WCAC hosts Second Saturday Art Celebration
With autumn in full swing, the Watauga County Arts Council is
falling into the season with its monthly Second Saturday Arts Celebration, returning Saturday, Nov.
Running from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Blue Ridge ArtSpace in Boone, Second Saturday promises visitors a colorful palette of artwork, music, workshops and more.
Before visiting the ArtSpace, though, folks are encouraged to take part in the Second Saturday Studio and Gallery Hop. A map and more information on participating studios are available online at http://www.watauga-arts.org, or hoppers can drop by the Blue Ridge ArtSpace at 377 Shadowline Drive.
The ArtSpace’s Main Gallery will feature the works of Willie Baucom and Keith Lambert. Both artists were selected by a local panel to become the creators of the bas relief mural in the new AppalCART facility on the N.C. 105 Bypass. Both are known nationally and internationally for work in a variety of media, including marble, stoneware, pottery and paint.
Owners of Shipyard Earthworks, Baucom and Lambert have works featured in public and private collections both in the High Country and abroad and have received numerous awards and recognitions for their work. In Coastal Carolina, their work is the centerpiece of the Morehead City waterfront, where they have 12 featured bas relief sculptures in the Morehead City Fish Walk. They have an active studio in Beaufort, as well as a location in the Meat Camp community, and for much of the year alternate studios, spending two weeks at their mountain studio and then two weeks at the coast.
In the Open Door Gallery, the rug-hooking class of the Western Watauga Community Center in Sugar Grove will take the spotlight. The group presented the final exhibition at the arts council’s former King Street location.
“The rug-hooking class put together a charming exhibition of their hooked works of art,” WCAC executive director Cherry Johnson said. “They have brought some of these back for a slightly longer visit and supplemented the exhibition with several additional pieces.”
Johnson said the craft of rug hooking is believed to have been developed in Europe and brought to America and Canada, where settlers hooked rugs on burlap backing with rag scraps or hand-dyed burlap threads. For this particular show, the Western Watauga class has incorporated wool strips, recycled T-shirts and yarn, with backings composed of burlap, monk’s cloth, cotton warp cloth or linen, with designs drawn or traced onto the material.
This show’s participating artists are Alice Andrews, Martha Deal, Shirley Frierson, Linda Hurd, and Cheryl Roberts. On the night of the opening reception, some of the artists plan to bring works in progress to share the process with interested patrons.
In the Serendipity Gallery, 10 artists from Marsha Holmes’ classes at the Lois Harrill Senior Center and Western Watauga Community Center are already thinking about the upcoming season, as they present an eclectic showing of seasonal arts.
Paintings and drawings of holiday or wintery subjects fill the walls of the Serendipity Gallery for the month of November. Featured artists are Mary Foreman, Cherry Burns, Barbara Quatrano, Judy Clarke, Mahala Porth, Linda Lielbriedis, William Bass, Kathy Copeley, Kit Fisher and Jo Ann Pippin.
The Tarheel Footprints Children’s Gallery features works of art created by the students of Parkway Elementary School, under instruction of art teacher Rae Filsinger.
All of the galleries are sponsored by Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff.
“Our six colorful classrooms are once again going to be filled with creative energy,” Johnson said. “Each … will feature a new arts adventure.”
Ineke Thomas will share creative ways to dress up thrift store fashions to make them both cool and unique, Betty Womack will be demonstrate weaving, and Joyce Watson will be demonstrate wire-wrap jewelry techniques. In addition, Judith Geary (author of “Getorix”), Birgitta McGaillard (author of “Lives Divided”) and Tammy Sanabria will tell stories for young and old.
The celebration will also feature live music, shopping in the gift shop and light refreshments.
For more information, call (828) 264-1789 or visit http://www.watauga-arts.org.