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Arts briefs: Gullah exhibit, new plays and landscape art

Arts briefs: Gullah exhibit, new plays and landscape art

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Gullah exhibit

A new exhibit will be featured this summer at Delta Art Center, 2611 New Walkertown Road, Winston-Salem, featuring the work of Diane Britton Dunham.

The exhibit is titled “Culture Keeper: The Gullah Art of Diane Britton Dunham.”

An Opening Reception will be from 6 to 8 p.m. June 3. A gallery talk on Gullah Art and culture will be at 2 p.m. June 4.

Also, Culture Festival @ The DAC will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 5.

Gallery hours are 2-5 p.m. Tuesday and Friday, 3-6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday or by appointment.


A photographer has created mini worlds by setting up 2 centimeter tall figurines in scenes made from fruit, vegetables and other objects from around his house. David Gilliver, 41, arranged one hundred dioramas from January 1st, 2021 up to April 10th after setting himself a challenge to boost his creativity. The colorful photos show figures hiking over avocados, camping by a cauliflower and abseiling in a bell pepper. 

New play

The Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County and Triad Cultural Arts will present “Our Time: A Conversation in Black and White,” a new play by Lynn Felder, at Reynolds Place Theatre at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts, 251 N. Spruce St., Winston-Salem.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. June 11 and 2-7:30 p.m. June 12.

Solomon Caldwell, a 2020 graduate of UNC School of the Arts School of Music, is the music director.

A multimedia, workshop production is a three-character one-act play set in Winston-Salem after a Black Lives Matter rally and a Sons of the Confederacy protest of the removal of a Confederate monument. Two men, one Black and one white, are reluctantly drawn into conversation by an Old Hippie as they all wait for their rides to take them home.

A talkback with the cast, crew and audience will be after each performance.

COVID-19 protocols, as laid out by the N.C. Governor’s Office and the CDC, will be followed: masks, distancing and hand washing.

Tickets are free with registration at Donations will be accepted.

Call 336-655-7047 or visit

Musical play

Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance will present “Urinetown: The Musical” at 8 p.m. May 28-30 outdoors at 650 W. Sixth St. in Winston-Salem.

The musical is described as a story about “a Gotham-like city where a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity’s most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides that he’s had enough and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom.”

The play is 1 hour, 40 minutes with no intermission and is rated PG-13 for adult situations.

Tickets are $25 at 336-723-7777 or

Bring chairs or blankets. Wear a mask. Social distancing will be requested.

Visit or

Landscape art

The Stokes County Arts Council is featuring landscape photography by Jonathan Riddle now through May 31 in the Apple Gallery at 500 N. Main Street in Danbury.

Riddle became interested in landscape photography as a teenager when he received an old Ricoh film camera as a Christmas present. When he was 14, he won a local photography contest at the county fair in Charleston, S.C., where he grew up, and after that he said he was hooked. He now lives in King.

Riddle described his exhibit as East meets West, and said, “You’ll find a combination of landscape and wildlife photography focused here in North Carolina and Virginia, and in the U.S. and Canadian Rockies (Wyoming, Colorado, Montana, and Alberta, Canada).”

The arts council is open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

Call 336-593-8159 or visit

Seeking art

Guest Curator Duane Cyrus is seeking artist submissions for Black@Intersection, a special exhibition coming to the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in November 2021.

Officials at SECCA said, “We are especially seeking photographic works. However, work in other disciplines — including but not limited to film, sculpture, mural, and poetry — are encouraged to apply. If you have a unique artistic approach or form — let us know.”

Entry is free, and the deadline is June 30. All work must be created in the past five years. Artists may submit up to five works of art. Each artist selected will receive a participation honorarium. SECCA will work with each artist to arrange shipping/return or printing of artwork, artists will not have to pay any shipping fees. Acceptance into exhibition does not require artist travel, but artists are encouraged to attend.

Selected artists will be notified on or before Aug. 1.

Submit a PDF that includes artist contact information and social media links, resume or CV, a letter of interest (no more than 300 words) about why your work should be chosen, one to five works for consideration (printed, embedded image or URL link accepted) and titles, dates, dimensions, media and descriptions for each work (no more than 150 words per work). Submit to

Themes include:

Understanding the socio-political reasons for supporting Black Lives.

Focus on the past year of activism in support of Black Lives including other images of Black life during the pandemic.

Themes of Blackness as fluidity and movement. A geography of Black mobility. Illuminating the diversity and movement within Blackness.

The Black body as a site of agency and power for Black lives.

Black Women in activism and leadership.

Blackness as a form of sustainable connectivity to the Earth.

Cyrus is a Bessie Award-nominated performer and a professor at UNCG, where he teaches choreography, improvisation, repertory and career strategies for artists. He is director of Theatre of Movement, a collective that produces performing and visual arts collaborations and curations.

For more about Cyrus or exhibit submissions, go to

Art exhibit

A two-artist exhibit is open through May 30 at Artworks Gallery, 564 N. Trade St. in Winston-Salem.

“Complexities, and the Nuances of the Human Spirit” by Charles Hahn will feature black-and-white photography that captures each person’s sensibility and inner self.

“Wayfinding” by Katherine Mahler draws on memories of time spent on the Great Lakes and Niagara River. The series began as a way for the artist to remember places and times of her childhood.

Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

A Gallery Hop will be from 7 to 9 p.m. May 7. Admission is free.


Art exhibit

Yadkin Arts Council will present the exhibit “YES!” by artist collective “Out of the Blue” through June 25 in the Welborn Gallery at 226 E. Main St. in Yadkinville.

“Out of the Blue” is an artist collective featuring work by Beth Andrews, Marion Cloaninger, Marsha Holmes and Susan Marlowe, all visual artists from the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. From the literal to the whimsical, their work intersects the worlds of imagination and inspiration. Their art includes beautiful visions of the Appalachian Mountains and culture, vivid contemporary mixed media pieces and playful and joyous celebrations of life.


Art exhibit

The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) will present “/200,” a new exhibition of work by Tennessee-based artist Ali Waller through June 13 in SECCA’s Community Gallery, 750 Marguerite Drive in Winston-Salem.

The artist makes sculpture installations using plaster casts of feminine bodies to tell the stories of survivors of sexual assault.

Waller invites women of the local community to participate by adding plaster casts of their bodies to the sculpture installation. Plaster casting appointments are $20, and each cast can be purchased for an additional $80 after the close of the exhibition.

Admission is free, with a suggested $10 donation.

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