Downtown Boone Art Crawl Friday

By Frank Ruggiero (

Article Published: Jul. 10 | Modified: Jul. 12
Downtown Boone Art Crawl Friday

Friday marks the opening the Turchin Center’s new exhibit, ‘TWENTY: Contemporary Art from South Africa.’

July’s so nice, there’s First Friday twice.

Due to the Fourth of July holiday last Friday, the Downtown Boone Development Association rescheduled the monthly First Friday Art Crawl to the second Friday of the month, July 11, and area galleries and businesses are ready to go.

For Appalachian State University’s Turchin Center for the Visual Arts (423 W. King St.), Friday marks the grand opening of its new international exhibition, “TWENTY: Contemporary Art from South Africa.” This past September, TCVA staff journeyed to South Africa, where they met with local artists, visited studios and learned how contemporary, South African art has been influenced by the country’s political state during the last two decades.

Also opening Friday in the TCVA’s Community Gallery, “South African History Under Aprartheid: A Tribute to Nelson Mandela” features vintage press and art photographs from the collection of John and Jessica Stephenson.

To celebrate the openings, the TCVA will host a Summer Exhibition Celebration from 6 to 10 p.m., featuring free food, live music and special guest artists. The South African theme carries over to Saturday, from 1 to 4 p.m., for the TCVA’s Family Day.

Hands Gallery (543 W. King St.) is still celebrating the Fourth, with an all-members red, white and blue exhibition. The cooperative represents 16 independent artists, all working together under one roof in various media, including metal, glass, clay, photography, fiber, mosaic, paint, paper and wood. A meet-the-artists reception will take place from 6 to 9 p.m.

Dancing Moon Earthway Bookstore
(553 W. King St.) invites crawlers to join in the First Second Friday fun with an exhibit showcasing the art of local artist and photographer Emily Harrison. Guests are also invited to check out the store’s expanded gemstone and crystal display. “Stop in and treat your soul to art, food and friends,” owner Karen Snead said.

Doe Ridge Pottery
(585 W. King St.) will spotlight the art of Carol King, owner of Singing Clay Pottery, who will demonstrate her process of making ceramic mirrors. King has been working in ceramics in the High Country for more than 10 years, while also teaching mathematics at Watauga High School. As one of Doe Ridge’s 18 featured potters, her techniques include handpainting, waxing and surface-etching, which she said allows the colors and texture of the glazes to highlight the clay’s natural beauty.

Boone’s Jones House Community Center (604 W. King St.) presents a Friday of music and art. Starting at 5 p.m., a free concert will feature the Buck Haggard Band, followed by The Buck Stops Here. From 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m, the festivities will move indoors to showcase July’s three exhibiting artists: Jody Bargerstock, Bob Reneau and by Tori Allen. The artists will be on hand to discuss their work, and refreshments will be served.

ArtWalk (611 W. King St.) will serve free wine, alongside the fused glass jewelry of Renaissance Glass Studios from Asheville. Renaissance has been working in glass since the 1970s. According to Renaissance, dichroic glass is used to make the company’s special jewelry line, and it can only be crafted by human hands. As such, each piece is repeatedly handled and fired to more than 1,400 degrees several times over, with each firing taking up to 12 hours. As Renaissance phrases it, “It’s like capturing lighting in a bottle, and every time we open the kiln, it’s a new surprise.”

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.

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.

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

Friday marks the opening the Turchin Center’s new exhibit, ‘TWENTY: Contemporary Art from South Africa.’

ArtWalk is showcasing the fused glasswork of Asheville’s Renaissance Glass Studios.
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Artist Carol King will demonstrate her pottery-crafting methods Friday at Doe Ridge Pottery.
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