With 23 venues, Friday ArtWalk may be largest ever

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Debra Hare paints a forest scene at Studio 10, the former Super 10 building, during the week-long Splash! Week in Elizabeth City, Thursday. Splash! Week artists will be participating in Friday's First Friday ArtWalk.


From staff reports

Thursday, November 1, 2018

In what could be the largest First Friday ArtWalk ever, 23 venues, including four new businesses, will be participating in Elizabeth City’s monthly downtown arts showcase on Friday.  

In addition to the downtown businesses that usually participate in ArtWalk, four new ones — The Bag NC at 108 North Poindexter Street, Mamoo’s Folk Art at 112 North Poindexter, Heather Sawyer of United Country Forbes Realty at 510 E. Main Street, and the Shoe Rakk at 507 E. Main Street in the Virginia Dare Arcade — will be taking part for the first time.

In addition to the featured artists who typically take part in ArtWalk, Friday’s event will also include both student artists from College of The Albemarle and visiting artists in town for Arts of the Albemarle’s Splash Week, which concludes on Saturday.   

“Literally, we have participation from one end of Main Street to the other and in most retail businesses on the Poindexter Street corridor, as well as Water Street, the Pailin’s Alley businesses, and across the bridge at Paradiso Restaurant,” said Deborah Malenfant, executive director of Elizabeth City Downtown Inc. “I don’t recall having so many participating venues at ArtWalk before — 23! It’s going to be a fabulous night in downtown.”

The four new downtown businesses will be hosting artists as well as their grand openings during ArtWalk. The Bag NC will host artist Pachelle Street, who’ll demonstrate her painted wine-glass art. Mamoo’s Folk Art will host a number of 3D artists, including L.E. Spry, Alexis Joyner, and Adam White, as well as SPLASH artist Chrystal Hardt.

United Country Forbes Realty and Auctions, in the former Honey & Hive space, will host Summer Chic Antiques, the works of artist Emily Martin, and COA students’ 3D printing and drafting/MAC demonstrations. Attendees will also have the opportunity to experience virtual reality. At the Shoe Rakk, located in Unit C of the Arcade, artist Aisha Davis will be featured. Also featured in the arcade will be Nancy Ann Harrell, who crafts handmade wood décor and wreaths. 

The principal Splash! artists will be set up in Studio 10, at 500 E. Main Street, during the ArtWalk but there also will be pop-up venues throughout the downtown. Also at the Super 10, students from the Northeast Academy for Aerospace and Advanced Technologies will demonstrate paintings in both the realist and modernist styles. COA student artists will have displays, provide demonstrations and participate in activities at 11 downtown venues on the ArtWalk.

Other venues hosting artists on Friday’s ArtWalk, which gets underway at 5 p.m., include The Lazzy Frog/The Framery, at 603 E. Fearing Street, which will feature string art by Jennifer Chappell of the She Shed; and Elle Lynn Boutique, which will feature art by Lemon Seed Design. Page After Page, at 111 S. Water Street, will host Nancy Youngdahl, author of “My Nana Was a Free Range Kid” and Dwayne Walls Jr., author of “Backstage at the Lost Colony”; artist William Long of Tearapen Art; “Art In for Kids" by Fearless Kids Art; and live music by Singers in the Round.

Elsewhere, Selig’s Jewelry at 513 E. Fearing Street will host exhibits created by COA’s professional craft jewelry program, art club and fine arts students; Eclectic Jewelry & Design at 513 E. Fearing Street will host artist Darrius Turner and his graphic prints on fabric; and Flour Girls at 102 N. Water Street will host food creations and beverages by COA’s culinary arts program and 3D sculptures and drawings by artist Ethan Pistella.

At Body Kinect, at 601 E. Main Street, Lindsay Doughty will exhibit her pottery and lotions. COA medical office and general business students will also be on hand at Body Kinect. Carl Twiford will show his paintings and ceramics in the former Friendly Wig Shop at 106 N. Poindexter Street. Also on hand will be students in COA’s Transitional Studies and Study Abroad program.

Students in COA’s anthropology and social sciences program will be demonstrating global body art and face painting at Tina Clancy’s Art & Antique Connection at 116 N. Poindexter Street. Footprint Christian Resources & Gifts at 206 N. Poindexter will feature the art of Darren Reeves, a retired Coast Guard rescue swimmer, as well as jewelry by local craftsmen. The Fine Tuning Guitar Shop at 201 N. Poindexter will host designs on fabrics and sheet metal by COA aviation program students.

AoA on Main Street will be hosting the Splash! Plein Air Paint-Out, works by the Ceramic Design Association, and the Quilts of Valor. Muddy Waters Coffeehouse, at 100 W. Main Street, will host students in COA’s Health Sciences and Continuing Education program, who will be displaying 3D posters, ceramics, and a 10-foot walk through a colon. 

Besides Page After Page, other ArtWalk venues hosting live music will include Coasters Downtown Draught House at 216 N. Poindexter Street, which will feature The Acoustic Legend starting at 8 p.m.; Paradiso Roma Ristorante, at 35 Camden Causeway, which will feature Adam Nixon from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; and Ghost Harbor Brewing and Hoppin Johnz which will feature Home Bru in Pailin’s Alley from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.