Fans of the downtown Boone art galleries known as The Nth Degree and the Collective on Depot Street have come to regard Dan Kaple as one of the elder statesmen of the High Country art scene.
For the past decade, Kaple has held numerous shows at the galleries, and while Appalachian State University art majors have come and gone, he has remained a downtown staple.
All that will change next month when Kaple travels to Korea to see his fiancée. He is planning to either stay in Korea for an extended stay or return to North Carolina to attend graduate school in Chapel Hill or Asheville.
To lighten his load for the trip, and to make some extra cash, Kaple will be selling all of his artwork that he has accumulated over the past decade. He sold some of it last week during the Downtown Boone Art Crawl. He will sell the remainder, plus new works he is creating this month, at the Collective on Depot Street, next to Black Cat Burrito, in downtown Boone on Friday, Oct. 7.
“I am selling everything, old and new work,” Kaple said. “I hope most of the old work will be gone in September, and with my job at ASU ending on Sept. 9, I plan to spend most of the month making new work for the October show, which will be my last show in Boone for the foreseeable future.”
Kaple has been a member of The Nth Degree Gallery and Studio on King Street for the past decade. This past spring, he helped open the Collective on Depot, a work space and gallery for artists, along with fellow members Jamie Carroll, Lindsey Cero, Brian Knox, Uijin Park, Brook Bower, Peter Oakley, Melissa Reaves and Christian Smith.
“As of now, I am not sure if this is a short vacation before returning or if it will become a longer stay,” Kaple said of his upcoming trip to Korea. “I am keeping my options open by preparing all the paperwork I would need to apply for an English teaching job there, but am also taking the necessary steps to go to graduate school when I come back. Either way, I think it is unlikely that I would be returning to Boone at least for a few years.”
Kaple added that many of his original paintings will be priced lower than usual in an attempt to sell as many pieces as possible. The Collective on Depot is located at 125 S. Depot St. in downtown Boone, next to Black Cat Burrito.
“I love Boone dearly,” Kaple said. “It is going to be really hard to leave. This town has been really good to me, and it will always be a place where I feel welcome and loved. Right now, however, I feel there are more immediate opportunities that I need to explore.”