy

Hello arts lovers around the Triad, though normally this vixen sticks to Trade Street, from now on I’ll be giving you the lowdown on Greensboro’ First Friday as well. For those who are bound for Greensboro’s galleries this week, I’d like to encourage you to be certain to stop and see what the folks at Lyndon Street Artworks, (205 Lyndon St.) are up to. Lyndon Street Artworks features over 40 local artist studios open to the public; including potters, painters, sculptors, filmmakers, glass artists, metalsmiths and many other types of creative people at work. The Lyndon Street artists are gearing up for their big annual erotic art show on Feb. 13, so don’t be surprised if some of the First Friday offerings taking place have some sexual undertones. My case in point is Emmett Williams, who will be doing a classic nude painting demonstration on the stage in the Lyndon Street Artworks lounge.

This is the next to final opportunity for the public to see Emmett at Lyndon St until Eros 5, the aforementioned erotic art show. You can also take in watercolors by Taylor Elkins, in mentor Cass Catlett’s studio, where both teacher and student will be doing painting demonstrations for First Friday. Also on display will be sculpture by Erik Beerbower, fine art by Charlotte and Erik Ström, offering bowls by Susan Ridenour, Copper Chameleon handcrafted jewelry and metalwork by Brittany Sondberg, an exciting new painted tapestry being readied for Eros 5 by Lida. You’ll also find new works by Karen Bjork Dischell, Andrew Comstock and Kris Hohn. It seems that those sticking to the South Elm Street corridor as they hop may overlook Lyndon Street. With so many artists working in so many disciplines under one roof, you definitely won’t want to miss all the First Friday action! Back on Elm Street, the Heart of Living Home Gallery will launch Steals and Deals from the Heart, offering a significant sale on local and regional artwork, fine furniture, blown glass, table top art, and handcrafted pieces priced to sell. If you haven’t found that perfect gift for Valentine’s Day yet, here’s your opportunity to unearth a unique, one-of-a-kind treasure. Next up, Studio B (520 S. Elm St.) hosts an opening reception for Renowned North Carolina Photographers. The exhibit features original pieces from photographers who have ties to or live in the state. Artists include: Karen Dresser, Joanna Frazier Hudson, Terry Nelson, Justin Nixon, Todd Smith, Shelly Strider and Robert Weston. You can find the beautiful new Studio B space located in the Broach Theatre building with an entrance around the side. Down the street the Tin Rooster (602 S. Elm St.) will feature By the Fire, a product demonstration by local quilt maker Kathy Fetzer while over at the Winterlight Gallery and Studio (410 Blandwood Ave.), the oil paintings of Dr. Steve Robinson will be showcased. My final highlight of the Greensboro Hop this month zeros in on Yew Tree Gallery, which has moved to 604 S. Elm St. Nineteen artists call the Yew Tree home. Nationally known watercolorist Chuck McLachan will be on hand to meet as you view his selected works. A silent auction of two McLachan watercolor paintings will conclude the Yew Tree event at 8 p.m. so arrive early to place those bids if you’re hoping to go home with some art this Friday.