art-crawlHickory – Join in the fun in Downtown Hickory on May 19 where the Spring Art Crawl takes place from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The fun begins at the Kick-Off Party from 5:00 to 5:30 hosted by Full Circle Arts (FCA), 45 Third Street NW.  FCA will be having a reception for their Photography Show, and Varian Swieter and Deber Klein will do a demonstration of hand-building with clay. Works by FCA members will also be on display. The first ten people to visit the Kick-Off Party will be given $10.00 in Downtown Dollars to be used at participating businesses on the night of the crawl. Then grab a map and start to Crawl!

Please remember the art work is for sale.  Help support these local artists.

Take a right out of FCA, cross the street and visit Hatch’s Sandwich Bar at 268 First Avenue NW.  Ollis Baggett displays one-of-a-kind copper jewelry using tubing, flashing, wire, and other metals.  The musical sounds of Kevin Lee Smith are featured.

Turnip the Arts, 266 First Avenue is where Russhe Riemer will present repurposed fabrics featuring handmade bags, hats, wristlets, and wallets, plus face & hair creams and bug sprays.

Sonya’s Dance Academy, 258 First Avenue NW will have student demonstrations in modern jazz.

Louis Nunnery School of Ballet, 254 First Avenue will have student demonstrations in classical ballet.

Leaving Louis Nunnery, take a right, head to the corner, cross First Avenue NW and drop into Taste Full Beans Coffeehouse (TFB), 29 Second Street NW  Featured artists are Leslie Hamlin, Amanda Dobbins, Beth Oczkowski, Akacia Robinson, Amy Weaver, and Lori Dixon.

Take a right out of TFB, cross the railroad tracks and take a left onto Government Avenue SW and follow the sounds of the Possum Hollar String Band to Craft Beer Cellars, 109 Government Avenue SW.

Head back across the street and take a left to visit Jackson Group Interactive, 219 First Avenue SW.  Visit with three artists, Matthew Strawn (Intaglio Printing), Tom Denne (Woodwork), and Harold Humphrey (Stonework).

Stroll up to Olde Hickory Station, 232 Government Avenue SW. The Station hosts a book signing by children’s book author Michele McCreary. Michele will be signing “No No Miss Kitty Cat.”

Head back across the tracks to Larry’s Music & Sound Teaching Studio, 266 Union Square, where you will find the watercolors and oil painting of Diane Yoder. The watercolor paintings of Judy Carpenter will also be displayed and jewelry creations by Olivia Elmore of Pixie’s Treasures Unlimited are highlighted.

Take a right to Aqua B, 262 Union Square, where the aerial photography of Brandon Pope will be featured.

Bottega~A Soulful Place, has moved up to the square and is now located at 256 Union Square. Featured are unique clothing and a plethora of works from various artists.  The pottery of Susan Armstrong and Johnnita St. Clair are highlighted.

Foot Solutions, 242 Union Square, features Reverend Robert Roach’s watercolors with pen and ink details.

Rodney Smith of MUD Shack Pottery demonstrates his pottery techniques on Union Square in front of Foot Solutions.
Hickory Wine Shoppe, 238 Union Square hosts jewelry crafted by Charles Kimso.

Bloomin’ Glass Arts by Pam and Jerry Miller will be displayed on the grassy knoll across from the Hickory Wine Shoppe.
Bisque n Beads, 232 Union Square, is a place to be creative.  Scott Regenbogen presents hand-turned, inlaid woodworking and Robert Webb displays his acrylic and oil paintings.

Visit Tracy’s on the Square, 228 Union Square, where watercolor art of Zan Thompson is highlighted.

The Fresh Depot, 220 Union Square, will have the mixed, up-cycled pieces created by Laurie Bellar Childres of LightArted (formerly Carolina Classical Glass) and the works of painter, sculptor and collagist Alexandrea Jones.

The Natural Olive, 216 Union Square, features where the pottery of Virginia Hurley will be on display.

The Flag Court on the east end of Union Square (in front of Attitudes Salon) hosts a variety of artists.  Emili Lambert will have her sketches, Eugenie Fein will present her oils and watercolor paintings, Denise Rachelle will have her whimsical dragonflies, Selina Setzer with pencil drawings, Linda Seavey paintings in acrylics, oils and watercolors, and Paul Hunter Speagle will display his paintings.

Olde Hickory Tap Room, 222 Union Square serves delicious food with a wide selection of fine spirits, wine, and award-winning beer.  Live music will be performed by Nathan Hefner and Ulysses Long from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.  No cover charge.

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. . Boyd & Hassell Industrial Commercial Real Estate specializes in sales, leasing, and management of industrial and commercial real estate.

For more information on The HDDA, membership, businesses, other events and downtown Hickory, please call 828 322 1121 or email  Please visit the website,

Photo: Zan Thompson