Nine biz to host artists during Friday ArtWalk

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Author Charles E. Alexander Jr. will be signing copies of his book, "Charlie's Trek" at Page After Page Bookstore during Friday's First Friday ArtWalk in downtown Elizabeth City.


From staff reports

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Artists who get their inspiration from places as diverse as Ehringhaus Street and the Mohave Desert will display their artwork Friday during this month’s First Friday ArtWalk in downtown Elizabeth City.

Nine downtown businesses will be stops for this week’s ArtWalk, including a new participant, Dental Transformations/​Currituck Dental, at 408 E. Colonial Avenue. Various artists will be exhibiting their artwork at the new dental practice, which plans to combine the ArtWalk with an open house. Besides introducing the practice’s staff, Dental Transformations will also give away door prizes during the event.

Fine Tuning Guitar, at the corner of Colonial and Poindexter streets, is also participating in Friday’s ArtWalk, which will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Local artist Cassandra Stevenson of Bohemian Bromeliad will be exhibiting work from her “Discover the Mohave” collection. Stevenson, who grew up near the Mohave Desert, creates art focused on wildlife and flowers of the desert.

Tina Clancy, owner of Tina Clancy’s Art & Antique Connection, will be showcasing her furniture pieces, as well as a variety of co-op artwork at 116 N. Poindexter Street. Body Kinect Wellness, at 601 E. Main Street, will be the host for the Quilts of Valor.

Local photographer Gene Tick will be the guest artist at Eclectic Jewelry and Design at 513 E. Fearing Street.

Jason Letourneau, a professional artist and public school teacher, will be the guest artist at the Lazzy Frog/​The Framery at 603 E. Fearing Street. Letourneau, a Currituck native whose work has been exhibited at the Greenville Museum of Art and Currituck County Arts Council Gallery, among other venues, creates abstract designs on canvas, paper and jewelry.

At Page After Page bookstore at 111 S. Water Street, author Charles E Alexander Jr. will be signing copies of “Charlie’s Trek,” part one of his autobiography.

Rebecca Davis, a painter, will be exhibiting her “Local Flavor” artwork in Arts of the Albemarle’s Jenkins Gallery at 516 E. Main Street. Davis is last year’s Landmark Competition winner. AoA’s 516 Gallery, meanwhile, will feature Mike Huizenga’s “Surfing the Jetty” photography as well as Cheryl Paz’s handmade soaps and gifts.

AoA’s Maguire Theater and Twiford Room are also the site for this year’s Taste of the Albemarle, the annual sampling of dishes prepared by area restaurateurs. The ticketed event, which will partly coincide with ArtWalk, will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The band UpHill will perform. Tickets are $20 for AoA members, active duty military personnel and students who are age 18. General admission tickets are $25, $10 for children ages 10-17.

After ArtWalk, Coasters Downtown Draught House at 216 N. Poindexter Street will host live music featuring Phil Watson at 9 p.m.

The following restaurants/​pubs will be open downtown Friday evening:

* Muddy Waters Coffee at 100 W. Main Street

* Cypress Creek Grill at 113 S. Water Street

* Island Breeze Grill at 220 N. Poindexter Street

* Toyama Japanese at 218 N. Poindexter Street

* Groupers Waterfront Restaurant at 400 S. Water Street

* Hoppin’ Johnz New South Cuisine at 606 E. Colonial Avenue

* Paradiso Roma Ristorante at 35 Camden Causeway

* Best Food Inn at 418 E. Colonial Avenue

* Quality Seafood at 309 E.Ehringhaus Street

* Ghost Harbor Brewing Co. at 606B East Colonial Avenue in Pailin’s Alley.