Downtown Boone Art Crawl Friday
Leaves are turning, the weather is cooling and pumpkins are starting to make their way onto High Country doorsteps.
That's right, autumn is making its triumphant return, and downtown Boone businesses are celebrating in style with this month's rendition of the Downtown Boone Art Crawl, hitting King and surrounding streets Friday.
Hosted every first Friday of the month, Boone's art crawls see area galleries and businesses open their doors in celebration of art and culture.
The Collective on Depot, adjacent to Black Cat Burrito, 127 S. Depot St., will open an exhibition of new work by Collective members from 7 to 11 p.m. Members include Brook Bower, Jamie Carroll, Lensey Cero, Laura Henley, Dan Kaple, Brian Knox, Peter Oakley, Uijin Park, Melissa Reaves and Christian Smith.
"Miniature Show" happens at the Nth Gallery, 683 W. King St. Show curator Katie Boyette got the idea from the Hall of Miniatures at the Victorian Albert Museum in London. Paintings, sculptures and etchings will be on display, but you may need one of the magnifying glasses the gallery will provide to see the detail. Along with the mini-masterpieces, food and beverages will be served in petite portions. Exhibiting artists include Amber Brown, Jason Anders, Liz Roberts, Peter Oakley, Nobu Tanaka, Dave Kaminsky, Jamie Goodman, Jonathan Ryan, Katie Boyette, Tommy Lee, Jennifer Barron and Brian Lee. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.
641 RPM, 691 W. King St., is hosting a group from the Watauga High School Chamber Orchestra, as are Antiques on Howard, 199 Howard St., ArtWalk, 611 W. King St., and the Hands Craft Gallery, 543 W. King St. Additionally, the students will also play on the Jones House (604 W. King St.) lawn (weather permitting).
ArtWalk, 611 W. King St., is also featuring the work of Winston-Salem-based master potter Clyde Gobble.
Char Modern American Restaurant, 179 Howard St., will offer $5 glasses of house wines and two-for-one select appetizers.
Lucky Penny, 693 W. King St., is hosting jewelry artist Ellen Russell from 6 to 9 p.m.
Art of Oil, 222 Howard St., a tasting gallery for gourmet olive oils and balsamic vinegars, will stay open until 9 p.m. with tastings, wine and desserts. Art will include photography by Ciara McCaig of Ciara Rain Photography.
Gladiola Girls, 549 W. King St., features local jewelry artist Hannah Ferrara, creator of Another Feather Jewelry, will be serving wine and "goodies" and has a "draw your own discount" from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Green Mother Goods, 116 W. King St., is hosting Galaxy Jam Fest, starting at 4 p.m. The event starts with the opportunity for children to make sound-makers and participate in an acoustic, family friendly music set. A medley of local artists, both acoustic and amped, keep the party rolling until 10 p.m.
The lineup includes Willow and Her Little Catkins, Antennae and Galaxy Jam. Local musicians are invited to show up and participate. Organic Panamanian coffee will be served, and kettle corn, veggie dogs and hotdogs can be purchased at the event. Artists and vendors will be selling their wares. Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs or picnic blankets and to dress for the weather.
The Jones House Community Center, 604 W. King St., hosts a reception for two new exhibits from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The Mazie Jones Gallery hosts the photography of Clayton Joe Young, a rural North Carolina based artist whose current work features area traditional musicians, craftspeople and storytellers, many of whom will be at the reception. The Open Door Gallery showcases the work of Asheville-based painter Kathy Dawson, who, along with painting old barns and nature, tries to capture personality in animal and person portraiture.
Eya! The Afrolachian Drum and Dance Troupe comes to Open Door, 703 W. King St., from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The troupe performs traditional music and dance from a variety of countries across the African continent and the Caribbean and occasionally draws from the Arabic world. Eya! presents contemporary music with worldwide influences.
Doe Ridge Pottery, 585 W. King St., hosts Nathan Fields of Rattlesnake Mountain Pottery. Fields will be demonstrating how he makes large slab pots.
Footsloggers, 139 S. Depot St., will host the "Sustain-a-Scholar" benefit to support Appalachian Voice's Sheila Ostroff as she heads to an international conference on making a difference in the community. The difference she wants to make is teaching kids where their resources come from. The fundraiser happens from 6 to 10 p.m. in the Footsloggers courtyard and also offers face painting, climbing and other activities, along with music from Swift Science, Airhorse and Early Morning Rebels. A $5 to $10 donation is expected.
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.