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Second Saturday at the ArtSpace

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Article Published: Jul. 10 | Modified: Jul. 13
Second Saturday at the ArtSpace

‘Obama on the Stump’ by Robert Crowell
Photos submitted

The Watauga County Arts Council is drawing up some summer fun with its Second Saturday Arts Celebration, returning to the Blue Ridge ArtSpace Saturday, July 12, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

In the Main Gallery, the WCAC begs the question, “Wood You Believe It?” This particular exhibit features wood creations of all sizes and varieties, ranging from carvings to wood sculptures and all points in between, including works that simply incorporate wood as a primary material.

“Some of the work is functional, however, much of it is ornamental, sculptural or even whimsical,” WCAC executive director Cherry Johnson said.

Although much of the show is still in the process of arriving, already the collection includes sewing machine boxes embellished by Beth Andrews, a handcrafted music stand by Richard Rapfogel, an undersea scene by Joseph Bua, an organic sculpture by Bernie Ewards, entitled “The Lone Wild Goose,” along with what Johnson said is the largest piece, Robert Crowell’s seven-and-a-half-foot wood carving, titled “Obama on the Stump.”

The show’s entries will be judged, with the winners receiving both accolades and prizes, the latter of which are being donated by New River Building Supply of Boone.

“Clearly, the judges who are selecting the winners for the prizes are going to have a big challenge on their hands,” Johnson said.

In the Open Door Gallery, the Blue Ridge Fiber Guild is exhibiting work in “The Blue Ridge Fiber Guild Presents: More than Needle and Thread,” featuring a wide variety of fiber arts, including knitting, weaving, Kumihimo and felted fleece.

The Blue Ridge Fiber Guild was founded in 1983, but dissolved in 1994, only to re-organize 10 years later.

“The present membership includes 48 talented crafters and artisans from diverse backgrounds, who share the enjoyment of working with fibers, whether it be through spinning, loom weaving, knitting, crocheting, basket making, felting, rug hooking or hand dyeing,” Johnson said.

The guild meets at the Western Watauga Community Senior Center in Sugar Grove on the third Thursday, from April through October, at 6:30 p.m. During the months of November through March, the meetings are on the third Saturday of each month at 10 a.m.

Anyone who has an interest in fibers or would like to learn more about fiber activities are invited to join in the fun. Meetings include hands-on workshops, “show and tell” (and “show and help”) sessions and “fiber swaps,” where members share or swap their stashes with each other.

The Serendipity Gallery hosts “Celebrations,” an eclectic collection of works created by students from Marsha Holmes’s art classes, including photography by Trudy Muegel and paintings by Jean and Dan Stillwell, William Bass, Judy Clarke, Sondra Edwards and Linda Norman.

The Tarheel Footprints Children’s Gallery is featuring the work of the young students of John Bond of Art Mart & Academy. Art Mart & Academy recently changed locations, having moved onto King Street in downtown Boone. Bond teaches students ages 6 and older in a variety of mediums, and Johnson said the arts council is pleased to showcase some of their work. The exhibit includes pastels, watercolors and mixed media bas relief by Art Mart’s Summer Kids Camp students, Anders Coffey, Maylin Miller, Izzy Mitchell and Asha Bachelor.

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

Classroom Demonstrations

The ArtSpace’s five colorful classrooms are once again going to be filled with creative energy, Johnson said, with each featuring a new arts adventure.

In the Lavender Room, Bob Stevens and Gail Champion will be demonstrating colored pencil and watercolor techniques. Stevens and Champion have been painting and drawing together for several years and said they enjoy the contrast between their two mediums, as well as the unique approach each takes toward a common subject.

In the Yellow Room, Mary Flinn, the award-winning author of “The One,” “Second Time’s a Charm,” “Three Gifts” and “A Forever Man,” will be signing her books and introducing her newest novel, “The Nest.”

“The Nest” is described as a wild and funny ride for two women who are doing their best to suck it up and move on, despite life’s overwhelming, but sometimes hysterical, turns.

In the Green Room, Linda Hall will demonstrate the art of Kumihimo , an ancient Japanese form of braiding, using multiple strands of cord and/or ribbon on a wooden device, called the Marudai. She will have already threaded homemade foam or cardboard discs on hand to be given away.

In the Blue Room, Neil Wilson, author of “Victims of Conscience: A Prison Guard Story,” which is a historic novel set around 1860-65 and filled with action, history, romance and mystery. The author will be selling and signing the last six copies of that book and sharing preview information about his soon-to-be-released novel, “Pirate or Patriot,” which is a sequel to his first novel.

In the Beige Room, there will be a knitting frenzy with Shirley MacNulty and Rainey Ratchford. MacNulty is a published knitting designer and workshop leader, who is teaching two upcoming knitting workshops for children, beginning Wednesday, July 16, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, followed by a workshop for adults from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on the same day. There will also be second sessions of each of the workshops on Wednesday, July 23.

Second Saturday also promises plenty of shopping in the WCAC Gift Shop, along with light refreshments. All WCAC members receive a 10-percent discount at the shop Friday and Saturday.
The Blue Ridge ArtSpace is located at 377 Shadowline Drive in Boone. For more information, visit, or call (828) 264-1789.

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‘Obama on the Stump’ by Robert Crowell
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