Hickory – Make your plans now to be in Downtown Hickory on Thursday, September 15 for the Fall Downtown Hickory Art Crawl. The festivities will take place around the Downtown area. The Art Crawl happens from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  Downtown businesses feature artists inside and outside of their businesses.  There will be artist demonstrations, music and children’s activities. The artists will be there to speak with you about their works.  With more than fifty artists participating, there is sure to be something for everyone! Remember, the artwork is for sale, so please help support local artists and downtown businesses!

art-crawlThe Downtown Hickory Art Crawl’s Kick-Off Party will be held at the Fanjoy/Labrenz Studio, located at 215-A First Avenue SW. The first 20 people to arrive will receive complimentary Downtown Dollars, which may be used that evening at any participating business.  The studio highlights the photography and video productions of Sally Fanjoy and James Labrenz.  Joseph Hasty and Centerpiece Jazz will perform. There will be a variety of artists and their works from The Boating Party exhibition from the Burke Arts Council.

Next stop is The Jackson Group Interactive, 219 First Avenue SW. Here you will find Harold Humphrey with his stone sculptures, Matthew Strawn with Intaglio printing, Polly Skipper’s oil paintings and Ernie Sills’s acrylic paintings.

From there, cross the street and crawl to the Olde Hickory Station located at 232 Government Ave. The Station’s award winning chef will be signing the Eat & Explore North Carolina cookbook and travel guide.  Recipes from the Station are featured in the book. Books will be available for purchase, great Christmas gift!

Next stop is Craft Beer Cellars, 109 Government Ave SW, who offers an assortment of more than 400 types of craft beers. Marlene Warner will display her glass pendants and jewelry. The Butter Beans Band will perform.

Then head to Second Street NW and wander north to Taste Full Beans Coffeehouse who has delicious coffee and comestibles.  The Coffeehouse will host Leslie Hamlin’s acrylics, Michelle Iceberg Jordan’s digital art, Lori Clement’s earrings, Richard McGee’s photography, Suzy McGee’s quilled cards, Amanda Dobbins’s pottery, and Kay Grotto’s crocheted art. Sean Jarman will be performing for your musical pleasure.

Take a left out of Taste Full Beans, cross the street and turn left on First Avenue NW to Nunnery School of Ballet located at 254 First Ave NW. Student demonstrations in ballet will be featured.

Wander on up to Turnip the Arts located at 266 First Avenue NW. Turnip the Arts offers a wide variety of functional and decorative arts with workshops and cooking classes regularly scheduled.  Cortney Phillips will showcase her bead weaving and bead embroidery.

Follow the acoustic sounds of Kevin Lee Smith to the corner and stop at Hatch’s Sandwich Bar where you can visit with Ollis Baggett who creates one-of-a-kind copper jewelry using tubing, flashing, wire and other metals.

Cross First Avenue NW to visit Full Circle Arts at 45 Third Street NW. FCA will be kicking off their 8th Annual Silent Auction. Place your bids on your favorite art work!

Go up the steps and to the left and crawl up Third Street to Union Square. Stop at Larry’s Music and Sound where the polymer clay art of Cherylann Keogh, acrylics by Richard Chucci, and stained glass creations by Robert Hitaffer will be on display.

Head on down Union Square to Aqua B where paper mache sculptures by Hope Holmes are featured.  Aqua B offers a variety of apparel and accessories for all ages.

Next stop is Bottega—A Soulful Place, 256 Union Square, featuring unique clothing and a plethora of works from local artists.  Quilled art by Elizabeth Oczkowski and Folk Art by Terrell Miller are highlighted.

Stop by Charlie Graingers, 248 Union Square, the home of world famous hot dogs, beef brisket, and BBQ.  The unique decorative and functional woodwork of Tom Denne will be featured.

Next up is Foot Solutions, 242 Union Square, where Board Certified staff will assist you with your footwear needs.  When your feet feel good, you feel good. Reverend Robert Roach exhibits watercolors with pen & ink details.

Rodney Smith of Mud Shack Pottery demonstrates his pottery techniques on Union Square in front of Foot Solutions.

The Sails on Union Square highlights a variety of artists.  Tom Denne features his functional and decorative woodworking.  Jeramie Jones will demonstrate spray paint art.  Joe Young & CVCC Photography students will exhibit their work.  Jeff Keifer and CVCC Fine Art students will showcase their art.

Stroll on down Union Square to The Hickory Wine Shoppe. Charles Kismo will be there with his one-of-a-kind jewelry. Bloomin’ Glass Arts by Pam and Jerry Miller will be in the grassy knoll in front of the Wine Shoppe.

Bisque n Beads is a place to be creative. Classes and special events (like Diva night) are offered regularly.   Visit with Scott Regenbogen with his hand-turned, inlaid woodworking, Mary Bolton showing her stained glass art and Jenna Webb displaying handmade paper cards.

A left from Bisque n Beads brings you to Tracy’s on the Square, where a wide selection of apparel, jewelry, shoes, and tuxedos can be found.  The watercolor art of Zan Thompson is highlighted.

Olde Hickory Tap Room, 222 Union Square, serves delicious food with a wide selection of fine spirits, wine, and award winning craft beer. There will be live music performed by Nathan Hefner and Ulysses Long from 7-10pm inside.  No cover charge. The Warehouse Resource Center will be out front, with activities for the young and the young at heart.

The Fresh Depot, 220 Union Square, offers a comfort food menu of taste entrees with fresh bakery items.  The mixed, up-cycled pieces created by Laurie Bellar Childres of LightArted (formerly Carolina Classical Glass) are featured.

Wander on down to The Natural Olive, 216 Union Square. There you will find a vast selection of Extra Virgin Olive Oils, flavored oils and vinegars.  The pottery of Virginia Hurley, Tigersmoon Design, will be on display.

Anthony & Brown PLLC, 208 Union Square, Suite 204, will feature the watercolors of Susan Cooper Grant, oil on canvas masterpieces from Carl Zwingli, oil & acrylic paintings from Molly LaFontaine, pottery by Pat Flachbart, acrylic art by  Judy Carpenter, and the artwork of Ronda Hale.

In the Flag Court, located on the East End of Union Square, there will be a variety of artists.  Brandon Pope displays aerial photography. Oil and watercolor paintings by Eugenie Fein, Olivia Elmore of Pixie’s Treasures, dragonflies by Denise Rachelle, pencil, ink, and acrylic drawing by Selina Setzer, and Corine Hardman’s pottery will be on display.

The Downtown Hickory Art Crawls are sponsored by 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.  http://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.