Downtown Boone Art Crawl

By Frank Ruggiero (

Article Published: Oct. 31, 2013 | Modified: Nov. 2, 2013
Downtown Boone Art Crawl

‘8 Billion Gallons’ by Carl Galie at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts
Photo courtesy of the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts

The First Friday Art Crawl returns to downtown Boone Nov. 1, and participating galleries and businesses will open their doors in celebration of art, community and a combination of the two.

Appalachian State University’s Turchin Center for the Visual Arts (423 W. King St.) will open its latest exhibit, “Lost on the Road to Oblivion: The Vanishing Beauty of Coal Country” by Carl Galie in collaboration with N.C. Poet Laureate and ASU creative writing professor Joseph Bathanti.

“Lost on the Road to Oblivion” takes the viewer on a journey through the Southern Appalachians, while documenting the practice of mountaintop removal, as well as its collateral fallout, in a series of images depicting an endangered natural environment. Bathanti has responded to Galie’s photographs with a suite of poems that will also be displayed during the exhibition. The exhibition opens Friday and runs through Feb. 8, 2014, in the TCVA’s Mezzanine Gallery.

Hands Gallery (543 W. King St.), the area’s oldest art and craft cooperative gallery, is featuring new adornments made by two of its jewelry artist members. Debbie Keen makes colorful glass beads, and Zoe Nelson works with sterling, fine silver and copper. Both create unique necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings and will be on hand to meet crawlers Friday. The gallery will remain open until 9 p.m.

Gladiola Girls (549 W. King St.) presents the work of Raleigh-based artist Betsy Troxler, who will bring giclees of some of her originals, as well as some new paintings. In addition to the artwork, light refreshments will also be served. To preview some of Troxler’s work, visit

The Dancing Moon Earthway Bookstore
(553 W. King St.) invites crawlers to celebrate a “new phase of the Moon,” as the store turns 25 years old. As owner Bob Snead put it, “Meet our local ‘Funky Folks Collective’ and see how the dance has evolved.” For more information, call (828) 264-7242.

Doe Ridge Pottery’s (585 W. King St.) featured artist is Nancy Graham of Bella Gate Pottery in Blowing Rock. Graham is a newly inducted member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and, during the crawl, will be demonstrating her technique for making hand-built trays and serving pieces, using hand-carved, custom molds. She’ll also share her process of decorating pieces with one-of-a-kind sprig molds. Refreshments will also be served to round out the evening.

The Jones House Community Center (604 W. King St.) will host a gallery reception from 6:30 to 8 p.m., presenting “The Outdoor Photography Series” by the students of Mountain Alliance at Watauga High School. The exhibit will feature photos of scenic outdoor locations throughout the High Country. The exhibit will be on display Nov. 1 to 26. For more information, call (828) 262-4576 or visit

ArtWalk (611 W. King St.) spotlights the paintings and cards of artist Dawn Wicklow, who focuses primarily on Chinese brush painting, although she’s recently introduced the bright colors of alcohol ink into her work. For more information, call (828) 264-9998.

Art Mart Academy (683 W. King St.) is hosting an art show for the season, featuring works by Emily Rapp and Siobhan “Shavon” Shene. Rapp, an Art Mart employee and ASU art major, will showcase her series of surrealistic figures, while art scene newcomer Shene will display her neon acrylic works under black- and LED-lighting to create morphing compositions. In addition, Art Mart will display the work of its current studio participants, while also handing out Halloween goodies.

The Nth Degree Gallery & Studios
(683 W. King St.) presents “King Kongth ,” a reprise of its Halloween-themed exhibition, featuring the artwork of more than 20 community artists. For more information, visit

Lucky Penny (693 W. King St.) will host Glory Silwedel, a senior graphic design major at Appalachian with a passion for jewelry design. All her jewelry is handmade in Boone and Asheville, and she hand-draws and etches each copper piece, using only premium materials.

Events by Elizabeth Ashley and Wedding Resource Center
(703 W. King St.) celebrates its grand opening with an all-day open house. Starting at 5 p.m., the new downtown business will offer wine tastings from Banner Elk Winery, along with assorted cheese and appetizers from Casa Rustica. Guests are invited to enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments, while browsing the list of local wedding and event professionals represented by the shop.

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Additional Images

‘8 Billion Gallons’ by Carl Galie at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts
Photo courtesy of the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts

Debbie Keen’s jewelry is being showcased at Hands Gallery in downtown Boone.
Photo submitted

For Friday’s art crawl, Lucky Penny will feature the handmade jewelry of Glory Silwedel.
Photo submitted

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