Kept. – an Exhibition of Portraits of People and their Pets curated by Stray Dog Antiques will be featured during the Thursday, April 19th, Artwalk.This exhibition of portraits of people and pets, by untrained and folk artists. Ranging from charming to cheesy, this collection will be on display through May. Join us for Artwalk and stroll through our 3 floors of unique treasures.
Archive for April, 2012
ian bode|the passenger
The Passenger, the simple figure you will see in nearly every piece of Ian Bode’s work, is a resident of the town of Chuckburgh, which is a nod to Charleston, WV, the town that Ian grew up in and currently resides. Inspired by artists such as Charles Shultz, Sergio Aragones (Mad Magazine), Gary Larson, Keith Haring and Rene Magritte, Ian uses a “less is more” style for The Passenger which allows the surroundings of each panel to convey the intended thoughts or feelings.
Ian’s pieces often take a reactionary emotive view of social, political and cultural issues. In his work, Ian examines the song lyrics, movies, and books that are part of our culture, along with overheard conversations and his own thoughts. He then takes these inspirations and puts them into new contexts which are conveyed by the surrounding imagery. Generally, the title almost always comes before the panel, however, sometimes an image is born first. In those cases, if a title does not come immediately and organically, it remains untitled. Some images are repeated in several panels (i.e. hearts, clouds, the moon) to create themes and explore ideas and concepts that he feels require more than one panel. More recently Ian has begun picking up the paint brush again, something he
had not done outside of art class since the late 1990’s. Some of these paintings are
collaborations with his friend and fellow “Chuckburgh” Artist, Dave Thomas.
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.
Michelle Krompecher’s, Photographer, presents New Adventures by White Oak Photography – An exhibition of select images from Michelle Krompecher’s most recent travels, observations, and experiences.
The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation is a new venue for ArtWalk beginning in April and is located at 1600 Huntington Square (16th floor of Huntington
Bank Building) 900 Lee Street, East, Charleston, WV 25301
The fourth, fifth and six grade art students at Mountaineer Montessori School have spent the last two months creating woodblock prints, drawings, mosaics, paintings
and sculpture depicting the tragic deaths of miners at the historic Hawks Nest Tunnel. The student’s work will be for sale and the proceeds will go to an educational component of the Hawks Nest Tunnel Project . The students were motivated by speaking with David Pushkin a film maker who visited the school in the Spring.
This ArtWalk Art Emporium will be featuring “Friends Among the Hills” – a showing of paintings by Emily Roles and wire jewelry by Sue Chase. Sue and Emily are long time friends and always West Virginians. Emily’s acrylic paintings on paper feature a variety of colorful West Virginia landscapes, and Sue combines beads with wire in her designs to make one of a kind rings, bracelets, earrings and necklaces. Their works will be on display April 16 – May 12.
Art Emporium is located at 823 Quarrier Street, Charleston, WV 25301.
Visit the Charleston Ballet Downtown Dance Studios during the April. Register for a free drawing for our SURPRISE GRAB BAG filled with various gift items valued at $175+. Watch dancers as they prepare for upcoming performances. Meet photographer KD Lett and view his new series of dancer portraits and videos.
The Charleston Ballet, Inc. is located at 100 Capitol Street Mezzanine, Charleston, WV 25301.
In addition to the Allied Artists also featured will be works by other national, regional and local artists and, of course, a plethora of mid-20th Century design.
The Purple Moon was recently featured by by Google in their “West Virginia Get Your Business Online” campaign. You can view the video produced by Google below.
Featured for the April ArtWalk at Taylor Books’ Annex Gallery are:
1. An assortment of assemblage and mixed media work from Robert Villamagna.
Artist Robert Villamagna works in assemblage, lithographed tin, paper collage, and mixed-media. Villamagna’s work has been exhibited at the Carnegie Museum of Art,
Andy Warhol Museum, the Mattress Factory, ARC Gallery (Chicago), Erie Art Museum, the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, the Ohio Craft Museum, the Kennedy Museum of Art at Ohio University, and Robeson Gallery at Penn State University. Three of Villamagna’s works are in the State of West Virginia permanent collection.
Villamagna is represented in Pittsburgh by Gallery on 43rd Street and the Society for Contemporary Craft. Villamagna is an assistant professor of art at West Liberty University, teaching 2D and 3D design, painting, and sculpture. He is also director of WLU’s Nutting Gallery.
2. Blacksmith artist Jeff Fetty will be appearing in the gallery with a collection of his work and celebrating the publication of a
new book featuring his metal designs.
Metal Design International 2012 gathers eight metal designers from around the world each year to participate in its publication. Fetty is only the second American to
receive this great recognition, the first being Albert Paley, who designed the sculpture in front of the Clay Center. Fetty will be on hand selling and signing copies of the book and we’ll have a fresh stock of his beautiful forged creations.
3. Jon Salo of Charleston will have some new mixed media sculptures on display.
Gallery Eleven is pleased to feature artist Kathy Boland with her exhibit Grand Dames of Charleston,WV for the April ArtWalk. The exhibit will be open through April 30. Gallery Eleven is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For information, call 304-342-0083 or visit www.galleryeleven.com.