Downtown Boone Art Crawl

By Frank Ruggiero (

Article Published: Oct. 3, 2013 | Modified: Oct. 5, 2013
Downtown Boone Art Crawl

'Tremelle' by Joseph Toney at The Nth° Gallery & Studios

The First Friday Art Crawl returns to downtown Boone Oct. 4, 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 showcase basket weaver Barbara Sox, who crafts wares that span from the smallest garlic keeper to a large, free-form bird’s nest basket. Sox’s works are composed of various elements, including feathers, bark, hand-painted paper, reed and shells — some of which she finds simply by exploring nearby woods — and can be found in regional and local exhibitions. Sox works from her home studio, accepts commissions and teaches workshops upon request. Visitors to Hands can meet the artist at a reception, being held from 6 to 9 p.m.

Gladiola Girls (549 W. King St.) presents the work of two artists — Primavera Leathers by Evenlight Eagles and Jewelry by Lillian Tew. Evenlight Eagles makes journals and other accessories out of environmentally sensitive leathers, and Tew will showcase her new line, Booshkabusin. In celebration of the art crawl, Gladiola Girls will also offer light refreshments.

Doe Ridge Pottery
(585 W. King St.) will host Kate Colclaser of Twisted Tree Pottery, who will be constructing plates, vases, mugs and cream and sugar sets from scratch, using various hand-building techniques. The pieces will be decorated by pressing leaves into the surface of the soft clay, and Colclaser will then move on to the glazing process. Art crawlers will be able to see work progress from a lump of clay to a finished piece. To see some of her work, visit

The town of Boone’s Jones House Community Center (604 W. King St.) will showcase work from the High Country Watermedia Society. The theme for this year’s annual fall exhibit, which features a variety of local artists, is “Color of Art in the High Country.”

The Jones House will also participate in the local music showcase, Down on the Corner, sponsored by Split Rail Records, an entirely student-run record label based in Appalachian State University’s Hayes School of Music. From 4:45 to 6:30 p.m., Red Leg Husky and Cam Haas will be performing on the Jones House lawn. Refreshments will be served until 6:30 p.m., and Split Rail Records merchandise will be available for purchase.

Indoors, the Jones House will host an open gallery reception from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Light refreshments will be served, and guests are encouraged to meet the artists and purchase original works. For more information, call (828) 262-4576 or visit

ArtWalk (611 W. King St.) will feature watercolors by area artist Mike Ogle. After retiring as an U.S. Army major and elementary school principal at 56 — and with the unwavering support of his family — Ogle achieved his longtime dream of becoming an artist. While his military service included active duty as a combat helicopter pilot, Ogle’s days are now spent painting, studying, teaching and interacting with other artists.

Anna Banana’s (641 W. King St., Suite 1) will offer food from Char, wine from Glug, face-painting by Claire Bilbao and, per Anna Banana’s tradition, dancing for discounts.

The Nth° Gallery & Studios (683 W. King St.) presents Joseph Toney’s “Lacuna: A Visual Exploration into the Unknown.” Over the past year, Toney, a senior graphic design and fine art major at ASU, has been developing a body of work that showcases a dynamic form of abstract digital photography and how it can be taken from the digital format and applied to large-scale mixed media paintings.

“In creating these images, I wanted to bridge the gap between painting and photography in order to showcase work that went beyond perceived reality,” Toney said, adding that he hopes to challenge viewers to question what is and is not part of the material world. “I hope to take (viewers) on an enigmatic journey through these visual works.”

For those who can’t make the opening, Toney will also host private viewings the following week. All work will be available for purchase — in person and online at — starting Friday.

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Additional Images

'Tremelle' by Joseph Toney at The Nth° Gallery & Studios

Artwork by Mike Ogle at ArtWalk

Hands Gallery is showcasing the basket work of Barbara Sox.
Photo submitted

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