The Fall Crawl is here! The last crawl of the season will feature galleries, shops and studios all decked out in their fall finery on Friday, Oct. 11, from 5 to 8 p.m. Sponsored by the Ashe County Arts Council the Gallery Crawl showcases and promotes the varied artistic talents in Downtown West Jefferson.

New, creative, innovative works continue to emerge from local Ashe County’s artists. The galleries and shops are alive with colors, shapes and textures that invite the explorer to experience something new and exciting. This is the time to do that holiday shopping.

Participating in the October Crawl will be: Acorn Gallery, Ashe Arts Center, Ashe Custom Framing and Gallery, Backstreet Beads, Bohemia Gallery, Catchlight Gallery, Farmers Market Crafters, Florence Thomas Art School, Great Southern Gothic, Originals Only Gallery, Quilt Square Girls, RT Morgan Gallery and Glass by Camille, Stephen Shoemaker Studio and Gallery and The Vintage Locket.

The Ashe Arts Center will feature the juried exhibit the Best of the Blue Ridge. The opening reception will be coinciding with the gallery crawl. The announcement of the awards for best in show, 1st, 2nd and 3rd place will be at 6 p.m. followed by a presentation by juror Lee Carol Giduz. Awards are provided by corporate sponsor Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff. The Ashe Arts Center is located at 303 School Avenue, West Jefferson.

The Florence Thomas Art School is hosting the Potters of the Blue Ridge. Twelve potters will showcase artworks during gallery craw. The exhibit will be on display through November 18. Florence Thomas Art School is located at 10 S Jefferson Avenue.

Come out and bring a friend and stroll the streets of West Jefferson. Enjoy the Scarecrow Contest sponsored by the Downtown Business Association. Admission to Gallery Crawl is free. Maps will be available at the Ashe Arts Center in West Jefferson and at other participating galleries and shops. For more information, call the Ashe County Arts Council at (336) 846-2787.

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