Boone Art Crawl Friday
Hosted every first Friday of the month, Boone's art crawls see area galleries and businesses open their doors in celebration of art, community and a combination of the two, oftentimes served alongside refreshments.
Appalachian State University's Turchin Center for the Visual Arts (423 W. King St.) stays open till 9 p.m., showcasing six exhibitions: Appalachian Alumni in the Arts, the eighth annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition, "Places for Contemplation in Public Buildings" by Alex Poorman, "Chromata" by Laura Berman, "Beyond Their Natural Range" by April Flanders and "Open Spaces, Sacred Places" by Tom Stoner and the TKF Foundation.
Capone's Untouchable Pizza (454-B W. King St.) is offering free bread sticks with any large specialty pizza.
Hands Gallery (543 W. King St.), one of the area's oldest co-op galleries, will be open until 8 p.m., featuring a variety of work from current members, including Debbi Ordan (jewelry), Brenda Schramm (pottery), Zoe Nelson (silver, beaded jewelry), Linda Smith (art quilts), Don Haywood (stone jewelry), Lyn Soeder (watercolors, woodcuts), Chrissie Callejas (painting, sculpture), Miters Touch (woodworking), Dianne Radford (stained glass), Barbara Sox (baskets), Joan Meixell (silkscreen), Linda McCalister and Carol Lawrence (photography), and Kirsten Tiedemann (mosaics).
Haywood will be on hand to share information on his stone jewelry, as will other Hands members on Friday.
Dancing Moon Earthway Bookstore (553 W. King St.) hosts the First Friday Spirit Fair from 5 to 8 p.m., focusing on readers, healing arts and more. The store also offers a gemstones and crystals class series, the next landing on May 12 from 6 to 8 p.m., with more to follow. For more information, including registration for the Moon's next gemstones and crystals class, Water and the Mineral Kingdom, call (828) 264-7242.
Doe Ridge Pottery (585 W. King St. Suite D) hosts Blowing Rock artist Nancy Graham, who will be demonstrating the hand-building of functional pottery.
The Watauga Arts Council and Jones House Community Center (604 W. King St.) are hosting two new exhibits from 6:30 to 8 p.m., and with refreshments.
The Mazie Jones Gallery will feature "Journey," the paintings of Marsha Holmes. For the past 15 years, Holmes has worked as an artist and art instructor, teaching both children and adults in a variety of programs, including Project on Aging at the L.E. Harrill Center and Western Watauga Community Center in Watauga County.
The Open Door Gallery is showcasing the photography of Ann Wolfe, whose work depicts the traditions, architecture, ways of life, and natural scenic beauty of the High Country.
ArtWalk (611 W. King St.) will feature the hand-blown glass ornaments of Judson Guérard. Not only for Christmas trees, these translucent orbs also make great window hangings, featuring a large array of spring colors just in time for Mother's Day. Guérard's unique method of hand blowing results in an intricate webbed network of color and texture across the surface of each piece. Guérard's ornaments come in a variety of shapes, all at an affordable price.
Anna Banana's (641 W. King St., Suite 1) hosts special guest and artist Jason English, co-founder of nonprofit organization Free People Free People, which "operates under the assumption that people who are free have an obligation to rescue others from slavery." English will donate a portion of his proceeds to help provide drinking water and medical supplies to a village in Liberia, Africa.
In addition, Anna Banana's is offering a "Dance for Your Discount Sale," where showing your best dance move could knock 10 percent off your purchase. Free food from Char and wine aplenty round out the evening.
The Nth Degree Gallery (683 W. King St.) will showcase "An Eric Franklin Production: Styles" by Jonathan Ryan and Ryan Batten, starting at 7 p.m.
Shear Shakti (693 W. King St.) is hosting artist Tyler Thomas.
The Art of Oil (819 W. King St.) is breaking in its new King Street location with wine, oil and vinegar, bread, dessert, and the artwork of co-owner Davis Whitfield. The grand reopening runs from 5 to 9 p.m.
Custard Depot (158 S. Depot St.) is giving away two small custards with two toppings with each Custard Depot T-shirt purchase.
Other regularly participating galleries and businesses include beansTalk, Mast General Store, Macado's, The Collective on Depot, Green Mother Goods, Open Door, Lucky Penny, Café Portofino, Bulldog's Beer and Wine, Downtown Boone Development Association, Cha Da Thai, Ink Link Tattoo, Our Daily Bread, Earth Fare, Black Cat Burrito, Footsloggers, Jungle Boogie, Harmon's Dixie Pride, Paolucci's Italian Bar and Grill, The Shoppes at Farmer's Hardware, Looking Glass Gallery, Fat Cats Music & Video and The GreenHouse.
The Downtown Boone Art Crawl lasts from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., though shops typically close at 7:30 p.m. The monthly event is sponsored by the Downtown Boone Development Association Public Art Program. For more information, call (828) 262-4532 or visit http://www.boone-nc.org.