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WAC hosts gallery openings Friday

Article Published: Feb. 18, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

The Watauga Arts Council (WAC) will host a reception and gallery opening Friday, Feb. 19, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Jones House Community Center in downtown Boone.

The council will present two exhibits with multiple artists in both galleries, and refreshments will be served. Due to inclement weather, the opening was postponed from Feb. 5.

"But many people have been in to see the art on our less snowy days and have enjoyed the exhibits very much," a WAC spokesperson said. "So, if you can make it to this reception, I know you will not be disappointed, and we will have some hot cider to warm you up from the cold."

In the Mazie Jones Gallery downstairs, the council is featuring works by the Orchesis Expressive Arts Honor Society at Appalachian State University. This is a group of about 18 artists that will have some 40 pieces in the exhibit. The artists are Kerry Albright Gersonde, Becca Campbell, Rachel Hawkins, Debbie Tallarico, B.T. Craig, Elena Johnson, Maloo Haynes, Ann Zenkel, Ben Asma, Pegge Laine, Meredith Casper, Elizabeth di Sarno, Rachel Siegel, Stephanie Kukich, Vicki Rodriquez, Sara Evans, Jenna Crawley and Kelly McConkey.

Orchesis feels that the human spirit is a creative dynamic force, which seeks to heal the broken places within, growing toward wholeness. This belief is expressed in many mediums, including silkscreen, collage, watercolor, photography, sculpture, mosaics and more. The artists' hope is to inspire all to find the artist that lives within everyone.

Upstairs, the Open Door Gallery will be showing the works of many students from Two Rivers Community School.

This charter school began serving Watauga and the surrounding counties in the 2005-06 school year. Two Rivers incorporates a curriculum of project-based expeditionary learning and is guided by research-based, best practices. Students are encouraged to be involved in community events and to take part in community service projects.

Art instructor Kelly Snider has been with the school for four years and takes great pride in the work of her students.

"These young artists have used various media for their pieces and really enjoy having the community come to see their collective work," the spokesperson said. "Two Rivers School has exhibited their art here in the past, and it's always a treat to see what the students have done with their talents."

To learn more about the Arts Council, visit or call (828) 264-1789. To learn more about the Jones House, visit, call (828) 262-4576, or visit the actual house at 604 W. King St. in downtown Boone.

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