first friday calendar

by Brian Crean


—Ambleside Gallery; 528 S. Elm St. Wildlife paintings by Italian artist Dino Paravano, English artist Matthew Hillier and American artist Julia Rogers. Landscape and still-lifes by Sarah Watts, Lindsay Harkness and Leigh Rodenbough, and permanently displayed are the watercolors by Chinese painter Guan Weixing. Refreshments served.

—Center City Park; 200 N. Elm St. (Elm St. & Friendly Ave.) Center City Park will liven up the heart of downtown with live music, Mischief Makers Handmade Market and activities for children from 6 to 9pm, through October. May 7: 6 p.m. Crystal Bright and the Silver Hands; 7:20p.m. Amelia’s Mechanics

—Center for Visual Artists Opening reception for SIZE matters. This is a small work/big work art exhibition featuring various mediums along with Linear Interpretations, a guest exhibition featuring local artist John Charles Gibbs and contemporary artist Dustin Merkamp.

—Green Hill Center for NC Art Exhibition for Richard Ritter: 40 years of Glass. Organized by the Fine Art Museum of Western Carolina University and the Toe River Arts Council, Green Hill presents Richard Ritter: 40 years of Glass, including more thyan 70 works from 1969 through 2010, including stunning selected pieces from the Grail, Florescence and Floral Core series. Showing of Private Collections. Private Collections is a survey of artwork collected from Green Hill Center over the past three decades.

—Elements Gallery; 602 S.Elm St. Grand opening of North Carolina pottery and fine crafts gallery featuring 30 leading potters and glass artists.

—Elm Street Center; 203 S. Elm St. Visit the Elm Street Center for an exciting pottery exhibit featuring Ann Lynch as well as musical entertainment. Cash bar available.

—Triad Stage; 232 S. Elm St. High Lonesome Strings. Traditional local youth band Wide Open Bluegrass in the lobby of Triad Stage from 6-7:30 p.m. This portion of the concert is free and open to the public prior to the EMF Fringe event.

—Indie Market; South Elm Street and MLK downtown An open-air market where local artists and crafts people showcase handmade and vintage items. The May market includes J Britt Gardner Pottery, Donna’s Delights, Wild N Crazy Vintage and Home Brewed Art and more. Open from 4-9 p.m.

—International Civil Rights Center & Museum; 134 S. Elm St. Celebrate African Liberation Month with the Wesley Williams Urban Dance Theater. The performance includes exuberant drumming, singing and dancing drawn from the cultural traditions of the West African nations of Senegal, Guinea and Gambia.

—Just Be; 352 S. Elm St.

Mike Lambert of Greensboro will show his homegrown herbs, vegetables and succulents for sale and ready to be planted. The plantings and fairy gardens are a work of art!

—Lyndon Street Artworks; 205 Lyndon Street Enjoy refreshments, wander through the building. Featuring more than 40 local artists’ working studios that are open to the public. Come see potters, painters, sculptors, glass artists, metalsmiths and many other types of creative people at work in their creative spaces.

Jillian Webb will be demonstrating her painting techniques live on the stage. Erik Beerbower will show new metal sculptures. Charlotte and Erik Str’m will be selling signed copies of the children’s book “Wishful Thinking,” written by Max McNamara and illustrated by Joshua Hendry and Erik and Charlotte Str’m. —Mack and Mack; 220 S. Elm St.

Experience the inscrutable musical meanderings of the F-Art Ensemble and supplemental sounds from the Dave Fox Band. The evening includes a dueling piano session between Dr. Fox and Gil Fray and possibly up to eight other players joining them before the evening’s end. Refreshments served. —Old Photo Specialists; 320 S. Elm St.

Showing great ideas for Mother’s Day presents. See restoration demonstrations, portrait studio and antique

frame gallery.

—Salon Bailey’s; 320 S. Elm St., Ste. A open house showcasing Abstractions by artist Jeff Woodburn. Primarily latex on canvas.

Refreshments served.

—Yew Tree Gallery; 604 S. Elm St.

Featuring artist is Jan Greene, a traditional transparent watercolorist. Jan’s subjects come from nature, and she paints with luminous colors that run from light to shadow in her work. Jan Green is the pastor at liberty Friends meeting, a Quaker church in liberty. Painting is a spiritual discipline for her and a source of meditation.

—Winter Light Gallery; 410 Blandwood Ave. Featuring Figures and Faces by kathy Tice.

—Carolina Theatre; 310 S. Greene St. cirque motion Awaken, an innovative production featuring high-flying aerialists and acrobats, spine bending contortionists, incredible juggling and comedy. Ticket prices range from kids @ $5 to adults @ $33 and several prices in between. 2 pm and 8 pm.

—Elsewhere Artist Collaborative; 606 S. Elm St. Radio Fm Presents, a First Friday evening of radio waves with live music, interviews, replays, favorites and audio experiments. 8-11 p.m. Free.

TRADE ST / WINSTON-SALEM —DADA NEWS – studios@625 will feature Winston-salem’s cameron kent signing his new book, Paper lantern Theatre has info on their new summer shows, 1001 Nights Belly Dance Troupe is performing and the camel city skulls have a car show on liberty street with a music performance later in the evening at THe GARAGe.

—Urban Artware; 207 W. 6 th St. Figure Studies: New Paintings by Peter Spivak. A bit different from his previous work, Peter spivak has produced a series of five paintings dealing with the figure. Returning to the basics these pieces reflect his ongoing investigation of painting with oils. showing through may 29.

—5ive and 40rty Gallery; 541-A Trade Street

Presenting the premier showing of Rickshaw Wallah: Photography by Greg Vore from April 9 through may 15. The exhibition includes more than 20 photos from the New York artist’s travels to India and Bangladesh where he has documented the now exotic, hand-pulled and cycle rickshaws.For more information on the artist, visit

—Woodland Moth Visual and Performing Artists at Atelier Studios; 619 N. Trade St. Dedicated to the music, visual artwork, craft work and products that are created or have originated out of the Winston-salem, lewisville and clemmons area of North carolina. Featured artists include: marilyn Ingram, Nancy smith, AURA3, Rick Jones, saphira, skyDance and Norman sturdy.

—Artworks Gallery; 564 N. Trade St. Presenting a two-person exhibit of acrylic paintings by cindy Taplin and lea lackey-Zachmann. cindy Taplin is showing paintings inspired by her trip last year to mendocino, calif. lea lackey- Zachmann is showing acrylic paintings based on photographs of flowers taken from a microscope.

—Piedmont Craftsmen; 601 N. Trade St. Take It Outside! exhibiting members group show of work for outdoor living spaces from may 7-29.

—The Other Half; 560 N. Trade St. mothers, Brides, Grads and Friends Favorite Things: Featuring functional art by Henrietta Glass from Providence, RI. Also handcrafted wooden spoons and unique decorative carvings by moonspoon from kempton, Penn.

—Earthbound Arts; 610 N. Trade St. Gifts from nature, fine handcrafted soaps, clay, glass and metal.

—Christine Rucker Photography; 629 N. Trade St. Wedding photography, family documentaries and photojournalism. Gallery open every First Friday.

To add your gallery or event to our monthly First Friday calendar, please send an email to brian@