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Downtown Boone Art Crawl Friday

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Article Published: Feb. 6 | Modified: Feb. 8
Downtown Boone Art Crawl Friday

Artists will showcase their work at Doe Ridge Pottery, which will open its doors for studio tours this First Friday.
Photo courtesy of Bob Meier, Doe Ridge Pottery

Downtown Boone is taking winter to art, as the First Friday Art Crawl returns Feb. 7.

This Friday, participating galleries and businesses will open their doors in celebration of art and community, showcasing area artists, live music and refreshments aplenty.

Appalachian State University’s Turchin Center for the Visual Arts (423 W. King St.) presents its Winter Exhibition Celebration from 6 to 10 p.m., inviting visitors to enjoy live music, refreshments and new art.

Opening exhibitions include “Dream Repeater: Utopia by IlaSahai Prouty” in Gallery B, the 2014 Department of Art Biennial Exhibition in Gallery A and “Abstract Evolvement: The Fiber Arts of Ineke Thomas” in the Mayer Gallery.

Other current exhibitions include “Men Working: The Contemporary Collection of Allen Thomas Jr.,” “Lost on the Road to Oblivion: The Vanishing Beauty of Coal Country” and the university’s eighth chair competition.

Hands Gallery (543 W. King St.) will spotlight the work of Don Haywood, who will be in the gallery to show new jewelry for Valentine’s Day. According to Haywood, the natural gemstones, fossils, crystals and other materials have been incorporated into signature pieces that hold special meanings.

“Sterling silver holds these unique stones in one-of-a-kind wearable art,” he said. “New techniques of fusion of recycled silver and free casting of molten sterling have made new designs that are wonderful and wild.”

Dancing Moon Earthway Bookstore & Funky Folks Collective (553 W. King St.) invites crawlers to stop by for a cup of tea or glass of wine, while browsing the selection of local art, clothing, herbs, soaps and more.

“Check out our new artists, as well as new designs created by local folks loving what they do,” Dancing Moon c-owner Karen Snead said.

Doe Ridge Pottery (585 W. King St.) will open its doors for tours of the studio. According to gallery artist Nathan Fields, “We have tons of new work on display … Customers are encouraged to tour the gallery, as well as the studio.”

Studio participants will also be on hand, working on their pieces throughout the evening.

The town of Boone’s Jones House Community Center (605 W. King St.) will host two new exhibits by local artists. Painter Kim Fuelling’s work will be showcased in the Mazie Jones Gallery, while sculptor Richard Foley will exhibit in the upstairs galleries. To celebrate the new showings, the Jones House will host a gallery reception from 6 to 8:30 p.m., featuring artwork for sale and an opportunity to meet the artists.

ArtWalk (611 W. King St.) presents the photography of Bruce Cole with Natural Horizons Photography, whose work focuses on a diversity of nature subjects, including sunsets and sunrises, barns and cabins, streams and waterfalls, autumn scenes, wildlife and more. Although he’s practiced photography throughout the country, the majority of his prints come from Tennessee, Virginia and North Carolina.

Anna Banana’s (641 W. King St.) will serve food from Char and wine from Glug, accompanied by face-painting by Claire Bilbao. Per Anna Banana’s tradition, customers may also dance for a discount.
Art Mart Academy (683 W. King St.) will host “Free Play Day.” According to Art Mart owner John Bond, “If you ever wanted to try a new medium, now is the time! We have all sots of paints, drawing tools and surfaces to try out. Everything is free, so you can’t go wrong.”

As such, Bond encourages art crawlers to “come out and try something new.”

The Nth˚ Gallery & Studios (683 W. King St., upstairs from Art Mart) hosts a group show based on IlaSahai Prouty’s “Dream Repeater” exhibit at the Turchin Center, featuring work by Joe Bigley, Karen Cleveland, Vickie Grube and Rachel Ballard.

Shear Shakti (693 W. King St.) will feature the work of artist Carrie Pennington, along with refreshments aplenty.

Old World Galleries (697 W. King St.) will feature portraits and landscapes by local artist Jane Miller, who specializes in portraits and landscapes of High Country scenes. Miller, who considers herself a realistic artist, paints with oil on linen and said she enjoys “focusing a great deal of time on lifelike portraits of both people and pets.”

In addition, Old World Galleries will showcase its collection of antique and modern jewelry.
Art of Oil (819 W. King St.) tunes into its first Art Crawl of the year with live music from The Sorghum Boilers, a fiddle, mandolin and banjo duo. Art by Jay Winston will accompany the music, with all sales benefiting Mountain Alliance. Art of Oil will also feature reclaimed wood furniture and wine accessories from its sister store, Rustic, in Blowing Rock.

As for refreshments, food tastings will complement or incorporate the store’s extra virgin olive oils, balsamic vinegars and sea salts. Wine and soft drinks will also be served. Store regulars can also get double stamps on their frequent customer cards through Feb. 16, while registering for a $50 gift certificate drawing.

Join Our Art Crawl Roundup

If your business participates in Downtown Boone First Fridays, send your goings-on to ( to be included in our next First Friday Art Crawl roundup. For more information, call (828) 264-6397.

Additional Images

Artists will showcase their work at Doe Ridge Pottery, which will open its doors for studio tours this First Friday.
Photo courtesy of Bob Meier, Doe Ridge Pottery

Bruce Cole’s natural photography is being spotlighted at ArtWalk.
Photo submitted

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