I get a lot of mail related to this job. Most of it isn’t addressed to me personally, but anything intended for the arts editor or book reviewer usually finds its way into my mail slot.
I’ve noticed that the correspondence changes with the seasons. In the month preceding Furniture Market, I’m flooded with postcards celebrating the legion of uncomfortable chairs to be unveiled at the event. By the time the theater season hits its stride, the mailman brings fat envelopes with pairs of tickets.
In winter, many of the packages contain books. Most of which have no connection at all to the Triad. Today, for example, I received Four Letter Word, a collection of invented correspondence by dozens of contemporary authors. I’ll let you know if it’s any good.
Speaking of good, artist Tony Forrest is still accepting donated art supplies for the students at Washington Elementary. Bring your gently used paintbrushes to the Blue Diamond Gallery, where the current exhibition, Landscapes, will be hanging until then end of the month.
The Institute for Dismantling Racism and the Forsyth County Healthy Community Coalition are sponsoring an exhibit titled Dispassionate Discourse. The art show, which examines the impact of racial disparities, opens Friday at 7 p.m. in the White Space Gallery. The gallery is located in the historic Piedmont Leaf Lofts building in downtown Winston-Salem.
The Angela Peterson Doll & Miniature Museum in High Point is holding an event on Saturday so different from the previous one that it might as well be occurring in a alternate universe. It’s a Barbie in Fashion Tea Talk at 2 p.m. Bradley Justice will serve as tour guide, and guests will be served tea and biscuits.
We tend to neglect classical music in these pages because it falls into the crack between music and arts coverage. So I’ll let you know that a couple of events are happening at UNCG and School of the Arts this week, including some faculty concerts. Visit their websites for more information.
Mark Leach begins his tenure as director of SECCA next week. The museum, which had been an independent institution, is now an operating entity of the NC Museum of Art. Prior to his appointment at SECCA, Leach served as the chief curator at the Mint Museum of Craft + Design.
Winston-Salem’s Gateway Gallery will present the exhibition “Doll House,” featuring photographs by Elizabeth Klaimon and paintings by James Lowdermilk. The reception will open Jan. 18, 6-8p.m. The Enrichment Center Percussion Ensemble, directed by Aaron Bachelder, will perform during the reception. The exhibition will remain on display through Mar. 22.
The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public. Gateway Gallery is located in the Enrichment Center at 1006 S. Marshall St. For more information, call 336.777.0076, x238.