Growing Bottles

Article Published: Dec. 29, 2011 | Modified: Dec. 29, 2011
Growing Bottles

Bottle trees are growing at ArtWalk in downtown Boone.

Photo submitted

After the holidays, what will you do with all those empty wine and champagne bottles?

Well, you could put them on one of David Lee’s hand-wrought bottle trees.

Lee is a self-taught, Blowing Rock-based artist who creates one-of-a-kind trees from black rebar. Each tree is a little different; some feature just a few branches on top, and others have intricately twisty branches from top to bottom.

Most trees stand about six feet tall and can be anchored securely in a yard with their three-pronged stake design. Lee’s bottle trees make an eye-catching way to add some art to one’s yard, and legend holds that the bottles trap evil spirits to keep them out of the home.

ArtWalk features other options for recycling party leftovers, such as wire champagne cork cages, designed for folks to pop in their used corks for a creative decoration and a fun way to remember their best parties. The gallery also has a vast selection of photo frames, from recycled barn wood to vintage tin to handmade glass, to display those holiday memories.

ArtWalk is located at 611 W. King St., across from Mast General Store, and is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Artists of all kinds are invited to inquire about booth rentals. For more information, visit, email ( or call (828) 264-9998.

Gallery Times
Gallery Times is a weekly news feature of The Mountain Times, featuring short news items submitted by local galleries.
For more information or to make a submission, contact editor Frank Ruggiero at ( or (828) 264-6397.

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