First Friday, March 2, 2012

March 2, 2012 First Friday Galleries, Shops and Alternative Venues Stay Open Late with Arts Events to Showcase the Local Creative Community

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Greensboro, N.C. – The public is invited to discover Downtown Greensboro and its creative community on Friday, March 2, 2012.

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

For further information and a downloadable map/guide, visit the First Friday Website, Join DGI’s Facebook  ( ) and Twitter (!/downtowngso) pages for updates.

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

Ambleside Gallery – 528 S. Elm Street
Showcasing the “Pastel Society of North Carolina Winter Exhibition“. Featuring more than seventy exceptional pastel paintings by North Carolina artists.Enjoy refreshments and live music.

Artmongerz Gallery – 610 S. Elm Street
First Friday means Fresh New Art at Artmongerz. See what our gallery artists have created this month: a menagerie of painting, photography, and sculpture. Join us!

Bliss & Co. – 238 S. Elm Street
Greensboro artists, Charlotte and Erik Strom will be doing Live Painting Demonstrations throughout the evening. Their artwork is available in a variety of sizes, prices, styles and subject matters. Live music will be performed by Marcus Horth, and light refreshments will be served. Be sure to also enter the multiple contests available.

Elements Gallery – 526 S. Elm Street
Artwork of April Lawrence (Clay), Debbie Pierce (Glass), Leigh Rodenbough (Oil and Pastel Paintings). Enjoy refreshments and live music.

Farenheit Kollectiv – 313 S. Greene Street 2nd floor, Suite 201 (across from Carolina Theatre)
Celebrate the Grand Opening celebration for Farenheit Kollectiv, a new full style salon  and enjoy beautiful art by Tristan Miller, featuring Japanese style ink works.

Green Hill Center for NC Art – 200 N. Davie Street (Greensboro Cultural Center)
The modern dancers of the Jan Van Dyke Dance Group will perform a short concert of works designed for the gallery space. Also on view is the Word Maps exhibition: Four artists whose work investigates relationships between printed texts and our contemporary visual environment. Refreshments served.

Greensboro Cultural Center – 200 N. Davie Street
Featuring african drumming and dancing with Mr. Wesley Williams. Also, Mr. Wole Ajala will once again provide toy painting opportunities that he collects for the poor in our community.  His woodcutting abilities will amaze you!

International Civil Rights Museum – 134 S. Elm Street

Poetshe, female spoken word trio consisting of Khalisa Williams, Tenisha Jones and Janelle, Princess of Poetry will perform this evening. Other artists include: the Day Star Dancers from St. Matthews United Methodist Church, In Motion for Christ of New Goshen United Methodist Church, Princess Howell Johnson, founder of Royal Expressions Contemporary Ballet, and the Middle College at Bennett Stepping Belles and Vocal and Dance Ensemble harmonize and step in our celebration of women.

JMR Sculptures – 620 S. Elm Street
Enjoy light refreshments and musical entertainment. Everyone who stops by and signs our guest book will be entered in a drawing to win a free sculpture of their choice.

Jules Antiques and Fine Art – 530 S. Elm Street
On display is an amazing collection of more than 400 antique history books dating from 1800 to the 1970’s. Included are numerous volumes on Napoleon and his court as well as the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Enjoy a variety of libations for your reading and drinking pleasure.

Just Be – 352 S. Elm Street
View the one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces created by artist, Christy Gunter.  The artist’s jewelry features vintage silverware and she focuses on using materials in “unintended ways.” Light refreshments served.

Loaf Bakery – 227 S. Elm Street
On display is the the work of local artist, Jay Jones. View his metal mobile of floating ginko leaves.

Mack and Mack – 220 S. Elm Street
Mack and Mack, Downtown’s fashion design studio, will have an open house with refreshments and featuring music by The F-Art Ensemble. These remarkable musicians perform pure improvisation, and the results are amazing and unusual. Come early or come late, there will be music unlike anything you have ever heard.

Mechelle’s Boutique – 227 S. Elm Street
Meet Coleen Farley, a local artist that makes beautiful crystal and metal jewelry. Stop by to view her unique creations. Light refreshments will be served.

Old Photo Specialist – 320 S. Elm Street Suite B
Stop by Old Photo Specialist for a demonstration of the art of restoration and an explaination of what archival quality really is.  The amazingly talented artist, Vance Garvin, will have his work on display.

The Studio and Gallery – 109 Cedar Street
“Reincarnated”. Artwork and home decor focused on rebirth,rebuilding and repetition. Featured artists: Carolyn Owen, Carol Hunter, Ron Curlee and Rugs by ABU. Refreshments provided by Debborah Moss & Chef Crispino.

The Sweet Shop – 631 S. Elm Street
Welcoming  back jazz vocalist, Brenda Bey. A regular and crowd favorite, join us to listen to her soulful jazz and enjoy some sweet treats.

Ticketed Events

Carolina Theatre – 310 S. Greene Street  – CT presents Alvin Ailey II – Ailey II dancers, the most talented of their generation, captivating audiences and translating their strength, agility and grace of body and soul into stirring, powerful performances.  Under the artistic direction of former Ailey dancer Sylvia Waters, this critically-acclaimed company presents dazzling performances and innovative community programs across the country and internationally.  The Ailey spirit shines as these artists perform an exhilarating and diverse repertoire that includes Alvin Ailey’s timeless classics and thrilling new works by today’s most outstanding choreographers. Performance 8:00 – 10:00pm.

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Triad Stage – 232 S. Elm Street – New Music Part II: Better Days. A Family Trilogy by Reynolds Price directed by Preston Lane. Thirty years after the events in Night Dance, friends and visitors gather to comfort Neal and Taw after the death of Neal’s mother, Roma. Their son, on leave from Vietnam, seeks a destiny beyond his family’s roots. When Roma’s will reveals a startling surprise, conflicting desires threaten to leave everyone in a state of uncertainty, and they must find enormous courage to meet the future in a swiftly changing world.

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