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Art in Odd Places in Greensboro to feature 40 artists

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GREENSBORO — UNCG artist Lee Walton will present a performance involving a single lamp.

Bennett College art instructor Harry Swartz-Turfle and Bennett students will create a walking tour of drawings, from the college to Elm Street downtown.

Caroline Althof and Brianna Taylor of Greensboro will present a dance work that moves down Elm Street.

They will be among more than 40 local and national artists who will participate in Art in Odd Places, or AiOP, when the New York-based project makes its first Greensboro appearance on Nov. 1 and 2.

Look for 36 works of music, sound and dance performances, installations, video projections, book art, drawings, painting and sculpture.

They will appear along buildings, alleys and sidewalks on Elm Street, between Lee and Market streets.

“It’s an exciting opportunity for a city that continues to put itself on the arts and culture map,” said Lee Mortensen, vice president of Downtown Greensboro Inc., the nonprofit organization that promotes the city center.

Downtown Greensboro Inc. helped UNCG’s art department, UNCG’s Weatherspoon Art Museum and the Southeastern College Art Conference to bring AiOP to the city.

The event will coincide with the Southeastern College Art Conference, which will attract hundreds of faculty members and graduate students to town, as well as First Friday, when downtown shops stay open late.

Founded by New York artist Ed Woodham, AiOP brings an annual October festival of visual and performance art to 14th Street in Manhattan. This year, AiOP will also be held in Australia and Greensboro.

Xandra Eden, Weatherspoon’s curator of exhibitions, and Sheryl Oring, who teaches art at UNCG, curated the local project. They invited artists to submit proposals with this year’s assigned theme of “number.”

About one-third of selected artists come from Greensboro. Others will travel from throughout North Carolina and as far as Oregon and Colorado.

Their art will explore the variety of ways that numbers are part of daily life.

Local sculptor Jim Gallucci, for example, will create an installation that evokes the many local highways residents travel each day.

“It makes us think about the history of the city, and our day-to-day activities in a fresh and new way,” Eden said. “It makes us more aware of what the downtown offers as a social space and a public space. And it’s going to bring people in from other cities and states.”

Contact Dawn DeCwikiel-Kane at 373-5204, and follow @dawndkane on Twitter.

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