Feature Articles

March Issue 2002

Winston-Salem's Downtown Art District Association Has "Gallery Hop" on April 5

Winston-Salem's Downtown Art District Association will be sponsoring their next Gallery Hop on Friday, April 5. This "First Friday Gallery Hop" , a neighborhood open house and tour of shops, artist's studios, and galleries, will be an exciting evening out to help us all welcome spring to the Art District!

In conjunction with the Gallery Hop, Urban Artware, will be featuring the work of artists Nancy Dize Spencer and Eric Renner. Nancy and Eric are collaborators in every aspect; not only have they been married for many years, but they also work together as artists. Their primary interest is Pinhole Photography. Renner and Spencer are co-editors of Pinhole Journal and co-directors of The Pinhole Resource. They have both received NEA grants and their images are represented in major collections throughout the world including MOMA, IMP-GEH, The National Gallery of Canada and Bibliotheque Nationale. In addition to pinhole photography, Renner and Spencer also construct mixed-media assemblages. These assemblages, greatly influenced by passages in The Women's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets by Barbara Walker, deal with social issues of human rights, religion, sexuality, and stereotypes. The upcoming Urban Artware show, On Deaf Ears, is a combination of these assemblages and a collection of pinhole photographs taken of the mixed-media pieces. The series will be on view from April 2 through May 7.

The SEED Gallery, an artist collective located down SoHo Alloy, will be featuring a show curated by member Julianna Foster. The show, featuring recent photographs by Foster and several other area photographers, will be on view from April 8-27.

The Art District welcomes two new working studio / gallery spaces! Chris Teague and John Cahoon have opened the Realis Gallery at 541 N. Trade Street. Teague is a stained glass/mixed media artist and Cahoon is a painter. Their gallery is a showcase for their own work as well as an exciting mixture of young local artists. Returning to the District is the fabulous Kelly Petersen, opening a gallery and work space in Trade St. Studios. Petersen will be offering workshops and group/private art lessons. She is also the newly elected President of DADA.

The Gallery Hop festivities start up around 7pm and wind down sometime after 10pm. Spring has sprung! Please come join the Downtown Art District share a festive and fun community based evening of spring-time fun! Once again, DADA promises to provide visual treats, music, food and tons-a-fun!!! All events are free and open to the entire community.

For more information call Millicent Greason at 336/722-2345.

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