The Spring Artisan Market in Boone had a wide variety of artists represented, from jewelry-makers, painters, photographers and ceramicists to weavers, textile-artists, print makers, wood workers and metal smiths. All housed in Boone’s Nth Degree Gallery.
Melina LaVecchia, founder of the Artisan Market and exhibiting ceramicist, said she saw many great opportunities for artisans down the mountain in larger cities like Asheville, Charlotte and Durham. But she felt there wasn’t that opportunity in Boone, a place for local artisans to come together and share their craft with the public. “Boone needs it!” she said. So LaVecchia created the event two years ago and has had summer, winter and now spring markets. The next event, the Summer Artisan Market, will be June 25 at the Harvest House in Boone.
This was the first time the Nth gallery hosted the Artisan Market. Sarah Parker, exhibiting artist and member of the Nth gallery for four years, explains the experience of being with this underground gallery. “It’s challenging but inspiring to be a part of curating shows for other artists,” she said. “Being an underground gallery, it allows us to show art that is more alternative and less mainstream. Artists pay rent to have studio space at the Nth. All of the time from the members is donated, and the Nth takes a much smaller commission than most other galleries. It’s a great place for students and other new artists to show their work. The experience has been very rewarding!”
ArtsNow had a chance to talk with all of the exhibiting artists and despite the wide variety of materials and processes, each artist had one thing in common: their love of Boone and the tight-knit community of people here. “I LOVE BOONE!” said fiber artist Kim Perala. “The arts community has been so encouraging and supportive!”
Taylor M. Ross, local wood worker, loves to sit on his porch by Moses Cone Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway while he works “just watching the fog roll in and listening to the birds and the trees. It doesn’t get much better than that.”
Click on the images below and read the captions to learn more about some of the artists in the Spring Artisan Market.