Downtown Boone Art Crawl Friday

Article Published: Dec. 1, 2011 | Modified: Dec. 4, 2011

Hosted every first Friday of the month (this time on Dec. 2), 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.) is hosting a live painting with Gabriel Lehman, whose exhibition, “My World: New Works by Gabriel Lehman,” is on display in the Catwalk Community Gallery through Dec. 3. Lehman creates landscapes and scenes with a unique style that stirs up childhood memories of simpler times, when imaginations were allowed to run wild.

The live painting demonstration is an exciting and intimate opportunity to watch Lehman at work. From 6 to 9 p.m., guests are welcome to watch the entire process or just drop in for a moment. Once completed, there will be a silent auction for the painting that will remain open until 6 p.m. on Dec. 3. All proceeds of the auction will go the Turchin Center’s Outreach Program, which serves youth at risk, homeless children and disadvantaged adults.

The December Art Crawl will also be the last chance to see several exhibitions before they close on Dec. 3, including painter and installation artist Val Lyle’s “Sanctuary” in the Mayer Gallery. “Selections: Works from the Turchin Center Permanent Collection” and “The Halpert Biennial ‘11” will also close the day after the Art Crawl.

Glug Beer & Wine (423 W. King St.) is having a beer and wine tasting for crawlers from 6 to 8 p.m. Snacks are provided by Capone’s Pizza.

Harmon’s Dixie Pride (471 W. King St.) will be visited by special guest from the North Pole from 5 to 7 p.m. Kids can tell Santa what they want for Christmas and can also have their picture taken with him. A photo sized 8’ X 10’ or two 5’ x 7’ photographs will be for sale for $15. Photograph packages will also be available.

Hands Gallery (543 W. King St.) will remain open until 8 p.m. for the art crawl and will serve snacks and wine.

Gladiola Girls (549 W. King St.) will display jewelry by Susan Owen. Owen has forged, poured and cast metal into beautiful works of art for over 30 years, but her latest project has taken her in a new direction. She recently initiated Water Drop Jewelry, a line of handmade pieces made from Czech glass and sterling silver. Her jewelry is made to represent clean water for the world.
From 6 to 8:30 p.m. Owen will be available to answer questions about her work and the Water Drop initiative. All proceeds from sales of her jewelry will go to the nonprofit Wine to Water.

Alchemy Coffee and Beadbox (585 W. King St.) is hosting live performance art from 7 to 9 p.m. Performances include belly dancing, hula hooping and live music.

Doe Ridge Pottery (585 W. King St., Suite D) will feature a live demonstration from High Meadows Pottery in Ashe County. Potters Dottie Baker and Rick Brake will throw and alter a large casserole dish, as well perform other demonstrations, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

The Watauga Arts Council and Jones House Community Center (604 W. King St.) is fully decorated and ready to party from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The Mazie Jones Gallery will feature the mixed media art of Janet Montgomery and the Open Door Gallery will show the prints and paintings of JoAnn Pippin. Montgomery and Pippin will be present at the event, as well as authors Judy Geary and Maggie Bishop, who will sign copies of their books. The “Many Minis” exhibit in the Serendipity Gallery presents over 40 5’ x 7’ works of senior citizens in Watauga County.

ArtWalk (611 W. King St.) is gearing up for the Appalachian State University football playoff game with artistically crafted items for ASU fans. Hand-painted plaques, pottery, posters and jewelry are among the featured black and gold items. Artwalk will remain open through 8:30 p.m and will serve appetizers to art crawlers.

The Nth Gallery (683 W. King St.) is going metal from 7:30 to 12 a.m. Cast, soldered, welded, wired and polished, the Nth Metals Show will feature works by local artists. Visitors are welcome to bring their own beer.

Shear Shakti (693 W. King St.) is hosting artist Peter Leininger from 7 to 10 p.m.

Lucky Penny (693 W. King St.) is accessorizing with Lauran Bowes and David Stelling. Bowes, a knitting artist, specializes in handmade scarves, hats and other items created for style and warmth. She experiments with color and texture to create original designs, which sometimes incorporate recycled products. Stelling is a local angler and artisan who makes feather earrings.

From 6 to 10 p.m., crawlers can stop by and pick up handmade, one-of-a-kind holiday gifts while also enjoying hot cocoa and cider.

The Art of Oil (819 W. King St.) is holding a wine tasting from 5 to 9 p.m. with festive holiday bubbly and chocolate wine. Dessert and oil and vinegar tastings will also be available. Jewelry from Laura Fly and Bella Vita Jewelry will be on display, as well as a new sculpture by Davis Whitfield.

641rpm is hosting a SQUISHY dance party at Black Cat Burrito (127 S. Depot St.). Music starts at 10:30 p.m. with DJs OMI and Smallwonder. Only ages 18 and up will be admitted.

Char (179 S. Howard St.) Char (179 S. Howard St.) will host a silent auction for a piece by Gabriel Lehman, who did a live painting at the November art crawl. The auction is ongoing through Jan. 10 and all proceeds will go to the Hunger and Health Coalition. To complement the auction, Char is offering house wine at $5 per glass and $10 per carafe and buy one, get one free appetizers from 5 to 7 p.m.

Modern Rustic (182 Howard St.) will open its doors on Friday from 5:30 to 10 p.m., welcoming visitors to its gallery, with an eclectic selection of art and furnishings from local artists. Pieces include unique cabinetry, countertops, furniture, sinks made from cast concrete and locally reclaimed wood.

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