First Friday Art Crawl Feb. 1
The First Friday Art Crawl returns downtown Boone Feb. 1, and participating galleries and businesses will open their doors in celebration of art, community and a combination of the two.
Green Mother Goods (116 W. King St.) is kicking First Friday into gear, as co-owner Debi Golembieski debuts the Vitality Fresh Fast Food Truck, a new eatery on wheels that specializes in healthy vegetarian meals and specialty diet options (gluten-free, dairy-free, raw and diabetic-friendly).
“Fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains will replace standard deep-fried, chemical-laden, overly processed fast food,” Golembieski said.
To help get the wheels turning, Green Mother Goods will host a fundraiser presented by student volunteers, featuring the vocal harmonies of Grow Well and the diverse musical talents of The Major Sevens. Music starts at 6 p.m. For more information on Vitality, visit http://www.vitalityfast.com.
Doe Ridge Pottery (585 W. King St.) will host Maggie Black of Maggie Black Pottery in Foscoe. Black will demonstrate her craft, including her expert slip-trailing technique used to decorate her work. Tours of the Doe Ridge studio and gallery space will also be available.
The town of Boone’s Jones House Cultural and Community Center (604 W. King St.) will host a photography exhibit organized by Martin Church, photography instructor at Appalachian State University. The show will feature photos from advanced students enrolled in the university’s art department.
The exhibit features images in black and white, color and mixed media from Phil Baldwin, Olivia Capizzi, Paul Chelmis, Renee Cloud, Daniel Culpepper, Daniel DeCarlo, Angela Hercula, Katy James, Kelly Martin, Melissa Ortiz, Joseph Toney, Alex Tozer and Alexis Wright.
An opening reception will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, call (828) 262-4576.
Anna Banana’s (641 W. King St., Suite 1) will ring in the Art Crawl with wine from Glug, food from Char and face-painting by Claire Bilbao. Per Anna Banana’s tradition, customers can dance for a discount to save 10 percent off the total purchase.
The Nth Degree Gallery (683 W. King St.) will get to the bottom of a mystery that’s boggled its members all winter — “Where’s My Heater?” The interrogatively titled show will feature an exhibit of studio member work, including pieces from Tommy Lee, Jonathan Ryan, Jamie Goodman, Brian Lee, Katie Boyette, Rachel Ballard, Josiah Cameron and Joe Bigley. As always, the event is BYOB.
Lucky Penny (693 W. King St.) will feature area artist Kat Chaffin of Queen of Spades Jewelry.
“I’ve been making jewelry and chainmaille since I was a kid,” Chaffin said in her bio, “but after working at a bead shop in Boone for a few years, I decided to start pushing myself to explore chainmaille, wirework, gemstones, pearls and mixed metals,” Chaffin said in her bio. “I love blending traditional methods with nontraditional aesthetics and vintage style with modern textures.”
And to celebrate the occasion, Lucky Penny will stay open until 9 p.m.
Shear Shakti (693 W. King St., upstairs from Lucky Penny) will exhibit the work of Sarah Tilson, an area artist who makes live wreathes and traditional decorative wreaths. The show, which runs from 6:30 to 9 p.m., will be hosted by Heather Leso and also includes wine and other First Friday-friendly refreshments.
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