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by Keith Barber

Spring has sprung in the Piedmont Triad and the arts scene is abloom with a myriad of events. In addition to the opening of the 13 th annual RiverRun International Film Festival Friday night in Winston-Salem, Terri Kirby Erickson’s book launch party for her new collection, In the Palms of Angels, will be held Thursday at the Derrick L. Davis Forsyth Regional Cancer Center at 7 p.m. Ten percent of book sales from the evening with the author will be donated to the cancer center.

Weatherspoon Art Museum is celebrating its 70th anniversary with an exhibition featuring 100 works from its permanent collection: 70 Years of Collecting displays the work of artists Willem De Kooning, Paul Manship, David Smith, Louise Nevelson, Alexander Calder, Ann Hamilton, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Cindy Sherman, and many others. Admission is free. The exhibit closes on May 1. Weatherspoon Art Museum is also featuring the work of internationally acclaimed artist Judy Pfaff through April 17.

On Monday, Salem Academy & College presents Tricia Shapiro, author of Mountain Justice: Resistance to Mountaintop Removal. Shapiro will discuss mountaintop removal mining and its impact on the environment and public health. Shapiro, who served as an embedded journalist covering anti-mountaintop removal campaigns that implemented civil disobedience principles, will show excerpts of the film, Low Coal, which explores life in Appalachia’s coalfields. The program begins at 7 p.m.

Winston-Salem State University presents Strictly Academic, its art faculty exhibition at the Womble Carlyle Gallery at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts in downtown Winston- Salem through April 30. The exhibit features the work of Scott Betz, Tammy Evans, Alison C. Fleming, Christine Kirouac, Leo Morrissey, Juie Rattley III, Andrew Fansler and Thomas Tucker. Finally, Piedmont Craftsmen presents Tactile Dichotomy, an exhibition featuring the work of fiber artist Rachel Nicholson and glass artist Jan Kransberger. The show runs through April 30. Admission is free.

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