Winston Arts Scene Bustling This Month
The Arts District is offering up a memorable September Gallery Hop, so plan those First Friday activities accordingly. Before I sneak you an exclusive peek into the festivities however, I have important tidbits from some far-reaching corners of the arts community.
I’d first like to extend a warm greeting to Steven Matijcio, the spankin’ new curator of contemporary art for SECCA. Imbued with bold international vision and planning three major shows opening this fall, Steven hopes the arts community will benefit from SECCA’s fresh perspective. It is my hope that he finds the Triad arts scene to be progressive, expansive and always welcoming. Another welcome is in order for a new artists’ showcase in the West End. West End Galleries, 453 West End Blvd., features the work of nine local artists including oil painters, a photographer and a fabric and jewelry artist. Stop by and discover this intimate new arts space. To focus in on another fabulous Gallery Hop, stop by Urban Artware Gallery for an intriguing new show, Clay Mugs by local artist Nicole Uzzell. Think mug as in making a face, which is indeed what she does from large hand rolled slabs of clay that are textured with stamp patterns. The stamps, also handmade, create designs reminiscent of African masks and textiles. They faces convey an intended feeling of introspection, representing diverse internal emotions from sadness to inner peace. At Piedmont Craftsmen Gallery this month there’s a new joint show by three exhibiting member artists. The work of fiber artists Libby and Jim Mijanovich will be featured as well as Kenneth Thomas, an artist working in metal. The gallery is putting out an early reminder for the Piedmont Craftsmen’s 45 th Fair, Nov. 15-16 at the Benton Convention Center, so be sure to mark the date. Great entertainment planned for the streets includes a student band, Inertia, and dance performances in front of Atelier Studios and belly dancing at the Shimmy Shack. Not to be missed is the exciting grand opening of the Yoga Studio/Art of Yoga with a sand mandala by Nancy David. In other district news, Finnigan’s Wake will hold a special raffle out front during Gallery Hop as fundraiser for Help Vinny. Vinny is a four-year old recently diagnosed with a rare childhood cancer. Please make Finnigan’s a stop on your itinerary and see how you can help support this brave little boy and his family. If you happen to spot me, looking dazed, amazedand slightly dusty in the Arts District during the hop, it’s becauseI’ve just returned from the most extreme gathering of artists on planetearth… Burning Man! Dust storms willing, I’m planning to keep a live blog just for YES! Weekly and if you’re curious, you can check it out here: www. yesweeklyblog.blogspot.com. I’ll catch you all after the burn!
Here’s the hot list for September’s Hop:
• Timothy Nichols Gallery; 629 N. Trade St.; www.timothynichols.net: Showcasing new works by local artists as well as new furniture pieces and other splendid appointments for the home.
• Studios at 625; 625N. Trade St.; 336.724.3000: National Art Honor Students will createmake-and-take art trading cards on site, plus new work on display inmember studios.
• Atelier Studios; 619 N. Trade St.; www.ateliersstudios.com: Featuring outdoor dance performance plus the latest JeffYourSelf installation during the September Gallery Hop.
• Golden Flower T’ai Chi Center; 612 N. Trade St.; www.goldenflower.org:Hopes you’ll join them for a fun evening of tai chi, pa kua, sword formand African drumming! Tai Chi Demonstration 8-9 p.m. and the open drumcircle 9-10 p.m. Offering delightful new teas at the Bubbling Well Tea& Tonic Bar for September, located inside Golden Flower T’ai ChiCenter.
• Earthbound Arts; 610 N. Trade St.; www. earthboundarts.com: Beautiful new works in pottery and other media by Gordon Jones and Lucy Duncan.
• Piedmont Craftsmen Gallery; 601 N. Trade St.; www.PiedmontCraftsmen.org:New joint Artist of the Month show, featuring Libby and Jim Mijanovich,fiber artists, and Kenneth Thomas, metal artist, opening at PiedmontCraftsmen for the month of September. Please join us during the GalleryHop and save the date for the upcoming Piedmont Craftsmen’s 45 th Fair,Nov. 15-16 at the Benton Convention Center.
• The Fiber Company; 600N. Trade St.; 336.725.5277: Featuring unique handmade dolls by WendyBarber. Fiber Company is a collective gallery that showcases work byfiber artists and designers.
• Artworks Gallery; 564 N. Trade St.; www. arts-gallery.org: September brings a new show from two member artists. Planetary Expressions, pastels on paper by Virginia Ingram and Books from Home, hand-made art books by Mary Beth Blackwell-Chapman.
• The Other Half; 560 N. Trade St.; 336.407.5494: Showing Salt! Salt! Salt!. withthree featured artists. Silvie Goldmark Design offers wacky, wonderful,salt and peppershakers. Also showcasing Clay Company’s jewelry for thetable, including oyster, pear leaf and grape leaf saltcellars. Boxed salts are to accompany Celeste Chapman-Dent’s dichroic glass jeweled pendants, earrings and pins.
• 5IVE & 40RTY Gallery; 541 N. Trade St.; www.5iveand4orty.com: Open with a new show for Gallery Hop.
• Urban Artware/SEED Gallery; 207 W. 6 th St.; www.urbanartware.com, www. seedgallery.org: See description above for Clay Mugs by Nicole Uzzell. SEED Gallery showcases a 10-year anniversary member retrospective.
• Mary Ann Zotto Studio; 202 W. 6 th St.; 336.575.9850: An open studio show featuring wonderful new works by colorful local painter Mary Ann Zotto. • Patina; 217 W. 6 th St.; 336.725.6395: Open during Gallery Hop with new art, artifacts and fun items to decorate your home and person.
• apercu gallery at Artists on Liberty; 521 N. Liberty St.: Check out Expressions: Abstract Watercolor Paintings byThomas Abbott, the new featured work for September at apercu gallery.Mr. Abbott is known for his award winning figurative and landscapepaintings. Plus, the Garage’s open mic night with Country Dan Collinsmakes another appearance under the marquee outside the front of thebuilding on Liberty Street. Join Country Dan Collins as he hosts aspecial encore of his open mic night during Gallery Hop from 7 to 10p.m.
• DADA Community Center building; 526 N. Liberty St.: The Community Center on Liberty will feature a new show for Gallery Hop.