Winston-Salem’s First Friday Gallery Hop busts out for spring

by Foxy Moxy

Welcome to April,YES! Weekly readers. I return to you with the news of one of myfavorite ongoing Triad events, the First Friday Gallery Hop in WinstonSalem. If you’re planning to participate in the Arts-District revelrythis coming Friday, continue reading for the lowdown on what’s specialat each spot this month. April marks a turning point in theweather that benefits the hop with a return to outdoor entertainmentplanned. You can catch the Triad Irish Dancers performing incrediblefeats of dance at the Back Door Main Stage and take in a live musicseries planned for the Artists on Liberty building. According tothe Downtown Arts District Association, gallery receptions will be heldat Timothy Nichols Designs, Artworks Gallery, Piedmont Craftsmen andArtists on Liberty; please refer to the list for exact locations. Atthe DADA Community Center building, 526 Liberty St., the April exhibitshowcases new works by the Collective on Depot. Essentially, theentire Arts District comes alive this Friday with worlds of new art toexperience. Add to that already popular restaurants, bars and shopsfilled with the anticipation of a party and it really turns into quitea special occasion. If you haven’t ever been to the gallery hop, it’shard to imagine what a unifying community celebration takes place hereeach month. If your schedule doesn’t normally permit muchshopping time in downtown, First Friday offers you the chance to findunique, one-of-a-kind gifts with extended shopping hours throughout thedistrict. It’s not only a perfect opportunity to support local artistsand craftspeople but a chance to support your local independentretailer as well. It’s fun, it’s free and it’s a great way tomeet your neighbors and perhaps a few new friends. Each month you’llfind top Triad talent performing and plenty to amuse and amaze. It’srare to find anyplace that completely reinvents itself on a monthlybasis, but that’s exactly what the Arts’ District offers, so takeadvantage and c’mon out to the hop! I give you the hot list for the April Hop: •Young’s Vintage Home and Garden; 633 N. Trade St.; Art and artifacts including Vance Kitiracandles, Claus Porto soaps and MikWright humor. Young’s spring saleprices are also honored throughout Gallery Hop. • TimothyNichols Gallery; 629 N. Trade St.; The featuredartist for April is Kevin Calhoun whose work is on display throughoutthe gallery. A variety of other local artists are also included in theshow. • Studios at 625; 625 N. Trade St., 336.724.3000: New work on display in member studios throughout the building. •Atelier Studios; 619 N. Trade St.; A one-man showwith guest artist Kirk Adam. The Aura3 CD cover art contest kick-offparty and the JeffYourSelf April installation. • Golden FlowerT’ai Chi Center; 612 N. Trade St.; Presenting a funevening of ongoing t’ai chi demonstrations as well as pa kua, swordform, belly dancing and African drumming. Also distributing informationon World Tai Chi Day coming up on April 26. • Earthbound Arts;610 N. Trade St.; New works by Gordon Jones andLucy Duncan including handmade beads and mugs, tea products and whitesage. • Piedmont Craftsmen Gallery; 601 N. Trade St.; Featuring a new exhibit by members for galleryhop from 7 to 10 p.m. • The Fiber Company; 600 N. Trade St.;336.725.5277: A collective gallery that showcases work by fiber artistsand designers features new work for gallery hop. • ArtworksGallery; 564 N. Trade St.; April’s offering isthe new exhibit, Show 2008 by Don Green and Lea Lackey-Zachmann. • The Other Half; 560 N. Trade St.; 336.407.5494: New artists in a variety of media featured for Gallery Hop, • Five & 40 Gallery; 541 N. Trade St.; 336.724.2474: A new show is on display for Gallery Hop, 7 to 10 PM. •Urban Artware/SEED Gallery; 207 W. 6th St.;, Featuring an eclectic mix of outsider art on display. •Mary Ann Zotto Studio, 202 W. 6th St. 336.575.9850: An open studio showcalled Pages From a Journal, featuring paintings by Mary Ann Zotto. • Patina; 217 W. 6th St.;, 336-725-6395: Open during Gallery Hop with new and interesting spring additions. •Artists on Liberty; 521 N. Liberty St.: The AOL building plays host toa live music series throughout the Gallery Hop. Also, new works ondisplay throughout the building in participating member studios. • DADA Community Center building; 526 N. Liberty St.: April’s exhibit showcases new works by the Collective on Depot. Send your Winston-Salem art news to Foxy Moxy at