On Thursday May 19, The Hickory Downtown Development Association will bring galleries, businesses and artists together for one night of fun in downtown! Remember to support these local artists and businesses who add so much to our community. All artwork is for sale, so don t hesitate to ask.

Starting at 5:00, Full Circle Arts will host the Kick Off Party. View the works of FCA members while listening to the music of Kay and Patrick Crouch. The Crouch s are an acoustic duo whose blend of brilliant vocal harmonies tops a solid instrumental foundation. They are dedicated to performing a variety of musical styles in an acoustic setting, with an eclectic repertoire that includes modern folk songs by American, Canadian, and Irish songwriters, the fiery breakdowns and songs of family and home found in both traditional and contemporary bluegrass settings, and centuries-old Celtic airs and dance tunes. All of this is peppered with a healthy dose of popular jazz standards, swing and western swing music, and a few classic country tunes thrown in to provide a program certain to be enjoyed by all. FCA is located at 226 First Avenue NW.

At 5:30 the Crawl officially begins so grab your maps, take a right out of FCA, cross at the light and head towards Union Square. At the west end of the Square the Possum Hollar band will be performing. Possum Hollar plays old time traditional music from 100 to 150 years ago. Many of the instruments they play, they made themselves. The music they play came mostly from the British Isles and would have been heard at square dances, corn shuckins and barn raisings from the past.

Going down Union Square, stop in Gym Dance, Cheer at 264 Union Square and view the traditional and non traditional pottery of Lynn King, By His Grace Pottery.

From there, take a left and visit Michael Cheeks at the Outdoor Supply Company, 262 Union Square. Michael has been painting and involved in the art world for 28 years, and is the owner of Palette Creations, an in-home art studio where he teaches on-going workshops and classes in oil painting. His work has been featured in national art magazines including Paint Works, Decorative Painter, and Interactive Artist.

Another left will take you to the Hickory Wine Shoppe at 238 Union Square. In addition to a wine tasting, the Hickory Wine Shoppe will feature the jewelry of Charles Kismo.

Visit with Jeramie Jones, spray paint artist in the area in front of Bisque n Beads. Jeramie will fascinate you with his creative art works using only spray paint and a few tools.

Between 6 and 6:45, the talented students of Sonya s Dance Academy will perform at the Union Square Stage.

Outside of the Olde Hickory Tap Room, the Hickory Museum of Art will host an entertaining and educational experience for young crawlers.

New to the Art Crawl and Downtown Hickory is The Crushed Olive, located at 216 Union Square. The Crushed Olive will host Julia Rush and her line of earrings and necklaces with beautiful Swarovski crystals and pearls trimmed with sterling silver Bali beads. Julia also uses many other glass beads in a variety of colors and designs.

Go left again and to the corner, cross at the crosswalk and visit another location new to the Art Crawl, the Union Square Emporium, located at 16 Second Street, NW. This new business houses a variety of independent business and artists. The Emporium will be featuring the works of Tommy Stine, Derfla and Alex Reeves.

Back across the cross walk and down to the right will bring crawlers to Taste Full Beans Coffeehouse. Jason Outlaw and Rosalie De Fini Outlaw of Outlaw Pottery Studio, School, Gallery & Supplier will be selling their pottery and doing wheel-throwing demonstrations outside Taste Full Beans. Stop by to meet the artists, watch the Outlaws transform a lump of clay into a vessel, and talk to them about how you can get your own hands dirty by taking pottery classes. Then come on inside and view the art of Anne Fredley (jewelry), John Bigelow (trees sculptures), Pamela Smith (watercolors), Ken Edenmiller (oils) and Edgar Hernandez (acrylics).

Leaving Taste Full Beans, take a right and head back towards the Square. Near the corner will be C. Neil Scott filling the evening air with the soulful sounds of his saxophone. Head across the railroad tracks and down to 215A First Avenue SW, to the Photography Studio of Fanjoy/Labrenz. Sally and James s studio with be filled with their photography along with the music of Joseph Hasty and Centerpiece Jazz. Performing straight ahead classic jazz, swing tunes, show tunes and other standards, Centerpiece Jazz plays all of your favorites, from Miles & Monk, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong & Ella to Antonio Carlos Jobim, Coltrane & Cole Porter.

Out the door and to the left is the Jackson Group. This newly remolded turn of the century building will host the pottery of Varian Sweiter, creator of Get A Grip Stoneware, a fun, unique approach to drinking vessels and bowls, the photography of John Womack and the folk art paintings of Lucy Lofland.

The Art Crawl ends at 9:00, time to crawl back to the Olde Hickory Tap Room for great food and company where live music will begin at 9:30 pm. There is no cover charge for the evening.

Make Downtown Hickory your destination on Thursday, May 19, for the Downtown Hickory Art Crawl!
For more information on The Hickory Downtown Development Association, membership, businesses, events and downtown Hickory, please call 828-322-1121 email Please visit the website,

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