Archive for March, 2010

Live Music & Art @ The Purple Moon

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

tofujitsuThe Purple Moon will be featuring live music by Tofujitsu along with great new art by Sharon Stackpole, photographs by C. Hamsher and a special tribute exhibit to the late Felix Krasyk for the March ArtWalk.

Also featured this month is hand crafted glass jewelry and accessories by West Virginia artist Lesia Angel.

This in addition to the usual plethora of vintage mid-century items including new arrivals by Blenko, Eva Zeisel and Russel Wright.

The Purple Moon is located at 906 Quarrier Street.


New Works at Chet Lowther Studio

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

lowther encausticChet Lowther will be showing new works this month during ArtWalk. Since the summer of 2009, Chet has been painting with a mixture of pigment, damar resin, and beeswax. He enjoys this medium because it allows him to build up layers of color and texture (elements that distinguish his acrylic and oil pieces, as well) quickly and without interruption.

Wax painting, known as encaustic, is an ancient art form which originated in Greece. Notable examples of encaustic art are the Fayum mummy portraits (Egypt, 100-300 AD) and the 20th century work of American artist, Jasper Johns. It was Johns’ work that first piqued Lowther’s curiosity about the process and the textural qualities of the medium.

Chet Lowther’s Studio is located at 223-1/2 Hale Street.encaustic1


Printmaking Show to Open at Taylor Books

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

amandagordonmillerTaylor Books – Annex Gallery will be opening a showcase of prints, print makers, and print making processes for the March ArtWalk featuring local and out-of-state artists. On display will be the work of Amanda Gordon Miller, Mary Grassell, Ben Kafton, Natalie Gibbs and Levi Brumbaugh.

Taylor Books is located at 226 Capitol Street.


Good News Garage to Open Photo Exhibit

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

gnmglogosmGood News Mountaineer Garage Gallery will be featuring a photographic exhibition of Old time and Bluegrass musicians from the collections of Judy Galloway-Gina Schrader-Larry Hall, Mark Crabtree, Doug Chadwick, Laurie Cameron, Bill Steiner and Rick Steiner. These photos, from the early 70’s to the early 80’s, capture the excitement of WV performers and music festivals from that era. This show is opening is at Good News Mountaineer Garage Gallery at 221 Hale Street during Artwalk, March 18, 5-8pm.


Stray Dog Antiques Puts the “Fun” in Funky!

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

straydog2Stop by Stray Dog Antiques during the March ArtWalk and you will find newly arrived art, jewelry, antiques, vintage clothing and fabrics.

In addition, there is artwork ranging from strange thrift store art to works by artists that are in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Stray Dog Antiques also has an interesting collection of local emerging artists.

Stray Dog Antiques has everything from fun $3 costume jewelry from the 1970’s to 17th century columns from India. There is fun art jewelry and serious art jewelry as well as 19th century Venetian Glass, Eva Zeisel Ceramics, Georgian Silver and 18th century glasses with stickers from Christies Auction House still on them.

In April, Stray Dog Antiques will be expanding and adding 2,000 square feet.


Kathy Boland’s Moments at Gallery 11

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Museum, Kathy Boland

Gallery Eleven is presenting an exhibit of new works by Kathy Boland, Moments, which will open Wednesday March 5 and run through the end of March.

She will give her artist talk “Making Moments” during the Art Walk reception, Thursday, March 18 at

Gallery Eleven is open Monday – Saturday from 11am – 4pm and to 8pm for the March 18th ArtWalk.


Gerry Enrico at Art Emporium

Monday, March 8th, 2010


Gerry Enrico honed his artistic talents from his years spent in the Philippines where he was born. He moved to Palm Springs, CA after graduating from the University of Northern Philippines in 1987 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts.

Since his time in CA, Gerry’s work has flourished throughout the river valley community. He has won many awards for his work and offers classes in Charleston, Huntington, Point Pleasant, WV and Pomeroy, OH. His hard work, talent, and passion for his craft are self-evident in every work he creates. Gerry often works in charcoal, oil, watercolor, and pastel.

His exceptional portraits have become appreciated by people all over the world.

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


How Your Venue Can Join ArtWalk

Monday, March 8th, 2010


Now in its 10th year, the Charleston ArtWalk has grown to be the most heavily attended – and enjoyed – event in Charleston’s Downtown Business District.

If you have a venue in Downtown Charleston and would like to join the ArtWalk please download the Application Form here.

There are a variety of membership levels with corresponding benefits and expectations for 2012. You must be operating in downtown Charleston and be willing to open your space the third Thursday of each month (except November when it will be held the Friday after Thanksgiving), from 5-8 p.m. Some form of artwork must be displayed for viewing, demonstrations and/or for sale to be considered as part of the event.

Deadlines for consideration are the 1st of each month prior to the ArtWalk you wish to begin participating in.

Send your completed application to:
Susie Salisbury
Charleston Area Alliance
1116 Smith Street
Charleston, WV 25301
Or by email to:
Or by Fax to 304-340-4275

Applicants will be contacted shortly after the application is received with additional information.