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Downtown ArtWalk is an evening of culture and commerce

By Judy Hamilton

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- ArtWalk will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 17. More than 20 businesses are participating. Maps are available at each venue. The free event is a Charleston Area Alliance program sponsored by Masters Law Firm.

• West Virginia State University Art Department, 123 Summers St., will feature an exhibit of the works by its faculty, including Josh Martin, Nik Botkin, Paula Clendenin, Molly Erlandson, Reidun Ovrebo and Megan Shultz.

• Hope Village Fair Trade Boutique at First Presbyterian Church, 16 Leon Sullivan Way, will feature unique international handmade gifts and foods.

• Woomer Nistendirk and Associates, Suite 400, 231 Capitol St., will show works by artist Jennifer McGee of The Creative Fire LLC.

• Art Emporium, 823 Quarrier St., will feature Clayton Spangler's new show "Charleston: Shades of Gray," a collection of black and white photographs of Charleston printed on metal. It will run through Nov. 16.

• Gallery Eleven, 1025 Quarrier St., will feature artist Kathy Boland.

• Mission Savvy, 807 Quarrier St., will have the grand opening of its second location at 807 Quarrier St. Visitors may take a walk through and experience a plant-based kitchen and learn about their new culinary programs.

• Romano and Associates, 230 Capitol St., will feature "Through the Eyes of Many," an exhibit of the Charleston Camera Club members.

• The Purple Moon/Modern by Design, 906 Quarrier St., will have selections from the Pat and Helen Hamilton collection titled "Patriotism to Modernism: Art and More from a West Virginia Family."

• Uncork and Create, 1031 Quarrier St., is the setting for the West Virginia Youth Symphony's Artist and Sponsor reception to kick off the "Painted Violin Project." Uniquely hand-painted by local artists, the 11 violins and 1cello have become one of a kind art pieces.

• Annex Gallery at Taylor Books, 226 Capitol St., will feature fine art and craft from around the region.

• Stray Dog Antiques, 219 Hale St., will have an exhibition of weird bird paintings, folk art, jewelry, figurines and more.

• The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, 1600 Huntington Square (16th floor of Huntington Bank Building), 900 Lee St. E., will feature photography by Deborah Herndon and art by Jeanne K. Cochran, Arthur Evans, Mykal Baisden, Adrienne Galloway, Anna Nibert and jewelry designs by Mary Blake. John Ingram will provide music.

• Tony the Tailor, 822 Virginia St.E., will have a Zelli shoe trunk show. Handcrafted in Tuscany, Italy, all Zelli shoes will be 20 percent off during this event. Tony's guest artist will be Kelly Bryant, who will showcase special Halloween art.

• Chet Lowther Studio, 223 1/2 Hale St., will be showing new works in encaustic, acrylic, oil, and works on paper.

• GiGi's, 200 Hale St., will feature unique items for children made by local artisans. White Oak Photography and GiGi's are sharing space.

Other CAA sponsored venues include: Visions Day Spa, 238 Capitol St., House of Luxe, 817 Quarrier St., Delfine's Jewelry, 245 Capitol St., Good News Mountaineer Garage, 222 Hale St., Ivor's Trunk, 819 Lee St., Charleston Ballet, 100 Capitol St., Capitol Conference Center, 815 Lee St., Savvy Chic, 817 Quarrier St., and Timothy's/Quarrier Diner, 1022 Quarrier St.

Several downtown non-CAA businesses also participate, including Collage, 805 Quarrier St., which features handmade art, jewelry and vintage/altered clothing by Jamie Miller.

Apartment Earth, 223 1/2 Rear Hale St., will feature the quilting art of Andrea McLeod in "Too Legit to Quilt," as well as the art of Nik Botkin.

Matthew Thompson, communication manager of the CAA, said that they encourage all business to stay open a few extra hours during ArtWalk and participate. "We support all the downtown businesses. The more business traffic created downtown, the better."

The November ArtWalk will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Black Friday, Nov. 29. The final ArtWalk event of the year will be held on Dec. 19. For additional information, contact Susie Salisbury, Charleston Area Alliance, 304-340-4253.


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