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 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: 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: Melissa Ellsworth, Artist
Melissa Ellsworth is a multimedia artist whose preferred mediums include watercolor, photography, and sound installation. She received her BFA from the School of the Fine Arts in Boston, MA (2008). Melissa is currently based in Montgomery, WV.
Featured Artist: Students of Arthur Evans
Charleston is charmed to have prolific artist , portrait artist and painting instructor Arthur Evans. Students of his Saturday class will be displaying at The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation for May 15th ArtWalk. Acrylic and oil paintings from traditional to contemporary. Many of Arthur’s students are accomplished artists that have displayed around the state including Kanawha County, Pocahontas County, The Greenbrier, Lewisburg and the Eastern Panhandle. Artists participating include Susan Basile, Sandy Castleman, Fred Ferrell, Toni Garrett, Joyce Grow, Laurie Helgoe, Betty McMullen, Kim Rowley, Pam White Todd and Cindy Walton