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Second Saturday at WCAC

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Article Published: Dec. 12, 2013 | Modified: Dec. 15, 2013
Second Saturday at WCAC

'Ladies of the West' by Jody Bargerstock

This Saturday is Second Saturday at the Blue Ridge ArtSpace, and the Watauga County Arts Council is literally decking the halls.

But before the monthly arts celebration commences, art lovers are invited to take part in the Second Saturday Studio and Gallery Hop.

This week’s participants include Patti Carmen Whitehead, who will be hosting visitors at her studio at 146 Lake Park Drive in Boone from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Shipyard Earthworks, located at the corner of Profitt and Meat Camp roads, approximately four miles from the intersection of N.C. 194. For Shipyard Earthworks’ hours, call the studio at (252)-241-2613.

From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., the Blue Ridge ArtSpace, located at 377 Shadowline Drive in Boone, will host its monthly arts celebration, including art exhibits, live music, workshops and more.

The Watauga County Arts Council’s Main Gallery will feature the “Seasonal Celebrations” exhibit. The council invited artists of all disciplines to interpret the celebrations of the season in their own unique ways, the results from which will be on display at the ArtSpace.

“And the results range from watercolor to stones to rugs to jewelry,” WCAC executive director Cherry Johnson said. “Each artist has written a brief explanation, sharing why they feel their particular work exemplifies the show’s theme.”

The Open Door Gallery hosts “Jody’s Creations,” featuring the work of Jody Bargerstock, whose “effervescent energy and personality are well showcased in her exhibition of alcohol inks, watercolors, aqua oils, pastels, collage and even a few hand-created pieces of jewelry, featuring healing stones,” Johnson said.

A retired teacher, Bargerstock taught at almost all levels of public education and has painted for many years. Recently, she’s been delving into alcohol inks, Johnson said, and is now teaching a course in the subject at the ArtSpace.

The Serendipity Galley will feature 10 of the “serendipitous” artists in Marsha Holmes’ classes at the Lois E. Harrill Senior Center, Johnson said, adding that they’re “already thinking about the upcoming season, as they present an eclectic showing of seasonal arts. The paintings and drawings showcased feature holiday or wintry subjects and will deck the walls throughout the season. Featured artists include Mary Foreman, Cherry Burns, Barbara Quatrano, Judy Clarke, Mahala Porth, Linda Lielbriedis, William Bass, Kathy Copeley, Kit Fisher and Jo Ann Pippin.

The Tarheel Footprints Children’s Gallery is featuring works of art created by the students of Valle Crucis Elementary School, under direction of art teacher Jill Huffman.

“Teaching art allows me to inspire and challenge students to try their best,” said Huffman, an Appalachian State University graduate who’s taught in Watauga County since 2001. “Art helps students develop perception, awareness and creativity. The art room is the perfect place for innovation, critical thinking, problem solving, communication and collaboration with others. Becoming an artist is a lifelong process, and I am always trying new things, studying new artists and learning right along with the students.”

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

While the galleries are brimming with artwork, the ArtSpace’s classrooms are overflowing with workshops and activities.

“Our six colorful classrooms are once again going to be filled with creative energy,” Johnson said, adding that each will feature a “new arts adventure.”

This week’s featured artists include Pat Grant, who is continuing his faux painting projects, Marianne Rooks, who will be creating stained glass ornaments, woodcarver Bill Baldwin and his miniature creations, David Smith on classical guitar and carolers from the Deerfield United Methodist Church choir.

Light refreshments will be served throughout, and holiday shopping will also be available in the gift shop.

The Blue Ridge ArtSpace is located at 377 Shadowline Drive in Boone. For more information, call (828) 264-1789, or visit

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