The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation (TGKVF) is a non-profit, charitable community trust that accepts contributions, creates and administers funds, and makes grants for the benefit of the greater Kanawha Valley’s residents. Our mission is to improve the quality of life and promote philanthropy. First organized in 1962, the Foundation now manages more than 500 separate Funds ranging from ten thousand dollars to seven million dollars. Through its trustee banks and managers, TGKVF invests the principal of each Fund and distributes the income via grants to the community in areas like arts and culture, health and human services, education, land use, and recreation.
The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation is proud to participate in Charleston’s ArtWalk in conjunction with our recent initiative “A New Charleston.” One of the initiative’s primary goals is to promote entrepreneurship. Through our involvement in the Charleston ArtWalk, we can work toward this goal by helping to support local artisans.
Featured Artist: Deborah Herndon, Photographer
The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation features 29 limited edition pieces of Herndon’s work ranging from photographs of French and Spanish architectural details and urban landscape (including “French Kiss Knocker,” finalist in the 67th Allied Artists Juried Competition) to one of Herndon’s more recent pieces, “Orchestra Hall, Violin Blue,” a metallic photography print/raised paint tracing on cardboard overlay. The piece was originally juried for the Annual Re/Vision Project of the Visual Arts Association of Louisville and was used to raise funds for visually impaired children of Kentucky and southern Indiana.
Featured Artist: Jeanne K Cochran
Jeanne K rediscovered painting with watercolors in 2004. With encouragement from her family she had her first show in 2007. Since then she has had successful showings at FestivAll in Charleston, Cynthia Bickey Art Gallery in Beckley, Downtown Art Walks in Charleston, Artist in Residence at Integrated Healing Services in South Charleston, is a member of WV Allied Artists, the Beckley Art Group, and a Tamarack-The Best of WV Artist. You may know and recognize Jeanne K from her day job, DJ on V100 radio.
Featured Artist: Arthur Evans, Painter
Arthur Evans was born in 1946 in Charleston, West Virginia, and moved in 1975 to California. He taught German at the Defense language Institute in Monterey, California, and had only limited contact with painting during those eleven years of teaching. In 1989 he left the language school and began to dedicate himself completely to painting. He attended classes at a private art school in San Francisco for two years and then began to give art instruction in his own studio as well as painting for shows in and around the San Francisco area. In 1998 Arthur moved to Cambria. His works were displayed in Cambria’s finer galleries. Circumstances in 2002 brought Arthur back home. Since then he has been improving upon his Vermeeresque style of painting along with teaching art to local patrons. Arthur has also received and accomplished several commissions for the state. Most recent is the portrait for Supreme Court Justice Thomas McHugh.
Featured Artist: Anna “Tookie” Nibert, Painter
The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation will also feature the work of Anna “Tookie” Nibert. Tookie has a long history of creative endeavors as necessity sparked her creativity in fabric arts and culinary skills early in life. As an adult, Tookie explored a variety of multi-media expressions, both conventional and unconventional, and her eclectic approach to art is evidenced in her use of watercolors, acrylics, and other mixed media. Tookie’s inspiration comes from her world travels, nature and culture, and friends and family. Unrestricted by any particular style or method, Tookie expresses her motivations in each individual piece. Her works are on display in galleries and homes throughout Florida, California, Virginia, Kentucky, and West Virginia. In Florida she has showcased at the Backus Museum, the Treasure Coast Art Gallery, and the County Commission Building. She was also featured at the River Ridge Lodge in North Carolina and recently donated one of her pieces to WV Health Right’s live auction as well as Art In the Garden, Manna Meal’s fundraiser.
Joining Tookie will also be members of the Charleston Art Group, ‘a little group with big ideas’.
Featured Artist: Mkyal Baisden, Clay Creatons
Taking a passion for Masques and sculpture to the next level, Masques by Mykal is an artist’s dream come true. These unique masques and sculptures feature materials of clay, feathers, plaster of paris, paper mache and plastic. Mykal has also displayed at the East End Bazaar and has a shop through Etsy.com
Featured Artist: Adrienne Galloway, Jewelry Designer
Designer Adrienne Galloway of The Queen of Arts –Curiosities by Adrienne, is known for her polymer clay jewelry often featuring her signature octopus in various themes. She has a BA in Music Business and Masters in Business, both from the University of Charleston and began making jewelry several years ago. In addition to clay she also has designs in mosaics and tile plate. Each piece is original and hand crafted. She displays in Art Emporium, Gallery 11, both in Charleston and The Red Chameleon in St. Albans and also was featured in the Charleston Sunday Gazette-Mail as a participating artist in the East End Bazaar.
Featured Artist: Mary Blake, Jewelry Designer
Topaz, pearls and amethyst are all over Mary Blake’s studio, but so are beetles, dragonflies, owls and seahorses. Mary prefers to be guided by inspiration. She founded Studio Lilybean in 2005 after 18 years of working in jewelry design and beadwork. She now creates from vintage pins and beads. Turning vintage pins into pendants for her beadwork necklaces is Mary’s signature art. She credits her interest to her mother who wore specific pieces only in certain seasons. Although she experimented with a range of artistic expression, Mary found her passion in 1999 when she started working for Beadazzled, a bead store in Evanston, Ill. Her thing was taking ideas out of magazines and making them herself. Mary attended Denison University with a major in English Literature and a minor in studio art. She currently resides in Charleston, WV.
Featured Artist: John Ingram, Musician