First Friday Art Crawl July 6
The First Friday Art Crawl returns downtown Boone July 6, 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.
On the way downtown, crawlers can first visit their mother – their green mother, that is, at Green Mother Goods (116 W. King St.) and its First Friday Artist Market, featuring local vendors showcasing pottery, paintings, unique handmade jewelry and more. This month’s event features a performance by Inspiral Fire Troupe, a local group of hoop dancers and fire spinners, as well as open-air arts and crafts, all to the tune of live music. Visitors are welcome to bring their own hula hoop for a hopping party, although locally made Hoopla Hoops will be available for purchase. Music runs from 5 to 10 p.m., with the fire show starting at dark.
Capone’s Pizza & Bar (454 W. King, Suite B) is offering free breadsticks with any large specialty pizza (eat-in only).
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.) is featuring artist Kate Colclaser of Twisted Tree Pottery, who will be demonstrating the construction of her tree vases. Colclaser creates decorative and functional pottery and small sculptures in her North Carolina mountain studio. Her pieces are hand-built from slabs with extruded and thrown elements. Each piece is unique, and all functional work is high-fired stoneware and microwave- and dishwasher-safe. Colclaser apprenticed with a blind potter from Pennsylvania, where she grew up, and has studied at the Penland School of Craft and at Arrowmont. More of her work can be found at twistedtreepottery.blogspot.com.
The town of Boone’s Jones House Community Center (604 W. King St.) is hosting its weekly free Concert at the Jones House, starting at 5 p.m. and featuring cowboy poet Keith Ward, Indie-rock/alt-country band The Worthless Son-In-Laws and country-rock-blues trio Potluck. Ward will begin at 5 p.m., followed by Worthless Son-In-Laws at 5:30 p.m., a First Friday reception at 6:30 p.m. and Potluck at 7:30 p.m. Patrons are encouraged to bring their own blanket or chair.
F.A.R.M. Café (617 W. King St.) is serving up staged readings by the Blue Ridge Community Theatre. Readings are less than 30 minutes each, and each month’s art crawl event will feature different – and local – authors.
Gladiola Girls (549 W. King St.) will feature the paintings of Andy Wilson and Dee Pelliccio, along with jewelry by Elisha Duncan, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Wilson and Pelliccio will showcase “In Rainbows,” which they call “a collaborative effort of colorful randomness and abstract landscapes.” Duncan’s jewelry features handpicked precious and semi-precious stones, freshwater pearls and Swarovski crystals, intertwined with assorted metals and organic fibers “to breathe life into highly detailed, hand-crafted original designs,” Duncan said.
If it’s in the Fourth of July week, First Friday means Nthdependence Day at The Nth˚ Gallery & Studios (683 W. King St.). This year, the Nth is hosting its 15th anniversary group show, entitled “15 Minutes of Fame” and featuring a variety of new and old works by Nth member artists. The festivities begin at 7 p.m., although those who cannot attend are still welcome to donate by mailing monetary contributions to Nth˚ Gallery & Studios, P.O. Box 182, Boone, N.C. 28607. According to its members, “Surviving during these lean times, our artist-run haven continues to proudly support Boone’s progressive art community. In order to keep the doors open, paint on the walls and toilet paper on the roll for the next 12 months, we need to raise $1,500. Please support independent art in the High Country by digging around under your couch cushions, between your car seats or wherever it is that you keep large wads of expendable cash.”
Although Shear Shakti (693 W. King St.) will not hold an art crawl event for July, the downtown hair salon will continue to display Jonathan Smith’s artwork through the beginning of August.
The Watauga County Arts Council (783 W. King St.) has installed two new exhibits for Friday’s crawl. The N.C. Wildlife Artists Society is showcasing a display of paintings and photos, featuring animals, flowers, birds and more. “It is interesting to note that, of the 27 pieces displayed by 11 artists, no two are of the same subject … even though the artists did not confer about what they were submitting,” Watauga County Arts Council (WCAC) director Cherry Johnson said.
For more on the N.C. Wildlife Artists Society, visit http://www.ncwas.com.
In the WCAC’s Serendipity Gallery, artists have been busy “Mimicking the Masters.” Each artist has chosen a master and then a specific work of art by that master to reproduce, delving deeply into the colors, techniques and style of their chosen master in the process.
Friday marks the WAC’s first full exhibition in its new space, located in the former High Country Bank space in the “green building” on King Street, which is also home to Paolucci’s Italian Bar and Grill. Regular gallery hours are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, from noon to 6 p.m. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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