The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation (TGKVF) 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.
Artist participation at The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation is at the
discretion of the Foundation and must be by invitation only. Artisans are welcome to call the Foundation to be interviewed prior to showcasing their artwork.
Featured Artists for August ArtWalk:
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.
The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation will feature the handbags of Amy Brown. Amy, a resident of Boone County, is a lifelong crafter who first learned the arts of painting, sewing, jewelry design, and needlepoint by watching her grandmother. Amy has taken those skills a step further, providing items that are trendy and fashionable for today with the attention to quality and detail that is indicative of traditionally skilled artisans.
Personally constructed handbags are provided for this ArtWalk, some of which are the patterns of well-known designers such as Amy Butler, while others are Amy Brown’s own designs. Though friends, family, and customers suggest a full-time crafting business or online store, Amy chooses to remain a middle school teacher in Boone County and uses much of the proceeds from her crafting hobby to purchase books for her reading classroom.
Ms. Brown has created handbags you will not want to live without! Don’t miss this opportunity to have quality at reasonable prices.
The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation will feature 5 jewelry designs by Faye Johnson.
Johnson became interested in jewelry creation in 2007 as a result of a
design class at Beadlush in Charlotte, NC. Since then Johnson has studied under critically acclaimed designer and metalsmith Dan Haga as well as jewelry maker Kim St. Jean. She has also participated in multiple art shows in the NoDa arts district of Charlotte, NC. Johnson’s jewelry reflects her interest in metalsmithing and stringing; her work uses mixed media including clay, gemstones, and various metals.
The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation will feature 5 photography selections by Jennifer Bloomfield. Jennifer came from a family of crafters that instilled her love of various hobbies such as music, fabric arts, home décor, cards & stationary as well as her photography. Jennifer, an RN, wife and mother of two daughters, traveled for six years but returned to her home state of West Virginia where her favorite selection of photos are taken.