Smart bets: Darryl Maleike and Ana Blanton

Throughout January, Woolworth Walk’s F.W. Front Gallery will be adorned with artwork by Darryl Maleike and Ana Blanton. Maleike spent more than a decade snapping photos in 49 states and 23 countries before transitioning into the craft of bookmaking — a passion the Southern Highlands Craft Guild member has pursued for 15 years. His work has been sold at Woolworth Walk since the gallery opened in 2001. Meanwhile, Blanton’s tropical upbringing infuses intense coloration into her abstract depictions. Her latest series is “inspired by the constant movement of our technologically driven lives and the challenge of finding resting places and balance within them,” according to a release. Both local artists host an opening reception at Woolworth Walk Friday, Jan. 8, from 4 to 6 p.m. Free. Artwork by Ana Blanton


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Kat studied entrepreneurship and music business at the University of Miami and earned her MBA at Appalachian State University. Follow me @katmAVL

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