JULY 15, 2010 ISSUE

Sunset Stroll in Blowing Rock Friday

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Step into Christopher’s Wine and Cheese during this Friday’s Sunset Stroll in Blowing Rock for a wine tasting and snacks.
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Date: Friday, July 16
Time: 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Sunset Drive, downtown Blowing Rock
Cost: Free

The sculptures of Lenoir artist Bill Stronach are featured in an exhibition at Art & Artifacts in Blowing Rock.

Before visiting Blowing Rock’s monthly Art in the Park festival on Saturday, spend an extra evening with arts and artists this Friday, July 16, during the Sunset Stroll on Sunset Drive.

The monthly event takes place from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. and features galleries, businesses and restaurants, with featured exhibitions, specials and refreshments.

At the Morning Star Gallery, guest artist Cher Shaffer will demonstrate the creation of Oracle Dolls, one of her many folk art specialties. The gallery also will exhibit oil paintings by Linda Leeger Stokes and Greg Osterhaus. Art & Artifacts’ will feature painter Pavel (Paul) Nikitchenko, sculptor Bill Stronach and potter Elizabeth Westveer.
Visit DeWoolfson Linens during the Sunset Stroll to register for a door prize and to receive a complimentary gift bag of fragrance samples. Hostess Angelina Lewis can also show you the extensive selection of embroidered hand towels.

Other participating businesses are Jakes at the Rock, Feather Your Nest Gallery, Christopher’s Wine and Cheese, All Things Pretty Boutique and Salon and Blowing Rock Estate Jewelry and Antiques.

Dine al fresco at Mellow Mushroom pizza, Blowing Rock Grille, Crippen’s and The Best Cellar, where you can hear live music on the lawn. Weather permitting, bars will be serving outdoors as well.

Look for the balloons to at participating businesses. For more information, call Maggie Wilson at 828-295-6991.

Nikitchenko, Stronach Exhibition at Art & Artifacts Friday

Potter Elizabeth Westveer will exhibit on the patio of Art & Artifacts this Friday and Saturday, July 16 and 17.

Art & Artifacts and Blowing Rock Gallery of Homes & Land sponsor a show titled Two Points of View featuring sculptures by Bill Stronach and paintings by Pavel “Paul” Nikitchenko. The opening reception will be from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. this Friday, July 16, at 159 Sunset Drive in downtown Blowing Rock.

The public reception is part of the monthly Sunset Stroll on Sunset Drive. In addition to the featured works of Stronach and Nikitchenko, Elizabeth Westveer, a potter from Spruce Pine, will exhibit on the gallery patio on Friday evening and from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. this Saturday, July 17.

Stronach, of Lenoir, creates multi-media, abstract sculptures using wood, metal and stone and also casts in aluminum and brass. He has been a jeweler, metalsmith, woodworker, potter, leather craftsman and active sculptor for 15 years, serving as a sculpture instructor from 2002 to 2009.

Stronach’s many honors include Best of Show awards in exhibitions in Caldwell and Burke counties and permanent displays in public centers.

Nikitchenko, originally from Moscow, lives in Wilmington. Nikitchenko found his love for painting as a child while attending his father’s art classes in the USSR. He remembers painting in plein air at 5 years old using watercolors and pastels. Nikitchenko’s current work demonstrates his love of color and different styles.

“Each new work is an adventure, a new experience,” he said. “I never plan how the painting should look—I simply allow it to grow into itself.”

Westveer, originally from Blowing Rock, uses a layering of glazes in her work that creates surfaces with depth.

In honor of the 87th Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show, Art & Artifacts will continue to display the works of painter Brian Hibbard of Cedar Grove and sculptor Alex Hallmark of Blowing Rock, which were part of an exhibit titled Equine: The Wonders of the Horse.

For more information, call 828-414-9400 or click to www.artandartifactsbr.com.