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Second Saturday at the ArtSpace



Article Published: Mar. 6 | Modified: Mar. 9
Second Saturday at the ArtSpace

Artist Amanda Chapman's work will be displayed in the Blue Ridge ArtSpace's Open Door Gallery.



Once in a while, the second Saturday of the month falls on the day after the first Friday.

But two in a row?

In February and again in March, the arts community has an abundance of artful opportunities in the same weekend, as it celebrates First Friday in downtown Boone and Second Saturday at the Blue Ridge ArtSpace, all in the same weekend.

The Second Saturday Arts Celebration takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 8.



Featured Gallery Exhibits

This month, the Main Gallery features the work of Out of the Blue, a group of women artists, featuring the works of mixed media artist Sharon Moore, mixed media artist and painter Julia Allen and oil painters Stephanie Weldon and Lisa Pepper.

Allen has exhibited her work throughout the High Country and said of her art, “I continue to create works that broach my passion for drawing and painting. My skills are incessantly honed, as I venture into challenging projects of expression.”

Pepper resides in the northwestern mountains of North Carolina. Her painting education is mainly from local studio instruction. A bond with fellow painters has been a wonderful addition to her passion with the process. The enthusiasm of friends is magical, she said, adding that the support of family and friends is immeasurable. She said her art is mostly inspired by everyday sights.

Moore is a painter who works with pastels and has a background in interior design.

The Open Door Gallery will feature the works of Amanda Chapman, a native of Asheville. She is a painter, working primarily in oils and acrylic inks, with a vibrant color palette. She graduated from Appalachian State University with a BFA in Studio Art in 2005 and lives and works in Boone with her small dog, Clover.

“Clover is generally unhelpful and disinterested in the painting process on the whole, although she does enjoy chewing up pencils,” Chapman said.

William Craven Bass is the featured artist in the Serendipity Gallery this month. Bass was raised in the eastern part of North Carolina in several group homes. Since last attending Wiley School in Raleigh, Bass has been very interested in art. He draws “a picture a day” and is ready to share a smile and a “purple people eater” picture with all his many friends in Boone. He currently lives in Boone with his brother, Jim.

The Tarheel Footprints Children’s Gallery is featuring the work of both Bass and the children of the High Country. Young artists are invited to come visit the gallery and “leave their mark” on the materials provided. Suspended above their work are the unframed works of Bass, which are available for purchase.

“Both because of the adjacent nature of these two galleries and because of the youthful nature of Bass’s work, these two seem like natural partners,” WCAC executive director Cherry Johnson said.
All of the galleries are sponsored by Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff.



Classroom Demonstrations


The ArtSpace’s six colorful classrooms are once again going to be filled with creative energy.
“Each of the six classrooms will feature a new arts adventure,” Johnson said.

Among the featured artists this month are Lexie Danner and Donna Leavitt, who are teaching workshops in the coming weeks.

Danner’s workshop will feature a way for young teenage girls to get immersed in the art of journal-making, while Leavitt’s workshops feature two sessions on learning the basics of knitting.

“If you’re a knitter, feel free to bring along your current project and join Donna in a knitting circle,” Johnson said.

The Second Saturday celebration will also feature plenty of shopping in the Gift Shop, opportunities to sign up for workshops and classes, and light refreshments.

The Blue Ridge ArtSpace is located at 377 Shadowline Drive in Boone. For more information, call (828) 264-1789, or visit http://www.watauga-arts.org.

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