First Friday Art Crawl May 3

By Frank Ruggiero (

Article Published: May. 2, 2013 | Modified: May. 4, 2013
First Friday Art Crawl May 3

'Untitled' by David McCaig at Art of Oil

The First Friday Art Crawl returns to downtown Boone May 3, and participating galleries and businesses will open their doors in celebration of art, community and a combination of the two.

Appalachian State University’s Turchin Center for the Visual Arts (423 W. King St.) is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a birthday party, running from 7 to 9 p.m. The party will feature live music and dance performances throughout the museum, a cash bar and, of course, birthday cake.

The event is free and open to the public and will pay a special tribute to patrons Robert and Lillian Turchin. Live music will come courtesy of Todd Wright and Andy Page, and ASU theater and dance professor Sherone Price and the African Dance Ensemble will also perform.

Hands Gallery (543 W. King St.) will showcase the jewelry of artist Don Haywood, who has been a member of the artists’ cooperative for 14 years. Although his gemstone and silver jewelry are on constant display, Haywood will host a trunk show during Art Crawl, featuring all new pieces. Haywood’s designs are typically created around a large variety of gemstones, fossils, crystals, faceted gems and dichroic glass. In addition to Haywood’s jewelry, Hands will host the Watauga High School Orchestra Quartet, which will perform in the gallery.

Dancing Moon Earthway Bookstore (553 W. King St.) will feature the art of Lali, also offering aura clearings and intuitive readers.

Doe Ridge Pottery (585 W. King St.) will host Connie Cox of Sculptural Pottery by Con. Cox will be hand-building her unique sculptural forms, vessels and vases for the viewing public. Also an accomplished chef and baker, Cox will provide some extra special hors d’oeuvres for this particular Art Crawl. Cox studied under Doe Ridge owner Bob Meier, and pottery quickly became her passion, she said, as it can bring joy to others.

The town of Boone’s Jones House Cultural and Community Center (604 W. King St.) will introduce works by students of ASU’s BFA Senior Studio Class. The spring 2013 exhibit will feature works by students Madalyn Cowan, Justin Leitner, Eric Stewart and Alexandria Walls. To celebrate the openings, the Jones House will host a reception from 6:30 to 8 p.m. There will also be a special reception May 11, from 6 to 7 p.m., which is open to the public. For more information, call (828) 262-4576, or visit

ArtWalk (611 W. King St.) is suiting up for ASU graduation, with its featured artist of the week, Anita Sirak, whose earrings, necklaces and bracelets can handily accessorize the cap and gown. Other custom, crafty graduation gifts include handcrafted journals by Leigh Jacobs, ArtWalk owner and artist. As Jacobs said, “It’s a gift that continues to record a life still blooming.”

Anna Banana’s (641 W. King St., Suite 1) will celebrate First Friday with tea from Yosefa AntiquiTEA, food from Char and face-painting by Claire Bilbao and, as owner Anna Lipford said, “great deals all over the place.” And per Anna Banana’s tradition, customers can dance for a 10-percent discount.

The Nth˚ Gallery and Studios (683 W. King St.) is showcasing the work of departing member Jonathan Ryan. For five years, he has been exhibiting and working at the downtown Boone gallery, constantly refining his unique style of abstract painting. In addition to showing some new works, Ryan will also exhibit past works from his time at the Nth. Everything will be for sale.

Shear Shakti (693 W. King St., upstairs from Lucky Penny) will feature Jacob Daniels’ newest series, “The Skies Proclaim.” Meanwhile, a string quartet from Watauga High School’s orchestra will provide the music. A wine-tasting and light refreshments will be served during the show, which takes place from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Art Crawl is back at Art of Oil (819 W. King St.), which invites crawlers to drop by for a free wine-tasting from 5 to 8 p.m. Artisan chocolate will also be sampled, as will olive oil and vinegar. Art comes courtesy of Davis Whitfield, John Thomas Whitfield and David McCaig.

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'Untitled' by David McCaig at Art of Oil

ArtWalk is gearing up for graduation with special jewelry and journals.
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Doe Ridge Pottery will showcase the work of Connie Cox of Sculptural Pottery by Con.
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