First Friday ArtWalk to have decidely holiday flavor


Besides roaming around downtown, Santa Claus will be making appearances for photo opportunities at Eclectic Jewelry & Design at 4 p.m., and at Page After Page at 5 p.m. during Friday's First Friday ArtWalk in Elizabeth City.


From staff reports

Thursday, December 6, 2018

With Friday’s First Friday ArtWalk being held in December, the monthly arts showcase in Elizabeth City’s downtown will have a decidely holiday flavor.

Besides appearances by both Santa and Mrs. Claus and the annual Lighted Boat Parade, eight different downtown venues will be hosting musicians, many performing holiday-themed music.

Classical guitarist Steven Raisor will be performing at Music off Main, at 219 S. Poindexter Street, helping to promote its upcoming show, “A Classical Christmas.” Encore Theatre Company actors will be performing selections from the group’s upcoming musical, “Time Warp,” set to open in January, at Body Kinect Wellness at 601 E. Main Street. And Singers in the Round will perform holiday music at Page After Page Bookstore at 111 S. Water Street.

Elsewhere, Mark Sclafani, Grayson Cole and Tony Turner will be performing jazz-style Christmas music at Fine Tuning Guitar Shop, at 201 N. Poindexter Street; Rashod will be performing Christmas carols and jazz at The Mills Downtown Bistro, at 200 N. Poindexter Street; and Stephanie Herron will perform fiddling music at Mamoo’s Folk Art at 112 N. Poindexter Street.

After the ArtWalk, Jeremy Jackson will perform at Ghost Harbor Brewing Company, at 606 B. East Colonial Avenue, and The Acoustic Legend will perform at Coasters Downtown Draught House at 216 N. Poindexter Street. Both events start at 8 p.m.

Ghost Harbor and Tina Clancy’s Art & Antique Connection, at 116 N. Poindexter Street, will be hosting ugly sweater events. Ghost Harbor’s ugly sweater party starts at 5 p.m. Tina Clancy’s ugly sweater contest featuring prizes is at 7:30 p.m.

Elsewhere, Footprint Christian Resources & Gifts, at 206 N. Poindexter Street, will host a holiday card-making class taught by Joy Shamblin. And the Lazzy Frog/​The Framery, at 603 E. Fearing Street, will host MMT Printers, who will help ArtWalk attendees make Christmas ornaments from screen prints. Also, Muddy Waters Coffeehouse, at 100 W. Main Street, will be hosting its second annual Craft and Art Fair as well its first-ever wine tasting.

Besides roaming around downtown, Santa Claus will be making appearances for photo opportunities at Eclectic Jewelry & Design, at 513 E. Fearing Street, at 4 p.m., and at Page After Page at 5 p.m. In addition, Mrs. Claus will host a storytime for children at the bookstore from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Also participating in this month’s ArtWalk will be Dru Thompson, who will be the featured artist at her Red Rabbit Gallery at 103 W. Main Street. Katherine Anderson will be one of two photographers exhibiting their work at Nicole Anthony Photography at 507 E. Main Street. Joy Donovan of Sticky Southern Designs will exhibit her custom tumblers at Small Town Trendz.

The Bag NC, at 108 N. Poindexter Street, will host artist Danny Taylor; Heather Sawyer United Country Real Estate will host Summer Chic Antiques and artist Emily Martin at 510 E. Main Street; and Elle Lynn Boutique will host Jewelry by Jess at 613 E. Main Street.

Besides hosting the Encore performers, Body Kinect Wellness will feature Lindsay Doughty and her pottery and lotions. Mamoo’s Folk Art will also host Tia Fonville’s Tribal Stories exhibit and Joan Shaw, who will demonstrate weaving/​fiber art. Music of Main will also host visual artist Jessica Rich, while Page After Page will also host jewelry maker Nathan Purdue.

Arts of the Albemarle will host painter Barbara Wachter and potter Bob Smithson in the Jenkins Gallery; painter Amanda Spence in the 516 Gallery; and Douglas author Quinn in the lobby.

Two other holiday events will take place during the ArtWalk. The SPCA will host its annual Cookie Sale from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the former Selig’s Jewelers at 513 E. Main Street. The Pasquotank River Yacht Club will host its annual Lighted Boat Parade on the Pasquotank River starting at 7 p.m.·