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Second Saturday at the ArtSpace

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Article Published: Jan. 10, 2014 | Modified: Jan. 12, 2014
Second Saturday at the ArtSpace

‘Stepping’ by Tunde Afolayan Famous

This Saturday is Second Saturday at the Blue Ridge ArtSpace, and the Watauga County Arts Council is offering the High Country an artful way to beat the cold.

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 art of Tunde Afolayan Famous.
According to his bio, “Tunde has emerged amongst the ranks of contemporary African artists committed to embracing figurative expressionism.”

He received formal training in art at Yaba College of Technology in Lagos, Nigeria, and attended graduate school stateside at the University of Missouri in Columbia. He has since taught art courses at Yaba Tech, National Louis University and Elizabeth City State University.

In 2006, Famous became a full-time studio artist, maintaining his practice in North Carolina. He now resides in Boone.

“Exploring color as the basis of painting, Tunde infuses spiritualism and symbolism in his powerful lyrical expressions,” his bio reads. “His thematic compositions captured in vibrant colors allow figurative images to adopt expressive, abstract qualities, as well as representational styles.”

The Open Door Gallery hosts “Like Teacher, Like Student,” featuring the work of Jody Bargerstock’s alcohol ink students. Among those participating are Lois Aldridge, Judy Clarke, Barbi Quatrano, Elizabeth Troxler, Susan Gizinski, Mary Bowen, Ana Maria Castanheira, Jeanne Case, Ellie Lyne, Margaret Evans, Marye Hacker, Kit Fisher, Cathey Purvey and Pat Moritz.

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 and is now teaching a course in the subject at the ArtSpace.

The Serendipity Galley will feature the “serendipitous” artists in Marsha Holmes’ classes at the Lois E. Harrill Senior Center, who are already thinking about warmer weather, with an exhibit of works with a floral theme.

The Tarheel Footprints Children’s Gallery is featuring works of art created by the students of Bethel and Hardin Park elementary schools, under the instruction of Chad Shafferstone.

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,” Watauga County Arts Council executive director Cherry Johnson said.

This week’s featured artists include Pat Grant, who will demonstrate painting techniques, Marianne Rooks, who will be creating stained glass ornaments, woodcarver Bill Baldwin and his miniature creations, and Sandi Adair, who will demonstrate tapestry weaving.

Light refreshments will be served throughout, courtesy of Earth Fare, and shopping will be available in the gift shop.

Prior to the arts celebration, the WCAC Board of Directors will host its annual membership meeting. The meeting starts at 4:30 p.m. and includes a 2013 year in review, which Johnson called “a very exiting year in the life of the arts council.” All current WCAC members are encouraged to attend.

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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