Jim Dowell returns from a spring interlude with lots of art

by Jim Dowell

Greetings to youall. The last time I saw you was in April. What a spring we had! I hada wonderful mini vacation during the month of May which gave me time tocatch up on my own personal “favorite things”: couch potato sessions,reading and seeing movies – in a theater. On the subject of the first,I watched along with the rest of the country, the annual “AmericanIdol” finale. In my opinion, and only mine, I thought it was a veryinteresting season, and the contestants for the most part were moretalented than usual. I was disappointed with the winner, but 12 millionhormonal girls and rock fans seemed to win the game. However, if all17-year-olds were as grounded as David Archuleta, I think we wouldn’thave to worry quite as much about our youth. I am not going to worryabout either David… seems they both will have very good lives aheadof them. Hats off to both. On the subject of the second: BarbaraWalters’ Audtion is a fascinating read. This almost 80-year-old icon -yes she is that old – seems to know everyone, everything, and all thereasons why. The only person I think she didn’t know or meet seems tobe Marilyn Monroe, and I don’t know why she didn’t encounter her. Notyour typical autobiography, it is very factual, and easy to read. Onthe third subject: Sex And The City, the Movie is fabulous! The cast isright back on top of their game, and the only thing that marred myexperience was the apparantly half-asleep staff manning the helm at theBrassfield Cinemas. On opening day, you don’t let your sound waver inand out sounding like outtakes from “The Twilight Zone”, and you don’tflub up your reels when interchanging and leave the audience with halfa visual for five minutes in a crucial storyline. I would suggestviewing it at a theater with great sound and comfy seats, and justrelish in the four actresses who only get better with time and age.Girlie pic maybe/great time definitely. Now onto “Art In The City”….. Occasionally,we stumble upon an artist who is so real, so honest and so unaffectedby Greensboro politics, so-called arts patrons, and air-kissy galleriesthat if we’re not careful he will either move away to a moreappreciative city or venue, or become so disenchanted that he’ll quitthe business altogether. Sometimes, if we’re lucky, artists who leavewill return when they are stronger, better and on top of their game. Itis my sincere hope that the latter is what will happen to EmmettWilliams. His Elm Street studio closed on May 31 with little fanfare,but with lots of hope that his return will be sooner than later, andthat he will have his own space when he does. Williams is abrilliant aritist, an extremely intelligent man and a wonderful friendto this arts community. He is currently represented by several localgalleries, a fact I feel needs to be pointed out, as one gallery is notusually sufficient enough to support an artist in this area due to thefact that one gallery cannot possibly supply enough collectors in anygenre to allow these folks to make a decent living. The arts communityis so divided here that person one doesn’t frequent or support gallerytwo, and so on, and so each artist has to stretch themselves all overthe city to just make ends meet. Williams, however, is comfortable andsaleable in all the areas. His collectors are diverse, and will followtheir man and support him wherever he may be. Williams was bornin 1963, and began studying art design at age 11. His love for thearts, musicians and jazz music has been a huge influence for his works.He has been honored in a show at the Greenville Museum of Art andreceived the Marie Fredenburg-Torsani Memorial Award for studio artpresented by Joan Mondale. He is versatile, vibrant and expressive inhis works, and knows no strangers in his paintings, yet he may exposehis subjects much more than even they may imagine. Williams hasshown and sold in Greensboro since 2002, and has also had sales andinterest in NYC, and at the High Point Furniture Market. His newestproject is producing giclee prints of his “Blues Guitarist” in limited16-by-20 numbered prints for $100. To purchase one, or for moreinformation on Emmett or his inventory available for purchase, call336.457.7238. He can also tell you where his works are currentlydisplayed. A new face has popped up on the Elm Street scenesince my last column. Yew Tree Gallery at 524 S. Elm St., offers 18 NCartists and participates in First Friday openings this week. Thecurrent roster includes Jane Averill, Frances Baker, Sue Boggs,Sterling Edwards, Dianne Ellis, Maggie Fickett, Judy Glazier, JanGreene, Ann Hooker, Ann Kiefaber, Sally Lembrecht, Alexis Lavine, JoLeeds, Chuck McLachlan, Richard Phillips, Barbara Rohde, Helen Shaw andCarol Willis. Join them all Friday from 6- to 9 p.m. Information isavailable at 336.275.9844. Our friends at Lyndon Street Artworksalso have an opening slated for First Friday. Psychedelic abstractsfrom Angela Jamison, metal sculpture and paintings from Scott Harris,land- and seascapes from Anne Marie Davis, metal creatures from TraceO’Connor, etched glass works from Lori Bushell and mesmerizing worksfrom Charlotte and Erik Str’m are some of the delights found on thisArtStop Friday. The Str’ms will also offer live demonstration paintingon the stage in the lounge. Over 40 unique and talented artists operateon Lyndon Street. Check out this group for one of the best openings,guaranteed. Winter Light Gallery and Studios features the worksof Carol Sams in oil and watercolors for First Friday. This groupoffers 13 artists located in a historic house at 410 Blandwood St.Information is available at This reception isalso from 6 to 9 p.m. This is about all the space I am allowedfor a month! Please support the three featured galleries for ourmonthly First Friday ArtStop. And also remember that a lot of ourartists are supported only by their sales. Hats off to the Class of 2008, and also to the most important men in our lives, our fathers, in June. Enjoy your summer. Iwill see you again in a month. Please send any information concerningthe arts community of the Triad to