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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 my favorite ongoing Triad events, the First Friday Gallery Hop in Winston Salem. If you’re planning to participate in the Arts-District revelry this coming Friday, continue reading for the lowdown on what’s special at each spot this month.

April marks a turning point in the weather that benefits the hop with a return to outdoor entertainment planned. You can catch the Triad Irish Dancers performing incredible feats of dance at the Back Door Main Stage and take in a live music series planned for the Artists on Liberty building.

According to the Downtown Arts District Association, gallery receptions will be held at Timothy Nichols Designs, Artworks Gallery, Piedmont Craftsmen and Artists on Liberty; please refer to the list for exact locations. At the DADA Community Center building, 526 Liberty St., the April exhibit showcases new works by the Collective on Depot.

Essentially, the entire Arts District comes alive this Friday with worlds of new art to experience. Add to that already popular restaurants, bars and shops filled with the anticipation of a party and it really turns into quite a special occasion. If you haven’t ever been to the gallery hop, it’s hard to imagine what a unifying community celebration takes place here each month.

If your schedule doesn’t normally permit much shopping time in downtown, First Friday offers you the chance to find unique, one-of-a-kind gifts with extended shopping hours throughout the district. It’s not only a perfect opportunity to support local artists and craftspeople but a chance to support your local independent retailer as well.

It’s fun, it’s free and it’s a great way to meet your neighbors and perhaps a few new friends. Each month you’ll find top Triad talent performing and plenty to amuse and amaze. It’s rare to find anyplace that completely reinvents itself on a monthly basis, but that’s exactly what the Arts’ District offers, so take advantage 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.; youngsvintagehome.com: Art and artifacts including Vance Kitira candles, Claus Porto soaps and MikWright humor. Young’s spring sale prices are also honored throughout Gallery Hop.

• Timothy Nichols Gallery; 629 N. Trade St.; timothynichols.net: The featured artist for April is Kevin Calhoun whose work is on display throughout the gallery. A variety of other local artists are also included in the show.

• 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.; atelierstudiosws.com: A one-man show with guest artist Kirk Adam. The Aura3 CD cover art contest kick-off party and the JeffYourSelf April installation.

• Golden Flower T’ai Chi Center; 612 N. Trade St.; goldenflower.org: Presenting a fun evening of ongoing t’ai chi demonstrations as well as pa kua, sword form, belly dancing and African drumming. Also distributing information on World Tai Chi Day coming up on April 26.

• Earthbound Arts; 610 N. Trade St.; earthboundarts.com: New works by Gordon Jones and Lucy Duncan including handmade beads and mugs, tea products and white sage.

• Piedmont Craftsmen Gallery; 601 N. Trade St.; PiedmontCraftsmen.org: Featuring a new exhibit by members for gallery hop from 7 to 10 p.m.

• The Fiber Company; 600 N. Trade St.; 336.725.5277: A collective gallery that showcases work by fiber artists and designers features new work for gallery hop.

• Artworks Gallery; 564 N. Trade St.; artworks-gallery.org: April’s offering is the 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.; urbanartware.com, seedgallery.org: Featuring an eclectic mix of outsider art on display.

• Mary Ann Zotto Studio, 202 W. 6th St. 336.575.9850: An open studio show called 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 to a live music series throughout the Gallery Hop. Also, new works on display 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 moxy@foxymoxy.com.

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