Article Published: Sep. 6, 2012 | Modified: Sep. 8, 2012
The First Friday Art Crawl returns downtown Boone Sept. 7, 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 bringing in the autumn with its Fall Exhibition Celebration from 7 to 9 p.m.
The center will be open for all visitors to come celebrate six new exhibitions on display – “ArtJam: 6 Artists, 6 Media,” “Roadside Attraction” by Karen Bondarchuck, “At a Glance: Gestures of Curt Brill,” “Forever Protected: New Paintings by Gayle Stott Lowry for the Blue Ridge Conservancy,” and the second an third installments of the international exhibition series, “21 Sztuka: Contemporary Art from Poland I-V” – “My Second World: Contemporary Painting from the Private Colleciton of Christopher Sztyber” and “Jedrzej Stepak: Spaces of the Brain — A Site Specific Installation.”
Visitors to the celebration can meet some of the artists, watch a live performance piece, listen to live music from The Fungis and enjoy refreshments, including a cash bar.
The Turchin Center will also host a First Friday special event for kids ages 6 and older, titled Blazing Easels, where children are invited to participate in a free arts workshop held on the first Friday of each month from 3 to 4:30 p.m. For more information on Blazing Easels, visit http://www.tcva.org/calendar/events/756.
Capone’s Pizza & Bar (454 W. King, Suite B) has locked and loaded a brand new menu in time for First Friday and is offering free breadsticks with any large specialty pizza (eat-in only).
Boone Saloon (489 W. King St.) is hosting live music from Crystal Bright and the Silver Hands, along with tunes from Woody Pines. Cover costs $5.
Gladiola Girls (549 W. King St.) will stay open from 6 to 8 p.m., hosting photographer Gary Dowd and jewelry designer Elisha Duncan. Light refreshments will be served, as will art.
Although a resident of the High Country, Dowd’s work as a television producer and photographer for humanitarian organizations, such as World Vision, Save the Children and Samaritan’s Purse, has taken him across the globe to more than 80 countries.
Duncan, also inspired by traveling, is the owner and designer of Bermuda E.N.D. Jewelry Designs, which, according to her bio, incorporates “the inner organic beauty of natural elements with a combination of added interpretation by sewing and weaving with wire using precious and semi-precious stones, freshwater pearls, leather, silver and gold, Swarovski crystals and more.”
Outside, the Gladiolas present the Purves brothers, who will be selling their bows and arrows for $15 or $25 for two.
Dancing Moon Earthway Bookstore (553 W. King St.) hosts the artwork of Drew Forester, while welcoming art crawlers to enjoy the store’s 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. In addition, dancers from Three Graces Entertainment will perform a variety of belly-dance styles from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Doe Ridge Pottery (585 W. King St.) hosts potter Patti Carmen Whitehead, who will demonstrate the construction of her celebrated teapots, as well as cane handles. Whitehead will also show her method for making salt and pepper shakers – a fitting complement for the studio’s Art Crawl refreshments. After all, Whitehead said, “The pots I make are intended for holding and using – artful living. Producing pottery creates many design questions for me: purpose, function and beauty.”
The town of Boone’s Jones House Community Center (604 W. King St.) is showcasing work from several different artists, including the late John Scarlata, a celebrated photographer who taught his craft at Appalachian State University.
The community center’s galleries will also showcase work from painter Vaun Healy, former president of Lenoir’s Brush & Palette Club and former secretary of the High Country Watercolor Society in Boone, and photographer Brad Douglas, whose work has been featured in the N.C. Wildlife Commission magazine, several Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition exhibits and in galleries throughout Boone and West Jefferson.
ArtWalk (611 W. King St.) is showcasing the work of “avid doodler” Claire Vohman, a Decatur, Ga., artist, whose favorite technique is “to create in any way that strikes her fancy.” Her works include paintings, sewn pieces and drawings.
Anna Banana’s (641 W. King St., Suite 1) rings in First Friday with food from Char, wine from Glug, free face-painting from Claire Bilbao, and a “Red X marks the spot” sale, meaning any item displaying a red X is 75 percent off. And per Art Crawl tradition, shoppers can dance for a discount.
Lucky Penny (693 W. King St.) will stay open from 7 to 10 p.m., as it presents work from jewelry artist Kayt Warren. Of her work, Warren said, “I stumbled upon my desire to design jewelry over a decade ago, while I was repairing a broken necklace for a friend. It was then I realized I could take something apart and incorporate other pieces to create an entirely new design. Though jewelry-making began as an accidental love, it has grown into quite a unique passion for me.”
For her current designs, Warren uses vintage, unwanted and unused jewelry combined with newer pieces, “turning them into something modern and beautiful.”
Upstairs at Shear Shakti (693 W. King St.), the salon, staying open from 7 to 10 p.m., is featuring Speakeasy Tattoo artists Mike French, Thomas Michael and Justin Cody.
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