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.
Featured Artist: B-n-C Photos – Bill and Carolyn Hilborn
Bill and Carolyn have always lived, and have frequently traveled, in West Virginia. This state has countless treasures that many have not had the pleasure of seeing. They enjoy touring the state in search of those spots, and the moments in time, that etch scenes that you will want to enjoy for ever. They are juried artists at Tamarack, members of the Arts Council of Kanawha Valley, Allied Arts of WV and have displayed their work in two ArtWalks in Charleston, WV.
The work being presented represents scenes in and around Charleston in both color and black and white.
Featured Artist: Katie Cumberledge
Katie’s work consists of an eclectic combination of abstract pieces, vintage portraits, local landmarks, and seascapes. She uses acrylic paint on canvas as her medium and also is open to special requests and can recreate versions of her work for a reasonable price. As a newlywed and college student, she uses her art as a way to pay for school tuition and other expenses. Katie’s goal is to continue to create and see where her art takes her! Every day offers new inspiration and a chance to share beauty with others. Katie’s favorite thing about art is that it speaks to people in different ways. One artist’s scraps are indeed another artist’s treasure!
Featured Artist: Mary Blake
Topaz, pearls and amethyst are all over Mary Blake’s studio, but so are beetles, dragonflies, owls and seahorses. Mary prefers to be guided by inspiration. She founded Studio Lilybean in 2005 after 18 years of working in jewelry design and beadwork. She now creates from vintage pins and beads. Turning vintage pins into pendants for her beadwork necklaces is Mary’s signature art. She credits her interest to her mother who wore specific pieces only in certain seasons. Although she experimented with a range of artistic expression, Mary found her passion in 1999 when she started working for Beadazzled, a bead store in Evanston, Ill. Her thing was taking ideas out of magazines and making them herself. Mary attended Denison University with a major in English Literature and a minor in studio art. She currently resides in Charleston, WV.
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: 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.