first friday calendar


Center City Park; 200 N. Elm St.: Enjoy live music from Decoration Ghost, Hammer No More the Fingersnand the Bronzed Chorus. Interact with Mischief Makers Handmade Market and fun activities for children. Free and open to the public.

Cultural Arts Center; 200 N. Davie St. Green Hill Center for NC Art: Meet the Artist @ the Shop Meet self-taught artist Cher Shaffer at 6:30 p.m. and view her vibrant works on paper. Shaffer started painting in her early 20s, using any surface she could find — masonite, old boards, stones. Many of her new works on view through October are done on cake boxes and repurposed paper. A select group of unframed works for collectors on a budget will be for sale. Shaffer is participating in Drawing Revisited (9/10/10-10/31/10) and has exhibited at the Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, the Portsmouth Museum in Virginia and Owensboro Museum of Art in Kentucky.

Community Draw — Make Your Mark: Join illustrator Jim Young from 6-8 p.m. in the Cultural Center atrium as he kicks off the Community Draw with 40-foot continuous line doodle which includes caricatures of well known community members and… you!

African American Atelier: Colorfully Bold: The Creative World of Synthia SAINT JAMES exhibit in the African American Atelier, 6-9 p.m. The Ugandan Orphan Children’s Choir will be performing in the Atrium, 6-8 p.m. The choir composed of five girls and five boys, orphans from Uganda, are singing and dancing their way through the United States bringing awareness and a message of hope to American audiences through the traditional rhythmic dances and songs of Africa.

Indie Market; S. 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 your shopping pleasure. Some of the local talent for the September market includes Dara Morgan, Amanda Vaughn- Redmon, Slow Turn Studio, Lotus Stone & Crystal Jewelry and Zen Cat Bakery.

International Civil Rights Center & Museum;134 S. Elm St.: The museum will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Ballet Folklorico Azteca. This amazing group of performers carries on the tradition of an ancient, beautiful and proud heritage.

Lyndon Street Artworks; 205 Lyndon St.: Celebrating Hispanic heritage with work from four Latin American artists: Monica Weber, a Mexican Mosaic artist and painter, Jose Rodriguez, a contemporary artist from Venezuela, Rafael Ruano, an artist and writer from Costa Rica, and Mariana Rodriguez- Pardy, Mexican potter and folk artist. Lyndon Street Artworks features more than 40 local artists’ working studios.

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.

Old Photo Specialists; 320-B S. Elm St.: OldPhoto Specialists will feature the artwork ofVance Garvin, demonstrating his watercolorand pencil techniques using a live model.Examples of photo restoration will also be ondisplay.Winter Light Art Gallery and Studios; 410Blandwood Ave.: Browse working studios for14 artists and galleries featuring a variety ofmediums including collage, water color, pastel,oil and photography. The original art rangesfrom contemporary to traditional from JerryCartwright, Chase Ferguson, Vicki Johnson,KathyˆBrusnighan, Judy Meyler, Carol Meetze-Moates, Kathy Phillips, Steve Robinson, CarolSams, Allie Scott, Phyllis Sharpe, Jane Smith andJeanne Twilley.Yew Tree Gallery; 604 S. Elm St.: Yew TreeGallery’s featured artist for SeptemberˆisˆJaneAndrews, a resident of Georgia.ˆJaneAndrewsˆpaints primarily with acrylics on canvas,and is often inspired by forms in nature.Janeˆsays of her work,ˆ“There is no better tranquilizerfor the soul than the sounds, smells,textures, tastes and sights of nature. I hope toremind viewers to take time to stop, look andlisten; to be stilled for a while; to imagine thewarm caress of sunshine upon their faces, thecrisp crackle of fallen leaves beneath their feet,the sweet perfume of a gentle rain.” The gallery’stheme show, The Dog Days of Summer willcontinue through September. In addition,ˆworksof all 15 Yew Tree artists will be on display.WINSTON SALEM/TRADE STREET5IVE & 40RTY: Presenting Give ‘em Shelter —The exhibition to support Habitat Humanity’srelief effort in Haiti. The exhibition will be heldthrough Sept. 4. An opening reception will beheld on Thursday from 5:40 until 7:40 p.m. Artdonated by local artists will be on display andauctioned through a silent bid process to closeat 5 p.m. on Saturday. Local artists includingTory Casey, Ron Propst, Rob and Beth Magnum,Anastassiya Popova and Joy Ritenour amongmany others, have donated art for the auction.All proceeds to benefit Habitat for Humanity’sRelief efforts in Haiti. A full weekend of musicevents the Garage Thursday through Staurdaywill feature artists who are giving their timeand talent to the relief effort. For more informationvisit This event is sponsored in part byBlessings Project Foundation.Woodland Moth Visual and PerformingArtists at Atelier Studios; 619 N. TradeStreet: Dedicated to music, visual artwork,craftwork created or originating out of NorthCarolina. Exhibition spaces for up 40 artists,classes in dance and various forms of movementplus themed First Friday Gallery Hops.Featured artists include the Exhibiting Artistsof The LAAC, Marilyn Ingram, Nancy Smith,Rick Jones, Norman Sturdy and our “HallWal”artists. Some space still available. for info.Artworks Gallery: 564 Trade Street:Artworks Gallery presents a two-personexhibit of paintings entitled Elsewhere byChris Flory, and collages entitled GreetingCards from Planet Earth by Nancy Hayes. Theopening reception is Friday, coinciding withthe Gallery Hop. Chris Flory is showing smallacrylic on panel paintings most of whichwere inspired by a recent three-month trip toParis. A few are representational, others aremore abstract, dealing with the artist’s feelingsabout and impressions of Paris. NancyHayes is showing collages that are a tapestryof images as an homage to the survivingbeasts of the natural world, revealing a senseof their peril and frailty. These works continuesa line of artistic exploration of the animalkingdom and its interface with the modernworld. The compositions frequently presentcaricatures played out through ironic use ofproportion and contrasting elements. Ms.Hayes states: “With a trace of urgency in mywork, reflecting the current collective senseof global environmental change, my fear ishopefully matched with a sense of humorand joy derived from my underlying worldview”.The Other Half; 560 N Trade Street:Featuring Get the Point, acrylic and exoticwood darts by Bland Wade and Kaleidoscopesby Kathleen Hunt and Bland Wade. Newworks in the gallery from Diane Demers-Smith, Sharon Bass, Clyde Gobble and RonPropst.Earthbound Arts; 610 N Trade Street: Giftsfrom nature, fine handcrafted soaps, clay,glass and metal.Christine Rucker Photography; 629 N.Trade Street: Wedding photography, familydocumentaries and photojournalism. Galleryopen every First Friday.