Downtown Boone Art Crawl Friday
Friday is April Fools' Day, but as the legion of First Friday diehards will tell you, the Downtown Boone Art Crawl is no joke. It is, however, inarguably fun, as area galleries, businesses and restaurants open their doors in celebration of all things art.
ASU's Turchin Center for the Visual Arts (423 W. King St.) hosts its Spring Exhibition Celebration from 7 to 9 p.m., though a donors-only reception runs from 6 to 7 p.m. The exhibition will feature live music from The Lucky Strikes, a cash bar, a chance to meet the artists, and plenty of time to observe their installations, including Appalachian Alumni in the Arts, the eighth annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition, Beyond Their Natural Range by April Flanders, Places for Contemplation in Public Buildings by Alex Poorman, Open Spaces, Sacred Places by Tom Stoner and TKF Foundation and Chromata by Laura Berman.
Boone Saloon (489 W. King St.) is showcasing new work from Tommy Lee and Sarah Coogan, and with a soundtrack. The Naked Gods return from South by Southwest for First Friday, taking the Saloon stage with Invisible Hand and Viva Viva. Expect a cover.
Dancing Moon Earthway Bookstore (553 W. King St.), from 5 to 8 p.m., will host "Readers, Healers and More" as part of its Intuitive Arts Fair. The store also offers a gemstones and crystals class on April 2, with more to follow. For more information, call (828) 264-7242.
At Doe Ridge Pottery (585 W. King St. Suite D), owner and potter Bob Meier will demonstrate the throwing of large pots.
The Watauga Arts Council and Jones House Community Center (604 W. King St.) are hosting two new exhibits from 6:30 to 8 p.m., along with a wine and cheese reception. In the Mazie Jones Gallery, watercolorist Wes Waugh is showcasing his landscapes, with Friday marking his first Jones House exhibition in 11 years. The Open Door Gallery features a group show from the instructors of ASU's Craft Enrichment Program, with mediums including pottery, jewelry, glass, collage, weaving and photography.
ArtWalk (611 W. King St.) is getting squeaky clean with Belle Terre Handmade Soaps. One of the gallery's newest vendors, Belle Terre (the husband and wife team of Julia Gold and Wayne Parker) makes soap and lip balm from home in small batches, promising a high-degree of quality control.
Anna Banana's (641 W. King St., Suite 1) features Lauren Childs' feather-jewelery art, sold exclusively - and affordably - at Anna Banana's. Childs will also be on hand to answer questions about her art and take custom orders. Anna's also has an April Fools' discount of 10 percent off anything in the store during art crawl, along with free food from Char, free wine and live music from djembe player Joey Vachon.
The Nth Degree Gallery (683 W. King St.) presents the work of Elliott Chambers and Rosy Kirby.
Appalachian State University senior Chambers describes his work as "fantastically ridiculous," using "cryptic and often bizarre images (to) explore themes of meaning, purpose and authenticity withint he practice of art." In her art, ASU student Kirby draws from her upbringing in the mountains of Southwest Virginia, where she spent her early years picking blueberries on the family farm. Her surrealist imagery touches on personal history and fabricated narrative through drawing and printmaking.
Custard Depot (158 S. Depot St.) is giving crawlers the chance to cool down with a buy two, get one free special on kids-, small- and regular-sized custard.
Formerly Koncepts Hookah Lounge, The Revolution has opened shop at 161 Howard St., Suite C. For its first First Friday, the lounge hosts Funky Friday Night, featuring its house band, hors d'oeuvres and live art from Tommy Lee and Rachel Hallihan. The fun starts at 8 p.m., and there's no cover.
Char (179 S. Howard St.) is offering a slice of competition with a pie-eating contest, presented by the ASU Graduate Student Association Senate to help support student research and travel grants. The contest starts at 8 p.m. and features live music, homemade pies and more.
Modern Rustic (182 Howard St.) will host a reception to preview current works for the home, as well as artwork from Tyler Deal, artisan concrete works by Andy McDaniel, and sustainable woodworks by Jarret Franklin of Enviro-Build. Aperitifs are included.
This First Friday is bittersweet for Art of Oil (222 Howard St.), as it will be the olive oil tasting gallery's last crawl in its current location. The gallery is moving to King Street on May 1 and is inviting customers and crawlers to enjoy 15 percent off all merchandise, free tastings of wine, oil and vinegar, and the photography of Ciara Rain.
Other regularly participating galleries and businesses include beansTalk, Capone's Untouchable Pizza, Mast General Store, Macado's, The Collective on Depot, Green Mother Goods, Open Door, Lucky Penny, Café Portofino, Bulldog's Beer and Wine, Hands Gallery, Downtown Boone Development Association, Cha Da Thai, Ink Link Tattoo, Our Daily Bread, Earth Fare, Black Cat Burrito, Footsloggers, Jungle Boogie, Harmon's Dixie Pride, Paolucci's Italian Bar and Grill, The Shoppes at Farmer's Hardware, Shear Shakti, Looking Glass Gallery, Fat Cats Music & Video, and The GreenHouse.
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.