More than two dozen downtown Charleston shops and galleries will open their doors into the evening for ArtWalk 5-8 p.m. Thursday, April 20.
Locals and visitors alike flock to ArtWalk, sponsored by the Masters Law Firm, for this monthly celebration of the arts – strolling, shopping and exploring the boutiques that make West Virginia’s capital city distinct.
Following ArtWalk, the Clay Center will host Art After Dark! Until 9:30 p.m. At this ArtWalk after-party, The Juliet Art Museum transforms into a hot spot of activity and entertainment with live music, activities and art. Visitors experience after-hours access to current exhibitions at this free event.
This month’s featured ArtWalk exhibits include:
Charleston Ballet: The ballet will feature “Water for Ghana Exhibit,” a photography exhibit by Sky Kershner who traveled to Ghana Africa in February 2017 to help with a Rotary International project to bring clean water to some of Ghana’s most remote villages. Sky is Executive Director of the Kanawha Pastoral Counseling Center and is President of the Charleston Rotary Club.
Delfine's: Julie Palas lives in Charleston, WV after living in Kentucky, New York, North Carolina, Virginia and Florida. Her experiences and education helped mold her style. She incorporates color, recycled materials and use of paint markers into her art that she calls “Primitive Pop.” Her display will include pieces from her “Lisa” series, various landscapes and eclectic offerings.
The Art Store: The gallery will feature “Celebrating West Virginia Photographers,” a group exhibition featuring seven acclaimed West Virginia photographers: Perry Bennett, Doug Chadwick, L. Anna Forbes, Daniel Kaufmann, Brittain McJunkin, Scott Smith and David Stern. Through the lens, these photographers share, express and communicate, exposing elements of the world in a special and unique way, calling us to look and listen.
Deacon and Deacon: A self-taught artist, West Virginia native Sherri Rowan is an encaustic artist. Encaustic painting uses the transformative nature of heat. This medium is created from molten beeswax, tree resin, and earth pigments. By torch-fusing at around 1,400 degrees, the paint is permanently bonded to wooden canvases, forming a rigid, enamel-like surface.
Art Emporium: The Quarrier Street gallery will feature Art & Quilts by Jerry Adkins. The award-winning quilter uses illustrious fabrics, such as silk and satin and a great combination of warm and cool colors to add interest. Judges have called his original patterns and quilts ‘visual excitement.” The quilter won first place Best of Show and Purchase Award at the West Virginia Division of Culture and History’s Quilts and Wall Hanging Juried Exhibit. His award-winning design was purchased by and now hangs at the Division of Culture and History, after he won the juried competition.
Romano & Associates: The law firm will host the Good News Mountaineer Garage Silent Auction. Curated by local artist Gregg Oxley, the proceeds will be split between contributing artists and Good News Mountaineer Garage, which helps low income families across the state get on the road to independence by providing donated cars.
UnCork and Create: Clay Center POP UP Exhibit: Ephemeral Thoughts: An Interactive Drawing Experience Thoughts are fleeting and often not sacred even though we all want to be heard. Examine the prompts and create your response in the form of a drawing. Will you find a clean area to create your images? Will you draw with someone’s creation as though in conversation? Or will you ignore someone’s thought by drawing over theirs?
Gallery Eleven: Gallery Eleven is proud to introduce national known artist Pat Cross as our featured artist for the month of April.. Pat is a West Virginia Artist who has traveled, studied and sold her art though out the United States. She has pieces in collections from Oregon to the UK. from West Virginia to Florida and Texas and points in between.. Her show "Inviting the Outdoors In" is a panorama of colorful landscapes where the artists "Offers the viewer a sense of adventure, a comradery of exploration. an indulgence in natural curiosity, whether through a landscape, water current, or a bloom."
Tony the Tailor: The men’s shop is featuring Luisa DiTrapano from Villa DiTrapano Olive Oil. She will be providing samples and food items prepared with it. This superior unfiltered EXTRA VIRGIN olive oil is produced solely from the Itrana olive grown on the Villa Di Trapano Estate in the Lepini Mountains, 15 miles from the Mediterranean Sea. In addition, you may enter a contest for a stay at Villa DiTrapano! We will also be having a trunk show with Moore & Giles Leather goods from Lynchburg, VA, plus Agave Denim and Allen Edmonds footwear.
Virginia Lee: The women's clothing boutique will feature artist Holly Ford of The Quirky Flourish. Holly is a watercolor artist and modern calligrapher who lives in Charleston. She works in watercolor and mixed media to make pieces for people's homes, office, and special occasions. You can view more of her work in her Etsy shop, The Quirky Flourish.
Annex Gallery at Taylor Books: If you missed 'Jerry's Map' in the Annex Gallery during ArtWalk in March you can still see it for April’s ArtWalk. Installed over the course of 4 days, Jerry's map is comprised of 1,000 eight by ten inch panels stretching from floor to ceiling and spanning forty-five feet. It charts the travels, moments and imaginings of its creator Jerry Gretzinger, who began the project in 1963.
Other participating venues: Black Sheep Burrito and Brews at The Brewery, Capitol Conference Center, Chet Lowther Studio, The Dressmaker's Closet, Gallery Eleven, Genesis Café, Gilded Age Tattoo, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Ivor's Trunk, The Purple Moon, Rock City Cake Company, Stray Dog Antiques, Swiftwater General Store,Tops Off Barber Shop and Viking Contracting & Consulting.