ArtWalk takes to the streetsPublished 9:24pm Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Washington native Joshua Holton will be contributing art and music to tonight’s ArtWalk in downtown Washington.
Holton’s show opens at Lone Leaf and runs through August, but tonight will be the only chance to see the former Carolina Still member pick up a banjo and entertain the masses. He and a few friends will play in front of the gallery.
Neil Loughlin, owner of Lone Leaf Gallery & Custom Framing and vice chairmen of the Beaufort County Arts Council, said the gallery offers something new at each of the quarterly events.
“We put up a show for every ArtWalk. This is the first time we’ve had music,” he said.
Holton’s work has been a staple in the gallery since 2009, but this will be the biggest display of his work at the Washington gallery to date. Loughlin said the music would tie in well with Holton’s art, which are screen-prints of vintage images of musicians.
The artwork promises to be as enjoyable as the music, Loughlin said.
“We’ve seen a lot of artwork, but haven’t seen a lot like Josh’s artwork,” Loughlin said. “It’s very unique. It’s just something he created all on his own. He works on a screen-printer shop in Asheville.”
River Walk Gallery & Art Center will have plenty of art on display, including its current exhibit of local high school artists.
The gallery has a few new artists on the roster. Work from artist Nancy Scoble and potters Maureen Davis and Michael Johnson will be displayed.
As always, artist Art Tyndall’s studio on Water Street will be open for ArtWalk. The artist finds his inspiration from local scenes. There is a story behind every painting, and Tyndall is more than happy to share them.
The works of more than 80 artists will be on display at the Inner Banks Artisans’ Center.
“The center houses many working artist studios along with arts-related retail outlets,” said Joey Toler, executive director of BCAC. “During ArtWalk, oil-painter Dan Nelson will be demonstrating his two-handed plein aire painting skills.”
The center will have its own share of music at the Union Alley Coffeehouse, located in the rear of the Inner Banks Artists’ Center. The Beaufort County Traditional Music Association performs jams every Thursday night.
The ArtWalk will reach as far westward as Beaufort County Arts Council’s Lane Gift Shop & Gallery. As always, the shop will be open with works by local artists and craftspeople.
Toler said a few businesses would have local art on display for the event.
“Coldwell Banker Coastal Rivers Realty continues to support the local arts community with new work in their gallery focusing on the everyday artist,” he said. “They will be featuring work by two local photographers, Guy Livesay and Angela Kesler.”
Local artist Shawn Watters will demonstrate woodcarving in front of the Main Street office during the event.
“One of the many merchants staying open for ArtWalk will be the Little Shoppes of Washington. They, along with all ArtWalk locations, will be offering a variety of refreshments and beverages to arts patrons.”
The Beaufort County Arts Council and Washington Harbor District Alliance present ArtWalk along with all participating galleries and merchants. The public is invited downtown for this free event, which runs from 6 to 9 p.m. For more information about ArtWalk or other programs offered by BCAC and WHDA, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.