Join us for a special Fall Festivall Edition of the Downtown Charleston ArtWalk on October 25th from 5pm to 8pm.
The following venues will be participating:
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 Artist:Aurelius Jeffrey
The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation will also feature Aurelius Jeffrey’s photography. In 1999, Mr. Jeffrey earned his BFA in film with a minor in bookmaking and jewelry from The Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. Since then he has participated in many exhibitions including the Charleston Underground in West Virginia, the Melbourne Community Art Exhibit in Florida, the Manhattan Project in New York, and the DADA Collection in California. His photography has been published in the Soul Manifest Magazine and his collections can be found at the Thomas Gillooly Private collection as well as Studio 1031, among others. According to Mr. Jeffrey, his “work invites the viewer to look beyond the exterior surface of things, to view the interior life. The soul made manifest. The resulting image becomes as much a photo of myself from the inside, a recreation of the images I see within the whole.”
Featured Artist:Jan Witter
Jan Witter, an Indiana native,studied music at Morehead State University in Kentucky where he earned a Masters of Arts in Music in 1980. After teaching music for fourteen years, he began studying photography at the Ohio Institute of Photography and Technology in Dayton, Ohio. A professional photographer for seventeen years, Jan has earned many local, national and international awards for his photography. He also has prints in the Loan Collection with the Professional Photographers of America. To reach Jan, contact 304-634-0506.
Featured Artist:Anna “Tookie” Nibert
The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation will also feature the work of Anna “Tookie” Nibert. Tookie has a long history of creative endeavors as necessity sparked her creativity in fabric arts and culinary skills early in life. As an adult, Tookie explored a variety of multi-media expressions, both conventional and unconventional, and her eclectic approach to art is evidenced in her use of watercolors, acrylics, and other mixed media. Tookie’s inspiration comes from her world travels, nature and culture, and friends and family. Unrestricted by any particular style or method, Tookie expresses her motivations in each individual piece. Her works are on display in galleries and homes throughout Florida, California, Virginia, Kentucky, and West Virginia. In Florida she has showcased at the Backus Museum, the Treasure Coast Art Gallery, and the County Commission Building. She was also featured at the River Ridge Lodge in North Carolina and recently donated one of her pieces to WV Health Right’s live auction as well as Art In the Garden, Manna Meal’s fundraiser.
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:Faye Johnson
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.
Featured Artist:Jennifer Bloomfield
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.
Featured Artist: Diana Pittis
The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation will also feature several Ikebana vases by Diana Pittis. Pittis Pottery is located in Daniels, WV just outside Beckley. Diana works from her studio and showroom located next to her beautiful 105+ year old farm house where she creates custom stoneware items and one of a kind raku pots. Diana received her Degree in Ceramics from The Ecole Des Arts Decoratifs in Geneva, Switzerland in 1976. She was a studio potter for many years in California, and moved to West Virginia in 1993.
Linda Boyd-Portrait Artist
A WV native, Linda was trained in the Arts at Marshall University and Concord University.She holds a BS in Education with Certifications in Elementary 1-6, Mental Impairment K-12 and Art K-12. She currently teaches at Shady Springs Elementary School in Raleigh County.
Linda brings her “20 minute” portraits to the ArtWalk. She will be creating pastel portraits live, while you sit. Linda is also available on commission to create all your special projects.
Artist Statement: As far back as I can remember I have felt different from others. Even as my awareness of that difference dawned on me, my passion for the arts and photography in particular helped to define and give meaning to my separation from the norms of conviction.
As I move through my surroundings I often find pictures within pictures and these are the images I seek to capture. The view behind the
camera is a filter transferring the images of mental sight into an external image that can be seen and felt by others.
My work invites the viewer to look beyond the exterior surface of things, to view the interior life. The soul made manifest. The resulting image becomes as much a photo of myself from the inside, a recreation of the images I see within the whole.
Romano & Associates Law Offices will host Nancy-Louise Mottesheard for the October ArtWalk.
CONTEMPORARY, MYSTERIOUS, SENSUOUS, EXPRESSIONISTIC, ABSTRACT, MYSTICAL and
SPIRITUAL is what we are.
Sensuousness lies in: the shapes; the subject matter; the layers and layers of color and paint; and the myriad of textures. Either my shapes or colors are abstract. Imitating the “reality” that we see with our eyes is of no interest to me. Photography does that well. My art is an expression of my feelings and inner experiences. My deep desire is to uplift, heal and share my mystical experiences with you by translating them into art.
Gallery Eleven will be featuring works by Jean Pennington for the October ArtWalk.
Also, Gallery Eleven will welcome new member Arthur Evans to their corral of talented artists!
During the October ArtWalk, Art Emporium will be featuring new works by Elanine McMillion and Betty Rivard for the October ArtWalk.
“Beautiful McDowell County” highlights positive views of the county and its people. Elaine McMillion is the director of The Hollow Project (www.hollowthefilm.com), which uses interactive media to support county residents in sharing their lives, their visions, and their plans for the future. Betty Rivard is a fine art landscape photographer whose new book, New Deal Photographs of West Virginia, 1934-1943 (www.wvupress.com), includes a chapter with historic photographs that were taken in the county by Marion Post Wolcott in September 1938. “Beautiful McDowell County” will run October 15-November 17.