Archive for May, 2014

May ArtWalk at Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation

Wednesday, May 7th, 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 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


Charleston Camera Club Presents “Out of the Darkroom” at Romano Law

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

“Out of the Darkroom” is an exhibit of the Charleston Camera Club members which will be featured at Romano Law for the May ArtWalk. The Charleston Camera Club has been providing an informal and friendly environment for photographers of all levels since 1953 which makes it the oldest camera club in West Virginia.

CCC offers educational meetings, friendly competitions, exhibitions, and opportunities to photograph public events and more in order to expand the photographic knowledge of our members. CCC provides many exciting and
fun-filled opportunities to be mentored, to learn the latest photo techniques and to just socialize with others who share a passion for photography.

Josh Hanna – Rod Matheny – Lisa Hechesky – Al Peery – Neci Pickens – Bill Hilborn – Carolyn Hilborn – Bill Evans – Bill Woodrum – Ron Gaskins – Amanda Haddox


Awyn Danielle McQueen Milam @ Gallery Eleven

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014
Gallery Eleven's Featured Artist for May is Awyn Danielle McQueen Milam.  Her exhibit "Impatients O' Keeffe"  is  Plein Air paintings of Impatients from her garden.  Danielle is influenced by the paintings of Georgia O'Keeffe.



Dance & Art by Jacquelyn Featured at Charleston Ballet

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

photoOn Thursday, May 15,2014, Art Walkers are invited to visit the Charleston Ballet studios from 5- 8 p.m. for a drink and a snack..

You are invited to observe Charleston Ballet dancers and apprentices in class and rehearsals preparing new works for the upcoming performances that include balletic variations and contemporary works. ART BY JACQUELYN will be displayed for the first time at the ballet studios, along with photos from our extensive library of ballets.

Jacquelyn Ann defines her work as highly stylized watercolor, India ink, and thread using a variety of other media and techniques to explore the theme of Mechanism and Approach through an artist’s perspective. This method allows her work to remain fluid rather than becoming static.

Her work has been exhibited in multiple states and venues across the America including: Illinois, Kansas, Colorado, and West Virginia among others. She received her formal training in the arts at North Park University, Chicago, IL. Where she graduated with a BA in 2010.

Learn about our Summer Intensive or inquire about classes for yourself or your child.

Studios are located on the Mezzanine Floor at 100 Capitol Street in the Security Building. For additional information call the Charleston Ballet office at 304-342-6541.


Hal Shrunk Opening at Art Emporium

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

hal_picture_3Hal Shunk is a Tenured Art Professor at Wilmington College in Wilmington Ohio. He also serves as the Harcum Gallery Director. He has exhibited his work in Ohio, Georgia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Kentucky. This will be his first exhibit in West Virginia.

Shunk’s artwork is a combination of spontaneous action and control. As he creates he tries to let one action play off another. His result is often a combination of mistakes. The encaustic (colored wax) is a forgiving medium. He paints in layers dripping and melting the pigment in order to acheive the results. HIs color and texture are most interesting.

Shunk’s inspiration comes from his observations—the tactile surface of rust, cracks in an old sidewalk, the arbitrary spots on an old banana peel. He states that he doesn’t know if he sees things differntly or if he just spends more time looking then most.

Exhibit Dates: May 13th through June 21st, 2014
Artist Reception : during ArtWalk May 15th, 2014 5 to 8pm

For More information contact Art Emporium@304-345-2787 Tuesday – Friday 10 to 6, and Saturdays 10 to 4