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Downtown Boone Art Crawl Friday

Article Published: Jun. 2, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Downtown Boone Art Crawl Friday

For Friday's Art Crawl, ArtWalk exhibits the photography of Scott Hotaling.

It's not official yet, but Boone gets the picture: It's summertime.

And as artists and galleries will agree, it's a perfect time for a Downtown Boone Art Crawl.

Hosted every first Friday of the month (this time on June 3), Boone's art crawls see area galleries and businesses open their doors in celebration of art, community and a combination of the two, oftentimes served alongside refreshments.

Capone's Untouchable Pizza (454-B W. King St.) is offering free bread sticks with any large specialty pizza.

Hands Gallery (543 W. King St.) is welcoming crawlers to meet silkscreen artist Joan Meixell, whose new series of mono-prints features two Labrador retrievers (using her own dogs as models). Meixell will be available during the crawl to discuss her work and the complicated process used to create the mono-prints.

Also, stained glass artist Dianne Radford will be available for meet-and-greet, as will other gallery artists. Hands will be open until 8 p.m. for the crawl. For more information, call (828) 262-1970.

Gladiola Girls (549 W. King St.) is showcasing the artwork of David R. Modler, an artist and educator born and raised in Baltimore, Md. Now a lecturer of art at Appalachian State University, Modler now focuses on personal iconography to challenge viewer perceptions, while exploring the formal and conceptual boundary issues, multiple layers and complex patterns that saturate everyday life.

Dancing Moon Earthway Bookstore (553 W. King St.) hosts the First Friday Spirit Fair from 5 to 8 p.m., focusing on readings, intuitive arts, energy work and more. For more information, call (828) 264-7242.

Doe Ridge Pottery (585 W. King St. Suite D) hosts potter Nathan Fields, who will be demonstrating the making of large slab-built pieces.

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., with a wine and cheese reception running during that time.

The council's Mazie Jones Gallery will host the art of Orna Bentor, an award-winning artist, graphic designer and art instructor. Originally a right-handed painter, Bentor learned to paint with her left hand due to multiple sclerosis nerve damage.

Her paintings - strong in contrasting colors, harsh lights and rough textures - are steeped in heritage, as Bentor was born and raised in Israel. "Living between two cultures is at the heart of (my) work," she said.

The council's Open Door Gallery hosts a group show, "Influences of Nature in Clay," featuring three area potters: Remo Piracci, Kate Colclaser and Jimmy Savely.

Piracci has been a potter for five years, having studied at Penland and John C. Campbell Folk schools. Colclaser has been making pots for about 14 years and finds her expression of the natural world in textures and colors taken from nature. Savely works nature into his pieces, using plants found near his home, and has maintained Tree of Life Potters in Creston since 1994.

The Light of Wild Photography shines on ArtWalk (611 W. King St.), as photographer Scott Hotaling brings his vivid photography to Boone. Hotaling uses a Canon 5D, only two lenses, a handful of filters, and does minimal post processing. His photographs have been published worldwide and recognized through a variety of awards. Concerning his relationship to his viewers, he said, "I strive to remind people how incredible our planet is and how imperative it is we do our individual parts to preserve it for the future generations."

Hotaling's photographs are located on ArtWalk's mezzanine, and he'll be available to meet visitors for a portion of the art crawl. For more information, call ArtWalk at (828) 264-9998 or visit

Anna Banana's (641 W. King St., Suite 1) hosts the artwork of fine art photographer Karmen Davidson, a graduate of ASU who now lives in Aspen, Colo. Davidson debuted her photography at The Aspen Chapel earlier this year and will debut "The Wish Collection" Friday at Anna Banana's. To learn more about Davidson, visit

The Nth Degree Gallery (683 W. King St.) hosts artists Amber Brown and Sara Leverett, who've combined their talents in oil painting and photography for "Dust: Machine," a show Nth senior member Brian Lee said is one of the gallery's finest. "We have the best artwork in North Carolina showing that night," he said. "This is the best show we've had in years."

Lucky Penny (693 W. King St.) is hosting Boone's own roller derby team, the Appalachian Rollergirls. The Boone shiners will be greeting visitors and selling tickets for their first home bout, the "InARgural Brawl," to be held June 18 at the Holmes Convocation Center.

The Art of Oil (819 W. King St.) presents oil and vinegar tastings, dessert, a wine-tasting from 5 to 9 p.m., and even more sculpture and painting by resident artist Davis Whitfield.

Vidalia (831 W. King St.) offers Friday night flights, meaning personal wine-tastings with visitors' choice of three white or red wines, or both. Each wine is paired with a small appetizer, and flights cost $20 each.

Custard Depot (158 S. Depot St.) is offering a free waffle cone with any sized custard purchase.
The Revolution Hookah Lounge (161 Howard St.) brings new art, live art and live music from O'Garvianhunt.

Modern Rustic (182 Howard St.) will host a reception previewing current works for the home. Artwork by Tyler Deal will be on display, as well as artisan concrete works by Andy McDaniel and sustainable woodworks by Jarret Franklin of Enviro-Build. Aperitifs will also be on hand.

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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