Downtown WJ Gallery Crawls return


WEST JEFFERSON — Downtown West Jefferson’s arts district will come alive with folks strolling the streets from 5-8 p.m. Friday, June 12. Gallery Crawl is back! For the June crawl there will be new exhibits, special artists, refreshments, and in-store promotions.

Gallery Crawls will take place the second Friday of each month. Mark July 10, Aug. 14, Sept. 11 and Oct. 9 on your calendars. There will be a special Christmas Crawl on Friday, Dec. 4.

The purpose of the crawls are to support and promote downtown West Jefferson businesses. Crawlers will have an opportunity to see new, creative and innovative works by Ashe County’s leading artists. Crawlers are invited to stroll the streets, visit the galleries, view the downtown murals, enjoy the many outdoor art pieces and take advantage of the downtown restaurants.

Jane Lonon, executive director of the Ashe County Arts Council, said, “This is the 15th annual Gallery Crawl in downtown West Jefferson. We are excited to feature 17 galleries. The first crawl of the season is fun and festive with lots of folks strolling the streets, enjoying the latest creations from our creative and talented Ashe County artists.”

Art lovers will discover one of a kind paintings and photography, pottery, stained glass, quilts, fiber arts, jewelry, wood-turned art and much more on the streets of historic downtown West Jefferson.

West Jefferson has an eclectic group of shops, galleries and studios representing a large and varied group of artists who will be displaying their latest creations. Participating in the crawl will be: Acorn Gallery, Ashe Arts Center, Ashe Custom Framing and Gallery, Backstreet Beads and Handcrafted Jewelry, Bohemia, Catchlight Gallery, Dawg Lot, Everything Has a Story, Florence Thomas Art School, Foxfire Holler Fiber Art Gallery, Frenchy’s Art Gallery, Originals Only Gallery, Quilt Square Girls, RT Morgan Gallery and Glass by Camille, Stephen Shoemaker Studio, The Artist Theatre Gallery and West Jefferson Coffee Shop.

For the June Gallery Crawl, the Florence Thomas Arts School will feature local artist Marsha Holmes with oils and drawings. Foxfire Holler Fiber Art Gallery will feature weaving by Nancy Weaver Hoffman. The West Jefferson Coffee House will feature handcrafted lampshades by Jane Munroe Floyd and hand-turned wood items by Andy Dunbar.

The Ashe Arts Center will feature the opening reception for the Shadow of the Hills, the annual exhibit of the Blue Ridge Art Clan. The exhibit will showcase 25 artists with over 50 paintings in a variety of media.

Join your friends and neighbors for Gallery Crawl and experience the arts in West Jefferson. Admission to Gallery Crawl is free and is sponsored by the Ashe County Arts Council in cooperation with the West Jefferson Business Association and the West Jefferson Tourism Development Authority. Maps will be available at the Ashe Arts Center in West Jefferson and at other participating galleries and shops.

For more information, call the Ashe County Arts Council at 336-846-ARTS or see us on the web at www.ashecountyarts.org.

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