found objects

by Keith Barber

This week’s installment of Found Objects kicks off with Downtown Greensboro’s First Friday celebration on Friday. First Friday is a free, selfguided tour of downtown shops, galleries and alternative arts venues that participate with specially programmed events and extended hours ’til 9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month. The organizers have billed First Friday as “an opportunity to discover the center city’s local artistic community and encourages commerce and support of locally-owned, independent businesses located in downtown.” The event is sponsored through a partnership between Downtown Greensboro Inc. and the United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro. Participating venues include Ambleside Gallery, which features an exhibition of paintings and reception for the members of the Watercolor Society of North Carolina. Artmongerz, located at 610 S. Elm St., presents an exhibition showcasing the work of 10 resident artists and live music by artist, songwriter and producer Phil Comstock. Basketdoodle, located at 317 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, will feature an open mic night for poetry readings, music and performances on First Friday. Arts patrons are encouraged to join poet and host Josephus III for Center City Poetry Experience, an open-mic event at the pavilion at Center City Park from 6 to 8 p.m. on First Friday. The Cultural Arts Center will host 3D movies Journey Through the Universe, Keep it Wild and Amazing World. Shows start every half-hour beginning at 6 p.m. The Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art will transform into a mecca of music and art, including street art and pottery demonstrations, street bellydancing, hip-hop dance and bassline DJ music thumping through the atrium from 6 to 9 p.m. Elsewhere Artist Collaborative, located at 606 & 608 S. Elm St., presents Anthony Lowe, AKA DJ 1993J, from 8 to 11 p.m. on Friday. Lowe works in several mediums including process and performance art, printing, audio design, writing and cataloging. The Greensboro Chamber of Commerce will also be a venue for First Friday, displaying the work of several local artists represented by the Heart of Living Gallery on Friday. Jules Antiques and Fine Art, located at 530 S. Elm St. and Jules-Too present a huge collection of antiques and vintage costume jewelry during First Friday. Lyndon Street Artworks, located at 205 Lyndon St., presents Recycle! Renew! Reuse! Relive! Artists’ work on display include Julie McKnight; Karen Bjorn Dischell’s oil paintings; Susan Ridenour’s tableware; Kris Hohn’s projects including driftwood, shells, bottlecaps and wire and a new collection of mini paintings; and Anne Marie Davis’ Pears. Patrons can watch artists demonstrating their techniques live on the stage in the Lyndon Street Lounge.