Downtown Boone Art Crawl Friday
Thanksgiving may be over, but the leftovers remain. There are numerous ways to work off those extra calories, but only one involves art, entertainment, refreshments and more. Friday, Dec. 4, is First Friday, and area galleries, restaurants and businesses welcome all to the Downtown Boone Art Crawl.
Green Mother Goods, 116 W. King St., will host "Greening of the Holidays," inviting folks to stop in for holiday ornaments and craft-making for kids of all ages, plus free apple cider. Plus, specialists will be on hand to inform attendees how to make the holidays green.
In the way of music, Country Music Hall of Fame members Matt Kinman and Josh Hayes will perform traditional string tunes from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Kinman is an internationally renowned folk musician and a former member and co-founder of Old Crow Medicine Show.
Artist Terry Miller of Sunburst Gallery will also join in Greening, showcasing his original paintings, jewelry and native crafts, something he's proud to call "the most unusual and wildest art you've ever seen." For more information, call Green Mother Goods at (828) 262-3525.
Looking Glass Gallery, 432 W. King St., will stay open late, serving refreshments and live music, while featuring the landscape oil paintings of Michael Capone.
Speaking of which, Capone's Untouchable Pizza, 454 W. King St., will offer beer specials and free stuffed breadsticks with any medium or large specialty pizza (dine-in only).
Ink Link Tattoos, 487 W. King St., will offer 20 percent off tattoos and piercings all day on Friday.
Macado's, 539 W. King St., will serve up Guinness pints for $2.75, Guinness mixers for $2.50, house wine by the glass for $1.99 and cinnamon sensations for $3.
Hands Gallery, 543 W. King St., will be open late, featuring the turned-wood artwork of Boone artist Phil Hull.
Gladiola Girls, 549 W. King St., will stay open until 9 p.m., inviting crawling customers to draw their own discounts of 10-30 percent. Refreshments will be served, as will the multimedia print artistry of Midge Mitchell.
The BeadBox and Grateful Grounds, 585-A W. King St., will feature the paintings by Ren Phillips. Doe Ridge Pottery, 585-D W. King St., will stay open late, and owner Bob Meier will host a demonstration for the creation of a new line of hand-built vases.
ArtWalk, 611 W. King St., will be open until 8:30 p.m., featuring jewelry created from recycled materials by Belinda Freeman. The gallery will also be serving drinks and refreshments.
The Nth Degree Gallery, 683 W. King St., will feature new works by artists Stacy Simmons and Jeff Martin. The show, titled "Love Always, Maybe," marks the first time Simmons has shown her work in North Carolina, having previously worked in New York City.
Martin will be present a completely new body of work, using a low-fire clay, hand building , and wheel thrown elements to create sculptural and wall reliefs.
"Outwardly, the work in the upcoming show...is a rather cynical and hopefully amusing commentary on the misappropriated psychosocial requirement to recover immediately and easily from excessive amounts of trauma," Simmons said. "The content is essentially about betrayal and loss - and the misguided perception that so many people seem to have that love should be acceptable even when it's subversive and non-committal."
The show takes place from 7:30 until hours unknown, and crawlers may bring their own beverages.
Lucky Penny invites art crawlers to the grand opening at its new location at 693 W. King St., featuring local jewelry artists. Upstairs from there, downtown's newest salon, Shear Shakti, will also celebrate a grand opening.
The Open Door, 703 W. King St., invites crawlers to stop by for an African dance performance, including live djembe music from 7 to 7:30 p.m. The gallery also features plenty of new gift ideas for the holidays and a 15 percent off storewide sale.
Vidalia, 831 W. King St., will offer drink specials, while Reid's Cafe, 142 S. Water St., will stay open late for dinner.
The GreenHouse, 164 S. Depot St., will feature the paintings of Teresa Cerda and figurative ceramic sculpture of Julia Rechenbach-Moomaw. Cerda's artwork has the support of a Regional Artist Grant Project, the Northwest North Carolina Program 2009-10.
Fat Cats Music & Video, 965 Rivers St., will host a 10 percent off storewide sale and rental special (rent one, get one free).
Cafe Portofino, 970 Rivers St., will offer $2 Bud bottles.
The Downtown Boone Art Crawl lasts from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., though shops typically close at 7:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted. 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.