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The Public is Invited to Discover Downtown Greensboro, NC, and Its Creative Community on First Friday – Oct. 7, 2011

September 29, 2011

First Friday is a self-guided walking tour of seventeen 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 of venues to denote First Friday participation.

All events are free and scheduled from 6pm until 9pm unless otherwise noted:

Ambleside Gallery – 528 S. Elm Street – Featuring new works by Winston Salem artist Sarah Watts. Live Baroque music on Piano and Flute. Wine and hors d’oeuvres.

Elements Gallery – 526 S. Elm Street – Presenting featured artists: Judy Harron (painting), Joe Hardin (clay) and Suzanne Cowan (multimedia).  Delicious refreshments served.

Elsewhere Collaborative – 606 S. Elm Street – Join Elsewhere for an artist curated evening of interactive programs exploring social creativity and participation. This event is part of 17 Days Greensboro.

Friday Night Live – Center City Park – Friday Night Live begins at 7pm with the sounds of HWYL, and at 8:45pm, catch Twin City Buskers.

Center for Visual Artists Gallery – 200 N. Davie Street (Cultural Arts Center) – Hosting a one night only event, ‘DRINKS & DECKS’, featuring work on decks, skate & graffiti art along with a mini ramp skated by the Gate City Roller Girls and 3 of the top skaters in NC.  Music by Graffiti Fresh and DJ Panic.

Green Hill Center for NC Art – 200 N. Davie Street (Cultural Arts Center) – From 7 – 8:30pm digital media artist Lee Walton will project a selection of short video projects exploring city environments in the Greensboro Cultural Center atrium and answer questions about his work. In his recent video work, Walton makes changes to environments that call attention to the potential of altercation from the normal. In the city pieces these alterations create pedestrian flow changes that intentionally slow people down. The Shop open from 6-8:30pm.

Indie Market – Corner of S. Elm Street & Martin Luther King Boulevard – The Indie Market is a place where local artists and crafts people come together for an Open Air Market of handmade and vintage items, with a little music thrown in for one’s shopping pleasure. Vendors and artisans open from 4pm – 9pm.

International Civil Rights Museum -134 S. Elm Street – Enjoy the energetic sounds of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts saxophone quartet. The captivating performance this evening will also include Emonie Whitley and the Vinmark International Dance Academy. Come out and celebrate the new fall season with spirited music, choreography and demonstrations of Hip Hop, Stepping, African movements and belly dancing too. Bring a friend.

Jules Antiques & Fine Art – 530 S. Elm Street – Featuring an international collection of bronze sculptures by nine world famous sculptors. Refreshments include red and white wine.

Just Be – 352 S. Elm Street – Featuring local artist Dena Goldman and her well know jewelry line. Dena creates whimsical & soulful jewelry from mixed metals, found objects and leather. Her work will speak to your heart as well as your funky side.

Lyndon Street Artworks – 205 Lyndon Street – Enjoy a demonstration by artist Emet Williams. Purchase affordable art from our special selection to benefit the LSA Rescue Fund and back by popular demand, The Ice Queen, with the hottest ice cream in town and new cool-weather treats.

Mack and Mack – 220 S. Elm Street – This clothing design studio turns into a concert hall on First Friday with another inscrutable performance by The F-Art Ensemble. These classical musicians perform pure improvisation, meaning no one knows what the music will be until they start to play. Light refreshments served.

Old Photo Specialist – 320 S. Elm Street – It is not too early to start thinking of unique holiday gifts!  Showcasing watercolors ( and other media) by Vance Garvin. Bill Heroy’s will be displaying computer magic–by taking a faded crumpled photo and restore it to its original beauty as a giclee print.

The Studio & Gallery – 109 N. Cedar Street Suite #3 – Graffiti Show – Self-expression through art, Prehistoric cave drawings to contemporary street tags, Graffiti is the Genesis of ART. Music by the Anxious Hipster. Light Refresments served.

Winter Light Gallery and Art Studios – 410 Blandwood Avenue – “Open for ArtStock” – Featuring art from the Winter Light Studio Artists  – Thirteen Studio Artist will display original art to celebrate Artstock for the month of October. Original watercolors, found objects, collage, oils, pastels and abstract art will be on dislplay.

First Friday is an opportunity to discover the center city’s local artistic community and support the 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.

Downtown Greensboro Incorporated is a nonprofit economic development organization established in 1997. Our core purpose is to lead the development of downtown Greensboro as a prosperous and vibrant urban center, memorable and meaningful for those who choose to live, work, play and invest here.

The UAC invests in our creative community. Our mission is to inspire growth of creative expression in our community by providing strategic and financial leadership to arts organizations, artists and educators that enhances quality of life and cultivates economic vitality and educational engagement with the Arts. Our vision is for Greensboro to be nationally recognized as a vibrant center for the Arts with a community rich in creative expression.

For further information and a downloadable map/guide, visit the First Friday website ( Join DGI’s Facebook  (


Artstock, the 14th Annual Artist Studio Tour take Place in Greensboro, NC – Oct. 8 and 9, 2011

September 16, 2011

Artstock will celebrate its 14th Annual Artist Studio Tour throughout the greater Greensboro, NC, area the weekend of Oct. 8 & 9, 2011. Studios will be open on Saturday from 10am-5pm and Sunday from 1-5pm.  The tour is free and open to the public – look for the red balloons at each location! Artist listing and site addresses are available on the tour website (

With over 60 individual artists participating, come and be inspired by their diverse talents in all media. The participating artists will be displaying their works in their own studios as well as at group and gallery locations.  A variety of media will be represented: painting, photography, sculpture, graphics, pottery, collage, mixed media, wood, fiber or glass.

New this year, the first Community Art Show will take place at the newly opened Interactive Resource Center (IRC), 407 East Washington Street in downtown Greensboro from September 26 through November 11, 2011. This exhibit is open to participating Artstock artists, IRC artists and to all community fine artists. IRC volunteers will host an Opening Reception on First Friday, Oct. 7, 5-8pm.

Artstock features over 60 artists exhibiting in over 30 sites; exhibiting artists represent an accumulative total of over 1000 years of artistic practice, with an average of over 20 years experience.

The printed Artstock site lists with artists’ names and locations will be available at the Interactive Resource Center, (407 East Washington Street), Rains Frame and Gallery (4555 Hwy 220 North, Summerfield, 644-9133) and Winter Light Gallery (410 Blandwood Avenue, 274-7372) after Sept. 12, 2011. Artist Site Lists will also be available at all participating artists’ locations and on our website at (

Artstock collectively represents individual visual artists in the greater Greensboro area by annually presenting our Studio Tour the second weekend of October. By promoting the distinctive talent of each artist, we in turn underline the creativity within our broader local community.

Artstock is a participant in the United Arts Council’s 2011 “17 Day Festival” held September 22 – October 8, 2011.  The 17 Day Festival is a unique collaborative celebration brought to you by the United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro with Greensboro’s top artists, presenters, producing organizations, museums and venues.

More information may be obtained by visiting (

Downtown Greensboro, NC, Offers First Friday Tour – Mar. 4, 2011

February 19, 2011

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 (  Join DGI’s Facebook and Twitter pages for updates.

Randolph Arts Guild in Asheboro, NC, Offers Regional Artists Grants

December 9, 2010

The Randolph Arts Guild in Asheboro, NC, is accepting applications for the 2010-2011 Regional Artists Grant Investment program. The application deadline is 5pm on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011. The United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro (UAC) coordinates the Regional Artists Grant program on behalf of a consortium of five counties: Alamance, Caswell, Guilford, Randolph and Rockingham. Funding is provided by the North Carolina Arts Council and matched locally by participating Arts Councils.

Grant investments for Regional Artists are designed to support exceptionally talented visual, performing, literary and interdisciplinary artists at all stages of their careers to pursue projects that further their professional artistic development. Eligible artistic disciplines are music (both classical and contemporary), dance, visual arts (painting, photography, sculpture and pottery), film/video, drama and literature. Applicants must submit artistic work samples and provide a narrative case for support.

Regional Artists Grant Investments are open to artists living in Alamance, Caswell, Guilford, Randolph and Rockingham counties. To be eligible, an artist must be at least 18 years of age and cannot be a student enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program in their art form.

Applications may be downloaded from the Randolph Arts Guild’s web site at ( or by contacting the Randolph Arts Guild at 336/629-0399.

Regional Artist Grant Investments provide important financial support and recognition for Triad area artists. In 2010, Regional Artist Grant Investments totaled $17,000 to 15 regional artists. This cooperative effort fosters relationships between arts organizations while also encouraging networking between Triad artists.

For further information contact Derrick Sides, Executive Director, Randolph Arts Guild by calling 336/629-0399 or visit (