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Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County

HOMEGROWN Gallery Exhibition Opening

Thursday, July 18 from 5 - 7pm

Join us for the opening of Arts Council's Main Gallery Exhibition HOMEGROWN: Celebrating the Legacy of Artists James Funches, Curtis Hairston, and Shirley Hairston-Holloway 'The Barefoot Storyteller' on Thursday, July 18 from 5-7pm. Food will be provided, beverages will be available for purchase.


HOMEGROWN highlights three distinguished local artists inducted in the Winston-Salem Arts, Cultural, and Entertainment Memorial Walk of Fame in 2023. James Funches, a gifted musician, excelled in playing the saxophone and flute and had a passion for creating wire sculptures. Curtis Hairston, an acclaimed R&B singer, was known for his soulful voice and several hit records. His mother, Shirley Hairston-Holloway, was a dynamic storyteller and puppeteer, and she was known as “The Barefoot Storyteller.”


These artists attended local schools, founded organizations at the Forsyth County Public Library, served as educators, composed music, and much more. The families of these artists have shared intimate insights into their lives and art, presenting previously unseen photos, memories, and artwork. This exhibition also explores the influence these artists had on the next generation of creative entrepreneurs within their families.


Winston-Salem boasts a rich history of nurturing individuals who have significantly contributed to the arts and entertainment industry. To honor these beloved artists, the City of Winston-Salem established the Arts, Cultural, and Entertainment Memorial Walk of Fame at the Benton Convention Center in 2016. Honorees are recognized each July with an unveiling of bronze stars embedded in the sidewalk along Cherry Street in Downtown Winston-Salem.

Main Gallery
251 North Spruce Street, Winston-Salem, NC, USA
First floor of the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts
Free and open to the public

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