Two artists originally from Pt. Pleasant, WV have brought their work to the Capitol city in a show called Visions. Photographer Jesse Thornton met painter Larry Bragg while doing an exhibit at Gallery 409 in Pt. Pleasant. The two quickly became friends and have collaborated in a few pieces. Larry’s painting is based on Jesse’s photograph from Blackwater. Stop by this Thursday during ArtWalk and check it out!
Husband and wife JP Owens and Melinda McCallister Owens have collaborated for an exhibit of their art titled “Mountain State Muse” which will open in September at the Art Emporium in Downtown Charleston. Both JP and Melinda are Putnam county natives.
JP is a graduate of West Virginia State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in printmaking. His work consists primarily of bold graphic designs created through a series of sketches using mixed media. The scenes often contain animals and landscapes with an occasional addition of Appalachian folklore. His intense color combos, aboriginal influenced shapes and alien like rhythmic designs are common throughout his work. His artistic influence derives from Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Henry Moore.
Melinda received a Bachelor of Arts degree from West Virginia University and a Master of Arts degree from Marshall University. In the past her art has been predominately realistic. She loves the gritty realism of the printmaking of Kathe Kollwitz, while also admiring the loose and colorful abstractions of Pablo Picasso. Her husband JP’s style has further enhanced her appreciation of the abstract style. Melinda also enjoys photography and uses this medium as a bridge to deconstruct her realistic style. Using her photographs of recognizable environments she alters them with vivid colors to create vibrant compositions.
JP and Melinda’s show “Mountain State Muse” will be on display September 19th through October 13th, 2017 with an artist reception during Artwalk Thursday September 21st from 5 to 8pm. Art Emporium is located at 823 Quarrier Street in Downtown Charleston. Gallery Hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 to 6 and Saturdays 10 to 4. For more information contact Art Emporium at 304-345-2787.
Local photographer and world traveler Douglas Maxwell has had the good fortune to embark on memorable adventures from the Far East to the American Southwest.
Douglas has collected a few of his favorite faces and places from all over the world and brought them to the gallery at Art Emporium to share with the capitol city.
Karen Shamblin's paintings will be on display at Art EmporiumJuly 18th. 2017 - August 11th, 2017 and a reception will be held July 20th, 2017 5pm-8pm during ArtWalk
Karen Chamblin specializes in still life, floral, bird and animal subjects in oils. She is a member of The Oil Painters Of America, The Society of Decorative Painters, Women Artists Of America, West Virginia Arts and Crafts Guild, Miniature Art Society Of Florida and The Parkersburg Art Center.
Karen says of her work "I want to communicate to the viewer the beauty I see around me. My still life paintings are painted from life when possible. The flowers come from my gardens and the animal paintings are from the farms in my area."
Our June featured artist for Artwalk will be Tonie Garrett. Her technique is to paint and draw all in the same strokes after initially under-painting to assure harmony in her work, creating a painting style that reflects an impressionistic and painterly look. Subjects vary from flora from the garden, to children in her family and grandchildren of special friends. Landscapes are Tonie's newest endeavor and she says painting water is a thrill to her. It's Tonie desire to share her love of nature and color through her paintings and stir the instilled emotions of the viewer! Exhibit dates are June 13 - July 14th, 2017
Emily Roles is an artist from Charleston, WV who has been represented by the Art Emporium for the past 10 years. Emily is also a juried member of the Allied Artist of West Virginia, and a member of the WV Chapter of the National League of Pen Women. Her most recent works include bright abstracts and her whimsical scenery. Emily works predominately in acrylics and has exhibited throughout the state for more then 30 years.
New pastel paintings by Sandra King Sandra's art addresses the longing we all experience to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and return to the quiet solitude of nature. She attempts to showcase the ever changing colors of the seasons, and hopes to recreate an environment that reflects the quiet, relaxing feelings associated with being in tune with nature. Sandra is considered a Modern Realist who produces paintings that are true to the natural landscape in form with intense vibrant color that is often exaggerated, enhanced, and orchestrated with deep feeling. Her paintings are the result of her own personal vision and style.
Be sure and stop by Art Emporium this Saturday!
Stroll, shop and discover at Holiday Hop Open House 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12 at participating retailers throughout Downtown Charleston.
Stop in downtown boutiques for in-store promotions, trunk shows, demos, hands-on activities and more.
Included in the mix is a diverse mix of unique shops, quaint boutiques, art galleries and antique stores. The Holiday Hop Open House is coordinated by the Charleston Area Alliance. More info: http://charlestonareaalliance.org/events/details/boutique-walk-holiday-open-house-1884