Downtown Boone Art Crawl Dec. 6
When is First Friday last?
When it’s the final Downtown Boone Art Crawl of 2013.
On Friday, Dec. 6, participating galleries and businesses will open their doors in celebration of art and community, showcasing area artists, live music and refreshments aplenty.
Appalachian State University’s Turchin Center for the Visual Arts (423 W. King St.) welcomes visitors from noon to 8 p.m., while spotlighting its current exhibition, “Lost on the Road to Oblivion: The Vanishing Beauty of Coal Country.” The exhibit is a collaboration between award-winning photographer by Carl Galie and N.C. Poet Laureate and ASU English professor Joseph Bathanti.
According to the TCVA, the exhibit “takes the viewer on a journey through the Southern Appalachians, while documenting the practice of mountaintop removal, as well as its collateral fallout, in a series of images depicting an endangered natural environment.”
In turn, Bathanti has presented a suite of poems to be displayed during the exhibition.
Hands Gallery (543 W. King St.) welcomes the holiday season with lights galore and the work of Eric Reichard. From the largest of floor pots to the smallest vases and pitchers, Reichard displays a variety of styles and glaze treatments. According to Hands’ Brenda Schramm, December is the cooperative gallery’s busiest month, and all its members are creating new work. Crawlers can see for themselves from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday.
Gladiola Girls (549 W. King St.) presents the work of Tommy White, an internationally published photographer from Boone. According to White, his interest in landscape photography came from extensive trips exploring the backcountry of Western North Carolina, and, as such, his subjects include the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Great Smoky Mountains, Nantahala National Forest and the Appalachian Trail. On Friday, White will join Gladiola Girls for an exhibition of his work, accompanied by warm mulled wine, holiday treats and a raffle for a wreath and Fraser fir Christmas tree from Grouse Ridge Tree Farms.
The Dancing Moon Earthway Bookstore (553 W. King St.) invites crawlers to browse its selection of local art, clothing, herbs, soaps and more, all “created by local folks loving what they do.” Needless to say, there will also be books. In addition, the house tarot reader will be on deck for the evening.
Doe Ridge Pottery (585 W. King St.) will host Dottie Baker of High Meadows Pottery in Ashe County. Baker will demonstrate her technique for hand-building tall, oval bottles.
“I’m drawn to pots that capture an instant of the hand’s movement in time, that are comfortable with ambiguity and contradiction and that operate best in the private — not public — realm,” said Baker, who makes her work using slab-building and kickwheel-throwing techniques. “In the studio, I hope to set myself aside, so that my pots will draw their metaphors from hollow volumes and my rural environment and reveal more and more sensory information over time through use.”
For more information, visit http://www.highmeadowspottery.com.
The Jones House Community Center (604 W. King St.) will host a gallery reception from 6:30 to 8 p.m., featuring light refreshments and a chance to meet this month’s exhibitors. The Mazie Jones Gallery will feature paintings from the new storybook, “One Night, Two Moons,” by area artist and business owner Joe Miller, who will meet with guests and sign copies of his book during the reception.
In the Upstairs Gallery, visitors can look through “Windows through Time: Stories of King Street and Downtown Boone.” The exhibit was designed and curated by public history graduates at ASU, under the guidance of Dr. Andrea Burns, and features a wide range of unique photographs, documents and other historical artifacts. According to Burns, the students hope the exhibit will “inspire audiences to engage in a collective conversation about downtown Boone’s past, its present and what its future might hold.”
ArtWalk (611 W. King St.) will spotlight the work of Tracie Haines, whose Boone-based line of crafts — Kiwi Kreations — features what the artist calls “a little bit of everything,” including paintings, photography and jewelry. Highlights include her "Letters in Nature" photography series, in which photos taken locally are used to spell out “Boone” and “ASU,” and “geek chic” gifts, such as “Star Trek” and “Hunger Games” paintings and jewelry.
Anna Banana’s (641 W. King St.) will serve food from Char and wine from Glug. Folks can wash it all down with a Christmas sale, featuring half off merchandise with a red X on the tag and 25 percent off anything with a green dot on the tag. Per Anna Banana’s tradition, customers may also dance for a 10-percent discount.
Art Mart Academy (683 W. King St.) will showcase the work of Kim Abernethy. Born and raised in the Southeast, Abernethy said she has always possessed a heightened awareness and a keen appreciation of the colors, forms and textures she sees in the natural world. As an oil painter, she uses impressionistic styles to evoke feelings of serenity and calm, she said, adding that her work “draws upon a sense of familiarity and connects the viewer to a moment in time captured on canvas.”
The Nth˚ Gallery & Studios (683 W. King St.) presents “Beast in Show,” a collection of fiber works by Katie Boyette. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and is BYOB. Boyette is a former member of the Nth˚ and an alumna of ASU’s studio art program, and for this particular show, she’s teamed up with someone special — her daughter, Sophia.
“Sophia drew all the letters of the alphabet as monsters, and I’ve been knitting them — hence the title,” Boyette said, adding that the show is a mix of knitted pieces and felted needlework.
Yosefa AntiquiTEA (161 Howard St.) is hosting Asheville-based belly dancer Lisa Zahiya. The show begins at 8 p.m., and the teahouse will offer free wine to attendees.
Join Our Art Crawl Roundup
If your business participates in Downtown Boone First Fridays, send your goings-on to (email@example.com) to be included in our next First Friday Art Crawl roundup. For more information, call (828) 264-6397.