A Year of ArtSpace

By Frank Ruggiero (frank@mountaintimes.com)



Article Published: May. 22 | Modified: Jun. 8
A Year of ArtSpace


This June, the Blue Ridge ArtSpace can have its cake and eat it, too.

On June 7, the Watauga County Arts Council will celebrate one year in its Shadowline Drive location with an arts festival, featuring live music, arts activities, refreshments aplenty and a cake raffle.

The celebration will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the ArtSpace parking lot, and admission is free.
“But don’t forget to bring money, because you likely will want to purchase something to eat, some wonderful artwork or crafts, or take a chance on winning a fabulous cake,” WCAC executive director Cherry Johnson said.

The performance lineup starts at 11 a.m. and features Maureen Renihan, Klee Liles, Folk and Dagger and High Standards, offering festival-goers some musical accompaniment as they browse art and vendor booths, including B.R. Hoffman’s fibers and quilting, Theresa McGrath’s clay works and jewelry and Dawn Wicklow’s alcohol ink and East Asian brush paintings.

“In fact, you can even try out alcohol ink for yourself, or you can paint a fence picket or even get your face painted, so you can be a walking work of art,” Johnson said.

Attendees should bring their own chairs if they plan to sit back and relax to some tunes or enjoy a hot meal from a local food truck.

“We’re going to have a blast,” Johnson said, adding that a limited number of spaces is still available for vendors or performers.

Although the WCAC is celebrating a year in the ArtSpace, Johnson said it feels just like yesterday that the council moved in, having previously operated in donated space off King Street in downtown Boone.

“It feels like it went by way too fast,” she said. “We’ve had such a great time growing and exploring this place and all the things we can do.”

That includes the council’s popular workshop series, from drawing to knitting to wood-carving and all points in between.

Johnson also plans to grow a sculpture garden with rotating exhibits on the side of the building, all sponsored by area businesses. She also expects the WCAC to wrap up its picket fence painting project, in which participants can purchase a plank to personally decorate for placement on the ArtSpace fence.

“And we’ll have more and more activities taking off in all places at the ArtSpace,” Johnson said.
For more information on the Watauga County Arts Council, or to register for a spot at the ArtSpace Birthday Celebration festival, call (828) 264-1789, or visit http://www.watauga-arts.org. The Blue Ridge ArtSpace is located a 377 Shadowline Drive in Boone.



Art Camp

The WCAC is also accepting applications for its annual Summer Arts Camp, featuring Missoula Children’s Theatre, which will take place July 7 to 12.

Camp will be held this year at Watauga High School’s Ross Auditorium, located at 300 Go Pioneers Drive in Boone. The arts camp is open to rising first- through rising 10th-graders and features workshops in storytelling, music, improvisation, the visual arts and more.

The featured highlight of the arts camp is a production of “The Pied Piper,” which children will rehearse throughout the week and then perform for the community on Friday, July 11, at 6 p.m. and Saturday, July 12, at 1 p.m. Registration is $185 for the first child (which includes two tickets to the final production and a complimentary DVD) and $160 for each additional child in a family. Partial scholarships are available for families in need.

To register, or for more information, visit http://www.watauga-arts.org, or call (828) 264-1789.

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