Downtown Boone Art Crawl
The First Friday Art Crawl returns to downtown Boone March 7,
and participating galleries and businesses will open their doors in celebration of art and
community, showcasing area artists, live music and refreshments aplenty.
While Appalachian State University’s Turchin Center for the Visual Arts (423 W. King St.) will not host a reception, due to spring break, it will celebrate the opening of three new exhibitions: the 11th annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition, “William Dunlap: Geography Matters, North Carolina Collectors” and “Behind the Scenes: Instructors of the Outreach Programs.” All three will have an official celebration during April’s art crawl.
Hands Gallery (543 W. King St.) presents “It’s All Black and White, with Color Added,” featuring painted paper baskets by Barbara Sox. During First Friday, crawlers will have the chance to meet basket-maker Barbara Sox, who has been a long-time member of Hands, creating baskets from a variety of materials, including paper, sticks, bark, honeysuckle, shells and basketry reed. According to Hands, Sox has studied a number of styles and has incorporated them into one that is all her own. The gallery will extend its hours till 9 p.m. for the crawl.
Dancing Moon Earthway Bookstore & Funky Folks Collective (553 W. King St.) invites crawlers to stop by to sample the store’s new tea and herb selections. Crawlers can also view new artwork from the collective and meet the artists.
Doe Ridge Pottery (585 W. King St.) will feature an open studio, consisting of gallery and studio tours. According to gallery artist Nathan Fields, artists will be working in their studio on their respective works. “We also have a large amoung of new work from all of our gallery artists,” he said.
The town of Boone’s Jones House Community Center (604 W. King St.) will host three new exhibits by local artists. Photographer Rob Moore will be featured in the Mazie Jones Gallery, and the upstairs galleries will host new exhibits by painter Patrick Richardson and photographer Martin Church. A reception, featuring artwork for sale, light refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists, will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
ArtWalk (611 King St.) will feature the work of Tena Wenta, the potter behind Boone-based Wenta Pottery. Wenta has worked with clay for more than 15 years and finds satisfaction in being able to create work that meets people’s needs, while supporting the idea of a simpler lifestyle. She said her pottery is hand-built, hand-thrown on an electric wheel or a combination of the two, with a focus on functional pieces, kept clean and simple but with a contemporary flair.
Anna Banana’s (641 W. King St.) will showcase the artwork of Jacob Stull, alongside wine from Glug, food from Char and the chance to dance for a discount.
Art Mart Academy (683 W. King St.) will host a thumbtack showing of Life drawings, created in charcoal, graphite and oils. Light refreshments will be on hand.
The Nth˚ Gallery & Studios (683 W. King St., upstairs from Art Mart) presents “Some Things Should Be Left Out of the Refrigerator: Art by Michael Allen.” The reception starts at 7 p.m. The Nth is also accepting work for its April Miniature Show. Those hoping to submit a work should contact the gallery through its website ( http://www.nthdegreegallery.com) or Facebook page.
The Art of Oil (819 W. King St.) will feature live music, food and wine-tasting from 6 to 8 p.m.
Join Our Art Crawl Roundup
If your business participates in Downtown Boone First Fridays, send your goings-on to (email@example.com) to be included in our next First Friday Art Crawl roundup.
For more information, call (828) 264-6397, ext. 244.