Ahighly stylized illustrator, a renowned North Carolina watercolor artist, tiny art and strolling Christmas carolers are just a few of the enticements at this month’s First Friday Art Walk in downtown Elizabeth City.
The Art Walk happens 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Artist Ian Von Talee’s work has been seen around the community for some time now. Once you see his highly stylized illustration style, you’ll recognize it – he illustrated the 2011 Ghost Walk brochure featuring Nell Cropsey.
Von Talee will be showing and selling his work at Port Discover on Main Street. This emerging artist with a signature style will be selling small works just in time for Christmas.
On the other end of Main Street, design shop Floor 2 Ceiling Designs, located in the old Southern Hotel building, is hosting North Carolina watercolor artist Joanna McKethan.
McKethan is a Tar Heel native who lives and paints in Dunn. She received “old masters” training in Germany in oils, as well as watercolors.
She has taught art privately for 29 years to over 1,000 students.
Her work is described as “playful realism.” She describes that as her “edgy, classical approach.”
McKethan is a signature member of the Southern Watercolor Society and the Watercolor Society of North Carolina. Her paintings have won a number of awards in juried shows.
Across from Floor 2 Ceiling, Muddy Waters Coffee House will be featuring the work of
photographer Liza Franco. Franco will also be offering “mini-holiday photos,” so bring the family and your pets for a holiday shot to memorialize Christmas 2012.
Across from Muddy Waters, on Road Street, a new addition to Art Walk is Thriftique. They’ll be featuring the work of Tammy Krueger.
Back over at the Southern Hotel building, The Artists’ Collective will be hosting Two Found Treasures, two metal artists from the Outer Banks. They will feature functional art, metal sculpture and jewelry.
Next-door is Serenity Studio Arts. They’ll be offering a holiday craft “make it and take it” session for the kids. They’ll also be answering questions about their new Serenity Art Academy coming in January.
Heading back down Main Street you can stop in and visit artist Kelly Cameron at Kelly’s Color Studio. Cameron will be doing her ACEO “make it and take it” art and she will feature the work of College of the Albemarle ceramic students.
Cameron has also been working on unique handmade, holiday ornaments using a paper clay medium.
Across the way is Arts of the Albemarle and a whole lot of art. This month The Center will feature the work of plein air painter Fred Saunders in the Jenkins Gallery.
Also in the Jenkins Gallery is the annual Tiny Art Show. Area artists have created small art that is all priced under $100.
In AOA’s 516 Gallery you can enjoy the work of artists Leanne Clayton and John Peel. Elizabeth City State University’s jazz band, Class Act, will be on hand to perform some holiday tunes.
Around the corner on Poindexter Street, Two and a Half Women will feature Mr. and Mrs. Claus with gifts for the kids. They’ll also host featured artist Lynette Fluharty and her “boutique clothing” for children.
Also on Poindexter Street is Footprint Christian Resources and Unique Gifts. They are featuring the work of glass artist Diane Botts. Botts work with recycled and sea glass.
Over on Water Street a new addition to Art Walk has emerged. The ladies at Southern Yankee Boutique — they can be found in the old Cupcakery space — will feature artwork by Amy Swain.
And next door at Page After Page Bookstore, you can explore the jewelry of Dee Klaskow, handmade baskets by Patsy Ryan and glass work by Ann-Marie Bucchino.
And while you’re strolling for art, be sure and pause and enjoy Encore Theatre’s strolling elves as they sing your favorite Christmas Carol.