Downtown Boone Art Crawl Friday

By Frank Ruggiero (

Article Published: Jun. 6, 2013 | Modified: Jun. 8, 2013
Downtown Boone Art Crawl Friday

‘Tetra Lume’ by Austin Richards, whose work will be showcased at the Nth˚ Gallery & Studios this Friday.

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The First Friday Art Crawl returns to downtown Boone June 8, and participating galleries and businesses will open their doors in celebration of art, community and a combination of the two.

Eric Reichard is the featured artist at Hands Gallery (543 W. King St.) during this Friday's Art Crawl. According to Hands, Reichard has made incredible contributions to the High Country across the past 43 years that he has lived in the area and the 39 years spent as a professor in the technology and environmental design department at Appalachian State University. In addition to his academic efforts, Reichard is also the founder of ASU's Craft Enrichment Program.

He has been creating both functional and fine art objects for more than 40 years. He has studied pottery extensively both in the United States and overseas, in countries as diverse as Japan and Kenya.

In addition to a home studio, Reichard recently built an award-winning kiln and kiln shed at his Boone home, allowing him to push the limits of his creative expression. In line with this goal, he is currently working on a series of combination thrown and coil pots that he said require incredible time and detail, taking weeks to create. After years of service to the community, Reichard said he will move toward retirement this fall, adding that he's excited to focus more on his art, travel and family.

Doe Ridge Pottery (585 W. King St.) will host Patti Carmen Whitehead of Patti Carmen Pottery Inc. For the First Friday festivities, refreshments will be served, and the featured artist will be on site, demonstrating the wide variety of techniques she said are inspired by “the flowing lines of nature.”

“The pots I make are intended for holding and using — artful living,” she said. “Producing pottery creates many design questions for me: purpose, function and beauty. A production piece must be made, fired, observed and used before I fully recognize what it needs to be a functionally aesthetic piece.”

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The town of Boone’s Jones House Cultural and Community Center (604 W. King St.) will present a newly revisited exhibition by artist Pegge Laine in the downstairs Mazie Jones Gallery. Artist Ben Osborne will be exhibiting in one of the upstairs galleries, and the other gallery will feature a special tribute to the late Doc Watson.

In addition, the Jones House will host a reception from 6:30 to 8 p.m. For more information, call (828) 262-4576 or visit

ArtWalk (611 W. King St.) is featuring watercolors by Mike Ogle, a retired elementary school principal and U.S. Army major who took up painting at the age of 65. Although from an “artistic family” of noted artists, Ogle put painting on hold to serve as a combat helicopter pilot and later complete his education — all with the support of his wife, Betsy.

Anna Banana’s (641 W. King St., Suite 1) will celebrate First Friday with tea from Yosefa AntiquiTEA, food from Char and face-painting by Claire Bilbao. Per Anna Banana’s tradition, customers can dance for a discount.

The Nth˚ Gallery & Studios (683 W. King St.) will host “Symbiosis: Craft and Technology,” featuring the creative furniture pieces of Austin Richards. The show will include elegantly detailed and unique chairs, shelves, lamps, a perennial wood outdoor bench and more. The exhibit will include past and current pieces, featuring his newest body of work, entitled “Heliodiscus Collection.”

A recent graduate of furniture design from Appalachian State University, Richards began as a welder in high-end metal fabrication, cultivating a standard for quality craftsmanship that led him to pursue studies in furniture design. His work includes intricate details, such as hidden joinery and hand-woven fabric coverings, and has been recognized and exhibited by the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, the Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers and the International Woodworking Fair Student Furniture Design Competition.

The BYOB show starts at 7:30 p.m., and light refreshments will be served. For more information, visit

This Friday night at Art of Oil (819 W. King St.), student Zachary Reynolds will open a showing of his paintings for the art crawl. His work will be featured at the store for the month of June.

Reynolds is a 23-year-old art major. Hailing from Wilmington, he has spent the last three years of his life as a resident of the High Country. Though he has dirtied his hands with many different types of art, he has found his specialty in abstract paintings. Reynolds is self-taught and said he incorporates many different tools beyond just acrylic paint and brushes to give his work its unique look. He currently lives in Blowing Rock, where he spends his days hanging out with his Australian shepherd, Stella.

In addition to Reynolds’s paintings, Art of Oil will host a wine tasting from 5 to 8:30 p.m., along with its olive oil and balsamic vinegar tastings. For more information call (828) 355-9313 or visit

Modern Rustic (182 Howard St.) will open First Friday evening for a preview of its current and new works. Crawlers may stop in and see the galley’s selection of custom furniture, concrete sinks, live-edge wood slaps, vanity sets, benches and sculpture. Local artist Liz Roberts, a member of The Collective on Depot, is one of this month’s featured artists, with works ranging from oil on canvas to tile mosaics.

Yosefa AntiquiTEA (161-C Howard St.) will host music from Redleg Husky at 7 p.m., while showcasing artwork from Brian Lee and Jonathan Smith, both of The Nth˚ Gallery & Studios, and local pottery from Nancy Graham and Bolick Pottery.

Although not an officially sanctioned Art Crawl event, Appalachian State University’s Reich College of Education (151 College St.) is celebrating the spirit of First Friday, from 5 to 8 p.m., by inviting younger crawlers to see the artwork of beloved children’s author Eric Carle, which will be displayed on the building’s third floor. Visitors may also stop by in the rotunda to see the ceiling mural, “Transmission,” by Brenda Councill and the life-size bronze sculpture, “Reach Just a Little Bit Higher” by Toby Mendez. On the fourth floor, crawlers can see an exhibit of Appalachian State Teacher College’s history in photos.

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‘Tetra Lume’ by Austin Richards, whose work will be showcased at the Nth˚ Gallery & Studios this Friday.
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ArtWalk is spotlighting the work of watercolorist Mike Ogle for this Friday’s Art Crawl.

The Art of Oil presents the work of student artist Zachary Reynolds this Friday.

Eric Reichard is the featured artist at Hands Gallery for this week's Art Crawl.
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