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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
MORE THAN BOOKS Forsyth County
Central Library showcases an impressive
fine art collection.
SEEK AND FIND
FIVE UNEXPECTED SPOTS TO SEE CREATIVE CULTURE
BY: MICHAEL BREEDLOVE
Local artist Clark Whittington created a sensation 20 years
ago when he started rehabbing cigarette machines into art
dispensers. There are now more than 130 Art-o-mats around
the U.S. and in parts of Europe, including nearly two dozen in
Winston-Salem. Just put $5 in, pull the knob, and out pops an
original artwork. Find more details at artomat.org.
BENTON CONVENTION CENTER
When Benton Convention Center completed an 18-month
renovation, visitors found an array of public art throughout the
105,000-square-foot building. More than a dozen permanent
works now fill the center. All the pieces were created by NCbased artists and curated by the city's Public Arts Commission.
Among the highlights are a portrait of legend Maya Angelou by
Dennis Wells (see page 17) and a wall-spanning image of the
Yadkin River by photographer Christine Rucker.
FORSYTH COUNTY CENTRAL LIBRARY
The biggest book at the newly reopened Central Library isn't
on the shelves. Instead, it stands on the library's front lawn
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- an 8-foot sculpture named "Timeless Purpose" created
by Alabama-based artist Deedee Morrison. The corten steel
sculpture shows an open book on an easel with "library" lasercut in more than 100 different languages.
KIMPTON CARDINAL HOTEL
The lavish Kimpton Cardinal Hotel opened its doors in spring
2016 in the iconic 1929 R.J. Reynolds Building. Throughout
the property, 42 vivid art and design nods to North Carolina
can be found, such as the matchstick longleaf pine (referring
to the building's tobacco history) and light fixtures that evoke
MARY'S GOURMET DINER
Mary's isn't just a perfect place to grab weekend brunch, it's also a
surprisingly great place to see local talent. The eatery's two levels
are enlivened with paintings from local artists, all commissioned by
owner Mary Haglund. The public art even extends outdoors. One
of the restaurant's exterior walls is blanketed with a glass-mosaic
piece known as "The Word Wall."