The public is invited to discover Downtown Greensboro, NC, and its creative community on Friday, March 4th, 2011.
First Friday is a self-guided tour of Downtown Greensboro’s galleries, shops and alternative venues that participate with specially programmed arts events and extended hours (until 9pm) on the first Friday of every month. Look for green balloons outside venues to denote First Friday participation.
First Friday is an opportunity to discover the center city’s local artistic community and encourages commerce, support of locally-owned, independent businesses located in Downtown. The event is promoted through a partnership between Downtown Greensboro Inc. and the United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro. Visual art related participants include:
Ambleside Gallery – 528 S. Elm Street. The exhibition will feature new works by members of the Pastel Society of NC.
Gate City Yarns – 231 S. Elm Street See fiber arts displayed and being created alongside a showcase of captivating metal sculptural work by artist Lawrence Feir.
Greensboro Cultural Arts Center – 200 N. Davie Street City Arts- 200 N. Davie Street Latino visual artist Edwin Gill will bring his “Flag of Hope” to promote North Carolina’s diverse communities. Gill will collect handprints on a giant canvas to become the world’s largest diversity flag. Sponsored by City Arts encouraging audiences to Listen, Learn & Perform!
The Green Hill Center Gallery current exhibiting Fatimah Tuggar, Dream Team, Works form 1995 to 2011. The Shop will be opened until 8pm.
Jules Antiques & Fine Art – 530 S. Elm Street Antiques are Green! Antiques will be featuring a HUGE SALE on antique American, European and Asian, Porcelain and Silver. Recycle and Reuse, Mix and Match – Old and New – it is the Chic thing to do! Up to 80% discounts on one of a kind pieces or full sets. House “special” hot cider & other warming refreshments.
Just Be – 352 S. Elm Street Step into spring with beautiful hand blown glass balls from local artist Chip Shakleford. See all the new local and regional artists now at the shop. Just Be is happy to be celebrating the work of over 200 artists.
Lyndon Street Artworks – 205 S. Elm Street On stage, writer Brian Clarey reads from his book, “The Anxious Hipster and Other Barflies I’ve Known”, with special guests performing! It all starts at 6pm!
Mary’s Jewelry Box – 108 McGee Street Stop by latest shop to open up Downtown to enjoy music and refreshments. While there, browse the vintage and new jewelry pieces many of which have a definite artistic flair!
Old Photo Specialists – 320 S. Elm Street Come to Old Photo Specialist to see what photo restorer Bill Heroy can do with a photo—old or new! Plus local artist Vance Garvin will be sketching portraits in the studio.
South Elm Pottery & Gallery – 500 S. Elm Street Stop by and browse extensive ceramic pottery and the wall art collection. Demonstrations performed and children will be delighted when they make their own pots! Refreshments served.
The Studio & Gallery – 109 N. Cedar St. Suite #2 Grand Opening, March 4th from 7-10pm (First Friday) Dedicated to artisans and master craftspeople providing a venue to market, display and sell their creations, The Studio & Gallery will showcase artwork by; woodworkers, upholsters, painters, photographers, sculptors, weavers, and potters. Please stop by to meet our featured artist this month. Reception to follow.
Winter Light Gallery – 410 Blandwood Avenue (at Spring Garden) “ Landscapes” Original Art by the Winter Light Artists. Home to 12 studio artists showing original oils, watercolors, pastels and ‘found objects’.
Yew Tree Gallery – 604 S. Elm Street This collective gallery will feature opening reception for “ Light and Shadows”. The featured artist will be watercolorist Leigh Rodenbough.
First Friday is sponsored through a partnership between Downtown Greensboro Inc. and United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro to promote and encourage participation in the Downtown Greensboro arts scene.
For further information and a downloadable map/guide, visit the First Friday website at (www.downtownfridays.com). Join DGI’s Facebook and Twitter pages for updates.