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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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