13 biz participate in ArtWalk
From staff reports
Friday, September 7, 2018
Grand-opening celebrations at two local businesses and the 32nd annual Landmark Show and Competition will be among the featured events at tonight’s First Friday ArtWalk in Elizabeth City’s downtown.
Both True Images Salon, at 217 S. Poindexter Street, and Paradiso Roma Ristorante, at 35 Camden Causeway, will celebrate completion of recent renovation projects at the ArtWalk, which starts at 5 p.m. and continues until 7 p.m.
In addition, Arts of the Albemarle will host its Landmark Show and Competition at AoA’s The Center, with judging beginning at 4:45 p.m.
According to Elizabeth City Downtown Director Deborah Malenfant, 13 businesses are participating in this month’s ArtWalk, featuring works in art forms as diverse as pottery, jewelry, photography, pen and ink, whimsical, metalwork and quilting.
The ArtWalk will also feature two free kids’ yoga demonstrations at Body Kinect Wellness at 601 E. Main Street. The first will be at 5:30 p.m., the second at 6:30 p.m. Body Kinect will also host artists Lindsay Doughty, who works in pottery and lotions, and Debbie Sauls. An adult bullet journaling class will be held at Studio 511 at 112 S. McMorrine Street, starting at 6:30 p.m.
Malenfant said a new element at this month’s ArtWalk is the First Friday Feature Property Showcase. Each month a vacant storefront available for rent will be opened for visits and tours, she said. This month’s featured property is the former Friendly Wig Shop on Poindexter Street. The shop recently underwent restoration and its first level has been transformed into a commercial space.
True Images Salon, which is hosting pottery artist Catherine Simmons during the ArtWalk, recently moved into a renovated space in the former Dandar Dental Office. Paradiso Roma Ristorante, which will host live music by Jake Ryan from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., will reopen its upstairs oyster bar at 5 p.m.
Following the ArtWalk, two other downtown nightspots will host live entertainment. Chuck Hodges will perform acoustic music at Coasters Downtown Draught House, at 216 N. Poindexter Street, from 8 p.m. until midnight. The duo of Holly & Molly will perform at Ghost Harbor Brewing Company from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Ghost Harbor, which is at 606 B. E. Colonial Avenue, in Pailin’s Alley, will feature the work of photographer Kim Sullivan during the ArtWalk.
Other downtown businesses participating in tonight’s First Friday ArtWalk and the artists they’ll be featuring include:
* Eclectic Jewelry & Design at 513 E. Fearing Street. The featured artists will be Megan Brinkley, whose artwork includes resin-casted jewelry, acrylic drip paintings, multi-media pieces; Beverly Mineo, who creates handcrafted soaps and bath salts; and Aisha Davis, whose work includes pencil and charcoal drawings, mixed media and acrylic works.
* Lazzy Frog/The Framery at 603 E. Fearing Street. The featured artist will be Tammy Lassiter of Wisteria Whimsy Art & Wreaths.
* Page After Page Bookstore at 111 S. Water Street. The featured artist will be Nathan Purdue. He’ll be joined by Karen Lewis, author of “Before the Road: Journey to Corolla,” and Charles Alexander, author of “Charlie’s Trek.”
* Elle Lynn Boutique at 613 E. Main Street. Mike Boyce, a metalworks artist, will be featured.
* Tina Clancy’s Art & Antique Connection at 116 N. Poindexter Street. The featured artists will be Christina Harris, who crafts custom jewelry, and William Long, a photographer who also works in pen and ink.
* Footprint Christian Resources & Gifts at 206 N. Poindexter Street. The Quilts of Valor will be featured.
* Fine Tuning Guitar Shop at 201 N. Poindexter Street. No artist will be featured.
Other downtown restaurants and pubs open during and after the ArtWalk include:
* Muddy Waters Coffee, 100 W. Main Street
* Cypress Creek Grill, 113 S. Water Street
* Island Breeze Grill, 220 N. Poindexter Street
* Toyama Japanese, 218 N. Poindexter Street
* Groupers Waterfront Restaurant, 400 S. Water Street
* Hoppin’ Johnz New South Cuisine, 606 E. Colonial Avenue
* Quality Seafood, 309 E.Ehringhaus Street.