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First Friday Art Crawl Oct. 5

Article Published: Oct. 4, 2012 | Modified: Oct. 6, 2012
First Friday Art Crawl Oct. 5

‘Morning Coffee’ by Ann Reed is on display at the Watauga Arts Council gallery.

The First Friday Art Crawl returns downtown Boone Oct. 5, 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 continuing its Fall Exhibition, with galleries open until 8 p.m. From 3 to 4:30 p.m., however, young art crawlers (age 6 and older) can enjoy the First Friday workshop, Blazing Easels, in Turchin Center classroom 3200.

In the Mayer Gallery, adult crawlers can enjoy “At a Glance: Gestures of Curt Brill.” Gallery A hosts “ArtJam – 6 Artists, 6 Media” and Gallery B hosts “Roadside Attraction: Karen Bondarchuk.”

“Mój Drugi Swiat/ My Second World: The Polish Painting Collection of Chris Sztyber” is on display in the Main Gallery, while “Jedrzej Stepak: Spaces of the Brain—A Site Specific Installation” is being showcased in the Mezzanine Gallery. Both are components of the International Focus Exhibition Series, “Szutka: Contemporary Art from Poland.”

And in the Community Gallery, visitors will find “Forever Protected: Paintings of the Blue Ridge Conservancy Holdings” by Gayle Stott Lowry.

For crawlers with an appetite, Capone’s Pizza & Bar (454 W. King, Suite B) is offering free breadsticks with any large specialty pizza (eat-in only).

Hands Gallery (543 W. King St.), known as the oldest art cooperative in the High Country, will welcome visitors to see the work of featured artists Eric and Kay Reichard, whose functional and art pottery comes in a vibrant array of colorful glazes.

Gladiola Girls (549 W. King St.) will stay open from 6 to 8 p.m., hosting live music, refreshments and draw-your-own-discount.

Doe Ridge Pottery (585 W. King St.) is featuring artists Rick Brake and Dottie Baker, who will demonstrate her technique for hand-built timbers, leading visitors through the whole process of creating a tumbler, from designing the pattern to forming the actual piece with clay. Brake and Baker moved to Ashe County three years ago, where they established High Meadows Pottery with a goal “to make one of a kind, expressive utilitarian pots and provide pottery lessons.”

According to their bios, “Rick’s work shows evidence of his interest in upward, sometimes floating movement, accompanied by a sense of vitality. Both believe that the sacred is found within everyday, seemingly mundane activities. The act of cooking or drinking tea or coffee with friends can be a vehicle for a deeper view of life, and they hope their pots invite this experience through both tactile and visual means.”

ArtWalk (611 W. King St.) welcomes autumn’s change of weather and color with a number of new artists, including ASU student Jessica Allen, whose paintings are inspired and fused together by nature and yoga. David and Suzanne Gould bring unique pottery designs and colorful homemade glazes to ArtWalk, while Elk Park-based Bobbie Rudisill will showcase her delicately pressed flowers, displayed in handmade frames to preserve a touch of summer in the cooler months ahead. In addition to new artwork, ArtWalk will also serve wine, food and discussion.

The Nth Degree Gallery (683 W. King St.) presents “Subatomic Compassion,” the paintings of Kent Paulette, aka Derfla, who uses uninhibited, energetic brush strokes and knife marks to create paintings with thick icing-like textures. As the artist explains, “Each painting is a gamble, a leap into the unknown, a wild ride of exploration and experimentation.”

At the Nth, crawlers will find a diverse assemblage of paintings created specifically for the show to engage viewers more explicitly “with themes that have, until now, lingered into the background, hidden deep within the brush strokes,” he said.

The exploration starts at 7:30 p.m. Beverages and refreshments will be served.

Anna Banana’s (641 W. King St., Suite 1) will celebrate its second anniversary, with food from Char, wine from Glug and free face-painting from Claire Bilbao. And, per Art Crawl tradition, shoppers can dance for a discount.

Shear Shakti (693 W. King St.) will stay open from 7 to 9 p.m., featuring Speakeasy Tattoo artists Anthony French, Tom Michael, Greg Kinnamon, Randy Stout and Rick Johnson.

The Watauga County Arts Council (in the Green Building at 783 W. King St.) is hosting The Blowing Rock Artist Group and the artists of the Serendipity Gallery, with a reception from 6 to 8:30 p.m., featuring special music from The Oompahs, a traditional German music and polka band.

The Blowing Rock Artist Group is a collection of artists who meet weekly at the Blowing Rock Library. They work individually on their own artistic creations, which range from oil to acrylic to mixed media collage. The current exhibit features the work of Ann Reed, Betsy Harris, Carole Sue Furman, Frances Atkinson, Jancie Carter, Kathy Leahey, Mary Ann Baggstrom, Nancy Cope and Peggy Carlson.

The artists featured this month in the Serendipity Gallery are Helen Carroll, Linda Norman, Linda Lielbriedis, Mahala Porth, Janie Endress, Susan Lindgren, Barbara Hinkle, Judy Clarke, Cherry Burns and Pegge Laine, all participants in Marsha Holmes’ art classes at the Lois E. Harrill Senior Center in Boone and the Cove Creek Senior Center in Cove Creek.

The Serendpity artists are also at the core of the arts council’s volunteer workforce for its new gallery and gift shop, featuring baskets, lampwork beads, pottery, cards, purses, scarves and small, local works of art, as well as CDs from local musicians, books by local authors and more.

The Art of Oil (819 W. King St.) will have a free wine tasting from 5 to 9 p.m. A new sculpture by Davis Whitfield, “Ring Bound,” will be featured, along with paintings by David McCaig and jewelry by Laura Fly and Bella Vita Jewelry.

Yosefa AntiquiTEA (161-C Howard St.), Boone’s new teahouse, will open its doors for the first time Friday. The newly minted business offers bulk and prepared teas from around the world, as well as retail tea-related accessories and ethnic gifts. Its First Friday offerings include complimentary tastings, live music and fellowship, from 5 p.m. until the last tea lover goes home. Regular hours begin Saturday at 9 a.m. For more information, visit

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Additional Images

‘Morning Coffee’ by Ann Reed is on display at the Watauga Arts Council gallery.

'Ring Bound' by Davis Whitfield, on display at The Art of Oil for Friday's Art Crawl.
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Potter Dottie Baker will lead demonstrations at Doe Ridge Pottery for this month’s First Friday Art Crawl.
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