On Friday, June 14 from 5 to 8 p.m., the “arts district” of downtown West Jefferson will come alive with people strolling the streets. Gallery Crawl is back. For the June crawl there will be new exhibits, special artists, refreshments and in-store promotions.

Gallery Crawls will take place the second Friday of each month. Mark June 14, July 12, Aug. 9, Sept. 13 and Oct. 11 on your calendars. There will be a special Christmas Crawl on Friday, Dec. 6. The purpose of the crawls are to support and promote downtown West Jefferson businesses.

Crawlers will have an opportunity to see new, creative and innovative works by Ashe County’s leading artists. Crawlers are invited to stroll the streets, visit the galleries, view the downtown murals, enjoy the many outdoor art pieces and take advantage of the downtown restaurants.

“This is the nineteenth annual Gallery Crawl in downtown West Jefferson. We are excited to feature thirteen galleries," Arts Council Executive Director Jane Lonon said. "The first crawl of the season is fun and festive with lots of folks strolling the streets, enjoying the latest creations from our creative and talented Ashe County artists.”

Art lovers will find on the streets of Downtown West Jefferson one of a kind paintings and photography, pottery, stained glass, quilts, fiber arts, jewelry, wood turned art and more.

West Jefferson has an eclectic group of shops, galleries and studios representing a large and varied group of artists who will be displaying their latest creations. Participating in the crawl will be: Acorn Gallery, Ashe Arts Center, Ashe Custom Framing and Gallery, Backstreet Beads, Bohemia Gallery, Catchlight Gallery, Farmers Market Crafters, Florence Thomas Art School, Great Southern Gothic, Originals Only Gallery, Quilt Square Girls, RT Morgan Gallery and Glass by Camille, Stephen Shoemaker Studio and Gallery and The Vintage Locket.

The Ashe Arts Center will open their new exhibit on Gallery Crawl evening with a duo exhibit by JoAnn Pippin and Carole Bryant. "Light and Lighthouses" will feature watercolor, oils and pastels. Crawlers will enjoy refreshments, meet these two artistic friends and view this new exhibit.

Join your friends and neighbors for Gallery Crawl and experience the arts in West Jefferson. Admission to Gallery Crawl is free and is sponsored by the Ashe County Arts Council in cooperation with the West Jefferson Business Association and the West Jefferson TDA. Maps will be available at the Ashe Arts Center in West Jefferson and at other participating galleries and shops. For more information, call the Ashe County Arts Council at (336) 846-2787 or see us on the web at www.ashecountyarts.org.

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