Article Published: Sep. 12 | Modified: Sep. 15
It’s Second Saturday at the Watauga County Arts Council, and that means a celebration of all things art.
Before visiting the Blue Ridge ArtSpace for Saturday’s celebration, participants are encouraged to take part in the monthly gallery hop. A map and more information on participating studios can be found online at http://www.watauga-arts.org
or at the ArtSpace, located at 377 Shadowline Drive in Boone.
The ArtSpace celebration, to be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14, includes the council’s Fabulous Fence Project fundraiser and a benefit hot dog supper — all topped with a colorful variety of gallery exhibits and workshops.
This project was rescheduled due to rainy weather, meaning the time has come for participants to install the first group of pickets.
The community-crafted pickets will replace their worn-out counterparts on the fence surrounding the ArtSpace side yard and will eventually span the backyard, as well.
“Community members of all ages have spent several weeks painting pickets, which express them, their creativity or their interests,” Watauga County Arts Council executive director Cherry Johnson said. “There is a wonderful assortment of pickets already on hand, and we’re hoping many more will come in on Saturday to help us complete a sizeable portion of our fence.”
Participants can purchase pickets at New River Building Supply and paint them on their own, or they can paint in the ArtSpace’s picket-painting room.
“If you’ve not yet done a picket, you still have time to come by and paint one, or you can keep painting pickets into the coming weeks, since there will be multiple stages of this fun and creative project, which will ultimately result in a visual representation of our creative Watauga County community,” Johnson said.
Benefit Hot Dog Supper
The arts council is also hosting a benefit hot dog supper for patrons to help raise funds to complete renovations of the Blue Ridge ArtSpace.
“So, plan to come hungry and then to share in the hot dogs and the fixin’s, as you enjoy the wealth of activities, which are planned for this month’s Second Saturday celebration of the arts,” Johnson said.
Featured Gallery Exhibits
The ArtSpace’s Main Gallery is featuring the fiber creations of Ineke Thomas, who, after 35 years of being a traditional hand quilter, ventured into the world of abstract fiber art.
“Compared to my days of creating quilts, ultimate satisfaction is achieved when fabrics, fibers and other enhancing materials combine to fit my vision,” Thomas said.
In the Open Door Gallery are photographic creations by Trudy Muegel, who is both a musician and an artist. She began using photo editing software some 11 years ago, leading to a process she calls “Photo Art,” in which each photograph is transformed in some way by adding brush or stylus strokes, layering different pictures or manipulating color or texture changes.
In the Serendipity Gallery, Sue Lindgren and Judy Clarke are presenting a show of their works. Lindgren’s journey into art began five years ago when she joined Marsha Holmes’ art class. Her bold and colorful paintings are primarily inspired by the nature around her, Johnson said, adding that her work has grown significantly under Holmes’ tutelage.
Clarke began her adventure into the world of art after retiring from Appalachian State University and is also one of Holmes’ students. She recently joined the WCAC board, where she has become involved in Painting Parties, and is an avid dog lover who also works at the Bare Bones Boutique. “Her work clearly shows her love for animals and will undoubtedly touch the hearts of fellow dog-lovers,” Johnson said.
The Tarheel Footprints Children’s Gallery is featuring works of art created by the students of Mountain Pathways Montessori School.
All of the galleries are sponsored by Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff.
The ArtSpace’s six colorful classroom are once again going to be filled with creative energy.
In the Lavender Room, authors Julia Ebel, Judy Geary and Birgitta McGaillard will host a special tribute to teachers, discussing classroom activities related to their work and possible classroom visits. They’ll also have free curriculum materials and other gifts for teachers.
In the Yellow Room, Art Hunsfield and his wife will host an exhibition and demonstration of exotic instruments from around the world.
The Green Room, which hosts the WCAC’s weekly Painting Parties (Fridays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.), will let visitors try their hand at painting barn quilts and furniture. Once finished, both will be put in the gift shop and sold to benefit the WCAC.
The Orange Room will showcase Jody Bargerstock demonstrating the technique of alcohol inks. Bargerstock won the People’s Choice Award in August’s Watermedia Society exhibition with a work of art that included this technique.
The Blue Music Room will showcase two or three members of the Boone Trail Band, which specializes in an eclectic mix of styles, including bluegrass, classic country, Cajun, the Texas fling and more — in an effort to show the varied styles an accordion can present.
Additional entertainment during the evening will include featured musicians from the Watauga Community Band.
Visitors can also check out the Hall of Fame, which features the names of sponsors, donors and volunteers and has room for more, as well as the gift shop, which hosts the creations of local artisans and craftspeople, ranging from paintings to stained glass to baskets to metal work.