Downtown Boone Art Crawl

By Frank Ruggiero (frank@mountaintimes.com)



Article Published: Aug. 1, 2013 | Modified: Aug. 3, 2013
Downtown Boone Art Crawl

Doe Ridge Pottery will showcase the functional artwork of potter and gallery owner Bob Meier at
Friday’s Downtown Boone Art Crawl.

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The First Friday Art Crawl returns to downtown Boone Aug. 2, and participating galleries and businesses will open their doors in celebration of art, community and a combination of the two.

Hands Gallery (543 W. King St.) will feature the work of veteran stained glass artist Dianne Radford. Radford has been a member of Hands for 20 years, and her landscaped glass panels are hailed as a Boone favorite. Also, her work is ever evolving. Recently, she began applying her interest in antiques and found objects to her windows. An auction regular, Radford is always on the lookout for interesting elements to incorporate into her work. Viewers can expect old medicine bottles, Depression glass and whimsical additions to the rainbow of colored and beveled glass panes. Visitors can meet Radford for an artist’s reception at Hands between 6 and 8 p.m. Friday.

Doe Ridge Pottery (585 W. King St.) will feature owner and potter Bob Meier demonstrating his craft for Art Crawl. He’ll be throwing large platters on the potter’s wheel and then decorating them with his own unique style of hand-carving. Meier has been making pottery in the Boone area for just shy of 40 years. To see more of Meier’s work, and for more information about Doe Ridge Pottery, visit http://www.doeridgepottery.com.

The town of Boone’s Jones House Community Center (604 W. King St.) is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Daniel Boone Native Gardens with an exhibition of work inspired by the Boone landmark. The exhibition features more than 30 works that illustrate scenes of native plants, butterflies and flowers. Dr. Linda Elksnin of Boone curated the show, which features watercolors, oil, acrylic and mixed media work. The opening reception is slated for 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, and the exhibit continues until Aug. 31.

In addition to the “Art of the Gardens” exhibition, one of the upstairs Jones House galleries will feature work by Deep Gap artist Jody Bargerstock, a member of the High Country Watermedia Society and a student of several Turchin Center classes. She has participated in shows at the Jones House, Blue Ridge Arts Council and the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum. The historical exhibit celebrating 125 years of the Watauga Democrat will be on display throughout August, as well.

The Jones House will also celebrate First Friday with a concert that begins at 5 p.m., featuring cowboy poet Keith Ward and old-time string bands Elkville String Band and The Barefoot Movement. The galleries will be open during the concert, with an exhibit reception beginning at 6:30 p.m. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.joneshousecommunitycenter.org or call (828) 262-4576.

ArtWalk (611 W. King St.) is getting classy with something glassy, featuring two new artists who are recycling manmade crystals in creative ways. Glass impressionists Wayne and Sandi Bowers’ passion for reclaiming and repurposing is expressed in their unique line of glass art, where vintage glass is melded into glistening, textural, light-captivating old windows and repurposed frames. In addition, artist Stephanie White has partnered with stained glass designer Sharon James to create one-of-a-kind, vintage glass birdfeeders and flowers. For more information, call (828) 264-9998, email (artwalkboone@yahoo.com) or visit http://www.artwalkboone.com.

Anna Banana’s (641 W. King St., Suite 1) will offer food from Char and face-painting by Claire Bilbao. Per Anna Banana’s tradition, customers can dance for a discount.

The Nth Gallery & Studios (683 W. King St.) is now old enough to drive, as the downtown gallery celebrates its Sweet 16th birthday. Art crawlers are invited to join in the fun with a special doubleheader fundraiser and party.

At the Nth, a special exhibit by current members will be on exhibit from 7:30 p.m. till midnight, accompanied by acoustic music and culinary treats by gallery friends and family.

From 7:30 to 11 p.m. at 130 N. Depot St., the Nth will host a special Sweet and Sixteen Prom. All are invited, and fancy duds are encouraged (but not required), to dance to live music by Isani Howell, Brian Swanson, Katerwaul and Nomadic. Former and present Nth members — and their art — will be present, and partygoers will have the chance to enter a raffle and silent auction for some special art, including a never-before-seen Wiili piece. All proceeds will benefit the Nth. The prom will also feature a special “Supporters’ Lounge,” featuring special eats and treats and a birds-eye view of the festivities, available to individuals who donate $75 or more. If you’re unable to attend but would still like to support or learn more about the Nth, visit http://www.nthdegreegallery.com or http://www.facebook.com/pages/Nth-Degree-Gallery.


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