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.