Downtown Boone Art Crawl Friday
Hosted every first Friday of the month (this time on Aug. 5), the Downtown Boone Art Crawl sees area galleries and businesses open their doors in celebration of art, community and a combination of the two, oftentimes served alongside refreshments and live music.
Hands Gallery (543 W. King St.) will be open until 8 p.m., featuring the work of longtime cooperative member Chrissie Callejas, who creates unique and whimsical paintings and sculptures. In addition to Callejas, the gallery features work by 19 other local artists.
Gladiola Girls (549 W. King St.) hosts stained glass artist Debi Dwyer, whose award-winning work has appeared at festivals and shows from southern Florida to the beaches of Virginia and everywhere in between. Dwyer and her friends at Gladiola Girls will greet visitors from 5 to 8 p.m., promising an evening of art, refreshments and conversation.
Dancing Moon Earthway Bookstore (553 W. King St.) presents its "Spirit Fair" featuring readings, intuitive arts, energy work and more, inviting crawlers to join in the enlightening entertainment from 5 to 8 p.m.
The Watauga Arts Council and Jones House Community Center (604 W. King St.) will host new exhibits from the High Country Watermedia Society, Linda Elksnin and Marilyn Herman, with an opening reception - refreshments included - from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Woodcarver James Miller will give demonstration at ArtWalk (611 W. King St.), beginning in the late afternoon and continuing throughout the night. Stop by to see the artist at work on his early 1900s pedal lathe.
Anna Banana's (641 W. King St., Suite 1) is art crawling to a different tune, featuring live acoustic music from Of Good Nature, featuring Appalachian State student and former Anna Banana's employee Joey Vachon on djembe, Chris Andrews on bass and Cameron Brown on guitar and vocals. Of Good Nature specializes in a mix of reggae, funk, rock and jam. Customers can strut their best dance move to earn 10 percent off their total purchase.
The Nth˚ Gallery & Studios (683 W. King St.) presents "Visage of Ether," a collection of paintings and sculptures from ASU senior Joseph Zarrilli Duffer, who said his work "exhibit(s) abstraction of the human figure and landscape as if they came from the upper regions of space. They depict transcending the physical self and focus on the inner realities of emotional and expressive states of existing as spiritual beings in physical bodies. They display a discovery of our eternal yet ethereal connections to the myriad sentient beings omnipresent throughout the world and the universe." The show opens at 7 p.m.
Shear Shakti (693 W. King St.) hosts the work of photographer Sheena Laine Honeycutt.
The Art of Oil (819 W. King St.) will offer art to taste, with an oil and vinegar tasting, dessert and tasting of Spanish wines from 5 to 9 p.m. Expect sculptures and paintings, as well as jewelry by Laura Fly and Bella Vita Jewelry.
Murphy's Restaurant & Pub (747 W. King St.) presents music from Bertram, Bertram, Brown, Huffman & Harris, members of local favorites The Native Sway and BPL.
Vidalia (831 W. King St.) offers Friday Night Flights, from 6 to 9 p.m., 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.) will help crawlers cool down with a free waffle cone with any sized custard purchase.
Modern Rustic (182 Howard St.) will open its doors on Friday from 5:30 to 11 p.m., welcoming visitors to its gallery and "think-tank for creativity." Featured art includes cast concrete and locally reclaimed wood used to unique cabinetry, countertops, furniture, sinks and more. Commissions are also welcome.