Kaitlin Dunn- Wilkes JP
Tenth Street in North Wilkesboro was bustling on Friday night for Hues and Brews, an event hosted by the Downtown North Wilkesboro Partnership.

Several local shops were open late in conjunction with the opening of the Wilkes Art Gallery’s Piedmont Pastel Society exhibit.

Wilkes Art Gallery Executive Director Cindy Pardue said she thought the opening went well.

“We had a lot of new faces, especially the younger generation, which was nice,” Pardue said. “Everyone was really excited having a show of all pastels.”

This exhibit features the work of 12 pastel artists from the Piedmont Pastel Society, a nonprofit group from Charlotte. It was sponsored by Bill and Margo Hurd.  

According to the group’s website, the group’s goals are  “to promote and provide educational opportunities for our members; to enhance community awareness and appreciation of the value and beauty of soft pastels and to connect individual artists in our region.”

Rachel Brooks of Millers Creek often comes to the gallery. She said she was very impressed with the work on display.  

“Every time I come here, I’m amazed,” Brooks said. “This is just absolutely phenomenal.”

The art will be on display through Sept. 2.

While many people were viewing the artwork, many more could be found milling around 10th Street.

Anchor Coffee, Wilkes Country Corner, Taupe Gallery and The Pink Pair were all open until 8 p.m. Elsewhere on 10th also had drink specials.

Taupe Gallery, Wilkes Country Corner and the Pink Pair all had light refreshments for customers.

Abby Burns went to the gallery and then meandered to a few other shops.  As a gallery member, Burns was informed about the event through an email.

“I love the idea,” Burns said. “Anything that gets more people to come downtown is great.”

The Pink Pair had a 50 percent off sale on summer merchandise to celebrate the event. Burns, who was browsing for a tote bag said she enjoys coming in the shop.

“It’s a colorful and feminine place,” Burns said. “All women would love it.”

Lois Sale, owner of Wilkes Country Corner, said the event was a good experience for her because she had several new customers come at the store. “Any time we can get new people to come in, it’s worth it,” said Sale.

According to Downtown North Wilkesboro Partnership Board Director Crystal Keener, the group is a “accredited Main Street program that has been in North Wilkesboro since 2001. It is comprised of a volunteer board and the focus is promoting downtown merchants and businesses.”

According to Keener, the partnership advertises events and business through billboards and radio advertisements.

It also advertises through its Facebook page (facebook.com/downtownnorthwilkesboro) and website (downtonwnorthwilkesboro.com),

It lists available downtown properties on its website for anyone who might want to open a business.

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