Downtown Boone Art Crawl Friday

By Frank Ruggiero (

Article Published: Apr. 3 | Modified: Apr. 5
Downtown Boone Art Crawl Friday

Thom Jones's artwork is on display at the Jones House in downtown Boone.

Downtown Boone is celebrating the last of winter with a First Friday Art Crawl April 4.

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 Spring Exhibition Celebration from 6 to 10 p.m. Admission is free. Opening exhibitions include “Legacy, Tradition, Reinvention — Penland Resident Artists,” “Ivan Fortushniak: In Christ Alone,” the 11th Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition, “Behind the Scenes: Instructors of the Outreach Programs” and “William Dunlap — Geography Matters, North Carolina Collectors.” For more information on each exhibition and artist, visit

Hands Gallery (543 W. King St.) presents “Here’s Mud in Your Eye/Ceramic Drinking Vessels” by potter Brenda Schramm of Flame Pottery. For the show, Schramm has created a collection of beer steins, wine goblets and sake sets to enhance one’s “spiritual” consumption. A reception will run from 6 to 9 p.m., offering visitors the chance to meet Schramm and her fellow Hands members.

Dancing Moon Earthway Bookstore & Funky Folks Collective (553 W. King St.) invites folks to celebrate the first art crawl of spring. Crawlers are invited to bring their favorite mug for a free sample of the store’s new tea and herb selections. As for entertainment, the Boone Belly Dance Collective, an organization consisting of dancers and instructors from Boone and the surrounding areas, will perform a few sets in varying styles between 6 and 8 p.m.

Strand Beads (585 W. King St.) will host Elkland Art Center’s Trash N Fashion show. Dubbed “the most unique runway show this season,” the show serves as a fundraiser for the Todd-based Elkland Art Center, while also showing off “the ultimate eco-clothing line.” Accompanied by live music, models dressed in clothing made from salvaged trash items will take to the runway at 7:30 and 8:15 p.m. A benefit concert featuring Lazer Jayne, Talking Box Co., Matt Gandy and Tyler and Brandon Hoskinson will follow.

Admission costs $10 for the general public, $6 for students and is free for children 12 and younger. Tickets are available in advance for a discount at Strand and Green Mother Goods (169 Boone Heights Drive). For more information, visit

At Doe Ridge Pottery (585 W. King St., downstairs), owner and founder Bob Meier will be throwing and constructing a new line of large vase forms. Crawlers are invited to witness the full range of steps Meier undergoes to craft these large, totem-like sculptures. In addition, the gallery is also filling up with new work for spring.

Boone’s Jones House Community Center (604 W. King St.) will host three new exhibits from local artists. Sculptor Steve Zoufaly will be featured in the Mazie Jones Gallery, while the upstairs galleries will host exhibits by painters Sea Lowder and Thom Jones. The Jones House will host a gallery reception for visitors from 6:30 to 8 p.m., featuring artwork for sale, light refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

ArtWalk (611 W. King St.) is featuring the hand-wrought jewelry of Stuart Nye Studios. The popular line dates back to the Great Depression, when Nye purchased some secondhand tools and a small amount of silver. With no experience other than faith, he began making simple bangle bracelets, eventually becoming familiar enough with his materials to craft the floral and leaf patterns for which his jewelry line is still famous today. The Stuart Nye Studio is located in Asheville, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. Workers are trained on the job, and many have no prior experience in metalwork or jewelry-making. The studio creates more than 1,500 different jewelry designs, with some of its most popular available at ArtWalk, including the famous dogwood and lily earrings.

Anna Banana’s (641 W. King St.) will serve food from Char and wine from Glug, along with face-painting by Claire Bilbao. Per Anna Banana’s tradition, customers may also dance for a discount.
Art Mart & Academy (681 W. King St.) will showcase the printmaking art of Emily Proschuto, who received a BFA in printmaking in 2007 from Appalachian State University. At Art Mart, she’ll be showing etchings, relief and blind embossing works. According to Art Mart owner John Bond, “Refreshments and good cheer will be served. Come on out!”

The Nth˚ Gallery & Studios (683 W. King St., upstairs from Art Mart) presents “Miniature Show 2.0,” featuring artwork less than six inches in dimension from more than 20 High Country artists. This marks the Nth’s second-ever miniature show, and, according to gallery spokesperson Jamie Goodman, “The art may be small, but it’s mighty!”

Attendees are invited to bring their own culinary creations to share, but will receive bonus points for bringing miniature snacks, Goodman said. The show and reception, which are BYOB, start at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit

Old World Galleries (697 W. King St.) will celebrate First Friday with the paintings of Jane Miller, fine jewelry from gallery artists and samples from Grandfather Vineyard & Winery.

Art of Oil
(819 W. King St.), along with olive oil and wine tastings, will present live music by Annie Johnson from 6 to 8 p.m. Johnson, who was born and raised in Boone and is currently a freshman at Appalachian State University, said she’s been singing for as long as she can remember and learned guitar at the age of 14, with the help of her mother.

“I’ve been writing songs since I was 8 years old and have found it is the one true way I know to express myself and who I am,” she said. “My songs have taken a bit of an alternative route, with a hint of folk, and have been inspired primarily by nature and the people around me, as well as by who I am and wish to be.”

Yosefa AntiquiTEA
(161 Howard St.) will host belly dancer Sera Sahara, who will treat audiences to a steampunk-inspired dance piece. Sahara will perform from 8:30 to 9 p.m., and admission and snacks are free.

Low Wine Bar (267 Howard St., above Espresso News) will uncork an exhibition of drawings and cartoons by area artist John Kayrouz with a reception at 8 p.m. The show is free and open to the public, and Kayrouz’s art will be on display through April 30. For more information on the artist, visit

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Additional Images

Thom Jones's artwork is on display at the Jones House in downtown Boone.

Nth˚ artist Katie Boyette’s miniature record player is put to scale, thanks to some help from a feathered friend. For this Frist Friday, the gallery presents ‘Miniature 2.0,’ artwork less than six inches in dimension from more than 20 High Country artists.
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Jay Karouz’s artwork will be showcased at Low Wine Bar throughout the month of April, with a reception taking place at 8 p.m. this First Friday.

Brenda Schramm's works are being showcased at Hands Gallery.
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Belly dancer Sera Sahara will perform at Yosefa AntiquiTEA this First Friday.
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