What could be better than an evening in the mountains where the weather is cool, the people are friendly and artistic talent is abundant?
The second Friday night Gallery Crawl in downtown West Jefferson is the place to be for all three.
The Ashe County Arts Council will again sponsor Gallery Crawl on August 8 from 5 to 8 p.m. Crawlers are invited to stroll the streets, visit the galleries, view the downtown murals and take advantage of the downtown restaurants.
Twelve galleries will be open after hours to showcase the latest exciting artwork of talented local and regional artists. The participating galleries include: Acorn Gallery, Ashe Arts Center, Ashe Custom Framing and Gallery, Backstreet Beads, Bohemia Gallery, Broomfields Gallery, Catch-Light Gallery, Everything Has a Story, Florence Thomas Art School, French’s Art Gallery, Originals Only Gallery, Quilt Square Girls, Ripples Gallery, RT Morgan Art Gallery, Stephen Shoemaker Studio and The Artists’ Theatre.
For the August Gallery Crawl, the Ashe Arts Center will present a new exhibit in the gallery entitled “Still Life,” a work of art depicting mostly inanimate subject matter, typically commonplace objects which may be either natural such as food, flowers, plants, rocks, shells, or man-made glasses, books, vases, jewelry, coins, pipes, etc. The exhibit will feature 30 different artists with paintings in watercolor, oil and acrylic. The opening reception will take place during Gallery Crawl from 5-8 p.m. The exhibit will be on display through September 6.
For the August Gallery Crawl, Originals Only Gallery will be featuring a brand new giclee print of Joan Bell’s painting “Autumn on the New” on 16x20 heavy paper or 24x30 and 32x40 stretched canvas. Prints are available now at Originals Only. During Gallery Crawl enjoy music by Michael Bell and new paintings by Susan Van Wyk and Joan Bell.
Join your friends and neighbors and support the arts. Gallery Crawl is a free event and is sponsored by the Ashe County Arts Council in cooperation with the West Jefferson Business Association, the West Jefferson TDA and is funded, in part, through a Grassroots Arts Program Grant from the North Carolina Arts Council.
Upcoming fall crawls are scheduled for September 12 and October 10. Go to www.ashecountyarts.org for a crawl map and contact information about the galleries.
For more information please call 336-846-ARTS.