Arts Notes: April 15, 2012

Downtown ArtWalkCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Downtown ArtWalk will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday with the following venues participating:
  • The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation features 29 limited-edition pieces of Deborah Herndon's work including photographs of French and Spanish architectural details and urban landscape. 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 and is at 1600 Huntington Square (16th floor of Huntington Bank Building), 900 Lee St. E.
  • Good News Mountaineer Garage Gallery will feature art from students at Mountaineer Montessori School. The fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade art students have spent the past two months creating woodblock prints, drawings, mosaics, paintings and sculpture depicting the deaths of miners at the historic Hawks Nest Tunnel. The students' work will be for sale and the proceeds will go to an educational component of the Hawks Nest Tunnel Project. The students were motivated after speaking with David Pushkin, a filmmaker who visited the school in the spring.
  • Good News Mountaineer Garage, 221 1/2 Hale St.; 304-344-8445; Regular hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • The Art Emporium will feature "Friends Among the Hills," paintings by Emily Roles and wire jewelry by Sue Chase. Roles and Chase are longtime friends. Roles' acrylic paintings on paper feature a variety of colorful West Virginia landscapes. Chase combines beads with wire in her designs to make one-of-a-kind jewelry. The show runs through May 12.
  • The Art Emporium, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 823 Quarrier St.; or 304-345-2787.
  • The Charleston Ballet Downtown Dance Studios will host photographer KD Lett's new series of dancer portraits and videos. Register for a free drawing for a surprise grab bag filled with various gift items valued at more than $175. Watch dancers as they prepare for upcoming performances.
  • The Charleston Ballet Inc. mezzanine, 100 Capitol St.; 304-342-6541.
  • The Purple Moon will host members of the West Virginia Allied Artists for a group show for ArtWalk. In addition to the Allied Artists, works by other national, regional and local artists are featured.
  • Purple Moon, 906 Quarrier St.; hours 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Call 304-345-0123 or visit
  • At the Chet Lowther Studio, Lowther will show new works in encaustic, oil and acrylic.
  • The Chet Lowther Studio, 223 1/2 Hale St. 304-678-3715.
  • Taylor Books Annex Gallery will feature assemblage and mixed-media works by Robert Villamagna. The artist's work has been exhibited at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Andy Warhol Museum, the Mattress Factory, ARC Gallery (Chicago), the Ohio Craft Museum, the Kennedy Museum of Art at Ohio University, and Robeson Gallery at Penn State University. Three of Villamagna's works are in the state of West Virginia's permanent collection.
  • Blacksmith artist Jeff Fetty will appear in the gallery with a collection of his work and celebrating the publication of a new international book featuring his metal designs. Fetty will be on hand selling and signing copies of the book, and his works will be available for sale.Jon Salo of Charleston will have some new mixed-media sculptures on display.
  • 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.
  • House of Luxe, 817 Quarrier St.; 304-346-0577.
  • Gallery Eleven will feature artist Kathy Boland's "Grand Dames of Charleston, WV" through April 30.
  • Gallery Eleven, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 1035 Quarrier St.; or 304-342-0083.New Tamarack artisansBECKLEY, W.Va. -- At Tamarack's recent artisan jury session, 34 craft, fine art and fine craft artisans were accepted into the Tamarack system.Once juried into Tamarack, artisans may then sell their products to Tamarack. They also become eligible for mentoring, apprenticeships, opportunities for financial assistance to attend wholesale and consumer shows, and training activities sponsored by the Tamarack Foundation.New artisans, their county of residence and their art are: Nick Amandus, Kanawha, wood turning; Aaron Anslow, Brooke, pottery; Kenneth Blake, Raleigh, wood/metal; Nikki Butler, Wood, textiles; Zac Campbell, Harrison, metal; Ginger Danz, Fayette, fine art/greeting cards; Elk City Sales, Kanawha, souvenir items; Irene Faller, Cabell, textiles; Beverly Hall, Fayette, jewelry; Thomas Hart, Jackson, wood ornaments; Kara Johnson, Cabell, jewelry; Nancy Johnson, Cabell, photography; Aaron Kenstler, Fayette, wood carving; Lara Lawrence, Barbour, basketry; Winter Dawn Marie, Fayette, fine art; Akemi Matsumoto, Wood, fine art/greeting cards; Linda Mays, Wayne, bath and body; David Milam, Fayette, wood/metal; Emmett Moore, Wood, furniture; Mary Ann Nease, Kanawha, fine art; Kari Newman, Cabell, jewelry; Christy Nicholas, Monongalia, jewelry; Tabatha Pack, Monroe, fine craft/sculptures; Judy Parsons, Putnam, textiles; Ginger Pate, Summers, greeting cards; Dwight Pauley, Monongalia, souvenir items; Austin Persinger, Summers, fine art; Barbara Sadler, Mercer, basketry; Tandi Stephens, Fayette, fine art/mixed media; James Stout, Putnam, wood carving; Leah Towler, Kanawha, fine art; Todd Williams, Putnam, photography; Veronica Wilson, Morgan, glass; James Woodson, Kanawha, glass.Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia, Exit 45 off I-77, Beckley. 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. daily. Contact or 888-262-7225.Photography workshopsCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Thorney Lieberman will teach two digital photography workshops at his home at 1514 Virginia St. E."Intro to Digital Photography" will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. three Sundays, beginning April 22. "Intro to Photoshop & Lightroom" will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. three Thursdays, starting April 26. Class size is limited; call 304-342-1842 or visit have your announcement included in Arts Notes, email or send it to Arts Notes, The Charleston Gazette, 1001 Virginia St. E., Charleston, WV 25301. Artwork can be submitted electronically or by mail. Deadline for inclusion in the Sunday Gazette-Mail is the Tuesday before Sunday publication.
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