Musical Art Crawl Friday
Come April, spring is music to Wataugans' ears, and the Downtown Boone Art Crawl will make this a reality.
For this month's First Friday, April 2, the Watauga High School Orchestra presents a community performance for area art crawlers.
The high school musicians will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. in five downtown locations: Mast General Store, 630 W. King St.; the Jones House Community Center, 604 W. King St.; Antiques on Howard, 199 Howard St.; ArtWalk, 611 W. King St.; and 641rpm, 641 W. King St.
The students are accepting donations to raise funds to travel to UNC-Charlotte, where they'll participate in the spring orchestra festival.
Other Art Crawl highlights include The Nth Degree Gallery, 683 W. King St., opening at 7:30 p.m. and presenting "Dark into Light," a photography exhibition with artists Nobu Tanaka, Jameykay Young, Ian Mahathey and Jon Heller.
"We wish to display our photography as a group with a unified theme of existing life and how we portray our interpretations of what we see," Tanaka said. "Our interpretation is going from 'dark into light,' and how we can represent certain core values that resonate within us and present them photographically."
The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, 423 W. King St., will present drawings from its inaugural spring Draw-a-thon that took place last weekend.
"The Spring Draw-a-thon was a free campus and community inclusive event that celebrates and promotes drawing, creativity, spontaneity and artistic collaboration," a TCVA spokesperson said.
"Students, professors, and local artists of all levels and ages were invited to gather at the Turchin Center to draw from life models during a two-day event with the goal of creating a casual, fun atmosphere that is open to the curious novice, the devoted expert, and every level in between."
Lucky Penny, 693 W. King St., will cater to palette and palate with gourmet cakes by Emily and Heather, two local bakers.
Also in time for spring, and to celebrate Easter, Gladiola Girls, 549 W. King St., is featuring spring dresses and sandals, while sending customers on an Easter egg hunt for discounts. Simply crack the egg and find the discount.
Vidalia, 831 W. King St., will feature red and white wine by-the-glass specials, along with free amuse bouches.
Other regularly participating galleries and businesses include beansTalk, Boone Saloon, Capone's Untouchable Pizza, Macado's, The Collective on Depot, the Downtown Boone Post Office, Green Mother Goods, Mellow Mushroom, the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, Cafe Portofino, the Downtown Boone Development Association, Reid's Cafe, Boone Drug, Cha Da Thai, Ink Link Tattoos, Our Daily Bread, Earth Fare, Bead Box & Grateful Grounds, Black Cat Burrito, Footsloggers, Char, Doe Ridge Pottery, Looking Glass Gallery, Fat Cats Music & Video, Tupelo's World Cafe, The GreenHouse, Murphy's Restaurant & Pub, Hands Gallery and Open Door Gallery.
The Downtown Boone Art Crawl lasts from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., though shops typically close at 7:30 p.m. The monthly event is sponsored by the Downtown Boone Development Association Public Art Program. For more information, call (828) 262-4532 or visit http://www.boone-nc.org.