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Time is running out to register for this Thursday’s Elevations luncheon

Elevations Professional Women’s Network Luncheon
Thursday, April 19
Charleston Civic Center

11:45 a.m.-Noon: Informal Networking (Optional)

Noon-1:15 p.m.: Program

Time is running to register Elevations: Professional Women’s Network Luncheon this Thursday, April 19. Online registration ends at 5 p.m. tomorrow.

The next event in this exciting series will feature Alisa Bailey, the new head of the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB).

The event will be held this Thursday, April 19 starting at 11:45 a.m. at the Charleston Civic Center.

Bailey, the incoming president and CEO of the city’s CVB, will be the featured speaker. She is a Charleston native and former head of the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC).

Tickets for this special event are $40 for Alliance members/$50 future members.

Click HERE to register. Online registration ends at 5 p.m. tomorrow.

Sign up now to learn all the exciting things on tap for the city at the next Elevations: Professional Women’s Network Luncheon.

The mission of the 1,700-member Elevations Professional Women’s Network is to “enrich, empower and elevate women to achieve success.” Through luncheons and other events featuring high-profile speakers, Elevations provides an affirmative network that connects professional women with the information, resources and contacts that helps them, their businesses and their communities succeed.

Elevations is presented by the Charleston Area Alliance and Title Sponsor Dow.

We are unable to invoice for groups with fewer than 10 or issue refunds for cancellations received less than 48 hours prior to the event. Thank you.

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The 10th Anniversary season of Downtown ArtWalk continues this Thursday

Downtown ArtWalk
Thursday, April 19
5-8 p.m.

In 2012, the Downtown Charleston ArtWalk will be celebrating 10 years as the Capitol City’s premiere art event. This season promises to be even bigger, better and more exciting than before.

The April 19th edition ArtWalk will add two new venues: Delfine’s Jewelry and the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation.

Check out what’s in store for Thursday’s ArtWalk.

The Purple Moon 9
06 Quarrier Street

The Purple Moon is pleased to host members of the West Virginia Allied Artists for a group show. In addition to the Allied Artists, also featured will be works by other national, regional and local artists and, of course, a plethora of mid-20th Century design.

Art Emporium
823 Quarrier Street

Art Emporium will be featuring “Friends Among the Hills,” a showing of paintings by Emily Roles and wire jewelry by Sue Chase. Sue and Emily are long time friends and always West Virginians.

Emily’s acrylic paintings on paper feature a variety of colorful West Virginia landscapes, and Sue combines beads with wire in her designs to make one of a kind rings, bracelets, earrings and necklaces.

Chet Lowther Studio
223 Hale Street

Chet Lowther will be showing new works in encaustic, oil, and acrylic for the April ArtWalk.

Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation
900 Lee Street, Suite 1600 (A new addition to ArtWalk)

The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation features 29 limited edition pieces of Deborah 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.

Michelle Krompecher of White Oak Photography will showcase an exhibition of select images from her most recent travels, observations, and experiences. The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation is a new venue for ArtWalk beginning in April. It’s located at the Huntington Bank Building.

Gallery Eleven
1033 Quarrier Street

Gallery Eleven is pleased to feature artist Kathy Boland with her exhibit “Grand Dames of Charleston, WV” for the April ArtWalk. The exhibit will be open through April 30. Gallery Eleven is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Good News Mountaineer Garage
221 1/2 Hale Street

Good News Mountaineer Garage Gallery will feature art from students at Mountaineer Montessori School for this month’s ArtWalk. The fourth, fifth and six grade art students at the school have spent the last two months creating woodblock prints, drawings, mosaics, paintings and sculpture depicting the tragic deaths of miners at the historic Hawks Nest Tunnel.

The student’s work will be for sale and the proceeds will go to an educational component of the Hawks Nest Tunnel Project.

Taylor Books
226 Capitol Street

Featured for the April ArtWalk at Taylor Books’ Annex Gallery are an assortment of assemblage and mixed media work from Robert Villamagna. Villamagna works in assemblage, lithographed tin, paper collage, and mixed-media.His work has been exhibited at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Andy Warhol Museum, the Mattress Factory, ARC Gallery (Chicago), Erie Art Museum, among others.  Three of Villamagna’s works are in the State of West Virginia permanent collection.

Blacksmith artist Jeff Fetty will be appearing in the gallery with a collection of his work and celebrating the publication of a new book featuring his metal designs. Metal Design International 2012 gathers eight metal designers from around the world each year to participate in its publication. Fetty is only the second American to receive this great recognition.

Jon Salo of Charleston will have some new mixed media sculptures on display.

House of Luxe
817 Quarrier Street

House of Luxe will feature brightly colored resin and crystal rings and earrings by “Angelique de Paris.” Also featured is crystal jewelry by Deborah Grivas and Balinese jewelry designs by Anna Beck.

Romano and Associates
230 Capitol Street, Suite 200

Romano and Associates will feature a solo exhibition from Ian Bode. “The Passenger,” the simple figure you will see in nearly every piece of Ian Bode’s work, is a resident of the town of Chuckburgh, which is a nod to Charleston, WV, the town that Ian grew up in and currently resides.

Inspired by artists such as Charles Schultz, Sergio Aragones (Mad Magazine), Gary Larson, Keith Haring and Rene Magritte, Ian uses a “less is more” style for “The Passenger,” which allows the surroundings of each panel to convey the intended thoughts or feelings.

In his work, Ian examines the song lyrics, movies, and books that are part of our culture, along with overheard conversations and his own thoughts. More recently Ian has begun picking up the paint brush again, something he had not done outside of art class since the late 1990’s. Some of these paintings are collaborations with his friend and fellow “Chuckburgh” artist, Dave Thomas.

The Charleston Ballet
100 Capitol Street

Visit the Charleston Ballet Downtown Dance Studios during the April. Register for a free drawing for our SURPRISE GRAB BAG filled with various gift items valued at $175+. Watch dancers as they prepare for upcoming performances. Meet photographer KD Lett and view his new series of dancer portraits and videos.

Stray Dog Antiques
219 Hale Street

Kept. – an exhibition of portraits of people and their pets, curated by Stray Dog Antiques, will be featured during the April Artwalk.This exhibition features portraits of people and pets, by untrained and folk artists. Ranging from charming to cheesy, this collection will be on display through May. Join us for Artwalk and stroll through our three floors of unique treasures.

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Register today for the business event of the year

Register today for the 2012 Charleston Area Alliance Annual Celebration. The event will be held Tuesday, May 8, at the West Virginia Culture Center at the State Capitol.

The event will feature keynote speaker Greg Babe, president and CEO of Bayer Corporation. Bayer is one of the nation’s largest chemical and pharmaceutical companies. It’s also a major player in the state’s chemical industry.

Babe, who is retiring on June 30, is a 36-year veteran of Bayer. He has been president and CEO since October 2008. A native of New Martinsville, W.Va, Babe received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from West Virginia University in 1980.

Presented by title sponsor Jackson Kelly PLLC, the Annual Celebration will feature an engaging, fast-paced presentation, including remarks by Babe and a salute to the 2012 College Summit scholarship recipients and Leadership Kanawha Valley graduates.

The formal program will followed by a spectacular reception in the stunning lobby of the Culture Center. A VIP invitation-only reception for event sponsors will kick off the evening’s festivities. The full schedule includes:

VIP Sponsor Reception (invitation only):  4:00-5:00 p.m.
Annual Celebration Formal Program: 5:00-6:15 p.m.
Gala Reception:  6:15-8:00 p.m.

Tickets are $150 Alliance members/$200 future members through April 27. Prices increase to $200 Alliance members/$250 future members after that date.

Click here to register.

Sponsorships, which include an extensive package of recognition opportunities, also are available. For sponsorship information, contact Leigh Anne Strickland, lstrickland@charlestonareaalliance.org.

The state’s chemical industry, which includes Bayer, is an economic powerhouse. Chemistry companies in West Virginia directly employ 9,576 people and indirectly contribute 48,010 jobs to the economy, according to the American Chemistry Council. For every chemical industry job in West Virginia, an additional 4.2 jobs are created within the state’s economy. “The Annual Celebration, the Alliance’s largest fundraiser of the year, is your opportunity to share in the pride for the Kanawha Valley and sustain the Alliance’s vital work in creating jobs, enhancing our community and investing in people,” said Alliance President/CEO Matt Ballard.

“We invite you to join the more than 500 business and community leaders who will attend for this business event of the year. With your participation, we will truly have something to ‘celebrate’ on May 8 – and beyond,” Ballard said.

We are unable to invoice for groups with fewer than 10 or issue refunds for cancellations received less than 48 hours prior to the event. Thank you!

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