by Madison V. Fisler
Aug. 2, 2013. On Friday, Aug. 2, downtown Boone will be taken over by the monthly 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:
Studio333 @ Modern Rustic
At 182 Howard Street, gallery owners and artists Robinson Payne and Andy McDaniel have converged to form Boone’s newest progressive gallery. STUDIO3333 @ MODERN RUSTIC. Destined to become the High Country’s go to source for cutting edge works of art, photography, fine and eclectic furnishings, as well as artisan concrete. STUDIO3333 @ MODERN RUSTIC is a must see for your Friday evening art crawl. Stop in and see what all the fuss is about!
Nth Degree Gallery and Studios
Boone’s “underground art venue on the second floor,” the Nth˚ Gallery and Studios (that’s Nth Degree), is celebrating their 16th anniversary with a special doubleheader fundraiser and celebration on Friday, August 2, in conjunction with downtown Boone’s First Friday art crawl. The evening will feature events at two separate events in downtown. First, at the Nth˚ Gallery a special exhibit by current members will be on display from 7:30-midnight. Acoustic music and culinary treats by friends and family will also be available, and members will be on hand to answer any questions about the gallery. Secondly, the Nth will host a special Sweet and Sixteen Prom at the High Country Press Building from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Everyone is invited (fancy duds encouraged but not required!) to dance to live music by Isani Howell, Brian Swanson, Katerwaul and Nomadic, view art by former members, and mingle with current and former Nthians and artists. The evening will also feature a raffle drawing for awesome prizes, and a silent auction for some special art (including a never-before-seen Wiili). All proceeds from the raffle and auction benefit the Nth˚.
Staying open late until 8 p.m., Gladiola Girls located at 549 West King Street will be hosting watercolor artist Gail Champion and serving refreshments to patrons.
Doe Ridge Pottery
Located at 585 W. King Street #D, Doe Ridge Pottery will be featuring demonstrations by owner and potter Bob Meier who will be demonstrating how to throw large pieces like platters on the wheel. The demonstrations will be open to the public during Art Crawl.
Jones House Community Center
Located at 604 West King Street, the Jones House will host their weekly Friday Concert on the lawn featuring Keith Ward, the Elkville String Band with Wayne Henderson and Barefoot Movement. The Jones House is also celebrating the Daniel Boone Native Garden’s birthday with artwork inspired by the Gardens. The galleries will be open to the public during the Friday concert and will feature the “Art of the Gardens” exhibit along with works by Jody Bargerstock.
Tonight Art Walk will be celebrating two new artists Wayne and Sandi Bowers who reclaim and repurpose glass into art. In addition, stained glass artist Stephanie white teamed up with designer Sharon James to create unique pieces.
Located at 641 West King Street, Anna Banana’s Art Crawl Celebration will include face painting and hors d’oeuvres from Char. Anna Banana’s will remain open until 10 p.m.
Located at 747 W. King St. Murphy’s will be open until 3 a.m.
Located at 179 Howard St.
Char will celebrate Art Crawl with a buy one get one special and a wine special as well. Char will be open until 2 a.m. with the restaurant closing at 10 p.m. this evening.
This month, Lucky Penny will showcase jewelry artist Lillian Tew of Booshka Jewelry. This wearable art is handcrafted from recycled items. Lucky Penny will also be offering refreshments for visitors tonight until 9 p.m. so be sure to stop by.
Shear Shakti, located directly above Lucky Penny on King Street will be hosting artist Carol Hancock from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Refreshments will also be available for guests to enjoy.