Downtown Boone Art Crawl Friday

By Frank Ruggiero (

Article Published: Jul. 3, 2013 | Modified: Jul. 6, 2013
Downtown Boone Art Crawl Friday

'Skarbakka Ladder' at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts

The First Friday Art Crawl returns to downtown Boone July 5, and participating galleries and businesses will open their doors in celebration of art, community and a combination of the two.

Appalachian State University’s Turchin Center for the Visual Arts (423 W. King St.) kicks off 2013’s An Appalachian Summer Festival season with the Summer Exhibition Celebration, featuring new exhibitions and a new time. From 6 to 10 p.m., guests can come and enjoy live music, a cash bar, food and six galleries’ worth of art. Exhibitions include “Men Working: The Contemporary Collection of Allen Thomas” in the Main Gallery, the TCVA’s 10-Year Anniversary Exhibition in the Community Gallery, the 10th Appalahcian Mountain Photography Competition, “Negotiation of the Secret Society Cloth: An Exploration of Ukara” and “Victor Ekpuk: Drawing Memories.”

Hands Gallery (543 W. King St.) welcomes summertime with what the artists’ cooperative is calling its “biggest, best work yet.” Hands features 18 artist-members, all offering a variety of handcrafted items, from Barbara Sox’s huge bird’s nest-style baskets to Eric Reichard’s large floor pieces to Chrissie Callejas’s sculptural characters. From 6 to 8 p.m., Hands will offer refreshments and a chance to meet the artists.

Doe Ridge Pottery (585 W. King St.) hosts July’s featured artist, Stephanie Welden, an accomplished painter and potter from Blowing Rock. For First Friday, Welden will demonstrate her sculpting and carving techniques used to produce her unique works of art.

ArtWalk (611 W. King St.) will showcase the work of Mikee Latta, a homeschooled student of Newnan, Ga., who is the youngest artist on display at the downtown galley. At 12 years of age, Latta already boasts two years of experience making origami earrings. Although he resides farther away than most of ArtWalk’s local artists, he is no stranger to Boone, visiting twice a year to see his great grandmother, Charlotte Stanley, who is one of Boone’s oldest residents at the age of 102. In addition, ArtWalk will feature new frames, prints, paintings, pottery and more, including new jewelry from gallery owner Leigh Jacobs.

Anna Banana’s (641 W. King St., Suite 1) presents a “shopping partay,” with 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.) presents “Studies in Control and Chaos,” a special two-man show by Mead McLean and Zach Smith-Johnson. The exhibit, which opens at 7:30 p.m., will feature hand-forged metal works and abstract paintings. McLean, a MFA graduate of the Savannah School of Art and Design, will show a series of abstract paintings that are poured and left to dry, manifesting their own complexity in the process. Smith-Johnson, who began sculpting in metal in 2008 following a bet that turned into a career, draws inspiration from nature for his often larger-than-life pieces. The two have also crafted a special series of collaborative pieces specifically for the show — a set of abstract gunpowder magnesium paintings over aluminum panels. For private viewings, contact ( The opening is BYOB, and light refreshments will be served.

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'Skarbakka Ladder' at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts

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