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Downtown Boone Art Crawl Friday

Article Published: Nov. 4, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

A winter chill is most definitely in the air, with crisp winds and the promise of snow. Warm up with culture Friday, as the Downtown Boone Art Crawl kicks off its November installment with toasty beverages, music and, as always, art.

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.

Shear Shakti, 693 W. King St. (above Lucky Penny), hosts painter Jeff Martin's fire series. The proceeds go directly to the Western Youth Network for its mentoring program.

Murphy's Restaurant and Pub, 747 W. King St., heats things up after 10 p.m. with the band Turbine NYC. Expect a cover charge.

Gladiola Girls, 549 W. King St., will serve hot drinks, perfect to curb the winter chill. They'll also have a "draw-your-own discount" during the crawl.

Art of Oil, 222 Howard St., a tasting gallery for gourmet olive oils and balsamic vinegars, will have an oil and vinegar tasting, a wine tasting of Australian and Italian Reds and Prosecco, and dessert. Art by Davis Whitfield, Elizabeth Marin, new photography by Ciara McCaig and jewelry by Laura Fly will also be displayed and celebrated.

Green Mother Goods, 116 W. King St., is taking a "whack" at cancer with a Wacky Pinata Contest. For a $1 donation, you can have three whacks at the pinata. Additionally, expect a raw food potluck (by Hold the Heat Raw Food Makery), storytelling by Orville Hicks (7 p.m.) and a book signing by Julia Taylor Ebel, co-author of "Jack Tales and Mountain Yarns as told by Orville Hicks." Art by Terry Miller of Sunburst Gallery (recently inducted into the National Art Registry) will also be on display. Money raised at the "wacky" event goes to help Lee J. Ball, president of the board of Elkland Art Center.
Doe Ridge Pottery, 585 W. King St., hosts Nancy Graham, who will demonstrate how she makes slab flower pots.

Lucky Penny, 693 W. King St., is hosting a "Vintage Etc." trunk show. The community is invited to experience vintage designer pieces at special low prices, one night only and just for the crawl.

ArtWalk, 611 W. King St., features jewelry designed by Una Barrett. The Asheville-based artist constructs earrings and necklaces from copper, brass, bronze and sterling silver.
Footsloggers, 139 S. Depot St., will lend a hand to Western Youth Network. Footsloggers will celebrate the WYN afterschool program's partnership with ASU's first year seminar and Arts Community and Change and the Elkland Art Center's celebration for the International Day of Peace. This year's theme was Postcards for Peace, and WYN students created postcards for the theme.

Friday marks an opportunity for the community to sponsor the postcards for $10, so that they can be sent to the students' desired recipients. Additionally, Footsloggers will celebrate the first forecasted snow of the season by roasting marshmallows in the courtyard.

The Jones House Community Center, 604 W. King St., continues its showcase of photographer Clayton Joe Young and artist Kathy Dawson through Nov. 5. The Mazie Jones Gallery continues to host the photography of 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. Additionally, the Watauga Arts Council is hosting a special CD release party for local banjo master and ballad singer Rick Ward and his new project, Keeping the Tradition. Ward was awarded a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council last year to complete the project. The party starts at 6:30 p.m.

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

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