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Article Published: Aug. 8, 2013 | Modified: Aug. 10, 2013
Second Saturday at WCAC

'Self Portrait' by Julia Grace May

The Watauga County Arts Council is set for the inaugural Second Saturday Studio and Gallery Hop, taking place at Watauga galleries and the Blue Ridge ArtSpace Saturday, Aug. 10.

“Before you come to the Blue Ridge ArtSpace, you’ll want to start your day off with a visit to our participating studios in the inaugural Second Saturday Studio and Gallery Hop,” Watauga County Arts Council executive director Cherry Johnson said.

Two different stops are planned, and, for those who find time to visit both, there is a special door prize being offered in a drawing to be held at 7 p.m. at the Blue Ridge ArtSpace, located at the corner of Shadowline Drive and State Farm Road. This month’s door prize is a ginger jar created by artist Keith Lambert of Shipyard Earthworks.

Shipyard Earthworks, in Meat Camp, features paintings, sculpture and pottery created by Willie Baucom and Lambert. Baucom and Lambert were recently celebrated for their creation of the wall relief in the newly opened AppalCART facility on the N.C. 105 Bypass. Both have international reputations for their art. Shipyard Earthworks is a studio located at both ends of North Carolina — Beaufort and Meat Camp. The Meat Camp studio will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a party taking place from 2 to 4 p.m.

Shipyard Earthworks is located at the corner of Profitt and Meat Camp roads, approximately four miles from the intersection of N.C. 194.

Watercolor and acrylic artists JoAnn Pippin and Tunde Afolayan Famous are hosting a studio visit in the gazebo at Creekside Villas, located at 206 Rushing Creek Drive in Vilas. Pippin has been painting in watercolor for 18 years. Her landscapes and close-ups of nature have appeared in galleries and juried art shows in New Hampshire, Maine, California, North Carolina and Colorado.

Famous has emerged among the ranks of contemporary Nigerian artists with his colorful expressionistic acrylic paintings. His works are held in private and corporate collections throughout the world and are exhibited in galleries and museums in Nigeria, Europe and the United States. Their studio visit will be held from noon to 4 p.m.

A map and more information on these two studios will be on the Watauga County Arts Council’s website at, or you can pick one up at the Blue Ridge ArtSpace. Gallery hoppers must have a copy of the map with them to get it signed in order to be eligible to participate in the drawing for the door prize.

At ArtSpace

At the Blue Ridge ArtSpace, the Main Gallery and the Open Door Gallery will showcase work from the High Country Watermedia Society in a juried exhibition. This organization has held an annual exhibit with the Watauga County Arts Council since it was founded in 1997, its focus being the creation, promotion, discussion and learning about artwork made from water-soluble materials, such as watercolors. The membership, consisting of artists, art collectors and art enthusiasts, meets monthly at Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff in Boone from May through October. Monthly meetings feature demonstrations and lectures by guest artists followed by a workshop.

This year’s juror is internationally known artist, Brenda Mauney Councill, who currently specializes in large-scale murals, particularly domed ceilings, tackling projects that often put her high in the world of art. Her last project involved scaffolding six stories high. This project is now the largest painted dome in the Southeast and is located in Kannapolis.

Locally, she was commissioned to create “The Quest for Knowledge” in the new Belk Library on the Appalachian State University campus. She will be jurying the exhibition and will give a brief critique on the evening of the Second Saturday Arts Celebration.

In the Serendipity Gallery, Ashe County artist Julia Grace May is showing her oil paintings. May is a graduate of Appalachian State, and, although she has very little formal training in art or painting, found herself with many artists while living in Anson County during the 1990s. Under their influence, she began painting in oils, having previously worked in oil pastels on her own. Several years ago, she began attending the painting class at the Lois E. Harrill Senior Center, taught by Marsha Holmes. May is retired but very active in the public library in West Jefferson and the Blue Ridge Art Clan.

All of the galleries are sponsored by Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff.

Classroom Demonstrations

After viewing the galleries’ offerings, ArtSpace visitors can participate in demonstrations held in the council’s six classrooms.

“Our six colorful classrooms are once again going to be filled with creative energy,” Johnson said, noting that galleries and classrooms are available for naming opportunities with donations.

In the Lavender Classroom, Dawn Wicklow will demonstrate Chinese brush-painting. Wicklow took her first art class at age 57, quit her day job two months later and has been painting ever since. She focuses primarily on Chinese brush-painting and collage, although she has recently added working with the bright colors of alcohol ink to her bag of tools. Her art has been shown in various juried exhibits, including “The Best of the Blue Ridge” at the Ashe County Arts Council.

In the Yellow Classroom, mother and daughter authors Maggie Bishop and Pearl Munn Bishop are sharing their books. Pearl Munn Bishop is the author of “Cleo’s Oak,” while daughter Maggie Bishop authored the “Appalachian Adventure Series,” including “Perfect for Framing,” “Appalachian Paradise,” “Murder at Blue Falls” and “Emeralds in the Snow.”

The Green Classroom will allow visitors to expend your own creative energies, with the picket-painting station in full swing for participants to paint their own picket for the ArtSpace fence. All materials are provided for a fee of $20 per adult or $12 per child.

The Orange Classroom will showcase the talents of fiber artist Jane Campbell. Known for her weaving, spinning and other mountain crafts, Campbell has also acquired a reputation for felting. She will be sharing her felt flowers in a demonstration.

Meanwhile, the Blues Music Room will showcase a mystery musician.

The Calm Music and Instruction Room will feature glass beads created by lampworker Grace Dorsey, who will create beads on the spot. Johnson called it “something that you have to simply see to believe.”

In addition to the galleries and classrooms, ArtSpace also features the Hall of Fame, listing all the sponsors, donors and volunteers of the Watauga County Arts Council, with plenty of space still available. The ArtSpace is also home to the council’s gift shop, featuring the creations of local artisans and craftsman, from paintings to stained glass to baskets to metal work.

The Blue Ridge ArtSpace is located at 377 Shadowline Drive in Boone.

Additional Images

'Self Portrait' by Julia Grace May

'Untitled' by Beth Andrews

'Delightful Daisy' by Pat Collins

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