Valerie Spivey, who did this painting, will be one of several artists showing at Arts of the Albemarle during this Friday’s First Friday Art Walk.

Image courtesy Arts of the Albemarle

Valerie Spivey, who did this painting, will be one of several artists showing at Arts of the Albemarle during this Friday’s First Friday Art Walk.

It’s a new year and a new Art Walk

By Robert Kelly - Goss

The Daily Advance

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It’s a new year and another First Friday Art Walk.

It’s typical for things to slow down right after the holidays so it’s nice to move into a new year with that monthly stroll celebrating the arts in Elizabeth City.

Things kick off Friday, 5:30 p.m. and run until 7 p.m. You can start your walk at the corner of Road and Main Streets, or perhaps on Water Street. Either direction will provide you with nine locations.

First, let’s begin with the kids. While you’re enjoying art, you can let the kids explore science, make a craft and watch a movie at Port Discover. This is for members only, but you can join Port Discover at the door. There is a small fee.

So while the kids are enjoying their time you can begin your walk downtown. Page After Page Bookstore on Water Street might be a good place to start. They say their artist is to be announced.

Around the corner at Arts of the Albemarle you’ll get three artists under one roof. In the 516 Gallery – that’s the front space – you can see what local Dawn Cogger has created.

In the Jenkins Gallery you’ll get the opportunity to see two guest artists from Virginia, Nancy Wall and Valerie Spivey.

Wall is a member of the Chesapeake Bay Art Association and has lived in the Tidewater area for the past 20 years. Wall is known for her paper sculptures.

Primarily self-taught, this artist has been teaching students her style of paper sculpting for years. According to reviews from the Virginia area, her style is, “contemporary with a touch of whimsy.”

Showing alongside Wall is Valerie Spivey, a Hampton Roads area painter.

Spivey is a recent graduate with a BFA in graphic design and painting from Old Dominion University. It was her senior project that launched Spivey into what might be considered her signature style, portraits of children at play.

“Since then, people are my favorite subject to paint,” writes Spivey in her artist’s statement. “Every time I sit down to paint someone, I feel I learn more about them.”

Around the corner from AOA, on Poindexter Street, you have two options during your walk, Two and a Half Women and Footprint.

At Two and a Half Women artisans Tina Clancy and Mechele Davis will feature their handcrafted and uniquely designed jewelry.

Over at Footprint, artist Carol Rolling will show her work.

Across from AOA at Sidney’s Café and Bistro, you can see some of the latest creations by artist Kelly Cameron.

And inside the Virginia Dare Arcade, Elizabeth City Yoga says its artist is to be announced — they have a great space to show work so check them out.

Down the street at Serenity Studio Arts in the old Southern Hotel building, for a small fee kids can create art while their parents are enjoying, well, art. They call it Kid’s Night Art.

Next door to Serenity is Floor 3 Ceiling Design. Here you’ll find the colorful paintings of Carolyn Peel. Peel is a well-known area painter whose work has been showing in Elizabeth City for some time now.

For more information about the Art Walk, go to