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Age of Aquarius

Is it really coming? This mystical era of peace, love and liberation? Because we’re ready for it. And those born under the sign of Aquarius are already living it. Take Oprah, for example, benevolent queen of good vibes and grand gestures. Or Shakira, whose hypnotic dance moves must surely echo her inner freedom. (The hips don’t lie.) One thing all water bearers have in common is their complete and utter inability to fit any kind of mold. They’re rebellious. Fiercely independent. Sometimes resistant to a fault. But don’t mistake their cold, distant stare for aloofness. They’re just thinking about the future, mumbling a little tune about sunshine and crystal revelations. This month, our favorite eccentrics are hurling logic to the wind and letting their emotions (yes, they’ve got them) make the calls. It’s going to be a wild ride. Over the top. You just might get a car.

 

Kristan Five, Yesterday, 2020, oil and cold wax with gold leaf, 48x72 inches

Kristan Five, Yesterday, 2020, oil and cold wax with gold leaf, 48×72 inches

Last Call!

If you haven’t seen GreenHill’s extended WINTER SHOW (and sale), time’s ticking. But you can safely view it from the comfort of your own home — or at the gallery — through February 7. Featuring over 400 works from emerging and established artists across the state, the digital catalog boasts an exquisite collection of paintings, drawings, soda-fired stoneware, blown glass, fiber arts, mixed media, photography, relief prints, cooking spoons and coffee mugs and everything but a forged steel kitchen sink. Show is free and open to the public. GreenHill Gallery and Shop, 200 N. Davie St., are open Wednesday through Saturday from 12–5 p.m. or by appointment. Info: (336) 937-3051 or greenhillnc.org.

Branches and (Jewish) Roots

Bust out the Whirley Pop. Triad Jewish Film Festival’s Global Diversity of Judaism is coming to a screen near you. Your own screen, as a matter of fact. This virtual festival runs February 25 through March 14 and includes seven powerful films that collectively showcase the “diverse fabric that makes up the global Jewish people.” Hence the festival’s name. Check out the extraordinary lineup online (mytjff.com), where the trailers alone will take you on a sensory-rich journey sure to hit you with all the feels. One such film, the award-winning documentary Breaking Bread, follows a group of Arab and Jewish chefs bridging worlds together through the art of food. Unlike the other six films, which you can stream at your convenience, Breaking Bread is only available March 11–13 and is exclusive to North Carolina viewers. Tickets are $5–8 per film. Reel Deal passes ($25–50) allow access to all seven films. Or snag a Friend of the Festival membership as a way of giving back to the Triad Jewish Film Festival. Prepare to get lifted.

Betye Saar, "To the Manor Born", 2011. Weatherspoon Art Museum. Purchased with funds from the Jefferson-Pilot Endowment, the Robert C. Ketner Family Acquisition Endowment, the Carol and Seymour Levin Acquisition Endowment, the Lynn Richardson Prickett Acquisition Endowment, and the Judy Proctor Acquisition Endowment, 2016.18. © Betye Saar, photo courtesy of the artist and Roberts Projects, Los Angeles

Betye Saar, “To the Manor Born”, 2011. Weatherspoon Art Museum. Purchased with funds from the Jefferson-Pilot Endowment, the Robert C. Ketner Family Acquisition Endowment, the Carol and Seymour Levin Acquisition Endowment, the Lynn Richardson Prickett Acquisition Endowment, and the Judy Proctor Acquisition Endowment, 2016.18. © Betye Saar, photo courtesy of the artist and Roberts Projects, Los Angeles

Paintings are Red,
Paintings are Blue . . .

Winter is gray. But with yet another new exhibit opening at WAM this month, it’s feeling a bit brighter indeed. Vibrant: Artists Engage with Color, a kaleidoscopic array of dynamic works from the Weatherspoon’s collection, opens on Wednesday, January 27. Explore the drama, moods and meanings evoked by colors from the whole, glorious spectrum. Exhibit on display through August 14, when, once again, the world is a lush and wild tangle of green. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission. Weatherspoon Art Museum is located at UNCG on the corner of Spring Garden and Tate. Info: weatherspoonart.org.

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