First Friday Art Crawl Friday
The First Friday Art Crawl returns to downtown Boone May 4, 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.
Gladiola Girls (549 W. King St.) is hosting the work of painter and ceramics artist Susan Nasrallah, who received her BFA at Appalachian State University in 2008. She’s exhibited her works for 25 years, and her paintings have been described to have a unique timelessness, to “celebrate a vibrant world splashed with the color of innocence and sensuality.”
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.
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 Mazie Jones Gallery will feature the works of Teresa Cerda and Julia Rechenbach-Moomaw, while the Open Door Gallery hosts selections from the Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff Collection. The Serendipity Gallery showcases the art of Judy Clarke, a student of Marsha Holmes of the Watauga County Project on Aging.
ArtWalk (611 W. King St.) invites crawlers to spruce up their home or garden with colorful recycled metal sculptures, including whimsical roosters, pigs, assorted garden stakes and more, all handcrafted by artisans in Mexico. The roosters, according to ArtWalk, are quick to fly out the door and are available in a range of sizes, from extra small to extra large. Smaller sculptures mounted on metal stakes include flying pig, rooster, cow, dragonfly and dog designs.
F.A.R.M. Café (617 W. King St.) will showcase its new location in the former Boone Drug downtown fountain, featuring youth artwork from the Elkland Art Center and more. The café will also be serving some farm-fresh light hors d’oeuvres.
Anna Banana’s (641 W. King St.) unpeels a night of eats from Char, wine from Glug and discounts to customers who show staff members their best dance move. They won’t have to dance to silence, though. Charlotte recording artists Of Good Nature will perform their blend of rock, reggae and funk, accompanied by drummer and backup vocalist Joey Vachon, a former ASU student and Anna Banana’s employee.
The Nth˚ Gallery & Studios (683 W. King St.) presents, “Then and Now,” a solo exhibition by local artist Rachel Ballard. The show contains past and current work, featuring mixed media figurative sculpture. Her current series plays off the idea of time and the classic portrait bust. Ballard has chosen a handful of individuals from within the community to portray in this series. A December graduate of Appalachian State, Ballard has recently gained national recognition for her work through the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. The “Then and Now,” reception runs from 7:30 to 10 p.m.
The Open Door (703 W. King St.) offers some First Friday musical accompaniment with live African music, starting at 7 p.m.
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.
Char (179 Howard St.) is hosting colorful paintings from various local artists, along with colorful discounts, like buy one, get one half-off appetizers, $5 glasses of house wine and $2.75 Blowing Rock IPA.
“What is better than an art crawl in downtown Boone on Friday evenings?” Boone Area Chamber of Commerce president Dan Meyer said. “What a great way for locals to get reacquainted with downtown and what a wonderful introduction to all that Boone has to offer to our visiting guests.
“We love our bustling downtown. Driving and parking issues, as well as crowded sidewalks, are an obvious sign of a thriving economy. Our local artisans and purveyors offer a neverending variety of goods reflecting our skilled artists and our cultural heritage.”
Join Our Art Crawl Roundup
If your business participates in Downtown Boone First Fridays, send your goings-on to (firstname.lastname@example.org) for a spot in next month’s roundup.