First Friday Art Crawl Dec. 7

Article Published: Dec. 6, 2012 | Modified: Dec. 8, 2012
First Friday Art Crawl Dec. 7

‘Ludwig Behind the Cuban Flag’ is one of many ASU student photography works on display at the Watauga Arts Council Gallery, as part of the ‘Reflections on Cuba: Students Respond to an International Travel Experience’ exhibit.
Photos submitted

The First Friday Art Crawl returns downtown Boone Dec. 7, and participating galleries and businesses will open their doors in celebration of art, community and a combination of the two.

Appalachian State’s Turchin Center for the Visual Arts (423 W. King St.) presents a new exhibition in the Community Gallery, “Pieces of the Puzzle,” featuring work from participants in the university’s outreach programs. “Pieces” will showcase work from the center’s community outreach program, including Mountain Cares Assisted Living Facility, Hardin Park School, Blazing Easels – First Friday Kids Workshop, Hospitality House and individuals who have been involved in other workshops and programs at the Turchin Center.

The collection consists of works created during the these programs, workshops and special events and is coordinated by Pegge Delaney Laine. The exhibition will return Feb. 9, 2013, and a related exhibition, “Another Piece of the Puzzle: TCVA Community Outreach Teachers,” will be installed in the Community Gallery March 1 to 29. More information on both exhibitions will be posted as it becomes available at

Gladiola Girls (549 W. King St.) is hosting Susan Owen, a local studio metalsmith, who will be showcasing her new designs in her own “It’s Just a Drop” jewelry line. Owen works with sterling silver and Czech glass to create delicate pieces that mimic water drops. In keeping with the theme, she donates her proceeds to worldwide clean water initiatives, with all sales proceeds from December benefiting area nonprofit Wine to Water.

For First Friday, Owen will premiere her “Waterfall” bracelet, a handmade sterling silver chain with assorted sparkling drops made of silver and glass, with a limited number being available for purchase. In addition, she’ll be showing nine new designs of earrings and pendants.

The Dancing Moon Earthway Bookstore (553 W. King St.) will host intuitive readers and introduce Fiona’s Fountain locally handmade soap and such, also offering wide array of organic herbs, teas and spices. In addition, Shed Studios Gallery, which has opened above Dancing Moon, will offer live music and artwork by Jonathan Smith.

Doe Ridge Pottery (585 W. King St.) is showcasing the work of its owner, Bob Meier, who will be demonstrating carving techniques on large-scale thrown pieces. Meier established his own studio and gallery on King Street in Boone in 1988 after working in a home studio since 1978. His gallery, working and teaching studio have been maintained in downtown Boone ever since. His 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 the Upstairs Gallery in Blowing Rock, the North Carolina Crafts Gallery in Carrboro, the Lynn Morrow Pottery in Pittsboro, the Jacob Fork Gallery in Hickory and the Grovewood Gallery and New Morning Gallery in Asheville. He is sought after for his custom functional, decorative and architectural work from individuals and designers.

Anna Banana’s (641 W. King St.) is celebrating First Friday with food from Char, wine from Glug and face-painting by artist Claire Bilbao. In addition, the boutique is offering a colors of Christmas sale, where customers receive half off anything with a green dot and 75 percent off anything with a red “X” on the tag – including tacky Christmas sweaters and gifts.

Shear Shakti (693 W. King St.) is celebrating its third anniversary with art from Gabriel Lehman and refreshments from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

The Watauga County Arts Council Gallery (783 W. King St.) is serving up myriad experiences in visual, performing and literary arts for Friday’s festivities. “Reflections on Cuba: Students Respond to an International Travel Experience” features work created by ASU’s visual arts students on a recent trip to Cuba. In May and June, students and faculty traveled to Cuba to experience a culture that’s been largely closed to the United States due to the trade embargo.

Before, during and after the adventure, students were challenged with developing a thematic body of work based on personal observations and experiences culled from photo-excursions of the Havana and beyond.

Program participants are Olivia Capizzi, Brittney Caudle, Madalyn Cowan, Jessica Galloway, Kristina Key, Jacob Nall, Joshua Russell, Sonia Sanchez, Hannah Shook, Kelly Welch and Jessi Wilson. The program was directed by Garner Dewey, associate dean of the College of Fine and Applied Arts and associate professor in the Department of Technology and Environmental Design and by Scott Ludwig, associate professor in the Department of Art.

The council’s Serendipity Gallery features a collection of works, called “Small Wonders.” The exhibit was curated by Marsha Holmes and features 27 small works of art created by Sandy Smacks, Beverly Stahl, Sue Lindgren, Pegge DeLaney Laine, Mahala Porth, Judy Clarke, Kathy Copley, Ann Gonzalez, Trudy Muegel, Peggy Fowler, Linda Lielbriedis, Janie Endress, Lois Norris Marsha Holmes. Media range from acrylic, to oil, to watercolors, to graphite.

In addition, the arts council’s gift shop has been decorated for the holidays and features the work of several new artists, including creative metal works by Dirk Brown, jewelry by Ellen Duke, woven hats and scarves by Donna Leavitt and textural expressions by Ineke Thomas.

The First Friday reception will also feature a weaving demonstration by Cindy Long, books by Nancy Kaiser and live music by a small ensemble of artists from the Watauga Community Band. The reception runs from 5 to 8:30 p.m.

Art of Oil (819 W. King St.) will host a free wine-tasting from 5 to 8 p.m., including chocolate wine and bubbly for the holidays. Visitors can also expect a sampling of the tasting gallery’s popular black truffle chocolate truffles, while enjoying art by Davis Whitfield and jewelry from Laura Fly. First Friday also falls on the gallery’s one-day sale, in which all six packs cost $18.

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Additional Images

‘Ludwig Behind the Cuban Flag’ is one of many ASU student photography works on display at the Watauga Arts Council Gallery, as part of the ‘Reflections on Cuba: Students Respond to an International Travel Experience’ exhibit.
Photos submitted

The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts is unveiling a new exhibit, ‘Pieces of the Puzzle,’ featuring artwork from participants in the university’s outreach programs.

Doe Ridge Pottery will spotlight the work of its owner, potter Bob Meier, for this month’s First Friday.

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