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Lines & Lineage: New Works by Dolly Hartman and Mary Hartman

April 24, 2018

Lines & Lineage: New Works by Dolly Hartman and Mary Hartman


Opening Saturday, May 12 at 6 pm and continuing through June 16, The Art Store will present Lines & Lineage: New Works by Dolly Hartman and Mary Hartman.


Dolly Hartman

Elisabeth Wallace Hartman, known as Dolly to almost everyone, is a still life painter based in Charleston, West Virginia. Her work has been exhibited widely throughout the region, her awards are many as are the collections in which she is included. For many years she worked in oils as a portrait artist. Those works included families, senior partners at law firms and many important dignitaries. "My work is around. You don't forget your children that come off the easel." Lines and Lineage is the first large body of new work the revered 86 year old Hartman has exhibited in several years. The French phrase for still life is nature morte or dead nature, which is in Dolly's view an inadequate description. Even though the apple is plucked, or the turnip is ready for slicing, these objects, to Dolly, remain very much alive. She has always been challenged and intrigued by dialogues that develop between light and dark, color and line, shapes that are positive or negative, edges that are soft or crisp. She says “Each picture is a journey, and I try to embark without a destination. Instead, I hope to let the work take me on a new exploration. I am grateful to be a traveler on the visual and spiritual adventures that can happen with in one small rectangle.”

 Lines and Lineage also includes works by Hartman's daughter Mary.


 Mary Hartman

The ideas and subject matter in Mary Hartman’s work are longstanding; she works quickly from life, such as in the wildacres study, and slowly from downloaded images and from her own photographs.  In most of the horse drawings on panel, she concentrated on one formal aspect of rendering (line, value, etc.), as she has found this to be a good practical exercise, as well as a welcome change from distractibility in the studio. The larger works on panel represent a new-ish direction, where she has intended the form and the ground to be interchangeable in some passages.  And then there are the library drawings — no thesis here except admiration. Mary has a favorite drawing among those submitted for this exhibition, because it looks (she fancies) as though Dolly (her mother) might have drawn it; “I see some of her line work in the left panel of the pair called morning turnout, and hope that this is true.  Thank you for looking.”


The Art Store is located in the Downtown Charleston at 233 Hale Street. Hours are Tuesday – Friday 10-5:30; Saturday 10-5. For further information please call 304-345-1038 or visit us online at




Art + Animals

April 5, 2018

The Art Store will be mounting a new exhibition opening April 10, 2018 to support Prevention of Cruelty to Animals month. We have asked interested artists from the region to submit works that include pet or animal imagery. A portion of the proceeds from the exhibition will be given to the Kanawha-Charleston Humane Society. This group exhibition features over 70 artists and 100 works in a variety of media.

 The public is invited to a reception honoring all of the artists on Thursday, April 19, 5 to 8 pm, in conjunction with April Downtown Charleston ArtWalk.

 The Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association is committed to saving the lives of animals through sheltering, adoption, foster care, spay and neuter programs, cruelty prevention, and community outreach. Please help them continue their mission to help animals and visit their website to find out more about Fix Charleston, volunteering, animal services and all of the other services they provide. These services are provided to the region, not just Charleston. The Association web address is


Teacher, Student, Doyenne

March 2, 2018

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.


Caryl Toth

A Winfield, West Virginia resident, Toth does abstract work that is rich with paint; warm, polished surfaces, built-up textures, intense colors overpainted with metallics and marks that dance in and out of the surface. Toth was a student of June Kilgore at Marshall University where she earned her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Art. Toth has exhibited at The Art Store since 1978. She says, “Painting is a place I go to find myself, an endless quest for my reality.”


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.


40% Off!

January 30, 2018

Now until February 14th, 40% OFF select gifts: glass, pottery, wood and Caroline Jennings works on canvas. These items have been newly marked down and would make great gifts for Valentine’s Day.

Also, now on exhibit, New Year, New Works. We have had several of our represented artists bring in brand new works in photography, painting and sculpture. They include work by Brittain McJunkin, Harold Edwards, DutchHammer, Megan Gibbons and Nancy Berlin.



January 24, 2018

Hello. You’re reading the inaugural installment of a new series: ARTicles: Useful information about the Visual Arts prepared by The Art Store. First, allow us to introduce ourselves.
We’ve been in business since 1973; originally under the leadership of Sherry Lovett and then under the leadership of Lisa Fischer-Casto. The Art Store is a fine art gallery and custom frame shop. Our inventory includes Functional Art — pottery, glass and wood.  We also offer consulting for both the residential or commercial client.  Our staff includes Andrew Gornik, Assistant Gallery Director, Brian Humphreys, custom framer, Kathryn Ellis, accountant and Mack Miles, design and marketing consultant.  We are located at 233 Hale Street in Charleston, West Virginia.
The Gallery features four or five artist exhibitions per year, several special events and participates in the Downtown Charleston ArtWalk and FestivALL: a City becomes a work of Art. We invite you to visit our website and signup to receive information about our happenings by sending an e-mail to (we do not share our list). Then, be on the lookout for our next ARTicle.



Winter Magic and The Holidays

December 5, 2017

There is some exciting news this December. First, the City of Charleston is offering free parking at all meters and city run parking buildings in Downtown Charleston - Saturdays until Christmas. This does not include the Park Place garage on Washington Street. Also, our deadline for framing needed by Christmas is 12/13 at noon. The Art Store will remain open until 8 pm on Thursdays until Christmas and will offer discounts on selected items those days. Those items and dates are:


Thursday 12/7 our Winter Magic feature will be 20% off Jon Salo wood bowls, salt cellars. These items are hand turned and made from locally harvested hard wood in West Virginia. The salt cellars include J Q Dickinson Salt!

We will also feature GIO tea candles at 20% off. These whimsical tea light holders look great in groups, and you can mix and match the different styles. All of them are made from sustainable bamboo plywood with a natural oil finish. Please keep in mind that bamboo is a natural product and there is a range of variation in the color and shading of each sheet. 


One of our Thursday 12/14 Winter Magic features is Anne Scarpa McCauley Baskets. Her wild Honeysuckle Baskets will be 20% off. They are made of vines from the Blue Ridge Mountain foothills of Virginia. The Smithsonian American Art Museum permanent basket collection includes Anne’s honeysuckle baskets. Two of Anne’s baskets are part of the Smithsonian permanent basket collection: the Cole-Ware collection of American baskets. 


Also on Thursday 12/14 Winter Magic will feature 20% off Petrified Forest Pottery. Each piece of this pottery begins with a quiet walk in the woods, where the artist selects the leaves that make each piece a unique work of art. There are no two pieces exactly the same. While the clay is still soft, colors are applied and the leaf design is arranged. These pieces of pottery will make any table setting or event a bit more interesting and arty.


On Thursday 12/21 (ArtWalk) our Winter Magic feature will be vases & ornaments. They will all be 20% off. Our glass vases range from small to large in the most beautiful handblown glass. The whimsical ornaments run the spectrum too. Anyone on your Christmas list would love receiving a beautiful, creative ornament.


We will be open on Sunday, December 24 from noon to 4 pm for you last minute art shoppers. We will be closed from December 25 to January 1.  

Red Dot Day and Winter Magic Exhibition at The Art Store

October 24, 2017

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Red Dot Day and Winter Magic Exhibition at The Art Store  (Charleston WV).

This fall season The Art Store will be hosting its biannual Red Dot Day: Artists Inventory Reduction, Everything Must Sell event on Saturday, November 18, 2017. Some of our represented artists will be offering their artwork at drastically reduced prices! This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for any art aficionado in the area. It’s also a wonderful time to start a collection, add to the existing art in your home and office or get a jump on holiday gift giving.


It’s a one-day only event; these pieces will either be sold or returned to the artist — you may never have this chance again. No presales will be allowed for Red Dot Day. The Art Store will be opening at 9:00 am, November 18th and the event will run until to 5 pm. 


For the holiday season The Art Store is presenting a curated exhibition titled Winter Magic, showcasing a special collection of our represented artists’ work, some of which are new works fresh from the studio. The Art Store has also been stocking up on unique, interesting, and colorful pieces of Functional Art for the holidays. We are your one-stop shop for creative gifts for family members and loved ones. And don’t forget framing — the best gift just might be framing a precious family photo, mom’s artwork or that graduation diploma.


The Winter Magic exhibit will begin on November 21, 2017 and continue until Christmas Eve. The Art Store will be taking part in the Charleston Area Alliance’s Holiday Window Display Contest; we will have surprises that will be sure to light up Hale Street.



The Art Store is located in the Downtown area of Charleston at 233 Hale Street. Hours are Tuesday – Friday 10- 5:30; Saturday 10-5. For further information please call 304-345-1038 or visit us online at


Tommy White: Frankenstein's Garden

October 4, 2017

    Starting October 14, 2017 The Art Store will be exhibiting Tommy White: Frankenstein’s Garden. This will be a solo exhibition entailing an ample collection of Tommy White’s work from 2013 to fresh off the easel this year. Tommy was born in Detroit and his painting career began at Clemson University where he received his M.F.A. focused on painting and then a B.A. in ceramics from Michigan State University. Subsequently he chaired the painting department of Cleveland Institute of Art and then taught at the University of Oklahoma. His work is in many private, institutional and corporate collections across the United States and he has exhibited in 24 states and Washington, D.C. His work has also been shown internationally in Melbourne, Australia and Seoul, South Korea.

    According to Mr. White, "My paintings explore the relationship between environment, psyche, and balance. Environment is characterized by any tangible force affecting an individual’s physical and/or conscious/unconscious self. Hard-edged monochromatic grids framed by neutral grays depict this. Psyche is represented by the lyrically ornate, amalgamated black and white imagery. Compositionally, these disparate elements attempt to develop a sense of harmony and poise.   Upon further examination, one recognizes that the environment is slightly off-kilter, positioning the psyche to seek balance. By amassing and manipulating accessories of perceived value, like positioning weights on a scale, a remedy is sought. For many, these accessories have become comforts of consolation, small vices that enable us to rationalize and navigate within our contingent world.

    My formal investigations focus on three primary concerns: subtleties of hue, visual activity, and pareidolia (psychically charged imagery). I attempt to optically animate each composition by combining these elements pictorially. This effect varies from piece to piece, ranging from readily apparent to something quite subtle."  

    The opening will be October 14, 2017 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm with an artist talk at 6:30. This show will be exhibited until November 17. Our Red Dot Day - Artists inventory reduction - Everything must sell! event will be on Saturday, November 18. Then, "Winter Magic", our holiday show will open.



    The Art Store is located in the Downtown area of Charleston at 233 Hale Street. Hours are Tuesday – Friday 10- 5:30; Saturday 10-5. For further information please call 304-345-1038 or visit us online at


Watermedia Trio

September 5, 2017

Water Media Trio Show at The Art Store, Saturday, September 9, 2017 (Charleston WV).

Beginning September 9, The Art Store will be hosting our WaterMedia Trio exhibition. We will showcase three woman water media artists -- watercolor and acrylic. Each artist will be exhibiting recent works that are Impressionistic, Abstract and Photo-Realistic. This curated show will embrace a wide range of subject matter including still life, portraiture, landscape and abstract, appealing to a variety of interests. All three artists are Signature members of the West Virginia Watercolor Society. The WVWS strives to promote and endure the high standards of the art of watercolor painting in the state of West Virginia.          

Chris Krupinski discovered watercolor in the mid-1980’s and was hooked, having a passion for the medium ever since. She earned a Dolphin Fellow designation with the WVWS in 2015, established to encourage artists to create more award-winning paintings and for the advancement of the art of watercolor. Her work has been shown internationally in China, Greece, Italy and Turkey and she has won more than 100 national awards and honors. Chris focuses on details in her painting with light and shadow being an intricate part of her photo realistic work.

Laurie Goldsmith-Warren is from New York and is currently living in Buckhannon, West Virginia. She is well credentialed having exhibited across the US as well as internationally. She has many signature memberships to state watercolor societies. Laurie’s work focuses on people, places and things. When deciding on a subject to paint, she tries to look, not only at the subject itself, but the beauty (sometimes hidden) in the colors, shadows and perception of the object. She captures the form of the subject and also the feel of its surroundings and its inner nature. She teaches painting workshops and enjoys jurying exhibitions.

Pamela Gatens was born in Dallas, Texas and comes from an artistic family. Her father was a professional photographer and mother an expert seamstress. She moved to West Virginia in 2002 and currently resides in Hillsboro. She is a member of the American Impressionist Society. She paints almost every day and loves to use bright colors which she feels embody freedom. Pamela also exhibits with Carlton Varney online and at The Greenbrier Hotel in White Sulphur Springs.

WaterMedia Trio opens with a reception honoring the artists on September 9, 2017 at 6 p.m. It will be shown during normal business hours or by appointment at The Art Store until October 10, 2017. It will be our featured exhibit during ArtWalk on September 21.

Shades of Summer: A NEW EXHIBIT at THE ART STORE

June 30, 2017

This summer we are featuring our Shades of Summer exhibition. It will open on July 8th and runs through August 31st. This show contains curated works by over 30 of our represented artists. The variety of works will range from landscapes, still-life, abstractions, and figurative works with media ranging from sculpture, painting, and photography. These works will be interchanged throughout the next two months. 

For Shades of Summer ArtWalk on July 20th, 5:00pm to 8:00pm, we will be hosting live painting with Tom Acosta. His work is represented in our gallery and will be available for purchase. Acosta paints with purpose, depicting contemporary social realities and the everyday activities of ordinary people. His work is divided into two categories: reality and fantasy/allegorical. Aside from a painting in the permanent collection at the Butler Institute, Tom has exhibited at the Clay Center, Tamarack and the Gertrude Smith House.

The ArtWalk on August 17th will feature a Nellie Rose Trunk Show. It will run 10:00 am to  8:00 pm Thursday and conclude Friday, August 18th at 5:30 pm. Her work focuses on hand-painted clothing and hand-dyed shibori scarves. Nellie Rose collections are one-of-a-kind pieces, and handmade in small batches which continue the dedicated process of slow fiber. Nellie Rose Davis is a native West Virginian and daughter of textile artists specializing in shibori; a Japanese method of resist dye. She was a Fullbright Fellow from 2011 to 2012 during which she studied Japanese textiles and design at Osaka University of Arts in Osaka, Japan.



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