Across from Silver Moon Saloon on Trade Street in Winston-Salem’s Arts District, you’ll find a lovely working art studio co-op and gallery called ArtConnections. The co-op is made up of four women of diverse artistic talents, and the sisterhood and creative energy there is inspiring. ArtConnections held a grand opening at the July DADA First Friday Gallery Hop to a warm welcome of more than 125 in attendance.
These talented fine artists share working space, an appreciation for each other’s work, and friendship. The mood in the studio is powerfully creative, and their sisterhood shines through their conversation and collaboration. During operating hours you’ll find at least two of the artists on-hand as they work and make themselves available to answer questions. An array of art is available at a range of prices, including framed landscapes and cityscapes, marbled and handmade papers and books, collages, original abstract art and prints, fun, up-cycled fashion, notecards and more.
“We love it here on Trade Street,” said artist Audrey Lynge. “Trade Street has become a destination in Winston-Salem. We’ve had visitors from Raleigh, Charlotte and other states who came just for what Trade Street has to offer.”
Melrose Buchanan, the original studio tenant while the space was Inter_section Gallery & Art Space, invited Patty Pape and Audrey Lynge to exhibit at her studio during the Downtown Arts District’s (DADA’s) First Friday Gallery Hops with great success. The idea blossomed for an artist co-op in the space, and they invited Anne Murray to join them. Melrose excels in watercolor and mixed media collage. She has taught drawing and painting workshops at Salem Academy, Sawtooth School for Visual Art, Reynolda House and other workshops. Her works on display include floral woodcut prints and mixed media works.
The colorful marbled and art papers and books by Anne Murray of Anne’s Books & Papers will catch your eye the moment you walk in. Not only does Anne make beautifully handcrafted paper, marbled paper, bound books and journals, but she also repairs damaged and worn books. She will be teaching bookbinding techniques at upcoming workshops: pamphlet stitch (Oct 4), a simple pop-up book (Oct 11), blizzard binding (Oct 18), and a Japanese stab binding (Oct 25). Variations of each style will be explored. Cost: $30 for a single evening or $100 for all four sessions.
You’ll also find works by Audrey Lynge, whose favorite media are colored pencil, collage, printmaking and mixed media. She works with cityscapes, landscapes, and abstract images. Her current work at ArtConnections includes her New York City series, a group of mixed media and colored pencil cityscapes she began when both daughters left NC and moved to NYC. She visits them there and enjoys creating the images as a way to feel closer to her girls.
A few feet away are the fun up-cycled clothing pieces by Patty Pape. The former Nortel executive now focuses on her sewing and fashion talents. A favorite among customers are her men’s shirts-turned aprons and mixed fabric dresses with vintage flare. Another area of her art expertise is botanical collage working with dried and tinted flowers, for which she offers workshops to the public.
For more information and class schedules, visit ArtConnections at 629 Trade Street, Winston-Salem, via Facebook at @ArtConnectionsonTrade, or email them at email@example.com.