Piedmont Craftsmen’s Fair: November 17-18 2012 at Benton Convention Center

I grew up with Piedmont Craftsmen. My mother, Linda Willard, is a former exhibiting member for her stitchery. She wasn’t one of the founding members, but she was admitted with the 2nd group of artists. Every year in November, we devoted an entire weekend to the fair. She had her booth which she set up to look like a comfy sitting room or den, the perfect environment to show off her embroidered works–decorative pillows, mostly, and the occasional wall hanging. She sat in her chair with the big, oval, stand-up embroidery hoop in front of her, where she basically painted Continue reading

Authoring Action! at Delurk Gallery

First Friday Gallery Hop came and went, but the arts never stop in the Arts District. Delurk Gallery schedules events and gatherings a couple times a month in conjunction with their current shows.   On Thursday November 8th, Delurk is hosting an Authoring Action event  in honor of the Art-o-mat 15 year anniversary Celebration! Inviting young adults…20’s and 30’s for a unique evening out where you are invited to become the artists/authors in an array of participatory art forms…and to get to know how you might support a powerful group of teen authors!Thursday, November 8 (7pm-10pm*)Delurk Gallery (207 W 6th Street)$10 Continue reading

Planting Art in the Community

image courtesy of Inter_Section Gallery Inter_Section Gallery and Art Space is excited to announce the opening of STILL “Planting Art in the Community”…the SEED collective has re-grouped yet again! Please join local artists Woodie Anderson, Peter Spivak, Dave Urena, Millicent Greason, Laurie Russell, Nicole Uzzell, Mike Duggins & Clark Whittington for a group show at the fabulous INTER_SECTION Gallery. A diverse representation of cutting edge artistic styles, this group never ceases to amaze. SEED began in 1998 as an artist collective with the goal of “planting art into the community.” The original members’ vision was to create an open, free-thought Continue reading

First Friday Gallery Hop is November 2nd….

First Friday Gallery Hop is coming up….Gallery Hop is a monthly event organized by the Downtown Art District Association (DADA).  The November Hop often promises wonderful shows and exhibitions, not to mention a vast array of very giftable art and craft in the various shops and galleries all around the Art District.  This month’s edition will no doubt live up to the hype. November Gallery Hop E-Newsletter   Unleashed Art Center is an AFAS group event, teaching and exhibition space. AFAS also has a beautiful gallery at 606 N. Trade Street, the Red Dog Gallery. Plus, AFAS is the driving Continue reading

Masquerade on Trade

There are Halloween costumes, and then there are Halloween costumes in the Arts District ! The final Arts on Sunday Festival for October 2012 is coming up; and, as is customary, will feature a Halloween Costume contest. D.J. Ralph Shaw will spin the tunes…..and I wouldn’t be too surprised if he kicks off the afternoon with MONSTER MASH.  Well, why not ?  It’s a Graveyard Smash.  And for me, IT’S NOT BEACH MUSIC.  Although his song selection will inevitably include a beach music set, I’ll keep singing the Monster Mash in my head in an effort to obliterate that tired Continue reading

RJR Students Perform at Arts on Sunday Festival

Every Sunday in October Arts on Sunday Festivals are held every Sunday in October and again in May of each year.  The RJ Reynolds High School Visual and Performing Arts groups take the stage during one of the Sundays in each series. Their October engagement is THIS WEEKEND, Sunday October 21st, 1-5 pm. They will treat the crowd to what amounts to a variety show all afternoon.  We get to hear the orchestra and the jazz band perform. Past performances have also included dance routines from the famous Dancing Boots and excerpts from the school’s theatrical production of Alice in Continue reading

Sunday FUNday

Sunday, October 21st, 1-5pmFOREVER YOUNG  …is the theme for the upcoming Arts on Sunday Festival on Trade Street (500-600 blocks). Entertainment will be provided by the R.J. Reynolds High School Performing and Visual Arts groups. This is always a fun, well attended event. R.J. Reynolds has a long tradition of excellence in art and music education, and the Arts District is the ideal venue to showcase their talents.  The streets will be lined with artists, craftspeople, and other vendors, and many of the shops and galleries will be open. There will be a special kids’ craft area too. Bring your Continue reading

Fall Frenzy!

Lots and lots going on around here this month! Piedmont Craftsmen’ How2Night Thursday, October 18th ….which is tomorrow!!!! They have great demo in store for you!  Jelaina Frelitz from Yay! Snacks Bakery will be here for the “Art of the Yeast Roll”. She will be demonstrating how to make yeast rolls and talk about her bakery as well. Her yummy treats will be displayed on platters by PCI artists. The event is tomorrow from 6-7 pm. See you there!!!  Piedmont Craftsmen is located at 601 North Trade Street, right at the intersection of 6th and Trade streets. Off-street parking is Continue reading

BLUES-A-PALOOZA Sunday Oct 7th

The AFAS Group’s October 2012 edition of Arts on Sunday Festivals kicks off October 7th with BLUES-A-PALOOZA.  This season’s edition features performances by Twin City Buskers, Peter May and Friends, and the Charley Ward Band.  Arts on Sunday has evolved over the years into a hugely popular and well attended series of afternoon art fairs.  The 500 and 600 blocks of Trade Street, along  with the adjacent 200 block of 6th Street, are blocked off to vehicular traffic. The streets are lined end-to-end with festival tents and tables displaying an amazing array of art and craft by area artists, many Continue reading

Asphalt Art

Who doesn’t love the gigantic asphalt canvas created by closed-off-streets?Retro Art Ware, located at 608 N Trade St., always supplies a box of colored chalk for kids to use to create art on the street pavement. One little girl lay down in the street as her mother traced around her shape.  Then the girl added hair and facial features to the chalk shape. The finished drawing was a wonderful, happy-go-lucky creation that danced before your eyes.