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Spring is here and art is in full bloom

by Jim Dowell Jr.

Spring always brings a bevy of activities to the art scene, and this year is no exception. A full schedule of events is on track and moving rapidly.

The Greater Greensboro Senior Games and SilverArts Competition begins April 11 and runs through May 19 at various locations in the Triad. Sponsored by the Greensboro Parks and Recreation Seniors Unit, it gives area seniors age 55 and over an opportunity to compete in a variety of athletic events and display artwork in four different categories. It is a great way to incorporate fun, fitness and fellowship for this fine group of people. The Senior Games still are in need of volunteers to make this successful. To sign up, please call 336.375.2237.

First Friday’s ArtStop has been finalized as the new name for the monthly gallery hop. The following galleries are participating as of now, with more to follow hopefully: Ambleside, Artmongerz, Lyndon Street Artworks, Marshall Art Gallery, Upstairs Gallery, The Space on Tate and 2ArtChicks. Erik Beerbower has been elected group spokesperson/president; Jaime Coggins has accepted the vice-president position. This core of galleries will be representative of how the arts community in Greensboro is evolving and coming into its own after a rather stagnant 2005.

The Artists’ Resource Center at Lyndon is now offering gallery space for rent; children’s classes in fine arts; and summer camp play on the way. For information call 336.392.4163.

Marshall Art Gallery offers a one-woman show with Greensboro fave Connie Logan. Opening reception is Thursday, April 6 from 6 to 9 p.m. The show runs through May 1.

Upstairs Gallery opens a group show entitled ‘“Through the Eyes of Love’” on Friday’s ArtStop. Featured artists are Lori Key, Paul Manzi, Mandy Sloane, Mary Welch Austin, Denise Landi and Jamestown artist Susan J. Harris, who’s showing for the first time. The show also features the beautiful pottery of Kim Burroughsand runs through April 28.

Artmongerz presents the light-hearted ‘“April Foolishness’” show opening also on ArtStop Friday. Featuring their in-house artists, they will offer light refreshments and ‘“fresh art.’” Show runs through the end of the month.

2ArtChicks offers a closing reception for ‘“All That Jazz’” artists Floyd Newkirk and Emmett Williams on ArtStop Friday. Both of these artists are strong in color and representation by themselves, but together they are simply wonderful. This was the most stunning show I have seen at 2AC in a long time. The opening had a large crowd, and everyone was in agreement as to the actual beauty of the paintings. See it before it’s gone folks!

Downtown Greensboro Inc. is sponsoring the 7th Annual Antique and Art Festival on Saturday, May 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. They will offer a trolley for transporting people back and forth. The goal is for vendors to fill the sidewalks and designated area from South Elm to the corner of Friendly and Elm selling art and antiques. Musical entertainment is an option to the participating merchants, so the opportunities are wide open. Questions and concerns? Call 336.379.0060, extension 26.

The Space at 340 Tate St. opened the show ‘“Noon to Moon’” on March 31 to coincide with the April 1 Tate Street Spring Fest. For ArtStop Friday, a themed show, ‘“Signs’” will open on April 7. Closing reception will be Tuesday, April 11 at 8 p.m.

The Greenhill Center For North Carolina Art will open a show on April 21. ‘“Elements: Ancient Cosmology Contemporary Experience’” will run through June 25. The Greenhill always offers unique and varied experiences for people of all ages. For more information go online to info@greenhillcenter.org.

See you in May!

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