By David Leone
WAKE FOREST — Debra Ludas likes turning something old into something new. She has a necklace with a charm labeled “Forever,” which also is adorned with several old rings, including wedding rings, proving the inscription false.
Ludas, a retired nurse who lives in Wake Forest with her husband Marty, handcrafts necklaces and other jewelry pieces she sells under the name Dragonfly Studio.
She’ll be selling her wares at Next Consignment during this Friday’s Art After Hours.
“My love of jewelry came during the suit era of the ’80s with brooches and metal link necklaces,” Ludas says. “After inheriting a lot of good costume jewelry from my mother and finding some chains and such in local sales, I began to mix the vintage ‘jewels’ with new or old metals and came up with some fun ideas.”
Ludas will be at the shop from 6-8 p.m. Appearing alongside her at Next Consignment is Courtney Coyle, who returns to sing some favorite jazz pieces from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Next Consignment Boutique is at 210 S. White St.
Also at Art After Hours:
•The Wake Forest Art and Frame Shop, 139 S. White St.: Dawn Marie Rozzo’s large canvas paintings featuring landscapes and weather in North Carolina and Pennsylvania.
•The Cotton Company, 306 S. White St.: Pet portraitist Dick Larsen and other local artists show their work from 6-9 p.m. Wine tasting and light refreshments included.
•Sunflower Studio & Gallery, 214 E. Jones Ave.: Pat Hinton’s oil paintings, on display in the guest gallery from 5-9 p.m.
•White Street Brewing Company, 218 S. White St.: 1980s cover band Rockin’ the Suburbs returns.
•Olde English Tea Room, 219 S. White St.: Mad Hatter Tea Party, 5-8:30 p.m. Visitors encouraged to wear amazing hats, vote for their favorites. Prizes awarded. Reservations requested.
•Storyteller’s Book Store, 158 S. White St.: Triple play —McKayla Breeze Peoples, 17, shares photos of forgotten treasures. Also, Jackie Dove-Miller reads from her book of poetry Some Things I Just Know. And an adult artist will discuss how to restore old windows.
•The Lemon Tree, 113 S. White St.: Four course Dine ’Til 9 meal, with appetizer, salad, entree and dessert. Reservations required. Call 919-521-5806.
•For Old Times Sake Antiques, 223 S. White St.: Window display honors firefighters, heroes who died on 9/11.
Other shops and galleries regularly participating in Art After Hours include Gilded Palette Gallery, Lede Studio & Gallery, Wake Forest Coffee Company and Give to Live Guitar Studio.
Art After Hours is a function of the Downtown Revitalization Corp. (DRC) and participating merchants. In addition to the artwork, music and food offerings, there are horse and carriage rides down White Street, weather permitting.
For more information about these and other Art After Hours artists, music and events, visit tiny.cc/WF_AAH.