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Downtown Boone Art Crawl Friday

By Frank Ruggiero (frank@mountaintimes.com)



Article Published: Jun. 5 | Modified: Jun. 7
Downtown Boone Art Crawl Friday

'Laurel Park Sunset' by Wes Waugh at Old World Galleries



It’s a Friday of firsts, as the First Friday Art Crawl hosts its first First Friday of the summer.

On June 6, participating galleries and businesses will open their doors in a celebration of art and community, showcasing area artists, live music and refreshments aplenty.

Hands Gallery (543 W. King St.) is spotlighting the work of member artist Roger Brodt of Miters Touch. Brodt will be available in the gallery to meet with patrons and discuss his display, “Just for Fun.” For his display, Brodt handcrafted all the pieces from solid wood, using a variety of techniques in joinery, turning, inlaying and finishing, representing many facets of woodworking. According to Hands, some of the artist’s larger items are either one of a kind or limited edition.

Dancing Moon Earthway Bookstore (553 W. King St.) invites crawlers to enjoy a performance by the Boone Belly Dance Collective and new art from the store’s Funky Folks Collective.

Doe Ridge Pottery (585 W. King St.) will showcase the pottery of Nate Fields of Rattlesnake Mountain Pottery in Laurel Springs. Fields will demonstrate at Doe Ridge during the art crawl, constructing large vase forms and lamps, using hard slabs and a variety of decorating techniques. Doe Ridge will remain open from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, offering pottery, refreshments and fellowship.

The town of Boone’s Jones House Community Center (604 W. King St.) presents its first summer concert of the season, featuring Soul Benefactor and the Spice Creek Ramblers, starting at 5 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., the festivities will move indoors to showcase June’s three exhibiting artists. New exhibits include photography by Trudy Muegel, sculpture by Rachel Ballard Bigley and paintings by Renea Reed. The artists will be on hand to discuss their work, and refreshments will be served.

ArtWalk (611 W. King St.) is featuring the work of gallery newcomer Darlene Holman, whose jewelry collection, Art by Darlene, features two unique lines of wearable art. The first features earrings, necklaces, rings and bracelets, all crafted from aluminum wire, while the second includes earrings and necklaces, composed of miniature versions of the artist’s own watercolor paintings.

Anna Banana’s (641 W. King St.) will feature food and wine from Char, face-painting by Claire Bilbao and a chance for customers to dance for a discount.

Art Mart & Academy
(681 W. King St.) will show the works created from last weekend’s King Street Paint Out. The show will feature works from adults, young adults and children.

“Come out to see how the community sees the community,” Art Mart owner John Bond said.

Old World Galleries
(697 W. King St.) welcomes crawlers to enjoy the work of area artists Wes Waugh, Jane Miller, Gaines Kiker and Morgan Shaw, along with refreshments from Grandfather Vineyard & Winery.

Art of Oil (819 W. King St.) invites folks to “start at Art,” with refreshments, snacks and live music from Eliza Eason.

Rock Dimensions (131-B Depot St.) will celebrate First Friday on its climbing tower. Climbing crawlers can make their ascent as many times as they like for a special rate of $5 per climb, with harness, helmet and a qualified climbing instructor provided. Climbers younger than 18 will need to have a parent sign a waiver to participate.

Alongside paintings by local artists, Char (179 Howard St) is serving appetizer and drink discounts until 7 p.m. Also at Char, Mountain Times Publications presents a launch party for its new, comprehensive tourism website, http://www.HighCountryNC.com. Admission is free.

Rivers Street Deli (957 Rivers St.) serves up art crawl fun with live music from the Dashboard Hula Boys, who will be performing on the outdoor patio from 5 to 8 p.m. Meanwhile, the deli will feature dinner and drink specials.

A few doors down, Fat Cats Books, Music & Video (965 Rivers St.) and Regear Outdoors (967 Rivers St.) will host a pop-up gallery in a vacant storefront, featuring the fabric arts of Kay Preston, the paintings of Treva McLean and the poster art of James Geary. Fat Cats and Regear will also feature sales, and the fun will run from 5 to 8 p.m.



Join Our Art Crawl Roundup

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

Additional Images

'Laurel Park Sunset' by Wes Waugh at Old World Galleries

Eliza Eason will perform at Art of Oil for Friday's Downtown Boone Art Crawl.
Photo submitted

Artist Nate Fields will showcase his work at Doe Ridge Pottery.
Photo submitted

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