The Art Store kicks off its mid-summer Gallery activities with Summer Salon: collections of Works by our represented artists. Every few weeks throughout the summer we will feature the works of several artists. It’s a great way to see what’s fresh from the studio - or those last couple of pieces from a series.
July ArtWalk we will be featuring the works of the Estate of June Kilgore and Ellie Schaul. These two women have had important roles in establishing the art community that in West Virginia.
June Kilgore 1927 – 2006, Born in Huntington, West Virginia, Kilgore was an abstract expressionist painter who was a professor of Art and department head at Marshall University. She was considered one of West Virginia’s most distinguished art educators. Her work conveys a strong sense of the spiritual and a very emotional means of communication. The structure of the image is open, a space with airiness and volume. The energy is achieved with many variations in color, tension, active gestural brush strokes and developed layers of paint.
Eleanor Schaul, Born in 1937 in Massachusetts, Schaul was educated at Parson’s School of Design. She has been a practicing artist for over 50 years, has exhibited at The Art Store since 1976 and has been an active supporter of the arts in West Virginia and the region.
Schaul has made a career out of nuance. Her paintings are often more than what they seem at first glance. Each piece conveys a sense of place in their own subtle way.