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First Friday Art Crawl Aug. 3

Article Published: Aug. 2, 2012 | Modified: Aug. 4, 2012
First Friday Art Crawl Aug. 3

'Taking Shelter' by Jo Ann Pippin is on display at the Watauga Arts Council galleries.

The First Friday Art Crawl returns downtown Boone Aug. 3, and participating galleries and businesses will open their doors in celebration of art, community and a combination of the two.

And let’s not forget refreshments and live music.

Capone’s Pizza & Bar (454 W. King, Suite B) is offering free breadsticks with any large specialty pizza (eat-in only).

Boone Saloon (489 W. King St.) hosts the Boone debut of Chapel Hill/Mbour, Senegal-based band Diali Cissokho and Kairaba, which just released its debut record.

Kairaba features Senegalese griot Diali Cissokho, a vocalist, percussionist, and master of the kora (a 21-string African harp). The band is rounded out by four North Carolina-raised musicians, bringing their own musical influences to the mix.

According to the group’s bio, “Tradition meets modernity in this band; African music embraces its American offspring, jazz and blues, and the result is a fresh and exhilarating musical experience. Irresistible dance grooves, captivating performances, fiery percussion and super-tight arrangements communicate unforgettable joy and passion – and bring audiences to the ‘great love and harmony’ that the band’s name signifies. The show starts at $10, and there’s a $5 cover.

Hands Gallery (543 W. King St.) will stay open late, celebrating its 37th year as a local artist co-operative. The gallery is welcoming new members Mike Lowe, leatherworker, and Cheryl Roberts, fiber artist.

Gladiola Girls (549 W. King St.) will hosting two events simultaneously, with refreshments tying them together, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The firste vent features paintings and art for donation for the International Justice Mission, a human rights agency that brings rescue to victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression, and its initiative, The Hundred Movement, designed to provide 100 “points of exit” from human trafficking. For more information, visit

According to the IJM exhibit organizers, “All of the artwork shown here was created during an event called ‘Pour Out,’ which provided an opportunity for people to come respond to the darkness found in their own hearts as they began to learn more about the darkness of sexual slavery. All the proceeds of these paintings will go directly to the Hope House, one of the only restoration homes in America that houses victims of sex trafficking. Your donation will directly impact a girl’s life, helping her in the healing process of overcoming her past and finding hope in her future.”

The Gladiolas will also feature jewelry by Huong, straight from Vietnam. The artist will string pearls by request and display unique treasures from his country.

Dancing Moon Earthway Bookstore (553 W. King St.) welcomes art crawlers to enjoy its offerings of intuitive arts, card readings and energy work. Ticket prices range from $5 to $15, and the festivities last from 6 to 9 p.m.

Doe Ridge Pottery (585 W. King St.) will host sculptor Connie Cox, who will demonstrate the construction of one of her face pots.

The town of Boone’s Jones House Community Center (604 W. King St.) is showcasing work from several different artists, including award-winning mixed media artist Cathy Taylor, whose watermedia artwork is described as “a celebration of the patterns, textures and color found in the natural environment.”

The Jones House will also feature the sculptures of Julia Rechenbach-Moomaw and the artists from Doe Ridge Pottery, including Bob Meier, and paintings from Deborah Tallarico and Toni Indicott.

The weekly Summer Concert at the Jones House starts at 5 p.m., featuring old-time music from Steve Kruger, Doug Sharkey and Crooked Road Ramblers, and a reception takes place at 6:30 p.m., followed by live music from The Sheets Family.

Anna Banana’s (641 W. King St., Suite 1) will feature appetizers from Char and wine from Glug, along with free face-painting by featured artist Claire Bilbao. And, per First Friday custom, Anna Banana’s customers can dance for a discount.

Lucky Penny (693 W. King St.) will host the Appalachian Rollergirls, who will be selling merchandise and tickets to their home bout Saturday, Aug. 4. Proceeds from this bout, which sees the Rollergirls take on the Carolina Bootleggers, will benefit the Bakken family, whose 11-year-old son, Braeden, has stage 3 Burkitt’s lymphoma.

The Watauga Arts Council galleries (783 W. King St.) present two new exhibits: the High Country Watermedia Society’s annual juried exhibition and the artwork of Kit Olson Fisher.
The juror for this year’s juried exhibition, which features more than 30 entries, is Kevin Beck, and arts council director Cherry Johnson said there would also be a people’s choice award, where patrons can vote for their favorite work of art.

The council’s Serendipity Gallery is hosting the work of Fisher, who Johnson said has developed a love for drawing, using willing friends and family as models.

The Watauga Arts Council will host a reception from 6 to 8:30 p.m., featuring live music and a book-signing.

Art of Oil (819 W. King St.) will host a special wine-tasting, starting at 5:30 p.m., featuring Italian and French wines paired with olive oil and vinegar. The tasting gallery also features new paintings by David McCaig, artwork by Davis Whitfield and jewelry by Laura Fly and Bella Vita.

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Additional Images

'Taking Shelter' by Jo Ann Pippin is on display at the Watauga Arts Council galleries.

Chapel Hill/Senegal-based band Kairaba will perform Friday at Boone Saloon.
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'African Lady' by Lil Furman and other artwork will be on display at Gladiola Girls for this month's First Friday.

Anna Banana's will host face-painter Claire Bilbao for this week's Art Crawl.
Photo submitted

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