Hickory – Thursday, May 18, will have visitors to Downtown Hickory “crawling”! The first Downtown Hickory Art Crawl of the year will be happening from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. There will be art, music, demonstrations and more in and outside of local business.

The Crawl begins at 5:00 pm with a Kick-Off Party at Fanjoy/Labrenz Studios. From there, get yourself a map and move!

See what is going on and plan to see and hear everything!

Fanjoy Labrenz hosts the Kick-Off Party at 5pm at their photography studio located at 215-A First Avenue SW. 828-324-8330.  Featured is mixed media artist and photographer from Asheville,  Jonathan Harrah creates spectacle from the familiar.

The Rocky Face Ramblers provide music on the lawn.

Jackson Creative, 219 First Avenue SW, 828-328-9238, hosts Matthew Strawn (intaglio printing), Tom Denne (woodwork), and Richard Wright (pottery).

The Olde Hickory Station, 232 Government Avenue SW, 828-322-2356, features author Adrian Rice signing his new book, “Hickory Station.”

J. Roberts Salon & Studio, 101 Government Avenue SW, Suite 300, 828-322-3303, showcases the urban life and culture revealed in the acrylic artwork of Michelle Oxenberg.

Craft Beer Cellars, 209 Government Avenue SW, 828-391-3592, presents the musical sounds of The Butter Beans.

Taste Full Beans, 29 Second Street NW, 828-325-0108, hosts a diverse group of artists including Leslie Hamlin (acrylics), John Mungro (photography), Jenn Garrich (photography), Terra Gedeon (acrylics), Suzy McGee (quilled cards), Amy Weaver (photography), and Amanda Dobbins (pottery).  Live music will also be featured.

The Harris Arcade, 227 First Avenue NW, 828-322-5090, hosts a variety of art with the macramé designs of Laura Hampel, oil paintings by Arsenio Sanchez, fused glass art by Reilly Yount, winged creations by Cherylann Ingalls, Tracy Sherrill (Wood Fairy Books) and the watercolors of Mike Ogle.

Hatch Sandwich Bar, 268 First Avenue NW, 828-322-1196, highlights the musical talents of Kevin Lee Smith and the framed metalwork of Ellen Ball Studios.

Full Circle Arts, 45-B Third Street NW, 828-322-7545, presents The Tiny Art Show and other work by their talented members.

Larry’s Music And Sound, 266 Union Square, 828-261-0415, exhibits watercolors by Crystal Witherspoon.

AR Workshop, 264 Union Square, 805-458-2549, features the jewelry of Ollis Baggett.

Bottega~A Soulful Place, 256 Union Square, 828-217-2581, hosts Outright Youth of Catawba Valley.

Thistle Dew Nicely, 252 Union Square, 828-322-3242, exhibits the pottery of Lynn King.

Charlie Graingers, 248 Union Square, 828-322-2755, showcases the stone sculptures of Harold Humphrey.

Foot Solutions, 242 Union Square, 828-328-9844, hosts Reverend Robert Roach (watercolors) and Rodney Smith (pottery).

Hickory Wine Shoppe, 238 Union Square, 828-324-4441, holds their monthly wine tasting and hosts Charles Kimso (jewelry & furniture) and Bloomin’ Glass Art (recycled glass).

Bisque N Beads, 232 Union Square, 828-324-4244, highlights the pottery of Virginia Hurley and acrylic paintings by Ernie Sills.

Tracy’s On The Square, 228 Union Square, 828-322-6651, features the watercolors of Zan Thompson.
The Fresh Depot, 220 Union Square, 828-322-5111, exhibits the mixed, up-cycled pieces (brilliant bugs) of Laurie Bellar Childres.

The Natural Olive, 216 Union Square, 828-256-1950, highlights the wooden spoons of Ricardo Ramirez.

Attitudes Salon, 204 Union Square, 828-327-9010, features the oils and watercolors of Eugenie Fein.

Olde Hickory Tap Room, 222 Union Square, 828-322-1965, serves delicious food with a wide selection of fine spirits, wine, and award winning craft beer.  Live music begins at 7pm.

Hickory Community Theatre, 30 Third Street NW, 828-327-3855, presents RENT at 7:30pm.  Call the HCT Box Office for tickets.

The Downtown Hickory Art Crawls are sponsored by the Hickory Downtown Development Association, Boyd & Hassell Industrial Commercial Real Estate and the United Arts Council of Catawba County.

The United Arts Council of Catawba County is committed to advancing the cultural life of Catawba County through grants, marketing, fundraising and facilities management.

The council strives to provide awareness of the cultural activities in our area, as well as grant and contribution opportunities.  www.artscatawba.org. Boyd & Hassell Industrial Commercial Real Estate specializes in sales, leasing, and management of industrial and commercial real estate.

For more information on HDDA, membership, businesses, other events and downtown Hickory, please call 828 322 1121 or email info@downtownhickory.com. Please visit the website, www.downtownhickory.com.