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Second Saturday with the WCAC

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Article Published: Oct. 10, 2013 | Modified: Oct. 13, 2013
Second Saturday with the WCAC

'Esso Station on Old Hwy. 421' by Margie Francz

The Watauga County Arts Council is falling into autumn with its Second Saturday Studio and Gallery Hop Oct. 12.

Before visiting Blue Ridge ArtSpace for Second Saturday festivities, folks are invited to take part in the gallery hop, featuring Shipyard Earthworks, Tunde Afolayan Famous and Tyler Deal.

Shipyard Earthworks, in Meat Camp, features paintings, sculpture and pottery created by Willie Baucom and Keith Lambert, who were recently recognized for their creation of the wall relief in the newly opened AppalCART facility on the N.C. 105 Bypass.

Shipyard Earthworks is a studio located at both ends of North Carolina — Beaufort and Meat Camp. The latter is located at the corner of Profitt and Meat Camp roads, approximately four miles from the intersection of N.C. 194, and will welcome Second Saturday guests from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Artist Tunde Afolayan Famous is hosting a studio visit in the gazebo at Creekside Villas, located at 214 Rushing Creek Drive in Vilas. Famous has emerged among the ranks of contemporary Nigerian artists, with his colorful and expressionistic acrylic paintings. His works are held in private and corporate collections throughout the world and are exhibited in galleries and museums in Nigeria, Europe and the United States. The studio visit will be held from noon to 5 p.m.

A brand new hop stop will be the studio of artist Tyler Deal, who will be hosting visitors in both her painting and pottery studios on Cherrybrook Lane in Boone Saturday afternoon.

A map and more information on the participating studios is available on the Watauga County Arts Council’s website at, or gallery hoppers can pick one up at the Blue Ridge ArtSpace at 377 Shadowline Drive.

At the ArtSpace

From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., the Blue Ridge ArtSpace will host visitors for live music, refreshments, workshops and art aplenty.

According to WCAC executive director Cherry Johnson, it took three of the Blue Ridge ArtSpace’ galleries to hold the abundance artworks submitted for this year’s open invitational exhibition, “Portraits of Our Community.”

“The works vary enormously,” Johnson said, “from portraits of individuals, both people you know and people who are basically unknown but who characterize our community, to images of assorted buildings, some as recognizable as the Cone Manor, others simply places you have seen but can’t quite lay your finger on where you saw them.”

Others include barns, abandoned gas stations, old houses and an old schoolhouse converted into an antique store. Other images include leaves, mountainscapes and an assortment from what Johnson called “the worldwide community.”

“The images are as diverse as the artists themselves,” she said.

The Tarheel Footprints Children’s Gallery will feature works of art by students of Cove Creek and Green Valley elementary schools, under the instruction of art teacher Tyler Deal.

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

Along with the gallery exhibitions, the ArtSpace will again present various workshops in its six classrooms.

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

Among the demonstrating artists this month will be painter Pat Grant and Susan Farrah, author of “27 Words That Will Change Your Life.”

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

Additional Images

'Esso Station on Old Hwy. 421' by Margie Francz

'Old Truck on Tom Jackson Road' by Sue Lindgren

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