First Friday is all about the photos

By Robert Kelly - Goss

The Daily Advance

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Shutterbugs delight this First Friday. Photographers are ruling the roost during this monthly art fete in downtown Elizabeth City.

At 5:30 p.m. you’ll get a chance to find out who wins the 2013 Arts of the Albemarle Photography Show and Competition, sponsored by The Daily Advance.

The annual photo show is just one of many stops on this month’s art trail.

Photographers from around the region were invited to submit photographs for this juried competition. This year’s juror is photographer and East Carolina University professor Angela Frank Wells.

Wells is a photographer who specializes in 19th century photographic processes and is a master at copperplate photogravure. Her work explores a range of ideas including the precious versus ephemera; labor and craftsmanship; beauty; and place and/or space.

All photographs are for sale.

In AOA’s 516 Gallery, new works by artists Ann Rubino and Christine Henniger.

Down on the other end of Main Street, Maxine Poulos will be the featured artist. Next door at Serenity Studio Arts, local glass artist Laura DeNunzio will do a flame-work bead demonstration and College of the Albemarle’s jewelry making class students will display their work.

Down the street on Road Street Thriftique will host Tammy Krueger who will demonstrate furniture painting techniques. Then down the block on Road Street, Spoonful of Sugar will host Jamie West of Carolina Photography.

Back on Main Street live music seems to be a big part of this month’s art experience.

At Elizabeth City Yoga, inside the Virginia Dare Arcade you can enjoy music by Dennis Figgs. He’ll be playing jazz keyboard.

Next door at Kelly’s Color Studio, artist Kelly Cameron is hosting singer/songwriter Shanna Boone. You can also check out Cameron’s latest paintings.

Also at the Arcade is Sydney’s Café and Bistro. Owner Karen Patrick is hosting folk art by local artist Hope Malott.

Down the street at Port Discover, the kids can have a night of it while you enjoy the Art Walk. Call the science center for kids at 252-338-6117 for details.

Next to Port Discover is Shay Leslie. It’s there that you’ll find the photography of Elizabeth Bateman.

Down the street on Water Street you can check out The Bead Spot. They’re hosting artist Barbara Moore. She creates jewelry and repurposed accessories.

On the other end of Water Street at Page After Page Bookstore you can mixed media art by Martha Richardson and meet New York Times best selling author Kathleen Grisson.

And finally, over on Poindexter, Two and a Half Women will feature artist Mel Adkins.

The First Friday Art Walk happens from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. You can find more information by logging onto