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First Friday Art Crawl: Downtown Boone Comes Alive With the October Edition of This Evening Tradition

By Madison Fisler Lewis

Oct. 2, 2014. On Friday, Oct. 3, downtown Boone will be taken over by the First Friday Art Crawl. Like always, this month’s crawl will feature food, drinks and live music with work and exhibitions from local artists. And as usual, everyone is invited to come out and enjoy some Friday night fun. If you’ve never experienced First Friday Art Crawl, here is your chance to get in on what the locals already know! Head on down to downtown Boone and enjoy a Friday night out on the town. Here’s what is happening this month.

Where to Go:

Jones House Community Center
The Jones House Community and Cultural Center will host a First Friday Gallery Reception from 6:30-8 p.m. featuring the High Country Watercolor Society in the Mazie Jones Gallery.The theme of this year’s annual Jones House Exhibit is “Barns: Out Standing in Their Fields”. The exhibit celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension. Other showcased artist include Pegge Laine and Kim Abernethy.  The Jones House is located at 604 W. King St. For more information call 828-268-6280.

Nth Degree Gallery
The Nth Degree Gallery will host a show titled “Ugly Instinct: The Animals Inside of Us,” by Kate Smith and Lindsey Willis. “We found that we are very similar in romantic relationships and our approach to art,” said Smith. “We both have this core that is totally selfish and totally creative. It does an equal amount of good and bad, so we can’t cut it out, because if we did, we’d be soulless. At least, that’s what we kept saying to each other.” Willis said, “I think I have the style that I do because it allows me to get a little dirty and personal with my work. I scratch into the canvas that eventually turns into an animal. I also love making dynamic pieces with animals interacting because it causes people to wonder why I chose to do it. It stirs up questions. It’s not just a pretty picture of a dog, it’s a dog killing a bird or cat. That ‘why?’ is the whole point.” For more information, find UGLY INSTINCT on Facebook or email Kate Smith at katherinesmith105@gmail.com.

The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts
The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts is located at 423 West King St. in Boone. The Turchin Center will host an Exhibition Opening Reception for the newest addition to the gallery, Hootenanny!  showcasing art by Andrew Abbott and Paige Willow. The hometown art show will take place in the Community Gallery from 6-9 p.m. Enjoy light appetizers, a cash bar and great art! Admission for the event is free and the public is invited to attend. For more information, please call 828-262-3017.

Art of Oil
Art of Oil, located at 819 W. King Street, will offer tastings of delicious, gourmet olive oils and balsamic vinegars. The tastings will be paired with complementing wines.

Art Walk
Located at 611 West King Street, Art Walk will feature Artifactual Adornment, jewelry made from items found at archaeological sites. Art Walk will offer wine and refreshments to guests during the Art Crawl as well. For more information, contact Art Walk at 264-9998.

Lucky Penny
Lucky Penny will be open from 6-9 for Art Crawl and will feature jewelry artist Kayt Warren. For more information about this event call 828-264-0302. 


Animals….Artfully! is a new art gallery opening in downtown Boone.  It features all types of art incorporating an animal theme.  The gallery is above a new holistic pet store, Animals….Naturally! which carries healthy pet food, treats, and holistic pet products including earth friendly beds, toys, collars, and leashes.  Both stores are owned by local holistic veterinarian, Dr. Maggie Federhart.  All proceeds go to support her nonprofit retirement village for animals, The Twilight Inn.  The grand opening for the gallery will be during Art Crawl on October 3rd.  Well known local artist Kent Paulette (aka Derfla) will be there creating a new painting live during Art Crawl.  It will be available for purchase upon completion benefiting the Twilight Inn.

Old World Galleries
Old World Galleries, located at 697 W. King St will present art by painter Jane Miller showcased alongside Old World Galleries’ stunning jewelry. For more information, contact Old World Galleries at 828-264-6559.

Anna Banana’s
Located at 641 West King Street, Anna Banana’s will offer refreshments and as always, customers can dance for a 10-percent discount on merchandise! Claire Bilbao will offer face painting and Henna tattoos will be offered by Maria Perry. For more information, call 828-865-2000.

If you would like your business to be included in our Art Crawl Round Up each month, send information to madison@highcountrypress.com.