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First Friday Art Crawl Friday

Article Published: Apr. 5, 2012 | Modified: Apr. 7, 2012
First Friday Art Crawl Friday

Area artist Jeff Martin is showcasing his artwork at Gladiola Girls this Friday for the Downtown Boone Art Crawl.

Boone is in bloom, as the First Friday Art Crawl returns for spring. Hosted every first Friday of the month (this time on April 6), First Friday sees area galleries and businesses open their doors in celebration of art, community and a combination of the two, oftentimes served alongside refreshments and live music.

Appalachian State University’s Turchin Center for the Visual Arts (423 W. King St.) invites art crawlers to join in its Spring Exhibition Celebration with a public reception from 7 to 9 p.m. The reception features live music by The Lucky Strikes, a cash bar and a chance to meet the artists.

The center’s three new exhibitions include “STUFF: Where does it come from and where does it go?” by Bryant Holsenbeck, an installation made of all recyclable materials, in partnership with ASU’s Catherine J. Smith Gallery; the N.C. Arts Council Fellowship Award Exhibition; and “Reflections on Costa Rica: Students and Faculty Creatively Respond to an International Travel Experience,” featuring works from their trip and guest Costa Rican artist Priscilla Romero Cubero.

Boone Saloon (489 W. King St.) welcomes back Woody Pines and their unique blend of country, blues ragtime and what they call “viper jazz.” The show starts after 10 p.m., and there’s a $5 cover. Only those 21 and older will be admitted.

At Gladiola Girls (549 W. King St.), artist Jeff Martin will be showing new works under his working moniker, Jefski Samo. The works will be a series of antique window paintings that revolve around the inherent stylistic beauty of a woman’s dress. According to Martin, a self-taught media artist pursuing a ceramics and printmaking degree at ASU, the paintings are compositionally vibrant in color and rich with the textures of paint and sgraffito. The canvases are old farmhouse windows that he has collected from the High Country area.

The Watauga Arts Council and Jones House Community Center (604 W. King St.) will host open exhibits and a reception from 6:30 to 8 p.m. with refreshments.

The Jones House’s Mazie Jones Gallery is presently hosting the second annual Juried Exhibition, the winners of which will be announced Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. by Prof. Warren Dennis of Appalachian State University, who juried the show. The show consists of 27 pieces of artwork from local and adjoining counties, including pieces from Kim Abernethy, Craig Franz, Sarah Gilley, Marsha Holmes, Ed Kline, Mark Nystrom, Alex Poorman and more.

The Open Door Gallery features works of Art Mart Academy students for the month of April. The show consists of works chosen by the students, spanning the last few years of their accomplishments.

The Serendipity Gallery continues to display paintings and drawings provided by the Project on Aging participants, and organizer Marsha Holmes has been busy refreshing the artwork in preparation for spring.

ArtWalk (611 W. King St.) will feature the work of Charlotte crafters Kick Ass Woodworks. Among the many items this family operation creates are rough-hewn candle-holders in many types of hardwood, photo frames of distinctive wormy holly and comfortable benches with a signature ergonomic design for sitting comfort.

According to ArtWalk, Kick Ass Woodworks specializes in designs that blend rustic simplicity with natural elegance. The craftsmen use reclaimed barnwood and vintage horseshoes for their coat racks, although many of their items incorporate repurposed woods and fallen trees that were “just too beautiful not to turn into art.” Their items are heat-treated and sealed to ensure durability.

The Nth˚ Gallery & Studios (683 W. King St.) will offer a veritable “Grab Bag” of a show, featuring work from ASU art instructor Joe Bigley. The show consists of both 3-D and 2-D art, reflecting on socio-political issues. The centerpiece is a large-scale sculpture installation, spanning the two exhibitions spaces at the Nth. Bigley said the work serves to highlight a range of social issues, while encouraging viewers to leave advocacy at the door and simply think. He added that the works are both spontaneous reactions to current social concerns, while others have been in the planning stages for some time. The Grab Bag reception runs from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Bigley’s last project, “Traversing a Foreign Border Domestically,” was also ambitious. The artist mapped a course in the continental U.S. that followed the border and contour of Afghanistan to bicycle the entire length of the Afghan border – 3,435.5 miles to be exact – while recording thoughts on the war from those he encountered.

From 6 to 9 p.m., Lucky Penny (693 W. King St.) hosts the Appalachian Rollergirls as special guests, who’ll be selling merchandise and tickets for their April 28 home bout.

The Art of Oil (819 W. King St.) will join in the Art Crawl fun from 5 to 9 p.m., hosting wine, olive oil and vinegar tastings. As always, sculptures and paintings by Davis Whitfield and jewelry by Laura Fly and Bella Vita Jewelry will be on display.

Expressions (221 W. Howard St.) will host an exhibit from 6 to 9 p.m., featuring works from painter Erin McClung. According to the artist, “The viewer can expect pieces that primarily pay tribute to the art of comic books and the lessons they imply. The painter wishes to bring forth a new appreciation of an unspoiled love of villains, heroes and the blurry line that often exists between them.”

Refreshments will be available, and while beer and wine is allowed, it will not be provided.

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