Fizzy First Friday

Event date: 
Friday, February 3, 2017 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

To celebrate our four new exhibitions, the Turchin Center invites the public inside during the Downtown Boone Art Crawl, to “engage, discover and connect through the arts.” It’s an opportunity for art lovers to see four new exciting and mindful exhibitions. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we have special goodies for everyone. Tickle your nose with fizzy wine, savor a chocolate-dipped strawberry and listen to piano melodies that will warm your heart. Join us at the Turchin - one of the the most exciting venues in town!

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Susan Sharpe; Three Generations; Mixed Media Quilt: painted, dyed and printed fabric

New Exhibition: A Thousand Steps, A Thousand Stitches: Figurative Quilts by Susan Sharpe

Susan Sharpe embraces the “odd and interesting over the predictable and reasonable.” Her playful quilts are not for for the guest bedroom. They are colorful, quite large, and tell complicated stories in the best tradition of narrative quilt-making. Throughout history, many diverse communities have explored the art of quilting: to keep warm, to decorate their homes, as gifts, to express political and cultural view points, and to commemorate loved ones. Traditionally made by hand and often collaboratively, quilts are frequently made of whatever fabric can be easily found. Sharpe uses felted wool, alpaca, mohair, silk, handmade paper, and a variety of natural fibers: milkweed, yucca and hops in her hand-made and machined quilts.

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Maggie Flanigan, The Banks of the New River

New Exhibition: Collective Vigilance: Speaking for the New River

Partnering with the Center for Appalachian Studies, Tom Hansell’s graduate seminar, Sustainability and the Arts in Appalachia (AS5065), and New River Conservancy (NRC) to showcase the headwaters of the New River in the northwestern corner of North Carolina, the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts supports both the mission of the NRC and Appalachian State University’s commitment to an engaged campus culture inspired by the ideal of sustainable communities. The New River Conservancy believes that clean water, healthy land and empowered people benefit the surrounding communities by creating a watershed where people want to live, work and play.

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Ellie Richardson; Long, Lean and Blue

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Daniel T Beck; Untitled

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Amanda Thatch; Interrobang 1

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Amanda Thatch; Interrobang 2

New Exhibition: Studio Practices: Penland 9

So often the hardworking artists who coordinate studio practices at any institution are, truly, “behind the scenes.” Studio Practices: Penland 9 brings the nine talented Penland Studio Coordinators out of the studio shadows and into the bright lights of the Turchin Center’s Main Gallery. Working together to support the practices of other artists at Penland has given the talented coordinators a remarkable synergy; their artwork is individually strong and compatible with one another – creating a dynamic and moving installation.

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Ken Abbott; Silver Pitcher, Hickory Nut Gap from Useful Work

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Ken Abbott; Mural Room, Hickory Nut Gap from Useful Work

New Exhibition: Photographs of Hickory Nut Gap Farm by Ken Abbott

Ken Abbott’s quiet photographs document the day-to-day life on the beloved Hickory Nut Gap Farm outside of Ashville. The photos are also featured in the book Useful Work: Photographs of Hickory Nut Gap Farm (Goosepen Studio & Press, 2015, with essays by Ken Neufeld).

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