It's Right Here! Eleven Downtown Venues Stay Open for First Friday on March 7th to Showcase the Local Creative Community

"Greensboro, N.C. – The public is invited to discover Downtown Greensboro and its creative community on Friday, March 7, 2014.   First Friday is a self-guided walking tour of Downtown Greensboro’s galleries, shops and alternative venues that participate with specially programmed arts events with extended hours (until 9:00pm) 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 6:00pm - 9:00pm unless otherwise noted.

First Friday is a collaborative program led by Downtown Greensboro Inc. in partnership with ArtsGreensboro. For further information and a downloadable map/guide, visit the First Friday Website, Join DGI’s Facebook  ( and Twitter ( pages for updates.
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Participating Sites:
African American Atelier Inc. - 200 N. Davie Street
Join the African American Atelier for a relaxing evening of storytelling by the Triad Story Exchange. Visitors will have an opportunity to enjoy an extended viewing of the new, forthcoming exhibit by renowned artist, Gordon C. James of Charlotte, NC.  Enjoy this beautiful exhibit created in commemoration of Women's History Month. The exhibit will feature 25 recent original paintings.
Artmongertz - 610 S. Elm Street
Join the opening reception of "Abstraction", new abstract art by Frank Russell and eight additional abstract artists. The works are large-scaled and represent some of the area's most talented abstract artists. 
Center for Visual Artists – 200 N. Davie Street
This month CVA features OBSCURE, a juried photography exhibition featuring work from professional and student photographers. Also from CVA's after school program, view the photography from Kiser Middle School students.
Chakras Spa and Salon - 229 South Elm Street
Participating in the Female Artist Takeover for this First Friday, Chakras Spa and Salon will feature visual artist, Mary Layton who creates images of the mythic, fantasy, fairy realms. Live entertainment by North Carolina musician and songwriter Kristen Stillwell the sole member of a one-woman band called Willower. Also enjoy, live painting easel painting by the Female Artist Collective. Light refreshments and libations will be served.
Design Archives Vintage & Handmade Emporium - 342 S. Elm Street
Featuring the work of its many female artisans, including an installation in the front window titled The Weaving Window - a fiber arts project open to the community will be weaving of a tapestry woven with diverse visions and time with hands from our own neighbors. Each strand woven will represent a connection we have to each other and our beloved home of Greensboro. Stop in, weave a row! Other female artisans also highlighted throughout the shop.
Elements Gallery - 526 S. Elm Street
Check out "The Female Artist Takeover" this First Friday. Elements is one of many venues honoring local female artists in honor of International Women's Day and Women's History month. See the works of featured artists: Karen Spencer, (mixed media); Rhonda Whitaker (jewelry); and Lorrie Price (pottery).
Greenhill - 200 N. Davie Street
Join us to check out Greenhill's current exhibition, Imprint, and hear a performance by The Lorena Guillen Tango Duo: Lorena Guillen (voice) and Alejandro Rutty (piano) from 6:30 - 7:30 pm. Cash bar.  Donations appreciated.
Greensboro Cultural Center - 200 N. Davie Street
Join the Greensboro Cultural Center and participating agencies the African American Atelier, Art Alliance, ArtQuest, Center for Visual Artists, City Arts Drama Center, City Arts Music Center, Dance Project: the School at City Arts, Eastern Music Festival, and Greensboro Ballet, will host the 4th Annual Summer Camp Fair on First Friday, March 7, 2014 from 5:30-7:30 pm. The Summer Camp Fair will feature nine of the Cultural Center's favorite camp destinations. The Summer Camp Fair will include arts & craft activities, face painting, sweet treats, music and performances. There will be free raffles with various prizes including free summer camps!

Just Be – 352 S. Elm Street
As a participating sponsor of the Female Artist Takeover, Just Be will highlight all of our local female artists. Stop by to view the work of all the many talented women in the Triad. Featuring Cindy Cage (jewelry and mixed media); Suzanne Rehbock (pottery); Suzanee Cabrera (illustration and stationery); Stephanie Willis (handcrafted metal jewelry); Dena Goldman (jewelry) and Marnie Weigel (pottery).
Mack and Mack – 220 S. Elm Street
To celebrate International Women's Day (March 8th), Mack and Mack presents a special performance by flutist Julia Price at 6:30pm, followed by another in our continuing series of musical interventions featuring The F-Art Ensemble. Julia will join our indescribable improvisers to add an element of beauty on multiple levels. Refreshments provided.
Thrill of the Hunt - 604 S. Elm Street
The Female Artists Takeover is happening all over downtown Greensboro. Featured female artist is Sheila Duell, vocalist for Jazz Nomads will be performing.

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