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Literary Hop
A Hop for the Written and Spoken Word


DADA First Friday Gallery Hop
September 3, 2021 7-10 PM  

500 & 600 blocks of Trade & Sixth Streets will be Blocked
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In a nod to the annual Bookmarks Festival, the September 3, 2021 “DADA 1st Friday Gallery Hop will salute our literary artists and business members from 7-10 pm in the Downtown Arts District. 

The featured exhibition “Grimm” by digital artist Allison Hutchins includes a collection of framed images inspired by the Grimm Brothers classic tales. The DADA Gallery/Office at North Trade Street Arts Center is located at 604-A N. Trade. 

Featured literary works will be “Weight A Minute - Lessons a Family Learns Thru the Gift of Autism,” by R.V. Kuser and Marlene Kuser, “Milo Writes” by Milo Wright, “Winston-Salem’s Architectural Heritage” by Heather Fearnbach and “My Wonderful World of Sculpture” by Earline Heath King. 

A personal appearance will be made by the Kusers. 

DADA Board Members will arrive ready to read from their favorite literary selections in the big wing chair during the Hop. 

Also noted is the DADA Literary Hub situated around our members Bookmarks, Poetry in Plain Sight and Winston-Salem Writers! 

Every DADA 1st Friday Gallery Hop includes: New Gallery Exhibition Openings, Open Studios, Shop Collection Openings and DADA business location participation throughout the Arts District.

VISITOR INFORMATION for maps, parking info, Hotel Packages, and more!

Visit our mini “Arts District Visitors Area” at North Trade Street Arts - 604-A N Trade Street, W-S, NC 27101

Want to support DADA and the DADA 1st Friday Gallery Hop? Join us or become a corporate sponsor! Visit and look under the About Us tab.

The street blocked area includes: 500 and 600 blocks of Trade and Sixth Street from Cherry to Liberty. Also included in the unblocked areas of the Hop are DADA Member locations on Liberty Street, Seventh Street, the 700 block of Trade and more. 

September Hop Schedule
6PM - Streets close from 5th to 7th street and Cherry to Liberty

7-10 PM - Hop Begins in the W-S Downtown Arts District
10:30 PM - Streets reopen for traffic

The Gallery Hop Extensions will be in full swing.DADA Members in the 500, 600 and 700 block of Trade, Sixth Street, and the Gallery Hop extensions centered around Wise Man Brewing, Bookmarks and the Liberty Street Hop area will also be participating. Look for the DADA Members logo displayed and support our DADA Members! 

It's the August installment of the DADA 1st Friday Gallery Hop and you're invited!

Parking is available at the 6th and Cherry St. Deck for only $2.00. Free parking is also available along Liberty Street on a first come, first served basis. The W-S Downtown Arts District is waiting for you!

Please observe the updated Mask requirements that went info effect for the City of Winston-Salem on August 20,2021. 


The 2021 DADA First Friday Gallery Hop is sponsored in part by
 The City of Winston Salem, The Arts Council of W-S/FC, Parsec Financial Wealth Management
Mast General Store and the ARTC Theatre 
 Advertising sponsors, Yes! Weekly and WTOB

Artworks Gallery Presents

Marion Adams, Colored Pencil Compositions
James Gemma, Exploring Abstract Relationships in Shape and Color

Exhibition dates: August 29 - September 25, 2021
Gallery Hop: Friday, September 3, 7-9 pm
Marion Adams reflects, "It is interesting where a year can take you, especially if you physically have no place to go!" She took the time to enjoy countless hours researching artists, both contemporary and traditional from the sanctuary of a laptop while in lockdown. The paintings of artists Janet Rickus and Jeff Larson inspired Adams to try my own. Although their paintings are in acrylic and oil, she tried something similar with a favorite medium: colored pencil.
First, traditional crockery became the subject, later followed by blue willow china. Months later, the minimalist styles of pottery by Giorgio Morandi and Sophie Cook inspired her works.

Adams was very much at peace this year while creating art, which provided a type of daily mediation and an escape from the constant chatter of the outside world. Making art offered a retreat into a space of quietness and peace. Maia Gambis, “Why Making Art is the New Meditation,” explains that making art is a tool for coping with overwhelming emotion. “Happiness is more a matter of nurturing a space that provides stability and a constant connection to our true selves.”

Marion Adams has had a 30-year career teaching Science, Math, and Art. She holds a Master’s Degree from Georgia State University and undergraduate degrees in education and art. She works in colored pencil, acrylics, and makes 3-dimensional pieces using polymer and paper clay. She has been a member of Artworks Gallery since 2015.


James Gemma’s abstract art is an exciting visual and conceptual exploration of the artistic relationships that may be created among and between colors and shapes. In this exhibition, many of the works use geometric elements as support for these explorations, while others take a more expressive approach. Some of the works have a formal appeal, with arrangements of bold colors and shapes. Others are arranged with softer, more subtle color/shape relationships. Finally, some are just freer, but still with an underlying coherence. Despite its conceptual nature, the art in this collection has a strong aesthetic and energizing appeal. All work in this show is limited edition, original digital art, created with archival paper and ink.  

After graduating with advanced degrees from The Ohio State University and careers as university professor and consumer research professional, James Gemma studied art and printmaking at Salem College, and at Wake Forest University. He also has participated in multiple art workshops at Penland School, the Huntington Museum of Art, and the Sawtooth Center for Visual Art. Gemma served four years as board member of Associated Artists of Winston Salem. As Marketing Chairperson of that group, he created the Practicing Artist Series of lectures and critiques, bringing the participation of nationally known artists to Winston-Salem. He is currently a practicing artist, and has been a member of Artworks Gallery since 2009.

The exhibit is free and open to the public.
Artworks Gallery, Inc. 
564 North Trade Street
Winston-Salem, NC  27101. Gallery phone: 336-723-5890


The DADA Gallery at North Trade Street Arts Center presents

A collection of digital artworks inspired by Grimm Fairytales by Allison Hutchins

Also located inside North Trade Street Arts Center

The Exhibiting Artists of The LAAC 
Rick Jones, Allison Hutchins, Holli Conger, Nancy Smith, Megan Ingram, Marilyn Ingram 

The DADA Collective
Melanie Williams-Troutman , Barbara Rizza Mellin , Michael Isley  David Cohen , Michael (Specky) Snell , Marlene Kuser ,Tori Hagaman 

Studio 7/Fireflies

The Tea Box

Thursday - Sunday 12-5PM
Find Something Wonderful
Kindred Spirits Presents

Moji Coffee Will be open for the hop! 

Nonprofit, full service Coffee Shop employing differently abled baristas who make a great cuppa joe.
Congratulations to DADA member Visual Index!
Voted best Art Gallery in the Triad by Yes Weekly!

Welcome New and Returning DADA Members!

Salem Law, Wishbass, Lisa Strout Studios and Carmello Baker

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Current DADA Members / Individuals and Businesses
Honorary Members
Will & Sara Knott
Cindy Wright

500 Block N Trade
Mast General Store - 516 N. Trade Street - March 2019
Walter Robbs,Callahan & Pierce Architects, PA  -  530 N. Trade Street - May 2019
Artworks Gallery - 564 N. Trade Street - June 2019
Opperman Architects - 539 N. Trade Street - January 2021
Visual Index - 562 N. Trade Street - July 2019
Salem Organic Supply - 545 N. Trade Street Suite 106 - March 2019
Imagine Flowers - 560 N. Trade Street - January 2021
Kindred Spirits - 537 N. Trade Street - May 2021
The B String - 560 N. Trade Street - May 2019
King Classic Bakery - 533 N. Trade Street - February 2020

600 Block N Trade
North Trade Street Arts Center - 604-A N. Trade Street - January 2021
Downtown Arts District Association - 604-A N. Trade Street - January 2021
Exhibiting Artists of the LAAC @ NTSA - 604-A N. Trade Street - January 2021
WTOB 980 AM - 617 N. Trade Street - January 2021
Woodland Moth Visual & Performing Arts - PO Box 487, Lewisville - January 2021
DADA Collective - 604-A N. Trade Street - January 2021
Itinerant Arts - 629 N. Trade Street ( Inside Art Connections ) - March 2019
Eyes on Trade - 604-B N. Trade Street - June 2020
Gifted Gallery 2 Art Studio - 619 N. Trade Street - September 2019
PAZ Studios - 633 N. Trade Street - October 2019
Moji Coffee & More - 690 N. Trade Street - January 2021
Studio 7/Fireflies - 604-A N. Trade Street - January 2021
Earth Sage - 608-A N. Trade Street - January 2021
Art Connections - January 2021

700 Block N Trade
Fiddlin' Fish Brewing Co. - 772 N. Trade Street - August 2019
Broad Branch Distillery - 756 N. Trade Street - January 2021

Sixth Street
Steele Group Architects - 217 W. Sixth Street - February 2019
16/6 Sixteen over Six Studios - 213 W. Sixth Street - September 2019
Delurk Gallery - 207 W. Sixth Street - January 2021
O'Kelly Design Studio - 213 W. Sixth Street - September 2019 
6th and Vine - 209 W. Sixth Street - January 2021

Seventh Street
ARTC Theatre - 110 W. Seventh Street - January 2021

Liberty Street

The UPS Store - 550 N Liberty Street - May 2021
Muse Scenic Studio - 522 and 524 N Liberty Street - September 2019
Liberty Arts Coffee House - 526 N. Liberty Street - January 2021
AOL ( Artists on Liberty ) - 521 N. Liberty Street - January 2021

DADA Business Members
Wise Man Brewing - 826 Angelo Bros Ave - August 2019
Bookmarks - 634 W. Fourth Street #110 - January 2020
Irvin Roberts Salon & Day Spa - 3505 Lawrence Street, Clemmons - January 2019
Triad ECOadventures - 176 YWCA Way - January 2019
Bike Patrol of the WS Police Dept - January 2021
City of Winston Salem - January 2021
Yes Weekly - January 2021
Downtown Winston Salem Partnership - January 2021
Allison Hutchins Art & Photography - January 2021
Winston Salem Dash - March 2021
Winston Salem Marriott - June 2021
The Benton Convention Center - October 2020
Spring Theatre - January 2021
Piedmont Opera and Winston Salem Youth Chorus - June 2019
The Arts Council of WS/FC - June 2021
Taste Jamaica Food Truck - June 2021
The Historic Brookstown Inn - July 2021
Piedmont Wind Symphony - December 2019
Parsec Financial Wealth Management - February 2020
Theatre Alliance - January 2021
Tromploy - May 2021
Cheryl Powell Studio - May 2021
Carmello Baker - July 2021
Lisa Strout Studios - July 2021
Salem Law - June 2021
Wishbass - August 2021

DADA Individual Members
Margaret Webster-Shapiro/Green Shelf Studio - January 2021
Melanie Troutman-Williams ( Sixteen over Six ) - January 2021
Milo Wright - Emeritus/Sponsor ( North Trade Street Arts Center ) - January 2021
Rick Jones ( North Trade Street Arts Center ) - January 2021
Nancy Smith ( North Trade Street Arts Center ) - January 2021
Holli Conger/Holli Conger Studio ( North Trade Street Arts Center ) - January 2021

Bowman Gray IV - January 2021
David Sell - February 2021
Alton Rumfelt - January 2021
Walker Conger - June 2021
Ed Koos - July 2019

Barbara Rizza Mellin - July 2021
Fireflies Art - January 2021
DaVonne Myers - January 2020
Specky - January 2021
Marlene Kuser - January 2021
Tori Hagaman - January 2021
Michael Isley - January 2021
David Cohen - January 2021
Bonnie Brown - January 2021
Susan Dobyns January 2021
Denise Warheit - January 2021
Gay Poteet - January 2021
Bonnie Heffers - January 2021

Chase Ferrell - January 2021

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