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by Jim Dowell

Wow… can you believe it’s October already? Seems like yesterday we were in the summer doldrums, and then, fastforward and it’s almost Halloween. Doesn’t seem possible to me, but it is! You know it is fall though when the annual Art In the Arboretum festival of arts and best-inshow contest arrives. This year the event is on Sunday from 1-6 p.m. Fifty painters, jewelers, metalsmiths, photographers and various other entrants are up for the $500 grand prize. Each year this venue brings in 6,000-10,000 spectators in its beautiful Lindley Park setting. Parking is plentiful, and there will be lots of other entertainment including an international food court, interpretive dancers, singers and more dogs with their owners than you can count. Mark your calendars — winners will be notified and awarded by 3 p.m., so you will be able to see all the placements before the park shuts down. Thank you, in advance, to Mebane Ham and all her staff and volunteers. This is one of the most well run art venues in Greensboro every year, and the park with all the rain we have had, is in top form. Check it out! At Artmongerz, the creativity gene continues to expand.Resident found-objects guru, Frank Russell, has a new fetish in the form of “High Heeled Shoes!” Not to wear this time, but one of a kind life sized “ask me” pumps in wild colors and sizes. These are made from 100-percent found/rediscovered metals. I have been told also they sell out immediately so be forewarned.

The “genius of junk” has struck gold again. All the other mongerz are in fine form as well. Clay pots from Kim Burroughs; handturned wooden bowls by Glenn Mace; new paintings from Bessie Kriedler, Betty Trotter and Katherine Brown; digital ink giclee images from William Tieman; and pet portraits by Diane Felder all await your arrival for First Friday. Get a head start on holiday gifts plus great food and beverages from 6-9 p.m. Artmongerz is located at 610 S. Elm St. in downtown Greensboro. Lyndon Street Artworks offers a live demonstration from Karen B. Dischell. Karen will be glazing and adding color structure for her newest painting of a favorite tree from the UNCG golf course. Also on the horizon are new abstracts on wood from Emmett Williams for under $100; “Madonna and Child” relief garden hanging from Lida Witherspoon; a huge studio sale from Cass Catlett; and an energy-amped tarot card deck from Angela Jamison. Potter Susan Ridenour has great new offerings from the most recent firing of the Lyndon Street kiln. With different colored glazes, including vibrant red, she incorporates the ancient look of stone with finger pinched and fisted techniques. Each piece is unique and beautiful, and there is a good inventory available. LSA offers an outdoor cinema with the show starting at 8 p.m. Check out www.lyndonstreetartworks.com for more information.

Heart of Living Gallery is celebrating breast cancer awareness month with a very special exhibition. Attitudes… Celebrating Women features the wonderul works of Wayne Epperly. HOLG will host two receptions this coming week: Art and Alight, Reunite on Thursday from 5:30-9 p.m., and a meetand-greet with Epperly on First Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. Alight, Inc. supports breast cancer patients and their families. A portion of all art sales and commissions will benefit Alight, Inc., during the month of October. HOLG is also downtown, at 320 S. Elm St., and new hours of operation are in effect. Please call 336.662.0023 for information. Winter Light Gallery features the women of POPS in a show titled POPS Paints Greensboro opening on First Friday. Piedmont Outdoor Painting Society artists are Addren Doss, Amy Evans, Julie Hayes, Alexis Lavine, Judy Meyler, Kathy Tice Phillips, Cheryl Powell and Marsha Thrift. The group uses oils, pastels and watercolors that transpire into some of the most beautiful still life and landscapes available. The reception is from 6-9 p.m., and is located at 410 Blandwood Ave. Visit www.winterlightartists. com to see all the resident artists and their offerings. The Piedmont Craftsmen present Out of The Box from Oct. 3-31. A special exhibit of Boxes by the exhibiting members opens Friday, from 7-10 p.m. during the Winston Salem Gallery Hop. Featuring 350 of the finest craftsmen in the Southeast, this is a must-see exhibit. Contact www.piedmontcraftsmen.org for the location and other pertinent information. And don’t forget the 42 nd annual Autumn Leaves Festival in Mount Airy running October 10-12. Featuring over 150 craft booths, 25 food stands, and old-time, bluegrass, and gospel music by local musicians, the event boasts around 200,000 visitors during the three-day period. There is every type of food imaginable with ham biscuits, collards and cornbread, barbecue, ground steak and more available on every corner. It’s a toe-tapping, foot-stomping, handclapping kind of weekend where old friendships are renewed, and new ones are made. Through the years, hundreds of thousands of visitors have enjoyed the true flavor of rural America and its distinctive character, rich heritage and scenic beauty. That should be enough to keep you busy for a couple of weekends! Enjoy the beautiful fall weather and scenery that is so abundant to us this time of year. Please send any listings you would like included to jdowelljr001@triad.rr.com. I’ll see you in November!

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