The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation (TGKVF), located at 1600 Huntington Square (16th floor of Huntington Bank Building at900 Lee Street, East), is a non-profit, charitable community trust that accepts contributions, creates and administers funds, and makes grants for the benefit of the greater Kanawha Valley’s residents. Our mission is to improve the quality of life and promote philanthropy. First organized in 1962, the Foundation now manages more than 500 separate Funds ranging from ten thousand dollars to seven million dollars. Through its trustee banks and managers, TGKVF invests the principal of each Fund and distributes the income via grants to the community in areas like arts and culture, health and human services, education, land use, and recreation.
The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation is proud to participate in Charleston’s ArtWalk in conjunction with our recent initiative “A New Charleston.” One of the initiative’s primary goals is to promote entrepreneurship. Through our involvement in the Charleston ArtWalk, we can work toward this goal by helping to support local artisans.
Featured Artist: Deborah Herndon, Photographer
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.
Featured Artist: James Ferguson, Painter
The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation will feature the work of Jamie Ferguson, a painter and native of Charleston, West Virginia. In his seventh year of painting, Ferguson attempts to blur the lines between different mediums as a reflection of the confusion that results from the information overload the world experiences from all of our modern mass media. Ferguson’s work addresses the arbitrary nature of the form of media, and how information can be communicated in any number of ways. “Sometimes,” he says, “ I am just trying to make something that looks cool. Ideally, I do both at the same time.”
Featured Artist: John Inghram, Musician, Songwriter, Producer
The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation will feature the music of John Inghram, a bassist from Charleston, West Virginia.
Featured Artist: Rick Perdue, Musician, Songwriter, Producer
The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation will feature the music of Rick Perdue – Genre: Jazz, Progressive and Rock (guitar and vocals) located in Charleston, West Virginia.