Downtown Charleston will be awash in color, activity, music and more Thursday, April 16 for ArtWalk, a free self-guided art tour in participating downtown galleries, studios and businesses.
ArtWalk features a variety of creative outlets, from paintings and sculptures to photography and music, and attracts friends, business people and families.
The April Downtown Charleston ArtWalk includes 20 participating locations, including new venue Little Black Dress Events and Rentals at 807 Quarrier Street. The company’s new location will feature an assortment of creative tablescapes, showcasing the company’s rental products and artistic abilities.
Other venues and exhibits include:
Capitol Conference Center, 815 Lee Street
Capitol Conference Center will feature Charleston artist J. Travis Morton at April ArtWalk. Morton specializes in acrylic paintings on wrapped canvas.He is influenced by early 20th century Art Deco designs, Meso-American and Celtic motifs, and modern hard edge painters.
Delfine’s Jewelry, 245 Capitol Street
Delfine's Jewelry will feature artwork from the Allied Artists of West Virginia. Sharon McClanahan will show her acrylic paintings titled Wooodland Path, Waterlilly Plum Orchid Lake and Silver and Gold; Stephanie Ferrell will display her digital photographs Old MacNeel Mill, Pence Farm and Autumn Drive; and Jane Ann Long will showcase some of her rose and rural scenery photographs.
Romano & Associates, 230 Capitol Street
The West Virginia Child Advocacy Network will present its third annual Have a HeART Auction at Romano & Associates during the April ArtWalk. Attendees have the opportunity to bid on a variety of artwork donated by talented West Virginian artists, while enjoying drinks and snacks. The silent auction’s proceeds will be split between the artists and WVCAN.
Gallery Eleven, 1025 Quarrier Street
Gallery Eleven will feature a collection of artwork from Tamarack Fine Artist Amy Stout titled: Rollercoaster. The collection represents a year and a half-long journey for the artist where she only created during periods of intense joy, excitement, frustration, anger and sorrow.
Real Estate Central, 5 Summers Street
Christina Di Filippo with Real Estate Cental will feature Hannah Johnson of Hannah's Pottery at the April ArtWalk. Known for her maple leaf adorned pottery, Johnson has been making pottery for over 30 years. Johnson also makes pottery for the garden, garden totems, bird houses, bird feeders, bird baths and several styles of garden lanterns.
The Art Emporium, 823 Quarrier Street
The Art Emporium will open an exhibition featuring Wheeling artist April Waltz titled: “The April Show: New Works by April Waltz.” Although she has used many other media, most of her recent works are watercolors. Her paintings vibrate with trapped energy and have a pleasing balance of space, movement and pattern.
Charleston Ballet, 100 Capitol Street
The Charleston Ballet will showcase the artwork of Sarah Frydrych, an 18-year-old Hurricane High School student who specializes in portraiture and is influenced by pop culture of the 1960s. Attendees are also invited to sit in on a dance rehearsal for the ballet’s upcoming performance at Bollywood Night May 1 at the Charleston Civic Center.
Timothy’s/Quarrier Diner, 1022 Quarrier Street
Timothy's at Quarrier Diner will be featuring up-and-coming musician Charlie Murphy and the Project. Charlie is a local 18-year-old blues specialist who is being promoted by the well-known musician Chuck Biel. The Charlie Murphy Project will be performing outdoors on the Deck at Timothy's during ArtWalk from 6-8 p.m.
Tony the Tailor, 822 Virginia Street East
Tony the Tailor is hosting the largest trunk show of the season with Allen Edmonds footwear and accessories, Hickey-Freeman clothing and Robert Talbott furnishings and sportswear at ArtWalk. The men's store will also have an unplugged sidewalk show with local band Batteries Not Included featuring local musicians Rusty Marks and Bill Robinson.
Additional venues participating in April ArtWalk include:
Chet Lowther, 223 1/2 Hale Street
Heidi Dylan Boutique, 1031 Quarrier Street
Ivor's Trunk, 819 Lee Street East
Mission Savvy, 202 Hale Street
The Purple Moon, 906 Quarrier Street
Stray Dog Antiques, 219 Hale Street
Taylor Books, 26 Capitol Street
The Boutique by B. Belle
Uncork & Create, 1031 Quarrier Street
Additional details about venues and exhibits can be found on the ArtWalk website at www.artwalkcwv.com and on the ArtWalk Facebook page at www.facebook.com/artwalkcwv.
About Downtown Charleston ArtWalk
Downtown Charleston ArtWalk is a free, self-guided walking art tour located in several blocks of Downtown Charleston. This semi-monthly event is held on the third Thursday of the month from March through December, except in November when it is the Friday following Thanksgiving and June when it falls during FestivALL. Twenty Downtown Charleston businesses, boutiques and organizations participate. ArtWalk was founded in 2002 by a handful of gallery owners as a platform to encourage the community to learn about the city’s vibrant arts scene and visit Downtown Charleston. For more information, please visit www.artwalkcwv.com. ArtWalk is coordinated by The Charleston Area Alliance.