Winston-Salem’s First Friday brings out the art lovers and fun seekers

by Foxy Moxy

As May rolls out delightful sunshine days, I know First Friday fans will be coming out to play! The City of the Arts heats up the Hop this month with great outdoor entertainment including jugglers, dancers, live music, poetry and artful demonstrations. Speaking of hot times, the artistic minds at Atelier Studios have been sizzling overtime to bring another great season of creative entertainment to Trade Street. With the second annual Atelier A Go-Go’s Salute to ’60s/’70s AM Radio on tap for First Friday, the Atelier gang takes the theme party to happening new heights. Vintage autos and red carpet VIP arrivals will mix with storefront go-go dancers and old-school vinyl, so boogaloo on by for some free ’60s dance lessons! After enjoying all that the galleries and streets have to offer on your stroll down Trade, be sure to check out Artists on Liberty for art and entertainment both indoors and out. Under the marquee, the acoustic Americana sounds of White Light will rock the night air with original music featuring three-part vocal harmonies. Continuing inside, the Artists on Liberty Main Gallery is showing My Family and the Bear Maulings, a group exhibit by student artists from Wake Forest University. The students share a common passion for art, but communicate utilizing differing philosophies, interests and media, lending to the show’s eclectic presentation. Also in the Artist on Liberty Building, stop by apercu gallery for a show with a fun title featuring new acrylic paintings by Shayna Parker. Does This Match Your Sofa? showcases her abundant use of color combined with fun loving, whimsical aesthetics. Parker cites influences to her work as diverse as Hispanic and Pennsylvania Dutch culture, so catch this show to decide if your sofa’s been lonely all this time. Here’s the hot list for May’s Hop:

Timothy Nichols Gallery, 629 N. Trade St., Inventory clearance sale.

Studios at 625, 625 N. Trade St., 336.724.3000: New exhibition The Secret Project will use anonymous postcard contributions confessing secrets from the community to create the work shown. There’s always a fun mix of art and resident artists on hand for Gallery Hop.

Atelier Studios, 619 N. Trade St., Atelier Studios offers the second annual AtelierA Go-Go, a fun salute to AM Radio of the ’60s and ’70s. Vintage ’60svehicles and vinyl, red-carpet arrivals and go-go dancers in the windowwill highlight this event. The Atelier collective is under newmanagement. Stop and enjoy newly reorganized spaces with work by memberartists. • Golden Flower T’ai Chi Center, 612 N. Trade St., Open for Gallery Hop with fine tea tasting from 8 to 9:30 p.m. and Tai Chi demonstrations from 8 to 9 p.m.

Earthbound Arts, 610 N. Trade St., fantastic new creations for Mother’s Day gift giving likechunky wood and glass bead necklaces and earrings in hot spring colorsand garden jewels to add sparkle to your garden. • Piedmont Craftsmen Gallery, 601 N. Trade St., Opening new show Inspired Reuse an exhibit highlighting works that incorporate re-cycled, re-purposed or found materials. • The Fiber Company, 600N. Trade St., 336.725.5277: Open for Gallery Hop. Fiber Company is acollective gallery that showcases work by fiber artists and designers. • Artworks Gallery, 564 N. Trade St., Featuring a two-person exhibit with drawingsfocused on dogs by EO Hill and the photography of Holly Wilbur. • The Other Half, 560 N. Trade St., 336.407.5494: Showing Fabulous Objects for Garden, whimsical garden or indoor ornaments, garden lights and hummingbird feeders. • 5IVE & 40RTY Gallery, 541 N. Trade St., Will be open for Gallery Hop.

Urban Artware/SEED Gallery, 207 W. 6 th St.,, www. Urban Artware and Seed Gallery will be open new shows this month for Gallery Hop.

Mary Ann Zotto Studio, 202 W. 6 th St., 336.575.9850: An open studio featuring new paintings by Mary Ann Zotto

Patina/Verdigris, 217W. 6 th St., 336.725.6395: Patina has new gifts, artifacts and funitems to decorate your home and person. Verdigris Gallery is featuringLouis Guidetti, a classical realist painter educated in Italy and basedin Winston-Salem. The show will include portrait, still life,landscapes and religious figurative paintings.

Artists on Liberty, 521 N. Liberty St.: Features My Family and the Bear Mauling inthe building’s Main Gallery. The show is an eclectic collection of workfrom five Wake Forest art students in a variety of media. Playing underthe marquee for the live music series will be White Light, withacoustic americana rock and roll

Apercu gallery within Artists on Liberty building, 521 N. Liberty St.: Showing Does This Match Your Sofa, newacrylic paintings by Shayna Parker. This show has been moved from theMain Gallery for special exhibition to apercu gallery for the month ofMay.

DADA Community Center building, 526 N. Liberty St.: Featuring a new exhibit Meadowlark Middle School and the DADA Collective a show by students and their teachers who worked with six members of the DADA Artist Collective.