Archive for March, 2014

ArtWalk – Thursday, March 20th – Venue Map

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014



Art, History and Mid-Century Design at The Purple Moon / Modern by Design

Monday, March 17th, 2014

Hamshers_sofa_I140301123246It has been a long, long Winter and The Purple Moon and Modern by Design are ready for the first sign of Spring – THE MARCH ARTWALK!

Join us to enjoy great art from throughout the 20th Century, historic items brought in from the Pat and Hamilton Collection and some wonderful vintage Blenko Glass we have just brought in by Joel Myers! All this in addition to the best of mid-century, industrial and contemporary home furnishings and accessories offered in West Virginia.

Owners of The Purple Moon, Chuck and Connie Hamsher, have recently become members of The Charleston Gazette’s Design Team so watch the Sunday Living Section for their tips on vintage style and modern living!


ArtWalk at Charleston Ballet

Monday, March 17th, 2014

PrintOn Thursday, March 20, ArtWalkers are invited to visit the Charleston Ballet from 5- 8 p.m. for a drink and a snack..

Observe dancers in class and rehearsals preparing new works for the upcoming performances that include a variety of balletic variations and contemporary disco pieces. There are also West Virginia photographs of Penny Johnson on display at the ballet studio location.

Check out our three April Fool’s packages that include cash, weekend hotel packages, dinner and restaurant packages, performance tickets and much, much more!! Raffle ticket chances are limited to 400 and are $20 each. You could
be the winner of one of these great packages.

Studios are located on the Mezzanine Floor at 100 Capitol Street in the Security Building. For additional information call the Charleston Ballet office at 342-6541.


DRAWN TOGETHER – A group drawing show at Taylor Books

Monday, March 10th, 2014
Kendra Kennedy, 'Honey, Someone Let the Cat Out', 2014, graphite on paper, 38"x31.5"

Kendra Kennedy, ‘Honey, Someone Let the Cat Out’, 2014, graphite on
paper, 38″x31.5″

Venue: Taylor Books

DRAWN TOGETHER – A group drawing show Drawn together is an exhibit comprised of artwork produced by area and regional artists that have an affinity for drawing. Each artist has an individual approach with his or her art practice that promotes drawing as a primary mode of expression. The conceptual, intellectual, and creative endeavors are key aspects that bring the group together collectively.

The group is motivated to develop a visual dialogue that may inform and reveal how drawing satisfies a desire to make a mark, record observation, document an experience, or design ways to investigate the nature of materials. The intent is to express a broad range of experiences with drawing.

The following lists the participants.

Mike Cornfeld, Huntington, WV
Katherine Cox, Ohio
Benjy Davies, Thurman, Ohio
John Farley, Huntington, WV
Hayson Harrison, Huntington, WV
Anthony Young, Charleston, WV
Kendra Kennedy, Huntington, WV
Natalie Larsen, Huntington, WV
Peter Massing, Huntington, WV
LorinMichki, Huntington, WV
Michelle Strader, Catlettsburg, KY
Brent Thomas, Huntington, WV


Ian Bode “The Passenger Side of Modern Life” Opening at Art Emporium

Monday, March 10th, 2014


Art Emporium will be featuring new works by Ian Bode for the March 2014 ArtWalk.

Ian’s art takes a decontextualized look at many of the things on the surface of our modern culture and how they relate emotionally to the individual or group. His inspiration ranges from music, the visual arts, film, science, world history and the events that affect the geo/social group he is a part of. He takes these ideas as a title and uses his own visual language of form(s), design and color to deconstruct the idea or phrase for the viewer to have their own feelings and conclusions regardless of his original impressions.

The keyhole shaped figure you see in almost all of his work is called the Passenger. The faceless cartoon is a vacuum into which our identity and awareness can be filled in. They are very much a part of their world but with the viewer in the emotive driver’s seat, much like a passenger.

Using repeating themes and icons, he aims to establish a visual language that makes each piece relatable to the other creating a universe with loose laws and a sequential narrative that does not intrude or contradict itself and refrains from intruding on each individual work itself. Ian will be present for his opening reception during the March 20th ArtWalk.


Arthur Evans is Featured Artist at Gallery Eleven

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Arthur Evans is the Featured Artist at Gallery Eleven for the March 2014 ArtWalk. With his usual outstanding talent
he has put together an exhibit that is a must see.




















March ArtWalk at The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation

Monday, March 10th, 2014

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: 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: Jeanne K Cochran

Jeanne K rediscovered painting with watercolors in 2004. With encouragement from her family she had her first show in 2007. Since then she has had successful showings at FestivAll in Charleston, Cynthia Bickey Art Gallery in Beckley, Downtown Art Walks in Charleston, Artist in Residence at Integrated Healing Services in South Charleston, is a member of WV Allied Artists, the Beckley Art Group, and a Tamarack-The Best of WV Artist. You may know and recognize Jeanne K from her day job, DJ on V100 radio.
Featured Artist: Adrienne Galloway, Jewelry Designer
Designer Adrienne Galloway of The Queen of Arts –Curiosities by Adrienne, is known for her polymer clay jewelry often featuring her signature octopus in various themes. She has a BA in Music Business and Masters in Business, both from the University of Charleston and began making jewelry several years ago. In addition to clay she also has designs in mosaics and tile plate. Each piece is original and hand crafted. She displays in Art Emporium, Gallery 11, both in Charleston and The Red Chameleon in St. Albans and also was featured in the Charleston Sunday Gazette-Mail as a participating artist in the East End Bazaar.

Featured Artist: Mary Blake, Jewelry Designer

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.


New Artist Introduced at Tony the Tailor

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Tony The Tailor is introducing an exciting new artist to ArtWalk in March.

Sarah Frydrych is a student at Hurricane High School in Putnam County. Sarah’s main focus is in painting portraiture, but she is interested in a variety of concentrations and mediums. She hopes to expand her skills in the future and attend an art college after graduating high school.

She is influenced by the works of the late Andy Warhol and the street artist Banksy.

In addition to Sarah, Tony the Tailor is opening up their Spring season with a trunk show featuring 2 of the best hand-made American products available: Oxxford Clothes and Allen Edmonds shoes. Allen Edmonds will be 15% Off each
pair of shoes during this event, with an additional 5% off if you purchase multiple pairs. Oxxford Clothes will have on hand several end bolts at 50% off and the new spring fabrics will be 25% Off.


Leah Towler at Delfine’s Jewelry

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Delfine’s Jewelry will be showcasing artwork by Leah Towler for the March Artwalk.

Delfine’s Jewelry – 245 Capitol St. –  Charleston, WV 25301 – 304-343-5058


Highbrow / Lowbrow by Josh Martin at Romana Law

Monday, March 10th, 2014


Show: Highbrow Lowbrow
Artist: Josh Martin
Venue: Romano and Associates

Artist’s Statement:

For most of my life, I’ve worked in both traditional media (graphite, ink) and digital media (Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and various other applications). However, the two disciplines were very distinct in my life:
I was a traditional artist on my time, and a digital artist and graphic designer on work time.

In recent years, the two have overlapped. I’ve started bringing my drawings into the computer as a further exploration of their forms, values, and potential as raw material. In any one of my very detailed drawings, there
is potential for many new, individual compositions, some quite different from the original drawing.

Exploring my own drawings with total freedom to make changes to hue, value, scale, and extreme cropping is a deeply gratifying process, as I find a variety of sophisticated, expressive compositions within one source
drawing. I have some of these extrapolated compositions printed, retaining the crisp detail inherent in that medium. Others I use as reference for paintings, bringing the extrapolated subject matter full circle from
traditional, into digital, then back again to traditional.

My drawings depict “lowbrow” subject matter, but my extrapolated prints and paintings embrace and make use of “highbrow” compositional concerns. “Highbrow Lowbrow,” then, as a natural label for my work.