The public is invited to discover Downtown Greensboro and its creative community on Friday, November 4,2011.
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.
For further information and a downloadable map/guide, visit the First Friday Website, downtownfridays.com. Join DGI’s Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/DowntownGreensboro ) and Twitter (http://twitter.com/#!/downtowngso) pages for updates.
All events are free and scheduled from 6pm until 9pm unless otherwise noted:
African American Atelier - 200 N. Davie Street
An exhibition of the works by Greensboro artist James Barnhill. Entitled "FIGURE: The Art of James Barnhill", this wide range of two and three-dimensional works will be featured focusing on the human figure. One of his most noted sculptures - 'the Greensboro Four' can be seen on the campus of NC A&T in front of the Dudley Building in Greensboro.
Ambleside Gallery - 528 S. Elm Street
Presenting Watercolors by Greensboro artist, Maggie Fickett. Live music and gourmet refreshments.
Art Alliance - 200 N. Davie Street
Browse the pottery on display (and for sale) by local artists this First Friday. The Art Show includes a raffle. Come take a chance on some great prizes! You do not need to be present to win. Reception to follow in Orientation Room - 2nd Floor.
Center for Creative Artists - 200 N. Davie Street
This First Friday, the beauty of dance and the moving body through video, photography, and graphic art is on display in "VITAL GRACE / MOVING IMAGES." Featuring the work of award winning artist Joanne Savio, Juel Lane and Duane Cyrus along with a site specific performance/ installation created opening night by artists: Steven Cozart, Joseph Johnson and Cyrus Art Production Dancers.
Design Archives Vintage and Hand Made Emporium - 342 S. Elm Street
Showcasing our newest artists in the Emporium: West of Paisley, map art plaques, Witch Hazel Handmades, lead glass pendants, Paige Cox and Leanne Pizio, upcycled textiles and whimsical pottery. New works by Erin Stesch, Recycled Knits by Andrea and Amy, Wire Wrapped Rings by Sheryle.
Elements Gallery - 526 S. Elm Street
Featured Artists: Anne Kiefaber (Painting), Mandy Nelson (Fiber), Pat Spokas (Clay). Refreshements and live music.
Elsewhere Collaborative - 606 S. Elm Street
An end of the year retrospective of its artist program. Works by over 35 artists in residence during the 2011 season among other works from past years will be the highlight of the evening. This is the last event of Elsewhere's 2011 season until we return next Spring! Refreshments always.
Gate City Yarn - 231 S. Elm Street
Charity Sale of handmade knit items donated by our clients. All proceeds go to charity.
Greensboro Ballet - 200 N. Davie Street
Come watch Greensboro Ballet professionals prepare for the Dancers Against Cancer performance of “Fuerza”. An intimate tour of the studio will also be available.
Green Hill Center for NC Art - 200 N. Davie Street
"Relocation" - Twelve artists interpret the urban experience through painting, printmaking, mixed media installations, photography and video installations. Exhibition artists: Michael Ehlbeck, Keiko Genka, Rachel Herrick, Gordon C. James, Corwin Levi, Mario Marzan, Juan Obando, Sarah Powers, Jean-Christian Rostagni, Lee Walton, Rosemary Winn and Jimmy Craig Womble II.
The Shop @ Green Hill - 200 N. Davie Street
Featuring new pottery by Ron Philbeck of Shelby and Paula Smith of Charlotte and new scarves and accessories from Raleigh fiber artist, Elena Bondar. The Shop has just the thing you need for a memorable gift or a well-deserved reward.
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.
JMR Sculptures - 620 S. Elm Street
Jay M. Rotberg creates sculptures that celebrate Love in his Simply Love collection. Jay’s art reflects his beliefs, interests and loves – the closeness of family, the power of faith, and the unpredictable and delightful itineraries of relationships. Get swept up in these metal and verdigris sculptures that depict joy, comfort, compassion and love. Ann Marie Morse/Carl Wright on the guitar, and refreshments.
Jules Antiques & Fine Art - 530 S. Elm Street
In appreciation of DGI and the UAC, leaders of the First Friday efforts, Jules Antiques presents "Jule's Antique's ANNUAL RAFFLE & SILENT AUCTION" - with proceeds to benefit Downtown Greensboro Inc and the United Arts Council. Thousands of dollars of antiques, accessories and art to be raffled. Tickets available at the offices of Downtown Greensboro Inc., the United Arts Council and of course Jules Antiques. Checks, credit cards and cash accepted. Refreshments will be served.
Just Be - 352 S. Elm Street
Come celebrate Greensboro's own emerging artists as they display their talents and craft. Children ages 7 - 12 will show their handmade artwork. Come meet the artists Friday from 6 - 9pm.
Mechelle's Boutiques - 227 S. Elm Street
Local artist Tom Ogburn has been a lifelong wood worker and has always appreciated its beauty and how different one piece is from another. This First Friday (weather permitting), the courtyard will come alive with Tom crafting his bowls, artwork, and more. Light refreshments served.
Lyndon Street Artwork - 205 Lyndon Street
Meet artists at work in their studios. Get a head start on your holiday shopping with paintings, sculpture and pottery!
Old Photo Specialist - 320 S. Elm Street
Holiday shopping returns! Photography by William Heroy and artwork by local artist Vance Garvin. Come in to Old Photo Specialists and get some ideas for unique holiday gifts. Refreshments will be served.
The Sweet Shop - 631 S. Elm Street
Featuring live entertainment by jazz vocalist Brenda Bey. The performance will begin at 7:30pm
The Studio and Gallery - 109 Cedar Street
"From the Ground Up" - Artwork and Home Decor based on and inspired by the strength and drive of the natural world. New paintings by: Charlotte and Erik Ström. From: 6 - 10pm
Winter Light Gallery and Art Studios - 410 Blandwood Avenue
"New Works"- Thirteen studio artist will display original watercolors, found objects, collage, oils, pastels and abstract art.
Fee Charged Events:
Weaver Academy The Performing and Visual Arts Academy at Weaver is pleased to present its Fall Dance Concert 7:00pm at the Greensboro Masonic Temple 426 West Market Street Greensboro. Tickets are $5 cash only general admission and will be sold at the door.
Triad Stage - 232 S. Elm Street
A Doll House - The most controversial play about love and marriage ever written still shocks and thrills a century after its lead character opened a door to freedom. Nora lives the perfect life and seems to be the perfect wife. Her husband has been recently promoted, her children are adorable, and she is about to pay off a secret debt. All seems right until a past crime she committed to save her husband threatens to destroy her happy home and she must face the hardest choice of all. Does she have the courage to stand alone? Can she face her fear of freedom? Expectations shatter and traditions are torn apart in this startling expose.
$10 Student Rush Tickets
Current students with valid school ID may purchase Rush tickets for $10. Student Rush tickets are only available for walk up sales at the Triad Stage Box Office one hour (7:00pm) before each performance. One ticket per student ID.
Broach Theatre - 520 S. Elm Street
Deathtrap - Seemingly comfortably ensconced in his charming Connecticut home, Sidney Bruhl, a successful writer of Broadway thrillers, is struggling to overcome a “dry” spell which has resulted in a string of failures and a shortage of funds. A possible break in his fortunes occurs when he receives a script from a student in the seminar he has been conducting at a nearby college—a thriller which Sidney recognizes immediately as a potential Broadway hit. Sidney’s plan, which he devises with his wife’s help, is to offer collaboration to the student, an idea which the younger man quickly accepts. Thereafter suspense mounts steadily as the plot begins to twist and turn with devilish cleverness, and with such an abundance of thrills and laughter, that audiences will be held enthralled until the final, startling moments of the play.
To reserve your tickets call 336.268.6759, Monday – Friday 1:00 – 5:00
Studio B - 520 S. Elm Street
"Every Which Way But Loose" - a collection of work by Mark Farris. Join us for an evening of Art, music, and cash bar.
About First Friday
First Friday is held year-round as an opportunity to discover the local cultural community and support locally-owned one-of-a-kind shops, restaurants and other business venues in Downtown. Partnering sites program free events from 6 to 9pm along this walkable, self-guided tour. The monthly event is promoted by Downtown Greensboro Incorporated in partnership with the United Arts Council of Greensboro. Visit downtownfridays.com
About Downtown Greensboro Inc.
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. Visit downtowngreensboro.net for more information.
About United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro
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. Visit uacARTs.org for more information.