New Year’s Eve Eve Eve

 December 21st came and went, the world didn’t end, and there are no more shopping days till Xmas 2012.  And just a few more days till 2012’s last gasp. Once upon a time, “what-are-you-doing-New-Year’s” demanded a definitive answer.  But it’s not so important anymore. No plans are necessary; we’ll find out when we get there. So I don’t know where I’m going to ring in the New Year, but I DO know where this middle-aged rocker is going to be on the last Saturday night of 2012—and that’s at Ziggy’s for Mike Bennett and the “B” String All Stars annual Continue reading

Xmas Eve-Eve

12/21 has now passedEarth lived through the blastOf apocalypse scaresThat gave us nightmares.Now, get off your bumThe time is now come;No more time to delay–Must go shopping today. The malls are chaotic,Trade Street is hypnotic;By night or by dayAway from the fray.You pledged to shop smallNow give it your all;Show the world that you’re smart–Buy some wonderful art.Get some holiday cheer–Go have a beer Or a glass of wineBefore you dine.Gifts to buy still,Shopping bags must you fill,With jewelry and blingand that pretty glass thing.A handwoven shawlscented soaps that enthrall,Color-glazed potsand wooden what-nots.A framed photograph,A ceramic carafe,A tie-dyed dress,Yogawear to Continue reading

Jolly Holiday Shopping

It’s December 15th–yikes!  only 10 days left for you to complete your Christmas shopping!! Do yourself a favor and don’t subject yourself to traffic snarls, rude people at the shopping malls, and the same merchandise everywhere you look.  Avoid all that stress and treat yourself to an afternoon shopping trip in the Downtown Arts District. Many of the shops and galleries have extended their open hours, especially on weekend days, and several are even open on Sundays in December.  The atmosphere is festive and pleasant, shop people are friendly and helpful, the selection of unique items is unmatched and fall Continue reading

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

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

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

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

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.