first friday calendar

by Brian Crean


The Artery; 1711 Spring Garden St. — Opening reception featuring photography by Bill Clubb and music by Bruce Piephoff. For more information visit African American Atelier; 200 N. Davie St. — Featured in Center City Park, browse Atelier’s Traveling Trunk including arts and crafts. The gallery will also be open featuring our newest art Guilford County Minority Student Exhibition sponsored by the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, the Greensboro Alumnae Chapter. Center City Park; 200 N. Elm St. — Enjoy live roots/jazz music from the Brand New Life at 6 p.m. and funky hip-hop sounds from the the Urban Sophisticates at 7:20 p.m. Interact with Mischief Makers Handmade Market and activities for children. Indie Craft Market; corner of Elm and MLK — The Indie Market is a place where local artists and crafts people come together for an open-air market of handmade and vintage items, with a little music thrown in for you shopping pleasure. The market is open from 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Crafters include TBS Creations, Witch Hazel Handmade, Melissa Blackburn Glass Design, Squackdoodle and Debb’s Clay Designs. Jules Antiques & Fine Art; 530 S. Elm St. —Featuring a stunning display of 10 bronze American, European and Russian-style sculptures from $295. Live folk music in the rose and magnolia garden.


Lyndon Street Artworks; 205 Lyndon St. —Lyndon Street Artworks features more than 40 local artists’ working studios: potters, painters, sculptors, glass artists, metalsmiths and many others. Erik Str’m will be demonstrating on the stage, working in black and white, and showing off his latest Sharpie techniques on paper illustrating trees, landscapes, animals and fantastical creatures all at great prices. Charlotte Chipman Str’m will show newly painted landscapes. 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. Mariana Rodrigez-Pardy displays pottery for sale. Meet her during First Friday. Erik Beerbower has a number of new sculptures. Ask him about them! Susan Ridenour offers several new pottery pieces recently returned from pinching the clay.

She uses a most ancient method of making vessels for everyday use. Trace O’Connor, a sculptor, is out with a new series of completely unique wine-bottle trees that are unlike any you’ve ever seen before. Trace’s trees are priced to move and really fill with the summer’s party bottles! Trace O’Connor will also teach three onehour welding hourly lessons from six to nine this First Friday. Learn the basic skills, satisfy your curiosity about how zapping hot steel works or just come watch the sparks fly. For equipment list and information, contact Trace at

Old Photo Specialists; 320 S. Elm St. — Enter your name to win one of three $25 gift certificates and see restoration demonstrations, portrait studio and antique frame gallery.

Studio B; 520 S. Elm St. — Beautiful Forms – Exhibition by Orlando Silva. Beautiful Forms, an exhibition by artist Orlando Silva, celebrates the beauty of shapes through digital, acrylic and mixed-media techniques. Music performed by local electric violinist Marta Richardson.

The Summit Station Eatery; 125 Summit Ave. — Artists Jessica Nelson & Tara Winther will demonstrate their hand-crafted jewelry technique in the sofa lounge. Local blues band Big Bump will perform on the patio beginning at 8p.m.

Galleru space; 230-A S. Elm St. — Art exhibit Art 496 will feature portraits, abstract and construction/ collage works from advanced painting and drawing students from UNC-Greensboro in this available Elm Street space.

Winter Light Gallery, 410 Blandwood Ave. — Opening reception for interactive photographer, producer and author Steve Clark and his exhibit Breaking Free. Photographic images of trained dancers, yogis and athletes in motion demonstrating collaborative improvisation. Refreshments. Yew Tree Gallery; 604 S. Elm St. —Yew Tree Gallery’s featured artist is High Point painter Judith Glazier, who works in acrylics, watercolors and oils. Her style is loose and impression

tic, characterized by movement, color and flow. The gallery will ,also present a theme show in June entitled “Spring,” and will display the latest works of all 15 Yew Tree artists.


Urban Artware: 207 W 6 th St. —Featuring new work by Monica Cecil. “Spirals, shells, friends and the sea are the muses for this show, unexpectedly grief and mourning colored my world and it changed. My shows always seem to be about my life, even though it is not a conscious effort, it just happens, for me this is the most satisfying because somehow it helps me with my perspective on life.

I wanted this show to be lighter and more hopeful than the last, because I felt that way and after a long and difficult journey, Karma has blessed me with a new life to cherish and to help heal the painful loss. It has helped me to return to those beautiful Other Worlds.” For more information contact Millicent Greason-Spivak, 336.722.2345 or Seed Collective; 207 W 6 th St. — Candy Train Wreck. New paintings by Alex Norwood showing through June 26.

Woodland Moth Visual and Performing Artists at Atelier Studios: 619 N. Trade Street — Dedicated to the music, visual artwork, craftwork 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 Trade St. — Artworks Gallery presents a two-person exhibit of sculpture and drawings by Don Green and ceramic sculpture by Mitzi Shewmake. Don Green is showing drawings of countryside images from New Zealand, and sculpture made from stone, wood and naturally oxidized steel. His art has always been inspired by nature — land, rocks, woods, water and the ongoing processes in nature — erosion, wear, rust and decay. Don says: “My life is shaped and influenced by my perceptions of the natural world around me. I find proof of the existence of a supreme being and a sense of spiritual renewal and guidance in nature’s landscapes. My forms are generally organic, inspired by trees or details of them, hills and valleys, rocks, roots, streams and rivers. Much of my sculpture is concerned with massive weight, compression and the resulting distortion apparent in the forms.”

Mitzi Shewmake is showing figurative ceramic sculpture and two drawings that emphasize snakes. Her work consists of several smaller sculptures of terra cotta, one of terra cotta and cement combined, two relief sculptures and one larger sculpture. This consists of a semi abstract stone-like figure in cement reclining on a box-like rectangular work with open rooms that contain some terra cotta figures. Shewmake says, “This is to give the idea of all the thoughts, images, etc. that go on in our heads that we are often unaware of but that have great influence over our behavior.” The Other Half; 560 N Trade St. — Featuring Pequea Valley Forge by Al & Sylvia Stephens. “Hand-forged, finely crafted contemporary ironwork combining form and function.” Watergirl Designs by Sharon Bass. “Handcrafted one-of-a-kind pieces blending wire techniques with natural and man-made elements, creating organic designs from the soul.”

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.

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