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Tis the season’… to be artful

by Jim Dowell, Jr.

Well it is finally here. The time of year we all think of all year long, and then it arrives and departs as quickly as a melting snow. Still it is a visually beautiful time of the year in Greensboro. This year, Center Park will be dedicated this Friday in time for the holidays, and then the Festival of Lights and tree lighting ceremony will be Friday night at 7 p.m. The holiday parade will be on Saturday morning, and various concerts and activities will be abundant over the weekend. Check out your downtown galleries for Christmas specials and gift items.

2 Art Chicks hosts the 4th annual Carolina Clay Guild Holiday Sale from Dec. 1 to 15. More than 20 area potters will participate with mugs, platters, holiday ornaments, sculpture, fountains and gift items at affordable prices. Also for First Friday a cabaret performance entitled “A Blast from The Past” will be performed by Lola Torchiere beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is free, with refreshments and a cash bar. Also the Les Caison III exhibit “Night and Day” continues its run through Jan. 13.

At Lyndon Street Artworks, there are several holiday sales going on for First Friday. “Showing Off At Lyndon Street” is a joint show by Scott Harris and Shannon Duffy featuring new paintings, sculpture and jewelry.

Also, Helen Smith Palmenteri is having a studio sale on Friday and Saturday. Abstracts, figurative drawings, and paintings will be on sale for $10 to $200. Helen’s works are very real and colorful, and these prices cannot be beaten.

Lyndon Street also will feature a sale by artists Trace O’Connor, Ann Marie Davis, Mavis Ligget, Jon Meadows, Charlotte and Erik Strom, and Steve and Stephanie Thomas. Sales start First Friday, from 6 to 9 p.m., and Saturday from 9 to 5 p.m. Check out this huge space for some really good deals for the holidays.

At Artmongerz, the elves are in the spirit. Most of the artists have been making art with the season of love and giving in mind. Art objects, paintings and sculpture fill the main gallery as well as the individual studios of the artisans. Several of the projects include very unusual tree decorations designed as gift-sized items for the shopper seeking those things unusual and wonderful. Also Artmongerz is looking for new artists to join this select group effective Dec. 1. Please call Tracy at 336.686.4844 for more information. Opening reception for First Friday is from 6 to 9 p.m.

Upstairs Gallery is continuing the holiday theme show “Mamie and Friends”, which features the works of the late Mamie Harmon and her counterparts, along with Mary Welch Austin and Jon Meadows. This show continues through the end of the year.

All of the galleries in Greensboro and their artists and management would like to extend a big thank you to all of you who patronize these facilities. We have seen several galleries close this year, and every time one closes we are all the losers. Please, please support the arts community in Greensboro and the Triad. These people are passionate with their talents, and we truly do have some of the best in the South here at our own doors.

I wish you all happy holidays, and the best New Year ever! Let’s make 2007 the year to be the best in the arts community by showing support and patronage.

I’ll see you all next year!

Send your “poop” or scoop to jimmydeeinc@earthlink.net. A gallery listing from all galleries that wish to participate would be appreciated including hours of operation, showings, and any pertinent information.

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