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Put a little color in your Black Friday at ArtWalk

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Black Friday Edition
Friday, Nov. 29
5-8 p.m.

After a long day of post-Thanksgiving Christmas shopping, enjoy a nice fall evening with friends and family on the streets of downtown Charleston.

Don’t miss the annual Black Friday edition of ArtWalk on Nov. 29 from 5-8 p.m.

ArtWalk, a Charleston Area Alliance program sponsored by Masters Law Firm, is a monthly event that draws hundreds of residents and visitors to downtown Charleston for a festive evening of culture and commerce.

For this edition, participating venues will offer a free t-shirt gift with purchase, while supplies last.

Check out what’s also in store for the Black Friday ArtWalk:

Tony the Tailor
822 Virginia Street East

Tony the Tailor will be open from 4-8 p.m. on Black Friday for ArtWalk. The store will have hors d’oeurves and an open bar. The guest artist will be Kelly Bryant.

Art Emporium
823 Quarrier Street

“Illumination,” a show of new paintings by Sharon Harms will be the featured attraction at the November ArtWalk. The works contain focused light and camouflage in nature. Natural elements are depicted in optimum lighting conditions and animals and insects are shown camouflaged in their surroundings. The show runs from Nov.18 through Dec. 14. The opening reception will be from 5-8 pm on Nov. 29 during the Black Friday ArtWalk.

Gallery Eleven
1025 Quarrier Street

Joyce Daniels will be the featured artist at Gallery Eleven for ArtWalk. Daniels’ work is primarily abstract with a fantastic use of color and color harmony.

Uncork & Create
1031 Quarrier Street

Uncork your Christmas Spirit and bring along your shopping list to Uncork and Create for from 5-8 p.m. on Black Friday. The offerings will include oil, watercolor and acrylic paintings as well as sculpture and jewelry. Refreshments and wine will be provided by Allied Artists of West Virginia.

Uncork & Create will also be offering a “Snowman” wineglass painting event. This event is $35 per person and seating is limited. To register, please visit their upcoming events at www.uncorkandcreate.com. Works of art by Chet Lowther will also be on display.

Good News Mountaineer Garage
222 Hale Street

Good News Mountaineer Garage Gallery is planning a two-part event, “Beyond the Margin,” curated by Nik Botkin and Emma Fisher for the November’s ArtWalk. The event will feature live art-making and a contemporary art exhibition. Botkin and Fisher have invited more than 15 artists whose voices have traditionally been excluded from the fine art world.

Also, in support of World AIDS Day, Good News Garage will display four panels from the WV AIDS Quilt. There will also be HIV testing on site free of charge. The presentation is sponsored by SAGA (Straight and Gay Alliance) at St. John’s Episcopal Church.

The Purple Moon
906 Quarrier Street

The Purple Moon will launch the holiday season in a plethora of vintage aluminum Christmas trees and other vintage decorations in addition to two very unique exhibits. The store will preview items, including glass, pottery and a china collection, from a recent estate sale in Belle, which contained more than 2,000 pieces of glass which spanned the 20th Century.

Additional items featured include pieces from the Pat and Helen Hamilton Collection, which will present rare and unique documents and signatures from historical and literary figures from Thomas Jefferson to Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Delfine’s Jewelry
245 Capitol Street

Delfine’s Jewelry will be having a 50 percent off storewide sale during the Black Friday ArtWalk.

Hope Village Fair Trade Boutique at Hendrickson & Long  
214 Capitol Street  

For the November ArtWalk, Hope Village will be at Hendrickson and Long, PLLC located at 214 Capitol Street. Just in time for the Christmas shopping season, Hope Village provides one of a kind items sure to enthrall anyone on your Christmas list – beautiful jewelry, shawls, wood carvings, home and children’s items, olive wood nativities, baskets from Africa, olive oil and much more. Every purchase enables the artisans to help support their family with food, clothing, shelter and education enabling them to live a more just and sustainable life.

House of Luxe
817 Quarrier Street

House of Luxe will feature artist Carmen J. File during ArtWalk. File is a native West Virginian. For her signature work, landscape confetti art quilts, she transforms countless tiny fragments of textiles into intriguing fiber art in much the same way a painter uses a palette. The lengthy process results in fiber art that has the appearance of impressionism and pointillism paintings. File is a Tamarack artist and her art quilt entitled “Backyard Sunset,” was selected for Tamarack’s 2013 Best of West Virginia Juried Exhibition.

Charleston Ballet
100 Capitol Street

The photography of Penny Johnson and the showing of the film “Angels Perch,” will be the featured attractions at Charleston Ballet during ArtWalk. Charleston Ballet will have great stocking stuffers and many unique, original gifts available to make your holiday shopping easy and your gifts memorable. Set almost entirely in the small, historic logging town of Cass, WV, “Angel’s Perch” examines the delicate relationship between past and present, memory and loss.

Other participating
venues include:

Annex Gallery and Taylor Books

Chet Lowther Studio

GiGi’s

Ivor’s Trunk

Mission Savvy

Savvy Chic

Stray Dog Antiques

Visions Day Spa

White Oak Photography

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Tour Ireland with the Alliance in 2014

castleThe Charleston Area Alliance invites you to a special travel presentation on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 5:30 p.m. to learn more about the 2014 Ireland business mission/cultural tour.

The informational meeting will be held at the Alliance, located at 1116 Smith Street. If you would like to attend the meeting, please RSVP by clicking HERE.

The “Irish Splendor” tour will be held from Oct. 31 – Nov. 7, 2014 and includes roundtrip airfare from Charleston, four and five star accommodations, nine meals and sightseeing at each destination
– three nights in Dublin, two nights in Killarney and one night at Ashford Castle in Cong.

The tour brochure provides detailed information about the itinerary, hotels and meals arranged by Collette Vacations and National Travel, as well as your reservation form.

Click HERE for the “Irish Splendor” tour brochure.

Space is limited and the deadline for the “Book Now” rate of $2,899 per person is Jan. 31.  Regular rates after that date are $3,149 double occupancy.

Click HERE for more information.

Whether you are interested in working with the Alliance staff to create a personalized business itinerary or simply wish to learn more about these culturally rich regions, you will find the tour exceptional.

For more information, contact Jeri Adkins by e-mail HERE or call 304-340-4253.

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Local leaders join Alliance celebration panel to discuss future of regional economy

cryballrpgCharleston Area Alliance
2013 Annual Celebration
4:00-5:00 p.m. – VIP Reception (Invitation Only)
5:00-6:15 p.m. – Program
6:15-8 p.m. – Gala Reception
WV Culture Center
1900 Kanawha Blvd. East

Futurist Deborah Westphal will discuss global trends that will impact West Virginia and the world at the 2013 Annual Celebration this Tuesday at the WV Culture Center.

Following her presentation, Westphal will join a panel of business and community leaders to discuss how our region and WV can leverage global trends to create opportunities for new jobs here at home.

Panelists Include:

  • Matthew Ballard,  President/CEO Charleston Area Alliance
  • Steve Hedrick,  CEO,  MATRIC
  • Dr. Brian  Hemphill, President, West Virginia State University
  • Mary Hunt, Senior Program Officer, Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation

The Annual Celebration will feature an inspiring and fast-paced program followed by a spectacular reception with live music – all in a beautiful setting showcasing the Mountain State’s future.

Westphal is a futurist and managing partner for Toffler Associates. The company is a dynamic, innovative advisory firm that helps public- and private-sector organizations create more successful futures.

As a futurist, Westphal works to plot smart paths forward by first creating an insightful picture of the future and then a look back to decide what must be done now to be successful then. She will discuss how businesses can plan now for the potential challenges they may face in the coming years.

Presented by title sponsor Jackson Kelly PLLC, the Annual Celebration will feature a
formal program followed by a lively reception in the Culture Center’s stunning lobby.

The full schedule includes:

VIP Sponsor Reception (invitation only):
4:00-5:00 p.m.

Annual Celebration Program:
5:00-6:15 p.m.

Gala Reception:
6:15-8:00 p.m.

Registration is $100 Alliance members/$150 future members.

Click here to register.

During the reception, patrons will be entertained by the musical stylings of The Pennington Project Band.

“The Annual Celebration, the Alliance’s largest fundraiser of the year, is your opportunity to share in the pride of 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 this business event of the year. With your participation, we will truly have something to ‘celebrate’ on Nov. 19 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.

If you are unable to view this e-mail, please view it at www.AllianceBlog.org.
 

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A Message From Our President & CEO Matthew Ballard

ALLIANCEThe Charleston Area Alliance is pleased with today’s announcement that a petrochemical complex, which would include an ethane cracker, is being evaluated for West Virginia. We commend the governor, his economic development team, as well as biopolymers producer Braskem, for this commitment to our great state.

For several years, the Alliance has worked closely with Braskem as part of our ongoing support of energy and chemical-related economic development sectors. A team was assembled, which included our partners at MATRIC, the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association (WVONGA), the Chemical Alliance Zone (CAZ) and many others in both the private and governmental sectors, to provide expert assistance to the company and facilitate other efforts and activities to help bring about this great announcement for West Virginia.

We are pleased that plans to construct an ethane cracker in our region aremoving forward. With its proximity to chemical companies located in the Kanawha Valley, the downstream benefits for our region will be material. This strategic announcement, in tandem with the WV Technology Park facilities, the Chemical Alliance Zone’s Incubator, MATRIC’s unique capabilities, and the chemical operator training program at Kanawha Valley (now Bridge Valley) Community andTechnical College, are part of the ecosystem that will drive the chemical industry of tomorrow.

This is a key component of the Alliance’s Vision 2030 economic roadmap, a systems approach to diversifying  our economy.  Changing an economy takes time, but today’s announcement is helping us take a giant leap Forward to the Future.

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Don’t miss Business After Hours at Quarrier Diner

Business After Hours LogoQuarrier Diner
Business After Hours
Thursday, Nov. 21
5-7 p.m.
Quarrier Diner
1022 Quarrier Street

Register today for Business After Hours at the Quarrier Diner.

Enjoy delicious food in a festive atmosphere, while networking with area business professionals at one of the city’s premier restaurants.

Business After Hours will be held on Thursday, Nov. 21 from 5-7 p.m. The early bird registration rate is $15 for Alliance members and $25 for future members.

Register here

Online advance registration ends at 5 p.m. Nov. 20. Prices at the door are $25 for Alliance members and $35 for future members.

Business After Hours offer fantastic opportunities to meet the region’s leaders in a relaxed setting, all while enjoying food, drinks and entertainment.

The Alliance will be able to invoice only for groups of 10 or more. Contact Deb Coffman at DCoffman@CharlestonAreaAlliance.org for more information.

The Alliance cannot issue cancelation refunds within 48 hours of the event.

Thank you.

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Charleston Area Alliance board chairs honored

ALLIANCE_color~verticalThe Charleston Area Alliance is proud that two of our board members are being recognized for their hard work and dedication in the community.

Earlier this week, Jack Rossi of Arnett Foster Toothman was honored as West Virginia University’s Most Loyal Alumni Mountaineer for 2013. Rossi is the immediate past chairman of the Alliance board of directors.

According to WVU, the Most Loyal Alumni Mountaineer is an alumnus who “exemplifies faithfulness to the person, ideals, and goals of West Virginia University and exhibits support of its activities, initiatives and operations through leadership and service to the institution.”

Rossi will be recognized at tomorrow night’s home football game against Texas.

Current Alliance chairman Pat Bond of Mountaineer Capital will be honored later this month by the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra at its annual gala.

Bond will be recognized for his years of being a community leader and West Virginia symphony advocate. He is former chairman of the symphony’s board of directors.

The gala will be held Nov. 23 at the Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences. For more information on the event, click HERE.

The Alliance congratulates both board leaders on these stellar achievements.

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Member Market: Start the season for a reason!

Member Market:
By Alliance Members for Alliance Members

This “Member Market” is a paid announcement sent by the Alliance on behalf of a member to business and community leaders and young professionals.

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The future is now at the 2013 Annual Celebration

cryballrpgCharleston Area Alliance
2013 Annual Celebration
Tuesday, Nov. 19
4:00-5:00 p.m. – VIP Reception (Invitation Only)
5:00-6:15 p.m. – Program
6:15-8 p.m. – Gala Reception
WV Culture Center
1900 Kanawha Blvd. East

Did you know it will cost the U.S. more than $930 billion over next 10 years to eliminate bridge deficiencies on our roads and highways?

Did you know 70 percent of U.S. landfills will be full by 2025?

Learn about these and other trends at the Charleston Area Alliance’s 2013 Annual Celebration on Tuesday, Nov. 19.

The Annual Celebration will feature an inspiring and fast-paced program followed by a spectacular reception with live music – all in a beautiful setting showcasing the Mountain State’s future.

The event’s keynote speaker will be Deborah Westphal, futurist and managing partner for Toffler Associates. The company is a dynamic, innovative advisory firm that helps public- and private-sector organizations create more successful futures.

As a futurist, Westphal works to plot smart paths forward by first creating an insightful picture of the future and then a look back to decide what must be done now to be successful then. She will discuss how businesses can plan now for the potential challenges they may face in the coming years.

The West Virginia Culture Center will be the setting for this yearly celebration of the Alliance’s accomplishments.

Presented by title sponsor Jackson Kelly PLLC, the Annual Celebration will feature a
formal program followed by a lively reception in the Culture Center’s stunning lobby.

The full schedule includes:

VIP Sponsor Reception (invitation only):
4:00-5:00 p.m.

Annual Celebration Program:
5:00-6:15 p.m.

Gala Reception:
6:15-8:00 p.m.

Registration is $100 Alliance members/$150 future members. Prices increase to $125 Alliance members/$175 future members after Nov. 13 at 5 p.m.

Click here to register.

During the reception, patrons will be entertained by the musical stylings of The Pennington Project Band.

“The Annual Celebration, the Alliance’s largest fundraiser of the year, is your opportunity to share in the pride of 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 this business event of the year. With your participation, we will truly have something to ‘celebrate’ on Nov. 19 and beyond,” Ballard said.

Sponsorships, which include an extensive package of recognition opportunities, also are available.

Click HERE for sponsorship information.

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.

If you are unable to view this e-mail, please view it at www.AllianceBlog.org.
 

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