Downtown Boone Art Crawl Friday

By Frank Ruggiero (

Article Published: May. 1 | Modified: May. 3
Downtown Boone Art Crawl Friday

‘Pieces of the Puzzle’ comes together Friday at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts.

Downtown Boone is springing into May, as the Downtown Boone Art Crawl returns for First Friday.

On May 2, participating galleries and businesses will open their doors in a 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 the opening of its latest exhibition, “Pieces of the Puzzle,” in the Community Gallery. “Pieces of the Puzzle” features art created by participants of the Turchin Center’s Education Outreach Programs, some of which include Blazing Easels Kids Workshop, Expressive Arts: Bethel Elementary and Tuesday at Turchin Painting Class for ASU students.

Dancing Moon Earthway Bookstore & Funky Folks Collective (553 W. King St.) invites art crawlers to bring their favorite mug to enjoy a sample of the store’s new tea and herb selections. In addition, the Moon will showcase the works of Lizardleigh Creations, which, according to the owner Karen Snead, offers an array of animal wall pockets, garden markers, bird houses, ceramic pendants, handmade cards, paintings and other whimsical items “that embrace the spirit of all things spring and all things funky.” The Boone Belly Dance Collective will also visit the store for a few dance sets between 6 and 8 p.m.

The town of Boone’s Jones House Community Center (604 W. King St.) will host two new exhibits from local artists. Painter Rebekah Mae Trapp will showcase her work in the Mazie Jones Gallery, while the upstairs galleries will host exhibits by ASU’s student-run literature and arts review, The Peel. Students associated with The Peel will also present a special poetry reading, along with live music. In addition, the Jones House will host an opening reception from 6:30 to 8 p.m., featuring artwork for sale, light refreshments and a chance to meet the artists. For more information, visit

ArtWalk (611 W. King St.) will spotlight the folk art paintings of Clayton Pennell. An accomplished fly-fisherman, who runs Blue Mountain Fly Fishing, Pennell paints with acrylic and watercolor to capture his two favorite subjects — trout and the mountains. Many of his featured paintings are originals, meaning very few prints are available. However, the artist said he strives to price his work affordably, so all lovers of art can enjoy it. For more information, visit

Anna Banana’s (641 W. King St.) will feature wine from Glug, food from Char and a chance for customers to dance for a discount.

641 rpm (691 W. King St.) tunes into First Friday with a performance by recording artist Barton Carroll, whose latest album, “Avery County, I’m Bound to You,” has received rave reviews. The show is expected to start around 8:30 p.m. For more information, visit

Shear Shakti (693 W. King St.) will showcase the artwork of Alex Henry. Refreshments will also be offered.

Old World Galleries (697 W. King St.) will showcase the work of artist-in-residence Morgan Shaw, owner of Morgan’s Jewelry in Boone. For First Friday, Shaw will be on hand to discuss the art of making fine jewelry. Old World will also exhibit oil paintings by area portrait artist Jane Miller, along with various collections of sterling silver and antique jewelry.

The Collective on Depot (125 Depot St., next to Black Cat Burrito), will present works by four of its new members — ceramicists Blake Kennedy and Devyn Vasquez, multimedia artist Alex Swing and painter Jared Cline. New works from other Collective members will also be exhibited. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Modern Rustic (182 Howard St.) will host members of Appalachian State University’s industrial design senior class, who will present a show from 5 to 8 p.m. The 27 participating designers will highlight their respective capstone projects, which they’ve been working on for the past semester, as well as a few earlier projects. Subjects range from makeup packaging to shoe design and all points in between. Guests will also have the opportunity to purchase food, including meat smoked on a product designed by one of the students, along with vegetarian sides. The event is BYOB, although sodas will also be served.

Participating students include Theodore Bonham, Alejandra Lazarini, Nicholas Dunn, Jared Spicer, Philip Royer, Jonathan Dineen, Tiffany Yang, Rena Juang, Nathan McCracken, Riley Keen, Daniel Helms, Stephen Willemin, Benjamin Milner, Chelsea Kiser, Justin Harris, Marc Bilbao, Tiffany Yang, Vincent Falcone, Ray Zavesky, Damein Williams, Becca Newhouse, Christopher Eichel, Jeffery Downs, Jonathan Long, Sean Tevebaugh, Brandon Haynes and Abigail Smith.

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.

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