ArtSpace springs into action

By Jesse Campbell (jesse.campbell@mountaintimes.com)



Article Published: May. 1 | Modified: May. 1
ArtSpace springs into action

ArtSpace volunteers Jimmie Owen and Pat Moritz inspect an aging fence at the Blue Ridge ArtSpace in a lead up to last year’s picket painting fundraiser. The arts council plans to restart the initiative this spring.
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As it approaches the one-year anniversary at its new home at the Blue Ridge ArtSpace in Boone, the Watauga County Arts Council has compiled a full schedule of fun and creative activities to welcome spring and celebrate an important milestone.

Located at 377 Shadowline Drive, the art center houses operations for the Watauga County Arts Council and Appalachian State University’s Community Music School and Craft Enrichment Program.

Prior to relocating to the ArtSpace, the WCAC called Boone’s Jones House Community Center its home. That all changed in May 2012, when the WCAC was required to move from its downtown locale, subsequently operating in donated space and different locations.

To celebrate the successes of its first year at the ArtSpace, the WCAC has a list of new programs and exhibits to kick off the warmer months of spring and summer.

The arts council will hold a First Birthday Celebration from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 7 at the Art Space.
There will be live music, food, art booths and other interactive booths, WCAC executive director Cherry Johnson said.

Additionally, the ArtSpace is jumpstarting its painted fence project, which encourages supporters to purchase a plank and paint it as they see fit to bring some flair to the building’s side fence.

Fence pickets can be purchased by going by New River Building Supply and picking one up or purchasing one on site for $10 or five pickets for $35 for a group picket painting party. The pickets at the ArtSpace are pre-primed, and paint is on available on-site.

From May 6 to 14, the WCAC will host “Mae in May,” which features artwork by Rebekah Mae Trapp in the Main Gallery.

The Art Space’s Open Door Gallery will feature “Mud Slingers,” a compilation of creations from area potters. This will be the inaugural exhibit of the newly formed High Country Potters Guild, Johnson said.

May’s Serendipity Gallery will hold a “Ready, Set, Draw” exhibit — a collection of drawings from the “serendipitous artists.”

From June 10 to 14, the WCAC will present “Petal Pushers,” an open exhibition where any member artist may submit a work that fits a floral theme. There will be prizes awarded. An entrance fee of $10 is required.

For more information on the WCAC, call (828) 264-1789.

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