Downtown Boone Art Crawl Friday
Downtown Boone rings in the new with its first First Friday Art Crawl of 2014.
While most businesses and galleries have taken the night off to prepare for the New Year, a few are opening their doors in celebration of art, community and a combination of the two.
The town of Boone’s Jones House Community Center (604 W. King St.) continues its Joe Miller exhibit, spotlighting work from the artist’s recently penned children’s book, “One Night, Two Moons,” in the Mazie Jones Gallery.
Although the gallery will be open, the Jones House will not host a reception, nor will it be exhibiting in its upstairs galleries.
ArtWalk (611 W. King St.) is featuring the work of Camp Creek Creations’ glass artist, Steve Smith, who specializes in reconfiguring empty wine and beer bottles into unique works of art, ranging from wind chimes to pendants to wall tiles. According to Smith, all pats of the glass bottle can be used, and pieces are colored with powdered glass to achieve the designs seen in his wall tiles and pendants.
Smith worked for years in manufacturing and sales, before becoming involved in the art of recycled glass. He’s since taught classes at John C. Campbell Folk School and the Alabama Folk School.
“Many a failure has led to some interesting discoveries along this relatively unexplored medium of recycled glass,” he said, “and each day brings a new level of understanding and refinement.”
In addition to spotlighting Smith’s artwork, ArtWalk will feature complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres.
Art Mart & Academy (681 W. King St.) will host a “Free Play Day” this Friday.
“Start the New Year off with art,” owner John Bond said. “We will have all sorts of art materials out and available to experiment with.”
Those include oils, acrylics, watercolors, graphite, charcoal, inks, alcohol inks and more. “If you ever wanted to try it now is the time,” Bond said.
The Nth° Gallery and Studios (683 W. King St.) is publicizing the fact that it will not be participating in the January crawl, with management citing “a much-needed vacation” and promising a return in February.
Murphy’s Restaurant & Pub (747 W. King St.) brings the groove to Boone with The Heritage, a funk-based band from Winston-Salem. The show starts at 10 p.m., cover costs $5, and only those 21 and older will be admitted.
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