Designs by Andrew at ArtWalk

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Article Published: Jun. 28, 2012 | Modified: Jun. 28, 2012
Designs by Andrew at ArtWalk

ArtWalk is featuring the handmade candles and woodwork of Newland artist Larry Parrish.

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This week, ArtWalk is showcasing the work of Georgia artist Andrew Reaster.

Reaster is a young man who was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, on the autistic spectrum, and turned to creative endeavors as a way of relaxing and staying occupied. ArtWalk’s most popular items by Reaster are his “BYOB” hummingbird feeders. They are sold as kits, including flexible copper pipe and a spout for the feeder. Just coil the copper artfully around a favorite wine bottle for a one-of-kind feeder.

Reaster also creates “Forks with a Twist,” which are forks twisted into hand gestures, such as peace signs and the sign for “I Love You.” Reaster decorates each fork with beads and wire wrapping and has even designed a special fork in Appalachian State colors. They are individually boxed and ready for gift giving.

Larry Parrish candles

ArtWalk is also offering a new selection of locally made, hand-poured, 100-percent soy wax candles.
Larry Parrish of Newland handcrafts 16-ounce candles in a range of scents, including everything from fresh basil and herb to mountain honey to sweet rum cake.

The candles are completely clean-burning and come in twine-accented mason jars. Parrish uses American-grown soy in his candles, which are petroleum free.

Parrish also specializes in woodwork, with ArtWalk featuring chess and checkers tables, small shelves, wood sculpture and whimsical deer. He has a small selection of candles available on the main level of ArtWalk, as well as a full booth featuring his full range of candle scents and wooden items on the basement level of the store.

ArtWalk is located at 611 W. King St., across from the Mast store, and is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Artists of all media and experience are invited to inquire about booth rentals. For more information, email ( , call (828) 264-9998 or visit the online store at

Gallery Times

Gallery Times is a weekly news feature 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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