First Friday’s Means Great Art Opportunities in Greensboro and Winston-Salem
Greetings Greensboro gallery hoppers, it is once again time to connect you with all the fun and frivolity planned for First Friday. Several events caught my eye this month and this Gallery Hop looks to be quite a vibrant one indeed. First off, I want to point out a change in location for the Yew Tree Gallery, which is moving one block south to 604 S. Elm St., across from the new Mellow Mushroom. The gorgeous new digs afford the group of member artists more breathing room in an expanded space. Stop in to view what’s new at the Yew Tree and congratulate them on the success of their relocation. There’s always plenty going on at the Cultural Arts Center on Davie Street but this month the opening at The Center for Visual Art seems quite intriguing. The Golf Show may or may not be up your alley, but an art installation featuring putt-putt holes that visitors can actually play for a small donation sounds like good fun to me. Additionally, if you are a fan of golf, you might also enjoy golf-related artwork in a variety of media from Center for Visual Art member artists also on display. Finally, I continually find myself feeling inspired by the excellence of work showing at Ambleside Gallery. March is certain to prove no exception with a show titled Watercolor at its Best. The group show offers works by artists based in both the US and a number of other spots on the globe including Moldova, the United Kingdom and China. The aptly named Ambleside is a great place to peruse at a leisurely pace, so relax to tunes from the grand player piano while allowing your eyes to caress offerings of the best.
• Ambleside Gallery (528 S. Elm St.): Hosting a new group show Watercolor at its Best which features works by Ion Carchalan (Moldova), David Easton (UK), Sterling Edwards (US), Leslie Frontz (US). Nigel Price (UK) and Guan Weixing (China). • Artmongerz (610 S. Elm St.): Specializing in found-object art by Artmongerz owner Frank Russell, and showing new works in all artist studios by member artists for Gallery Hop.
• Area (515 S. Elm St.): Visit the area’s only modern/contemporary home furnishings shop, located in downtown Greensboro. Featuring exclusive accessories and furniture with new arrivals from exclusive European product designers. • Cultural Arts Center (200 N. Davie St.): Art Alliance will feature the work of potters this month. If You Can Kill A Snake With It, It Ain’t Art is an ongoing exhibition at the Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art. The Guilford Native American Gallery will be open with authentic Native American arts and crafts, jewelry and pottery. The Center for Visual Artists offers The Golf Show in which one featured artist made putt-putt holes, that visitors will actually be able to play for a small donation, as well as golf related artwork in all media from CVA member artists. • Gate City Yarns (231 S. Elm St.): Gate City Yarns will hold spinning and weaving demonstrations during First Friday.
• Jules Antiques & Fine Art (530 S. Elm St.): Jules is offering a winter sale with everything in the store discounted 20-50 percent. Jules’ inventory currently boasts a diversified collection of highend international antiques. They have pieces from Boston to Bali, from Eastern Europe to western North Carolina with an eye for the unusual. They will serve their “famous” hot apple cider and a selection of Australian wines. • Lyndon Street Artworks (205 Lyndon St.): The warehouse houses more than 40 local artists in their working studios. For this First Friday, the following artists will feature: Antidotes and Potions by potter Mariana Rodriguez- Pardy. Julie McKnight is showing a new line of “deconstructed” fused wine bottles and hosting chain maille jewelry artist, Chris Bettini, as a guest in her studio. Alunda of AromaAdonai is a special guest of Lyndon Street Artworks for First Friday in March. Alunda is a certified aromatherapist demonstrating the creation of aromatherapy
blends. Cass Catlett will be demonstrating her flowing watercolor techniques on the stage. LidaWitherspoon is showing musically inspired paintings. Karen BjorkDischell offers new 2009 oil paintings. Charlotte and Erik Str’m ofStr’m Art offer fine art, illustration and design services. ErikBeerbower creates sculpture and Susan Ridenour has new pottery to show.
• Mack and Mack (220S. Elm St.): Offering interactive music for Gallery Hop. Bring your owninstrument to play or enjoy listening to music at this fashion designhouse turned music salon. All levels encouraged at this two-hour jamsession with a performance following by F-Art Ensemble. • The Tin Rooster (602S. Elm St.): Fine art photographer, Donald Schoenleber will be on handto share and celebrate the splendor of architecture and nature. • Winter Light Gallery (410Blandwood Ave.): Winter Light Gallery and art studios will offer OpenStudio Tours 6-9 p.m. The gallery is home to 13 artists, painters andphotographers. The studio is at corner of Blandwood and Spring Gardenstreets. • Yew Tree Gallery (604 S. Elm St.) It’s anespecially exciting month for Yew Tree Gallery as they open in a newspace. See the expanded, gorgeous new gallery and exceptional originalfine art. Now showing watercolors, oils, acrylics, pastels and pottery.Offering gourmet refreshments for Gallery Hop and a chance to meet someof the 19 artists. A silent auction of two original paintings by ChuckMcLachlan is under way.
Helloagain to all of Winston Salem’s Gallery Hop savvy, there’s plenty offun awaiting you on the First Friday of this month. March’s hopbrightens with a promise of great new shows as well as a brand-newgallery space! The Arts District can now add a picture framing shopplus gallery to the mix, Liberty Road Framers at 521 N. LibertySt. They will be opening with a show of work by international artistShesh Tantry, who at this time is working in abstract landscapes andabstracts in general, mainly in oils and acrylics.
MayI be the first, but not the last, to extend a welcome to our newneighbor? Also with cause to celebrate this month are two studios whojust happen to be next-door neighbors. The Studios at 625 arecelebrating their 10-year anniversary in style with music, refreshmentsand interactive art projects going on for First Friday. Hop on over toAtelier Studios and see what’s new as they navigate the waters undernew management with some nicely reorganized studio space. They’llbe happy to clue you in to their newly decided upon event schedule aswell. Atelier Studio is well known for the unsurpassed fun of theirthemed Gallery Hop events! Over at Artists on Liberty you’ll find Transformational Environments byJennifer Wynn O’Kelly. O’Kelly is an artist of unique perspective whoalso works as a scenic designer, lighting designer and art director. Sheweaves her love of archeology and anthropology into this exhibition aswell, which allows for imagination, magic and facts in equal measurewithin these works. She adeptly creates an environment for a story thataffords the viewer the chance to make mental journeys into the world ofeach painting. Here’s the hot list for March’s Hop:
• Timothy Nichols Gallery (629 N. Trade St.; www.timothynichols.net): Inventory clearance sale.
• Studios at 625 (625N. Trade St.; 336.724.3000): This month marks a landmark 10 thanniversary for the Studios at 625. Join the celebration with music andrefreshments as well as interactive art projects throughout thebuilding. • Atelier Studios (619 N. Trade St.; www.atelierstudiosws.com): Atelier Studios is celebrating an exciting grandre-opening of their collective under new management. Stop and see thelovely, newly reorganized spaces, enjoy work by new member artists andhear the plans for the coming year’s line up of their trademark themeevents. • Golden Flower T’ai Chi Center (612 N. Trade St.; www.goldenflower.org):Open for Gallery Hop with Tai Chi demonstrations and drumming. Tai Chidemonstration runs from 8-9 p.m. and the Drum Circle from 9-10 p.m.
• Earthbound Arts (610 N. Trade St.; www.earthboundarts.com): Featuring plenty of new creations for St.Patrick’s Day gift giving as well as chunky wood and glass beadnecklaces and earrings in hot spring colors and garden jewels to addsparkle to your garden. • Piedmont Craftsmen Gallery (601 N. Trade St.; www.PiedmontCraftsmen.org): Opening the 2009 New Member Show. Piedmont Craftsmen welcomes 16 new members to the guild. • The Fiber Company (600N. Trade St.; 336.725.5277): Open for Gallery Hop. Fiber Company is acollective gallery that showcases work by fiber artists and designers. • Artworks Gallery (564 N. Trade St.; www.artworks-gallery.org): Artworks Gallery is presenting a two-personmember artist show featuring sculpture by Don Green and paintings anddrawings by Lea Lackey- Zachmann. • The Other Half (560 N. Trade St.; 336.407.5494): Showing Jewelry for the Table a collection of hand cast pewter by the Clay Company. Also Pep Art: fun, funky and functional designer pepper grinders.
• 5IVE & 40RTY Gallery (541 N. Trade St.; www.5iveand40rty.com): Offers Healing Seekers, amultimedia project exploring remote regions of the world in search ofplants, living organisms and therapies that represent centuries-oldmedical traditions. • Urban Artware/SEED Gallery (207 W. 6 th St.; www.urbanartware.com, www.seedgallery. org): Urban Artware opens new show this month Scrub Attire Required. The show is a visual journal of artist Anne R. Laperriere’s experience as an assistant in the OR at Forsyth Medical Hospital. • Mary Ann Zotto Studio (202 W. 6 th St.; 336.575.9850): An open studio featuring new paintings by Mary Ann Zotto.
• Patina/Verdigris (217W. 6 th St.; 336.725.6395): Patina has new gifts, artifacts and funitems to decorate your home and person. Verdigris Gallery is featuring Sam the Dot Man, a collection of colorful works from the collection of Sam McMillan. • Artists on Liberty (521 N. Liberty St.): Opening reception for Transformational Environments, pigment-in-resinpaintings by Jennifer Wynn O’Kelly at the Artists On Liberty Building’sMain Gallery. Plus, various member studios will be open throughout thebuilding during Gallery Hop from 7 to 10 p.m.
• apercu gallery within Artists on Liberty building (521 N. Liberty St.): Showing Second Nature, pastelpaintings by master pastel artist Toni Lindahl. Featuring an eclecticmix of original pastels on board or paper tackling a wide variety ofsubject matter including vegetable still life and fruit to landscapes,florals and aquatic themes. • DADA Community Center building (526 N. Liberty St.): The March Hop extends the Word on the Street brickcampaign. Short stories, haiku, names, poems and more are part of thestreets in the Downtown Art District — your word can be there too ifyou act this month!