First Friday Art Crawl April 5
The First Friday Art Crawl returns to downtown Boone April 5,
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.) hosts the Spring Exhibition Celebration from 7 to 9 p.m., featuring three new exhibitions: Victor Ekpuk’s “Drawing Memories,” Eli Bentor’s “Negotiations o the Secret Society Cloth: An Exploration of Ukara” and the BFA Senior Studio Exhibition: Spring 2013. Live music comes courtesy of The Lucky Strikes, and there will also be a cash bar, free food and a chance to meet some of the artists.
Hands Gallery (543 W. King St.) will host the work of fiber artist Jane Campbell, who creates a variety of textiles, including scarves, bags and the most delicate of felted flower corsages. Campbell is practiced in weaving, knitting, spinning, dyeing and felting and has taught in a variety of settings, including the Village of Yesteryear at the N.C. State Fair.
Doe Ridge Pottery (585 W. King St.) will feature art and demonstrations by gallery owner Bob Meier, who will be throwing large vase forms, bowls and platters all evening. Also, refreshments will be served. Meier’s work has been on exhibit at the Folk Art Center in Asheville and the Moses Cone Manor in Blowing Rock. He is represented by a number of fine galleries, including North Carolina Crafts Gallery in Carrboro, Lyn Morrow Pottery in Pittsboro, Appalachian Craft Gallery in Asheville and Seagrove Pottery Gallery in Raleigh and Seagrove.
The town of Boone’s Jones House Cultural and Community Center (604 W. King St.) is unveiling three new exhibitions in its galleries, the first from photographer Kendall Rattner in the downstairs Mazie Jones Gallery. Ratner will be presenting photographs from Turtle Island Preserve, a local nature preserve and environmental education center near Boone. Rattner, who lives at Turtle Island and works there as a cook, will showcase a selection of photos that capture the mountain lifestyle promoted by Turtle Island founder and director Eustace Conway. For more information on Rattner and her work, visit http://www.kendallrattner.carbonmade.com.
In Upstairs Gallery One, the Jones House presents paintings by Tunde Afolayan, a native Nigerian who continues to make a significant impact on people through his paintings and mixed-media expressions. He is a graduate of the prestigious Yaba College of Technology, ‘Yaba School’ Lagos-Nigeria and University of Missouri-Columbia. For more information, visit http://www.tundevisualart.com.
Upstairs Gallery Two is featuring the work of painter Andreé Amarica, a native of Quebec City, Canada. During a trip to France, she met with art dealers from England and Spain, who invited her to discover the famous Foir Enternationale d’Art Contemporain in Paris. These events were the beginning of a long love affair with the visual arts. For more information, visit http://www.colorfulartgallery.com.
To celebrate the openings, the Jones House will host a reception from 6:30 to 8 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.joneshousecommunitycenter.org.
ArtWalk (611 W. King St.) presents “Eclectic Calico,” the work of Jennifer Scott. With a scientific background in textile materials science, Scott is a fan of all things antique, quirky, vintage and handmade, meaning visitors can expect to see unique uses of fabrics, buttons and sewing notions – among numerous other components. Scott’s “eclectic” name is derived not only from her artwork, but from Samantha, her “crazy calico (cat) who loved everybody and everything.”
Anna Banana’s (641 W. King St., Suite 1) will celebrate First Friday with tea from Yosefa AntiquiTEA, food from Char and face-painting by Claire Bilbao. Per Anna Banana’s tradition, customers can dance for a 10-percent discount. Plus, customers receive half off any item marked with a green dot and 75 percent off any item with a red X.
The Nth˚ Gallery and Studios (683 W. King St.) is celebrating “collaborations, dinosaurs and dead cats (not really),” with the work of local artists Dan Kaple, Derek Wycoff and Christian Smith.
Kaple’s work, well known to Boone residents, takes on a greater personal nature in his most recent body of work, titled “The Incomplete Tale of Dinosaurs and Dead Cats,” on display in the main gallery. The sometimes playful, sometimes cryptic collection is a reflection of the artist’s past, present and future, though he hopes the details will be unnecessary for gleaning the meaning from the pieces.
A series of text and print collaborations by Christian Smith and Derek Wycoff, “Unknown Wondrous Forgery We Go,” will also be on exhibit. The pieces, ranging from dada style cut-ups to large black and white prints, imagined interviews, color images encompassing partial poems and ruminations that might organically emerge during a creative process, were born mostly through an extensive discourse between the two friends on what it might be like to collaborate, via different mediums, with one another.
The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and will feature light refreshments, a fair bit of camaraderie and lots of making merry. For more information, visit http://www.nthdegreegallery.com.
Shear Shakti (693 W. King St., upstairs from Lucky Penny) will host an art show by the Appalachian Women’s Center, titled “Origins of the World,” which features work that celebrates the female body. All of the work will be auctioned, and all proceeds will benefit nonprofit organization V-Day, which works to end violence against women worldwide. Complimentary refreshments will be served.
From 6 to 8 p.m., the Watauga County Arts Council Gallery (783 W. King St.) will host its farewell reception and participate for the final time in downtown Boone’s First Friday festivities, as it’s moving to a new location off Shadowline Drive. The farewell exhibition is the Cove Creek Rug Hookers, a group that meets every Monday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cove Creek Community Center. The exhibition consists of an assortment of hooked items, ranging from wall hangings to pillows to a purse. Rugs are frequently hooked from wool fabric strips, which the artists dye themselves, using a variety of dyeing techniques, some of which have been passed down for generations.
The Serendpity Gallery is hosting 19 artists from the classes of Marsha Holmes at the Cove Creek Center and the Lois E. Harrell Center. Mediums range from charcoal to collage to oils to acrylic to watercolors, resulting in a colorful and eclectic display.
According to Holmes, “These classes are wonderful opportunities for local or seasonal senior adults to enjoy creating art, while socializing and building strong friendships.”
Musical entertainment will be provided by a select musical group from the Watuga Community Band, and Ingrid Krause will be the council’s featured author. Krause is a clinical psychologist, who recently released her first novel, “The Red Leather Chair.”
Yosefa AntiquiTEA (161-C Howard St.) will feature music from the Eya! Afroloachian Drum and Dance Troupe. The group performs traditional music and dance from a variety of countries across the African continent and the Caribbean. In addition, Yosefa will be serving up light snacks, tea and wine, while featuring the artwork of Tara Belk and a few other surprises.
Modern Rustic (182 Howard St.) will open its doors for First Friday, showcasing the work of local photographer Tommy White, who specializes in portraits and landscapes. In addition, the functional gallery will display its unique cabinetry, countertops, furniture sinks and more, all made from cast concrete and locally reclaimed wood.
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