Sep. 2—It seems laughable to describe 90-degree days as a relief, but we’re beating the heat however we can as summer wanes. That includes some cool activities like First Friday, which will feature art throughout downtown.

Along with a number of restaurants and businesses, the Eastchester section of downtown is home to Moderngigi Gallery, operated by artist Johnny Ramos.

Ramos features his own work, which features recent pop art pieces and apparel, as well as highlighting other artists and creative vendors in the space on 18th Street.

This month, painter Sonia Peterson is among those who will have work on display.

Peterson, who works under the name Sisu Art, said she focuses on abstracts, preferring to work in acrylics due to their faster dry time over oils.

Her artwork is made for people to enjoy, Peterson said, recalling a piece she made for her friend’s grandfather-in-law.

“It was of his

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Leica is the butt of many photography jokes for making some of the most expensive cameras and lenses on the market. So if cameras are just tools, why would anyone shoot on Leica with so many other options available?

Having the “best” or most expensive camera doesn’t necessarily make photographers better, but they can change perspectives. In the above video from Ted Forbes of The Art of Photography, he discusses how when he first started shooting all of his idols shot on Leica M systems and since he couldn’t afford one, so he shot on anything cheap he could get his hands on. Now, years later looking back, he is actually quite proud of what he achieved.

By using “lower tier” gear he actually was able to truly “learn” photography. He did not become a worse photographer by not following in the direct footsteps of his idols, of course,

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September marks a restart of the arts as some galleries open their doors for exhibit receptions for the first time in a year and a half, and the Greenville Museum of Art brings back one of its biggest fundraisers.

Three galleries will host opening receptions from 5-8 p.m. Friday for the 2021 East Carolina University School of Art and Design Alumni Exhibition. Masks are required.

Works of art will be on display through Sept. 25 at Emerge Gallery and Art Center, 404 Evans St.; Wellington B. Gray Gallery in Jenkins Fine Arts Center; and the Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery in ECU’s Joyner Library.

The exhibit, last hosted in 2015, will showcase art from 140 alumni from across the country, featuring graduates from a more than 50-year span. It includes works from nearly 20 artists from Greenville, Winterville, Snow Hill and Washington, N.C. Painting and drawing, video, graphic design, textiles, metal

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