Second Saturday at the WCAC

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Article Published: Jul. 11, 2013 | Modified: Jul. 14, 2013
Second Saturday at the WCAC

'Autumn in Boone' by Micki Stein

The Watauga County Arts Council presents its Second Saturday Arts Celebration July 13, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Featuring live music, multiple galleries brimming with artwork, workshops and more, the council is more than eager to show off its new space — the Blue Ridge ArtSpace — off Shadowline Drive in Boone.

The fun starts at 5:30 p.m., featuring flute, fiddle and guitar music from Amanda Wright and Pat Lannon, to be followed by a “flute consort” by the Watauga Community Band’s High Flautin’ group.
In the council’s main gallery, visitors will find a retrospective exhibit of the works of Micki Stein.

A ceramic and pastel artist, Stein will share a collection of some of the works created throughout her long artistic career. Stein and her late husband, Max, enjoyed the Boone area since 1971, when they first became seasonal residents. Stein maintained two ceramic studios — one in Coral Gables, Fla., and another in Boone.

As a regular participant in the Ceramic League of Miami exhibitions from the 1960s through 1980, she won numerous awards for her ceramic sculptural and hand built works. By contrast, she also has worked extensively with pastels, seeing them as an alternative way to paint directly with colors, but on paper.

She will share the spotlight with her son, Robert Stein, of Plantation, Fla. Robert Stein is a regionally and nationally renowned architectural photographer who begins with his photographic skills and then enhances them with painting techniques reminiscent of his parents’ artistic creations.

Open Door Gallery will use its July exhibition to celebrate the fine art of woodcarving.

The co-founders of Watauga Woodcarvers, Bennie Robinson and Wayne Allen, will share their woodcarvings in a joint exhibition.

Robinson followed up an interest developed as a teenager and has actively carved since 2000. His major focus is on bird-carving, and he has studied under some of the country’s most experienced and award-winning carvers. As one of the co-founders of Watauga Woodcarvers, he is the lead instructor for the club and has been instrumental in developing new carvers in Watauga County. He has resided in the county for more than 60 years.

Allen has carved for six years, and his carvings span a wide range of subjects. He developed an interest in woodcarving early, but did not pursue it until his retirement from the practice of law in Florida. Allen also actively pursues other areas in the art world — acrylic painting and clay figure sculpture. He has been awarded ribbons both at the Hickory woodcarving club competition and at the Melbourne, Fla., woodcarving club’s annual competition for his work.

In the Serendipity Gallery, the “Serendipitous” artists have created an exhibition of works inspired by poetry, songs, written excerpts from books and even their own original poetry.

Tarheel Footprints Children’s Gallery will be showcasing works of art created by the children of Summer Arts Camp 2013.

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

Classroom Demonstrations

WCAC executive director Cherry Johnson said the ArtSpace’s six colorful classrooms will be brimming with creative energy Saturday.

In the lavender classroom (each classroom and gallery is seeking business sponsorships for naming opportunities, Johnson said), Shirley McNulty will be demonstrating her award-winning knitting skills and pattern designs.

In the yellow classroom, local author Clara Wisdom will be sharing her new memoir, “What Lorna Knows.”

The “green messy craft room” classroom, as Johnson described it, will feature Pat Moritz demonstrating weaving with hand-painted watercolor paper.

The similarly named “orange messy craft room” classroom will showcase the talents of Darla Sargeant, who makes unique, handcrafted gifts and jewelry made from polymer clay.

The “noisy blues music room” in the back corner, which will later feature a variety of musical instruments, will showcase the music of piano instructor Elizabeth Salter.

The “calm music and instruction room” will feature local author Birgitta McGalliard, who will share from her book, “Lives Divided.”

And More

“Be sure to check out the Hall of Fame,” Johnson said, “and if you don’t find your name there as a sponsor, donor or volunteer, we can help you ensure that your name can be added.”

Johnson also praised the WCAC’s gift shop, which features the creations of local artisans and craftsmen, as well as a wide array of unique and high-quality items, ranging from paintings to stained glass to baskets to metal work.

“We are so proud to continue the gift shop we’d already established during our time in our previous loaned gallery space on West King Street,” Johnson said.

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

Additional Images

'Autumn in Boone' by Micki Stein

'Free Form' by Pat Moritz
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