Archive for December, 2009


Deborah Herndon’s “Details” Opening at The Purple Moon

Thursday, December 17th, 2009
Rue Emil Zol Céret - Deborah Herndon - 2009

Rue Emil Zol Céret - Deborah Herndon - 2009

Charleston photographer Deborah Herndon will be opening her first solo show, “Details” at The Purple Moon on Thursday, December 17th.

Herndon’s exhibit draws from photographs primarily taken in Southern France and examines the small details frequently overlooked.

“The history and culture of a place is often reflected in the details,” Herndon said, “it is there that you discover the nuance of the scene.”

Deborah Herndon is a fourth generation West Virginian, graduated from Marshall University and holds a Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University and a J.D. from St. Louis University. Her work has been judged into Allied Artists of West Virginia, Tamarack (Artisan Center) and the Allegheny Highlands Arts and Crafts Center in Virginia.

“Details” opens on Thursday, December 17th, with a reception with the artist from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Purple Moon, 906 Quarrier Street in
Downtown Charleston. The exhibit runs through January 30th.

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Leesa Chenoweth at Good News Garage Gallery

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

chenowethLeesa Chenoweth is showing artwork at the Good News Mountaineer Garage Gallery for December’s ArtWalk. This show, with work that spans several decades, is quite eclectic with a variety of mediums including oil, pastel, watercolor, acrylic, ink, and charcoal, with the natural world being the prevailing inspiration.

The Good News Mountaineer Garage Gallery is located at 221 Hale Street.

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Find the Eclectic at Stray Dog Antiques

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

Stray Dog Antiques at 219 Hale Street has strange thrift store art as well as works by artists found in major museum collections.

From 18th century Italian etchings or works by such major artists as Marc Chagall, Piranesi, Louisa Chase, Moses Soyer or Dorethea Tanney you never know what you might come across in Stray Dog Antiques eclectic shop.

You can find 18th century glasses with stickers from Christies Auction House still on them and well as fun $3 costume jewelry from the 40’s thru the 70’s and 17th century columns from India.

Don’t miss a stop by Stray Dog Antiques during ArtWalk.

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December ArtWalk at Callen McJunkin Gallery

Thursday, December 17th, 2009
Charly Jupiter Hamilton, Delhi Dallying Around, woodblock print

Charly Jupiter Hamilton, Delhi Dallying Around, woodblock print

The Callen McJunkin Gallery, located at The Loft at 219 Hale Street, will feature All Seasons: Recent Landscape Paintings by Ron Boehmer for the December ArtWalk.

Also showing will be new work by Nancy Bass and prints by Charly Hamiliton.

In addition to ArtWalk, the gallery is open Tuesday – Saturday 11am -5pm and other times by appointment.

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Andy Vann Brings Colors of Coney Island to Art Emporium

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

ConeyIsandSamples-4New Jersey based Riley “Andy” Vann’s show, “Step Right Up: The Colors of Coney Island” is on display at the Art Emporium throughout the month of December. Vann’s show of digital photographs printed on metallic paper capture the “strange and beautiful” carnival atmosphere of Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York. Vann, formerly of the Quarrier Collective, got his start as a photographer here in West Virginia, but took a non-traditional route. “There are so many fantastic nature photographers in West Virginia. I just couldn’t seem to capture the beauty they found in these gorgeous places. Ironically, I was able to find beauty in the places where no one else thought to look.”

Vann, who draws inspiration from ground breaking photographers like William Eggleston, finds existential beauty in such images as “I Scream, You Scream” an eerie portrait of a ice cream cone floating in a beautiful blue summer sky, or “Caught in the Net” which has a lonely, melancholic vibe. But it is the off the chart “namesake” colors which steal the show. Vann chose to ConeyIsandSamples-1print these digital images on metallic paper, which serves to amplify the already saturated color palette to a blinding spectacle (how appropriate). “Army of Elmos,” “Post Card” and “Fishy Rainbow” simply vibrate with energy, while the subtler tones in “Clams, Oysters, Cash” and “Alien Nation” are no less stunning.

The Art Emporium is located at 823 Quarrier Street and gallery hours are Monday through Friday 10 to 6 and Saturdays 10 to 4. The show begins December 1st and runs through December 31st. An artist reception will be held, Thursday, December 17th from 5-8 pm during the December ArtWalk.

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Phyllis Larimer Featured at Gallery Eleven

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009
It Be Spring -

It Be Spring -

Gallery Eleven will be featuring water color and collage artist Phyllis Larimer for the December ArtWalk. Phyllis will be at the gallery ready to meet and answer any questions.

Gallery Eleven is open Monday – Saturday from 11am – 4pm and to 8pm for the Decmber 17th ArtWalk.

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

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December ArtWalk @ The Clay Center

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

Gift Shop Holiday Open House

Wrap up your holiday shopping with one stop in our gift shop. Receive a 20% discount and enjoy light refreshments from 5 – 8 pm. We offer free gift wrapping!

Trains, Trees & Treasures
Holidays at the Clay Center 2009

Experience a holiday wonderland of model railroads and trees designed and decorated by local artists.

Lost Kingdoms of the Nile

Nubian Treasures from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston From the largest Nubian collection outside of Khartoum, Sudan, this exhibition includes over 200 objects illustrating ancient Nubian life. Special ArtWalk admission for this exhibit is $5/person; admission is
free for Clay Center members.

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Holiday ArtWalk Thursday December 17th

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

art_walk_2New_blogThe Holiday Edition of the Downtown Charleston ArtWalk will be Thursday, December 17th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The December ArtWalk has become a holiday tradition in Charleston with the galleries featuring great art and gifts. Free trolley service will be avialable to assist with your movement between the ArtWalk venues.

Music, art, wine and all the Holiday Cheer to go with it promises to make this month’s ArtWalk the best of the year!

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