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Favorite Things: Paintings by Sharon Harms

Through December 12, 2015 we will be showcasing watercolor paintings by local artist, Sharon Harms. “Favorite Things” features a variety of colorful and inviting subjects. Stop by and see them today!


New Gallery Exhibit


This month we will be featuring Alien Graffiti: Works by JP Owens. This show features a variety of sculptures and mixed media works on canvas and paper. Alien Graffiti will run through November 13th, 2015.


Painting West Virginia by Michael Teel


This month we will be featuring “Canaan to Charleston: Painting West Virginia by Michael Teel”. Michael was born in Brooklyn, NY but both of his parents were from West Virginia, and the family moved back after his father died in a construction accident in 1963. He attended college at West Virginia State University and then went onto The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. He has worked as a designer for 28 years for several small Advertising and Design firms and is currently the owner of Teel Design Group. Michael has a great wife of 21 years, 2 daughters that are still at home, and two grown children that are making their own mark in the world. He is now a grandfather six times over.

He is always looking for interesting patterns of light and color in the natural landscape or figure. Whether it’s a field of tall grasses, the shade of large tree, a reclining figure or a simple, ordinary still life, Michael is intrigued by the subtle variations in value and how those singular pieces of color come together to make an interesting composition. Drawing upon his experience as a graphic designer, he follows the creed of “Less is More” in his paintings, and conveys a mood or composes a scene with as little detail as possible. He enjoys the process of examining a potential painting and deciding what needs to stay and what needs to be removed to give the viewer a sense of design, not just a random “snapshot” of a particular location or space in time. His current work is focusing on the West Virginia landscape and the effect of social pressures our citizens face during this time of change in our country and state.

Canaan to Charleston: Painting West Virginia by Michael Teel will be on display through October 10, 2015.


The Passion for Art: Linda Charles Stone


“There is no greater compliment to me as an artist than when someone chooses to make one of my paintings a part of their life. I am blessed to be in West Virginia where nature provides beauty and emotions from which I draw tremendous strength and a desire to create. My goal is to communicate to others through my painted images. This is a way to share my memories, my love of life and of color with others. If my paintings have helped you to enjoy a moment now or if they have helped you to remember earlier times in your life, then my work is complete.”

As a native and resident of West Virginia, Linda takes pride in her home state. Residing in the southern coal fields during her childhood limited her exposure to fine art. After having lived and worked in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area where she experienced the world of art, her desire and passion to paint began.

Watercolor was her first chosen medium. Pristine watercolor images created in a realistic form are some of her favorite. Often 22-karat gold leaf is incorporated into her abstracted paintings along with several other mediums which produce unusual textures and highlights. Her present chosen medium and studies are in oil.

We will be featuring “The Passion for Art” through September 12, 2015


Upcoming Gallery Exhibit

During July, we will be featuring new works by Belmont, WV artist Karen Chamblin. “Beauty in Oils” will feature a variety of Karen’s rich and dramatic still life paintings. The show will open July 16th during ArtWalk and run through August 15th.

Garlic Pot

Garlic Pot






Upcoming Gallery Exhibit

During the month of May, we will be featuring new works by local artist, Linda Conner.

Linda Conner is a lifelong resident of Charleston and her interest in art started with an obsession with coloring books as a child.  Linda’s sense of design was firmly established in her career in the family floral business and she is constantly creating a piece of art, whether it be painting, jewelry making, all forms of needlework and in the kitchen.  She feels that if she hasn’t created something, her day has been wasted.

Linda studied art at Concord College and the University if Kentucky but a decorative painting class set off a spark that has lead to over 40 years of painting and teaching acrylics.  Her art is characterized by her love of bright colors and sense of humor.  She believes that art should be fun to create and to look at and she hopes that her art will make people happy.

Linda’s show will officially open May 19th and run through mid-June.



Upcoming Gallery Show Sneak Peak

April Waltz will be our featured artist for the month of April – how appropriate, right?

April lives in Wheeling, West Virginia with her husband Dr. Thomas Waltz DO of OVMC, and their three year old daughter Sky Melody Waltz. April has been a lifelong creative. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington and Jefferson College with a major in fine art and a minor in psychology. April has exhibited and participated with many art groups locally including Stifel Fine Arts Center, Tamarack, Wheeling artisan center, and Steubenville Art Association. She is a Signature Member of the West Virginia Watercolor Society.



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.

Walking Into Town2015


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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.

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