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Rustic Impressions:Scenes From a Small Town

Danz Downtown

The Art Emporium in Charleston will open an exhibition featuring Fayetteville, WV artist Ginger Danz on March 17, on view until April 11. Rustic Impressions: Scenes From a Small Town will feature recent works by Danz, including cityscapes and depictions of rural life. The show will be open during Charleston’s first ArtWalk of the season, Thursday, March 19.

The colorful paintings in this exhibit aim to celebrate life in a small town. “My intention behind this series is to highlight small town vignettes that mean something to me, the historic buildings, the familiar people and the beauty of a rural setting. A few years ago I read that about 75% of West Virginians live in towns of fewer than 2500 residents. Our strength is in our small towns and many of these towns are being revitalized by the arts and tourism. My own town of Fayetteville has so much charm and forward momentum, I wanted to convey that.” Danz has a hand in that momentum as Chair of the Fayetteville Arts Coalition, an organization dedicated to supporting and expanding the arts in the Fayetteville area.

When asked about her creative process, Danz says “I use acrylic paint, which dries quickly, so I tend to paint fairly fast and loose to try to capture the initial feeling that grabbed me about the scene without overworking the image too much.”

Visitors to this show will be able to relate to the scenarios depicted in the artist’s impressionistic pieces. “I think people are so rushed in their everyday lives, I hope they will appreciate a chance to experience scenes from a slower-paced life, a life more connected to community, history, and nature.”

In addition to Art Emporium, Danz’ art is on display at Tamarack’s David L. Dickirson Gallery, Cynthia A. Bickey Gallery in Beckley, and can be seen at

Rustic Impressions: Scenes From a Small Town, featuring the work of Fayetteville artist Ginger Danz, opens at Art Emporium in Charleston March 17 and closes April 11, 2015.

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New Gallery Opening!


Join us Thursday, May 16th from 5:00pm-8:00pm for the opening of Karen Chamblin’s newest exhibit, “Inspired by the Old Masters”. Karen specializes in still-life, floral, bird and other animal subjects in oils. She is a member of Oil Painters Of America, Society of Decorative Painters, West Virginia Art & Craft Guild, American Women Artists and the Parkersburg Art Center.

Join us for the first ArtWalk of 2013!

Join us for downtown Charleston’s ArtWalk!

Where: Art Emporium and other downtown locations
When: Thursday, March 21st 5:00-8:00pm

Join us for carbs, conversation and Jacob Bucy’s new exhibit in the gallery!

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Last Gallery Exhibit of 2012!

Stop by and see our last gallery exhibit of the year – Kathy Boland’s People and Parlors: An Afternoon at the Greenbrier. Kathy’s latest show will feature all new works depicting her favorite rooms and scenes of the Greenbrier Resort. An opening reception will take place during ArtWalk on December 20th from 5:00-8:00pm with an artist talk at 6:00pm. The exhibit will be on display through January 2013.



Holiday Open House!

Newest Gallery Show – Small Works by Allied Artists


During the November ArtWalk, we will be featuring “Small Works by Allied Artists”, which will include works by Emily Roles, Sandra King, Brenda Beatty, Kathy Boland, Carolyn Cavendish, JoeAnn Crawford, Judy Douglas, Julie Hamilton, Sharon Harms, Deborah Herndon, Steven Holsclaw, Jo Anne Jacobs, Deb McHenry, Sharon McClanahan, Debbie Sisson, Trudy Stevens, Connie Stover, Regina Swim, and many others. The show will run November 19th – December 15th with an opening reception during November 23rd ArtWalk. Stop by and start your Christmas shopping!

WV Sheep by Emily Roles

Encore FestivALL Fall ArtWalk!

Join us for another ArtWalk this month on October 25 from 5-8pm. This is a special encore presentation for FestivALL Fall and will feature local artists’ works at over a dozen downtown locations. Stop by and see us!

Upcoming Gallery Show

During the October ArtWalk, Art Emporium will be featuring new works by Elaine McMillion and Betty Rivard. “Beautiful McDowell County” highlights positive views of the county and its people.   Elaine McMillion is the director of The Hollow Project (, which uses interactive media to support county residents in sharing their lives, their visions, and their plans for the future.  Betty Rivard is a fine art landscape photographer whose new book, New Deal Photographs of West Virginia, 1934-1943 (, includes a chapter with historic photographs that were taken in the county by Marion Post Wolcott in September 1938. “Beautiful McDowell County” will run October 15-November 17.

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