Downtown Boone Art Crawl Friday
Hosted every first Friday of the month (this time on Oct. 7), 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.
Appalachian State University’s Turchin Center for the Visual Arts (423 W. King St.) invites art crawlers to meet artist Val Lyle, who will attend to talk about her current exhibition, “Sanctuary,” on display through Jan. 21, 2012. The TCVA will also showcase works from the late John Scarlata, R. Martin Stamat, selections from the Turchin Center Permanent Collection and the Halpert Bienniel ’11.
Glug Beverages (432 W. King St.) will host its largest tasting of the year, featuring a variety of beer, wines and food. The tasting is free, starts at 6 p.m. and runs to 8 or 8:30 p.m.
Hands Gallery (543 W. King St.) is hosting two artists on Friday, jeweler Don Haywood and serigrapher Joan Meixell. Both artists’ work will be showcased in the gallery windows, and both will be present to meet visitors during the crawl.
Haywood, an ASU graduate and 13-year member of Hands, uses a variety of gemstones, fossils, crystals, faceted gems and dichroic glass in creating his one-of-a-kind jewelry. Meixell has been silk-screening for more than 40 years, and several of her prints have been award winners and have gained admittance to multiple juried exhibitions. Hands Gallery will remain open till 8 p.m.
Gladiola Girls (549 W. King St.) invites art crawlers to join the Glads for food and refreshments. The store will remain open till 8 p.m.
The Watauga Arts Council and Jones House Community Center (604 W. King St.) welcomes three artists to its galleries. To the Mazie Jones Gallery, Teresa Cerda brings “Landscape and Colors II,” a continuation of her observation of the forms and colors of nature. Using the concept of landscape, Cerda uses a layering process and different media and tools to obtain the quality she seeks.
Sharon Sharp visits the Open Door Gallery, bringing her creative handmade books. Sharp specializes in designing and creating limited-edition artists’ books, often described as “sculptural” and incorporating widely varying features – origami folds, tunnels, pop-ups, envelopes and more.
The Serendpity Gallery hosts Janie Endress, a multimedia artist under the instruction of Marsha Holmes.
ArtWalk (611 W. King St.) hosts Justin Leitner, who creates textured paintings that incorporate thick strokes and paint and the occasional pen and ink element. Leitner “builds” abstract landscapes, using a palette knife to skillfully dab paint onto altered canvases, creating a sense of colorful depth.
Anna Banana’s (641 W. King St., Suite 1) will celebrate its one-year anniversary in style, featuring the work of house artist Marc Bilbao and the unveiling of the store’s fall collection, with proceeds benefiting the Appalachian Women’s Fund. Food comes courtesy of Char, and wine comes courtesy of Glug. Owner Anna Lipford encourages crawlers to bring their best dance moves and dance for a discount – 10 percent off a purchase. This weekend also comes with birthday discounts, prizes and more.
The Nth˚ Gallery & Studios (683 W. King St.) presents “Been Awhile: Past and Present,” the work of gallery co-founder Brian Lee, from 7:30 p.m. and on. This is a BYOB event.
The Art of Oil (819 W. King St.) successfully mixes (olive) oil and water with the Youth Water Art Show from 5 to 9 p.m., including live music from 6 to 8 p.m., as well as wine and sangria tasting from 5 to 9 p.m. The art show features work from participants of the Watauga Hispanic Summer Camp, students who spent their summer learning about watersheds, clean water and aquatic life with artist Mar Stegell and Watauga County Extension agent Wendy Patoprsty. The kids created individual art pieces with a water theme, which will be on display at Art of Oil.
OASIS (Opposing Abuse with Shelter, Information and Service) hosts artist, activist and domestic violence survivor Michelle Major at the High Country Press building at 130 N. Depot St. from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Major will be on hand to discuss her paintings, describe her Wedding Dress Project and read from her upcoming memoir, “Broken Beautiful: A Portrait of Hope.” Her visit is part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Custard Depot (158 S. Depot St.) will offer a buy two, get one free special on small-, regular- and kids-sized custard when customers mention the “art crawl special.”
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.
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