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

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

BLUES-A-PALOOZA – Arts On Sunday Festival

The October 2012 series of Arts on Sunday Festivals gets cranked up on Sunday, October 7th with its kick-off event “Blues-a-Palooza.”  Featured performers this time around include Twin City Buskers, Peter May and Friends, and the Charley Ward Band. The stage will be located at the 6th and Trade St. intersection, and the 500 and 600 blocks of Trade Street, as well as the 200 block of 6th Street will be filled with artists and craftsmen displaying their wares.  Numerous shops and galleries will be open as well. One can expect to shop at The Other Half, Delurk Gallery, Unleashed Continue reading

SOCK IT TO ME!!

Colorful Fun!!  Solmate Socks,  cotton, made in North Carolina. Soft, warm,  fingerless gloves;  Fiber Company, 600 N Trade Street

ROCK THE BLOCK

Time to Party Downtown at Rock the Block Remix! Winston-Salem’s annual musical streetfest happens on Saturday, September 22nd, from 11am till 7pm, spanning downtown from Corpening Plaza to Winston Square Park, to the green spot on 4th Street (I think it’s got a name, just hasn’t found a permanent place in my brain to reside), to 6th Street between Trade and Cherry Streets. We get to rock ‘n’ roll to the sounds emanating from the Rock, Country and Blues stage being sponsored by Ziggy’s.  This artist is very, very happy that we didn’t get the beach music stage dumped on Continue reading

ROCK the BLOCK REMIX

The City of Winston-Salem is shaking things up!! Rock the Block,  the annual end-of-summer street party, was for years held up and down several blocks of 4th Street. But this year, they’re rotating the footprint 90 degrees and placing music stages at 4 different locations, from Corpening Plaza to Winston Square to Civic Plaza to 6th Street in the Arts District. This will allow the major streets through town to remain open and vehicular traffic to move around more freely.  PLUS it takes advantage of several made-for-music-and-crowds outdoor venues. We are especially pleased that the Arts District will be able Continue reading

September Edition, E-news from DADA

Earlier in the year, yours truly took on the task of producing the monthly E-Newsletter for DADA .  This is how I spent my Labor Day “holiday,” which, in my book, is just another Monday. http://myemail.constantcontact.com/September-Gallery-Hop-News-from-the-Downtown-Art-District.html?soid=1101296635754&aid=EUBtsvSw91Q

Suddenly It’s September !!

Yesterday it was August. Today it’s September. The calendar is a man-made concoction. So is language. Not to worry….it’s not my style to spend too much time waxing philosophical. But think about it: say the word “August,” and look into your mind’s eye at the images and sensations conjured up. Summertime, hot, dog days, beach, vacation….One day later, you flip the calendar page to September, and instantly, your summertime fun morphs into back-to-work, back-to-school, put away the suitcases and pull out the briefcases and book bags. Do they still call them book bags? Or have they traded them in for Continue reading

STELLAR NIGHT on Trade Streeet

Michael Bennett and the “B” String All Stars gave a stellar performance at what has become a much-anticipated annual appearance at the Downtown WS Partnership’s Summer Music on Trade event. Lots of beautiful people rocked out, danced, walked their dogs, imbibed various beverages of choice, shopped, and inhaled the refreshing breeze of picture-perfect weather.