Archive for May, 2010


Tom Acosta at Good News Garage Gallery

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010
Painting by Tom Acosta

Painting by Tom Acosta

The Good News Mountaineer Garage Gallery will present works by Tom Acosto on May 20th during ArtWalk.

Artist Tom Acosta was born in Iaeger, West Virginia, the fourth of seven children of a Mexican-American coal miner father and an American mother of Scotch-Irish heritage. With the exception of a high school art class, he is entirely self-taught. Though his early work has a nostalgic, Rockwellish feel to it – as if Acosta were trying to recreate for himself the mythical American childhood that he never had –as it has evolved, a starkness and severity has emerged, aligning it more closely with such giants as Andrew Wyeth and Winslow Homer.

“I’m drawn to the seasons of fall and winter, when everything’s dead,” says Acosta. In his home, he is able to hone in on his life themes; Heritage of the coalfields; Historical architecture of the state of West Virginia; and Mythical journey of his own life – -among them, the omnipresence of God and the reality of death, two themes that are often not played out in austere, rural landscapes.

Throughout his career, Acosta’s work has been an emotional exploration of his own background as the American outsider, first as a Mexican-American living in coal mining country, and again as a person from the Appalachian Mountains living in a larger context of mainstream American culture

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Painter Naijun Zhang at Taylor’s Annex Gallery

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010
The Renovator by Naijun Zhang

The Renovator by Naijun Zhang

The Annex Gallery at Taylor Books will host an exhibit by painter Naijun Zhang titled “The Renovator.”

The artist serves as assistant professor and coordinator of the painting program at West Virginia University. He has exhibited throughout the United States and China and recently was commissioned to paint a portrait of the late U.S. District Judge W. Craig Broadwater. Zhang received a merit award from the “LaGrange National XXVI Biennial Exhibition,” selected from a collection of 118 artists from 39 states.

 The show runs through mid-June.

Also showing will be n new sculptures by whimsical welder Mark Blumenstein.

Annex Gallery at Taylor Books, 226 Capitol St., Charleston. Hours 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

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“Full Circle: Works by Diana Martens” Opening at The Purple Moon

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010
Acrylic Sphere by Diana Martens

Acrylic Sphere by Diana Martens

Sculptor and artist Diana Martens will be opening her first show in West Virginia entitled Full Circle at The Purple Moon on Thursday, May 20th.

The show is indeed making a full circle for Martens who grew up in Charleston immersed in art from the beginning. Her father, Robert E. Martens, was an architect and sculptor, and her mother, Eloise Guthrie Martens, a musician and composer.

Diana’s high school teacher, Sharon Mullins, picked up where family members left off and encouraged creativity as a way of thinking.

Inspired to go out-of-state to college, Diana found Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio as the testing ground for many disciplines including painting, sculpture and pottery. It was shortly after graduating from college that Diana began “drawing” her unusual style on large acrylic spheres. Loving the shape, and experimenting with many sizes of spheres, she found the clear, solid acrylic spheres to be the perfect “canvas” for her work.

After relocation to the west coast of Florida in 1988 she was owner and director of Florida’s Global Gallery in Tampa and was active in the Florida chapter of the Women’s Caucus for the Arts. Martens was nominated for the Florida Friends of the Arts award in 1989 for her work promoting the arts.

It was soon after Diana’s move to Connecticut in 1994 that she began drawing her unique alphabet which is now part of the book. Reflections to the Letter, a collaborative work by Diana and artist/writer Jessey Ina-Lee. The artwork from the books and Diana’s artwork has been shown in galleries throughout Connecticut.

Full Circle: Works by Diana Martens will open at The Purple Moon on Thursday, My 20th with a reception with the artist and as part of the monthly ArtWalk from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The show will run through the end of June and be featured by The Purple Moon during Festivall. Music will be provided by Tofujitsu for the opening.

Also featured will be several sculptures by Diana’s father, Robert E. Martens, which have just recently been re-discovered dating from the 1930’s and 1940’s.

The Purple Moon is located at 906 Quarrier Street in Downtown Charleston and hours of operation are Tuesday – Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  For more information on other artists currently on display visit The Purple Moon Gallery website.

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Photo Exhibit at Art Emporium

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010
Honalulu Harry Two by Kerry Bingaman

Honalulu Harry Two by Kerry Bingaman

Self 5 by Robin Hammer

Self 5 by Robin Hammer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Art Emporium presents new photographs by Robin Hammer, Betty Rivard, Andy Vann and emerging artist Kerry Bingaman. A meet-and-greet will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. May 20 during the May ArtWalk. The exhibit runs through May 30.

The Art Emporium is located at 823 Quarrier St. and open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

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“Visual Journey” by Pat Roberts at Gallery Eleven

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Pat Roberts, Coal MinerGallery Eleven will be featuring Pat Roberts in her exhibition “Visual Journey” which is a record of her journey through time and place. from Maine where she was born, to the coal mining areas in WV where she initially moved after marrying to Utah and Pocahontas county where she visited lately.

Gallery Eleven is having an opening of the exhibition on Thursday, May 20th during ArtWalk where you can meet Pat and get her personal impressions.

Gallery Eleven is located at 1033 Quarrier Street and is open Monday through saturday 11am to 5pm and on ArtWalk evenings until 8pm.

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