first friday calendar

by Brian Crean

WINSTON-SALEM / TRADE STREET Urban Artware; 207 W. 6 th St.: Delightfully Dreadful Fairy Tales Urban Artware featured artist Tiffany O’Brien, on view thru July 31 The fabulous Tiffany O’Brien brings her wacky magic back to Urban Artware for the month of July. She’ll be here for the opening… ALL the way from New York City, so be sure to stop by during the Gallery Hop, And see Tiffany and her newest work in the show titled Delightfully Dreadful Fairy Tales, a series of new paintings based on traditional fairy tales… as opposed to those Tiffany usually fabricates from her own sweet mind…. For more information: Millicent Greason, or 336.722.2345.

Woodland Moth Visual and Performing Artists at Atelier Studios; 619 N. Trade St.: Dedicated to the Music, visual artwork, craftwork and products that are created or have originated out of the Winston-Salem, Lewisville and Clemmons area. 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 entitled New Bearings, with ceramic sculpture and handmade books by Mary Blackwell-Chapman, and work on paper by Mona Wu. Blackwell-Chapman’s sculptures are figura tive ceramics, and her handmade book forms incorporate clay, wood, paper and objects from nature. The figurative works are realistic and the books are very abstract, although the titles reference specific places. Wu, a long time printmaker, has come full cycle in her art, going back to her cultural roots in Chinese art. In this show, the paintings are done in the traditional Chinese ink and watercolor style. However, some paintings are in a grid collage arrangement. 336.723.5890. The Other Half; 560 N Trade St.: Featuring Shino glazed functional pottery by Tim Turner of Creedmoor.

GREENSBORO/ELM STREET Ambleside Gallery; 528 S. Elm St.:Featuring still-life paintings by Jim Celano, acrylic wildlife by Matthew Hillier, watercolors by Alexis Lavine, oils and pastels by Leigh Rodenbough, landscapes and abstracts by Frank Rowland and pastels by Sarah Watts.

Cultural Arts Center; 200 N. Davie St. Center for Visual Artists presents its first annual community recycled/reclaimed art exhibition, TRASH, beginning Friday. This exhibition explores the issues of waste and consumption through works primarily made of trash. CVA will also feature a guest exhibition by local artist Anne Marsh, whose pieces are lively and colorful, containing layered recycled mixed media with repeated patterns. Her most recent body of work, North Carolina Mardi Gras, has been featured at Fincastles restaurant downtown. For additional information, visit or call 336.333.7485.

Green Hill Center for NC Art presents Meet the Artist @ The Shop. Greensboro painter Les Caison III shows and discusses his “slices of life,” or “narrative” paintings which house social commentary. See pieces,“Beacon” and “Montief” from his latest series inspired by Joseph Bathanti’s The High Heart, a collection of short stories. Event is from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Elements Gallery; 602 S. Elm St.: Featured artist for July (beginning with First Friday) is Suzanne Cowan, who is a mixed media artist using Raku clay, metal and other objects to create wonderful shadow boxes, wall plaques and jewelry. The intricacy and thought that goes into her wall art are culminated in the naming of each piece. Be sure to look closely lest you miss some hidden aspect of her work.

Indie Craft Market; corner of South Elm Street and Martin Luther King Drive: 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 your shopping pleasure. Some of the local talent for the July market includes Dancing Free Designs, Verbage, LeeLu Creations, Faye’s Crochet and Sweet Gum Puppets. Market is open from 4-9p.m.

International Civil Rights Center & Museum; 134 S. Elm St.: Celebrate First Friday at the International Civil Rights Center & Museum. Live performances by local talent that explore how music coveys the spirit of resistance and the love of liberty. Free entry into lobby area, museum tours regular price.

Jules Antiques; 530 S. Elm St.: Introducing a private line of original art cards. Browse handmade, pre-packaged individual cards by Agnes Preston-Brame, with more than 40 designs available. This month Jules is also featuring a collection of antique sterling silver, recently acquired from a local estate. Goblets, cordials, salt and pepper sets and trays. The pieces date from 1760 to the early 1900s.

Just Be; 352 S. Elm St.: Explore almost 150 handmade artists’ works including eclectic jewelry, pottery, glass, sculpture, soulful prints, eco-friendly candles, body products, handmade cards, home d’cor, textiles and handmade vintage-style clothing.

Lyndon Street Artworks; 205 Lyndon St.: Lyndon Street Artworks, in conjunction with Urban Artware/SEED Gallery, presents YES! Weekly’s Outside the Box Project, wherein 10 Triad artists give their takes on the newspaper’s distribution boxes (see this week’s cover story, p. 14). Food, music and drink will be provided.

Mack and Mack; 220 S. Elm St.: Drop in to Mack and Mack’s showroom to hear the inscrutable musical meanderings of the F-Art Ensemble. These classically trained musicians use the superb acoustics at Mack and Mack to explore open improvisation. No one, including the musicians, knows what will happen until the notes are played. Refreshments.

Winter Light Gallery and Art Studios; 410 Blandwood Ave.: SUMMER IN THE CITY exhibit and reception featuring new, original oil, watercolor and pastel artworks. Also browse foundobject works and pottery pieces. Gallery artists include Jerry Cartwright, Chase Ferguson, Vicki Johnson, Jeanne Twilley, Kathy Brusnighan, Judy Meyler, Carol Meetze-Moates, Kathy Phillips, Steve Robinson, Carol Sams Hamlin, Allie Scott, Phyllis Sharpe and Jane Smith.

Yew Tree Gallery; 604 S. Elm St.: Yew Tree Gallery’s featured artist for First Friday is Jane Averill. She paints in oils from life around her, often including people interacting with their environment, animals, reflective surfaces and plants. Averill taught art in public schools for 28 years, and has owned Serendipity Art School for the last 10 years where she offers classes for children and adults. Yew Tree Gallery displays all 15 member-artists’ work, with a special themed show entitled SPRING AND SUMMER.

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