Archive for November, 2009

ArtWalk Music

Thursday, November 26th, 2009


Music provided by members of the West Virginia Youth Symphony and the Charleston duet Tofujitsu will make this Friday’s ArtWalk a pleasure for your ears as well as your eyes.

The West Virginia Youth Symphony is a non-profit arts organization that supports five music ensembles and numerous chamber groups. The mission is to provide excellent instrumental instruction and opportunities to present quality performances. Today’s West Virginia Youth Symphony consists of over ninety members including players from Ohio, Kentucky and seven counties in West Virginia.

The musicians will be performing at various spots along the ArtWalk route.

Karen Allen and Sean Richardson - Tofujitsu @ The Purple Moon

Karen Allen and Sean Richardson - Tofujitsu @ The Purple Moon

Also, Sean Richardson and Karen Allen, who together make up the self-described Melodramatic Popular Song / Healing & Easy Listening / Indie group Tofujitsu will bring their mellow (and sometimes not so mellow) sounds to The Purple Moon. The duo recently released their first CD, One Man’s Trash, and have been become an ArtWalk staple at The Purple Moon over the past few months.


Felix Krasyk Releasing Limited Edition Prints of 1950’s Paintings

Monday, November 23rd, 2009
Mrs. Wassenberg & Esprie - 1954 - Felix Krasyk

Mrs. Wassenberg & Esprie - 1954 - Felix Krasyk

Charleston artist Felix Krasyk will be releasing limited edition prints of six of his 1950’s paintings during this month’s ArtWalk at The Purple Moon.

Felix Krasyk spent the period of 1952 to 1959 in New York City working and learning textile design. He spent his days working at B. Altman’s and his evenings painting.

Speaking of those New York years Krasyk says, “I painted to keep myself from going nuts. Whenever I went home at night I closed and locked the steel apartment door and it felt like a prison. After all, I am a ‘country boy’ and I missed West Virginia.”

In 1959, Felix returned to Charleston, caring for his parents and working at Woodrum’s Department Store as a designer. He later co-founded Interior Design, Inc. in Kanawha City. Krasyk’s New York paintings were stored away.

There they remained until a 2006 exhibit at the University of Charleston’s Frankenberger Art Gallery. This inspired the artist to once again return to art after 47 years at age 80.

The Thinker - 1957 - Felix Krasyk

The Thinker - 1957 - Felix Krasyk

In February 2007,  The Purple Moon presented an exhibit that mixed Krasyk’s 1950’s work with current pieces entitled Past & Present: a half-century of art.  The majority of his 1950’s work and many of his new pieces quickly sold.

In The Charleston Gazette’s review of that show, Amanda Miller stated, “As someone directly influenced by the apex of modernism, Krasyk brings a quality of work back to Charleston reminiscent of West Virginia modernist Blanche Lazelle.”

Felix Krasyk and his work has been the focus of profiles in Charleston Magazine and in this piece for West Virginia Public Boadcasting’s Outlook Show.

These mark the first prints released by the artist and are limited to an edition of 10 for each of the six pieces.

The Purple Moon will also have on display original works by Mr. Krasyk.


November ArtWalk at The Clay Center

Monday, November 23rd, 2009


Nubian Treasures, Holiday Merriment and great  gift shopping await you at The Clay Center during the November ArtWalk this Friday evening.

Take time to see the Lost Kingdoms of the Nile – Nubian Treasures from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. This exhibit showcases items from the largest Nubian collection outside of Khartoum, Sudan and includes over 200 objects illustrating ancient Nubian life. Special ArtWalk admission for this exhibit is $5/person; admission is free for Clay Center members.

Also experience a holiday wonderland of model railroads and trees designed and decorated by local artists especially for The Clay Center.

Finally, you can wrap up your holiday shopping with a stop in The Clay Center gift shop. Receive a 20% discount and enjoy light refreshments from 5 – 8 pm while the friendly Clay Center staff gift wraps you purchases for free!


Pittsburgh Artist Melissa J. Tyson Opening at The Purple Moon

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009
Music Series #3 - charcoal on paper - Melissa J Tyson

Music Series #3 - charcoal on paper - Melissa J Tyson

Pittsburgh-based artist Melissa J. Tyson will be bringing her versatile work to Charleston in a new show opening at The Purple Moon on Friday, November 27th.

Tyson uses ancient metalsmithing techniques such as alloying, soldering, forging, and enameling to make one-of-a-kind and limited edition jewelry pieces. She works with traditional precious materials, as well as her own hand-mixed alloys, found metal objects, and unconventional materials like bone and textile.

Also active in the fine arts, Tyson’s drawings, paintings, and mixed media works often share influences with her jewelry. Each incorporates found materials and explores themes such as traditional ornamental forms, topography, and sound.

Born in New Jersey, Melissa J. Tyson received a Bachelors of Fine Art from the Rhode Island School of Design, and studied abroad in Russia, Mexico, and at the Hocschule für Gestaltung, Pforzheim, Germany. Melissa is fueled and inspired by travel and has shown internationally in St. Petersburg, Munich, Hamburg, Milan, and Seoul, as well as in several US states. She currently works out of her own studio in Pittsburgh, PA. Additional information and images of her work can be seen on the artist’s website.

Music Series #1 - charcoal on paper - Melissa J Tyson

Music Series #1 - charcoal on paper - Melissa J Tyson

Tyson’s show at The Purple Moon will include works on paper, mixed media pieces and handcrafted fine jewelry. The show opens with a reception with the artist on Friday, November 27th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and runs through December 24th.

The Purple Moon is located at 906 Quarrier Street in downtown Charleston. Hours are Tuesday – Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Art Emporium Presents Scenes of Charleston by Clayton Spangler

Friday, November 20th, 2009
Market Ladies from Clayton Spangler's Scenes of Charleston Series

Market Ladies from Clayton Spangler's Scenes of Charleston Series

The Art Emporium will feature photo paintings by Clayton Spangler from his Scenes of Charleston Collection for the November ArtWalk.

Spangler’s Charleston Collection is a series of photographs of familiar places around the City which have been “painted” digitally and printed on canvas.

The show runs through November 30th.

The Art Emporium is located at 823 Quarrier Street and gallery hours are Monday through Friday 10 to 6 and Saturdays 10 to 4.


Pat Miller Featured at Gallery Eleven

Thursday, November 19th, 2009


Gallery Eleven, located at 1033 Quarrier Street, will be featuring one of its own, Pat Miller, with her beautiful multimedia paintings using acrylic, water color and fabric to get her ideas on the canvas for the November ArtWalk.

Gallery Eleven is open Monday – Saturday from 11am – 4pm and to 8pm for the November 27th ArtWalk.

Stop by and enjoy Charleston Pat Miller’s and the other artists’ work which is on display in Charleston’s only co-op Gallery.


Landscape Paintings by Ron Boehmer Opening – Callen McJunkin Gallery

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

BoehmerOn Friday, November 20th from 5:30pm  to 7:30 pm, Callen McJunkin Gallery will hold an opening reception for All Seasons, Recent Landscape Paintings by Ron Boehmer of Lynchburg VA.

Ron Boehmer’s landscape paintings convincingly portray the familiar surroundings of our region. The subjects of his paintings, whether a farm, byway, river bed, open meadow or interior woodland, are never romanticized, but rendered with sensitivity and honesty. Boehmer transforms linen canvases into contemplative moments that like their subjects, merit repeated visits.  

Boehmer is a Graduate of the MFA program at Pennsylvania University, where he studied under Neil Welliver, the 20th century’s noted dean of American landscape painting, as well as Figurative artist Paul Georges.

Boehmer has taught painting in Virginia for more than 30 years and has exhibited extensively in Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern regions. Boehmer has been awarded Best in show of at least 15 local regional and National Juried Exhibition. His paintings were included in “Myth, Memory and Imagination: Universal Themes in the Life and Culture of the South” a travelling exhibition that originated at McKissick Musuem, University of South Carolina. His works are in numerous private and corporate collections, including Hollins University, Nations Bank, The University of Delaware, University of Pennsylvania, the University of Virginia Medical Center, The Virginia Bar Association and the United States Embassy Saudi Arabia.

This exhibition will be on display until Dec. 24th and for Downtown ArtWalks on Friday Nov. 27th and Thursday Dec. 17th. Regular gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday 11am to 5pm.


Trolley Service Set for November ArtWalk

Thursday, November 19th, 2009


On Friday, November 27th, trolley service will be provided free of charge between venues during the ArtWalk from 5pm – 8pm. Stops will be marked with cones and signage along the ArtWalk route.

This service has been very popular for the November and December ArtWalks in the past. The trolley makes it easier for ArtWalk participants to move between galleries and get back to their car at the end of the ArtWalk – especially if the weather is challenging.

Clang – Clang!


Charleston ArtWalk – Our New Site!

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009


Welcome to our new and improved website!  As the ArtWalk has grown so has the need to better communicate about the vibrant art scene in Downtown Charleston. This new site design provides more details about the specific galleries and businesses who make up ArtWalk as well as having the ability to get exhibit and show specifics out in a more timely manner.

We’ll be posting not only the monthly ArtWalk highlights but also information on art openings and special events happening in the downtown galleries at times other than the “official” ArtWalk evening.

We’re also making it easy for you to share this information with your friends through social networks like Facebook and Twitter.  After all, a great ArtWalk evening  is all the better shared with friends.

We hope you find this format easier to read and navigate. Let us know how we are doing and ways we could improve this site and the ArtWalk. We would love to hear your ideas, suggestions and comments.

After all – it’s your ArtWalk!