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ArtWalk Celebrates 5 years in Boone

Article Published: Aug. 5, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
ArtWalk Celebrates 5 years in Boone

To celebrate its fifth anniversary, ArtWalk is featuring artwork from Georgia-based Dryads Dancing Studio, the first studio exhibited at the downtown Boone gallery.

ArtWalk has been proud to offer a wide variety of art, crafts and gifts suitable for all ages, budgets and tastes for the past five years.

For its fifth anniversary this week, the Boone gallery is featuring the colorful and quirky folk art of Dryads Dancing. The first piece purchased from ArtWalk when it opened in 2005 was by the Dryads Dancing Studio, and they have been with ArtWalk ever since.

This Atlanta, Ga.-based studio began 15 years ago, when Margaret M. Taylor began selling picture frames and birdhouses, and later garden art, mirrors and furniture.

Taylor acquired her building skills by helping her father on construction projects around the home. Inspired by the texture and patina of age, she carries those qualities into new, unique works of art. Her goal for Dryads Dancing was to make original art affordable and accessible.

To help expand the Dryads Dancing oeuvre, Taylor has also brought in other artists and designers, such as Simone R. Wilson, an Atlanta native who now resides in Asheville.

Wilson also has the same affinity for wood and reclaimed objects, and giving them new life through artistic expression. Wilson is very familiar with the garbage pick-up schedule of her town and frequently finds treasures to contribute to her art. Porch railings, rusty tin, architectural wood and ceiling tiles with chipping paint, are all prime art materials.

In addition to contributing to the Atlanta-based Dryads Dancing, Wilson also has her own studio, Pleasant Hugh Studio.

Dryads Dancing Studio's garden art, wall art and picture frames are located on ArtWalk's main level. With three and a half floors and more than 300 local, regional and national artists, ArtWalk is located at 611 W. King St. (across from Mast General Store) Boone, N.C. 28607. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m. For more information, call (828) 264-9998, e-mail ( or visit

Gallery Times
Gallery Times is a weekly news feature of the Focus section of The Mountain Times, featuring short news items submitted by local galleries.

For more information or to make a submission, contact editor Frank Ruggiero at ( or (828) 264-6397.

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